Local Politics

NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials are warning the state's 475 Democratic and Republican county election commissioners that they will get bounced off the local panels if they cross over and vote in the opposite party's primary during the Aug. 7 election.

Neal Pinkston, unopposed Republican candidate for district attorney in Hamilton County, will be the guest speaker today monday at the Pachyderm Club.

Randy White, Republican candidate for sheriff in Monroe County, Tenn., could face charges after a POST Commission ruling that he didn't meet requirements for police certification.

The Hamilton County district attorney will have to decide whether a recent absentee ballot flap in the Hamilton County Commission District 6 race was a misguided attempt at being helpful by a campaign volunteer or an intentional effort to manipulate election results.

After Hamilton County Schools officials celebrated what they felt was a win for the system and City Council members had patted themselves on the backs for settling the liquor taxes lawsuit, one county commissioner tried to bring the $11.7 million agreement to a halt.

NASHVILLE — The original "mama grizzly," tea party icon Sarah Palin, says she's got state Rep. Joe Carr's back in his Aug. 7 GOP primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

From Hair of the Dog on the corner of Market and Fourth streets past Track 29 off Main Street, the city is proposing a sound ordinance that would allow the bars and music venues in this defined area to crank up their music much louder until midnight on the weekends and 11 p.m. on weekdays.

Early voting in the Aug. 7 primary continues at the following locations: • Hamilton County Election Commission, 700 River Terminal Road, off Amnicola Highway. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The abrupt resignation of a member of the board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bradley County has fueled controversy surrounding the organization.

Today kicks off early voting in Tennessee's 2014 primaries and local elections, and officials and community groups alike are urging voters to hit the polls.

For many seniors, the Eastgate Senior Center has been a place of refuge to heal from a lost spouse or a place to get time away from grandchildren they're helping to raise. A place for friendship, a haven.

The blame-shifting and bickering between Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools officials over millions of dollars in delinquent liquor-by-the-drink taxes could end Friday with a settlement that gives school officials most of what they asked for.

The Chattanooga City Council will vote today on a new face for the community outreach side of Mayor Andy Berke's crime-fighting initiative.

The August ballot will include seven names for the District 5 seat on the Hamilton County school board, but only five people are actively pursuing the seat.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — When city leaders committed $750,000 to the Marion County Regional Institute of Technical Excellence for the installation of a new sewer line, there was one variable that concerned them.

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