Local Politics

So many doughnuts were delivered to the City Council that if each were stacked atop the other they would have towered some 67 feet high.

Two Republican candidates seeking the state's 3rd Congressional District post will meet head to head in their first debate of the campaign season.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell faced four opponents to win her first eight-year term back in 2006. This time around she faces one.

NASHVILLE — For a political party that's sometimes struggled to field just one credible candidate for statewide election, Tennessee Democrats may have an embarrassment of riches in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

A reception for Tim Boyd, seeking re-election to the District 8 seat on the Hamilton County Commission, is set for 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Century Club Banquet Hall of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Chattanooga, 3221 Harrison Pike.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — Tourists pack the sidewalks of this mountain town, and merchants offer everything from wine tasting to hot stone massage to bamboo fly-fishing rods handmade by the store’s owner — who was commissioned by former President Jimmy Carter to build a trout rod.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Dan Howell and J. Adam Lowe, the Republican contenders for state House District 22, differentiated themselves mostly by their qualifications rather than their stated beliefs and positions on issues in a public debate Thursday.

One thing is clear: All the Republican candidates for the state House District 27 seat firmly believe in states' rights, gun ownership and limited government.

The Aug. 7 election may seem like deja vu for District 8 residents.

NASHVILLE — A $500,000 settlement in a Monroe County case involving the firing of 17 workers who backed the losing road superintendent candidate in 2010 should send a "powerful message" to rural Tennessee governments about political patronage, attorneys say.

The east side of the county is one of four battlegrounds where Democrats are hoping to gain on Aug. 7 in the county general election. But a long line of Republican leadership in the district could make that difficult.

JASPER, Tenn. — The push to reduce Marion County's property tax rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year has begun.

The ballot won't show it, but there is a contest for Hamilton County's District 1 commission seat.

City Council gave Mayor Andy Berke's $216 million budget their first stamp of approval after the city added money to pave 56 more miles of city roads.

Chattanooga is expected to release a new request for proposals before the end of the week to find a coordinator of social services for its Violence Reduction Initiative, said Lacie Stone, spokeswoman for Mayor Andy Berke.

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