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Interim Hamilton County School Superintendent Rick Smith is one step closer to taking over the school system’s top job permanently.

The Hamilton County school board has voted 5 to 3 to change its policy on hiring a new superintendent in a key step toward permanently hiring acting Superintendent Rick Smith.

The Hamilton County school board has elected Mike Evatt as its chairman.

Hamilton County school board members will vote tonight on whether to change policy and pave the way for longtime education administrator Rick Smith to be named permanent superintendent.

The Chattanooga area has had its own controversies surrounding religion in public schools.

Tennessee public schools may need to lengthen their school year in the future to help students from the Volunteer State compete in a global market where most students study longer each year, Gov. Bill Haslam said.

High school dropouts are costing Chattanooga and other Tennessee metro areas big bucks.

Every time Alex Young sinks his hands into the soil on the roof of Red Bank High School, he likes to think he is contributing to something big.

Students at Calvin Donaldson Elementary School have published a 30-page book of student prose, poetry and art.

Jim Scales is out, Rick Smith is in. Hamilton County Board of Education members on Thursday night voted to buy out schools Superintendent Jim Scales’ contract and to install Deputy Superintendent Rick Smith as interim superintendent.

Hamilton County school board members have voted to appoint Rick Smith as interim superintendent.

Hamilton County school board members voted 6 to 3 this afternoon to buy out Superintendent Jim Scales’ contract.

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has written to the Hamilton County school board, asking it to conduct a national search for a new school superintendent.

Hamilton County School board members today will vote on a $282,000 contract buyout for Superintendent Jim Scales.

For 145 years, the Jack Daniel’s brand has been synonymous with one thing: Tennessee whiskey.

Hamilton County schools Superintendent Jim Scales will receive $282,111 for his early departure from the school system if Board of Education members agree to buy out his contract Thursday.

Hamilton County schools Superintendent Jim Scales will receive $282,111 for his early departure from the school system if school board members agree to buy out his contract Thursday.

Superintendent Jim Scales was flanked by his wife and his closest supporters when he announced recently that he is leaving the Hamilton County Department of Education, giving some appearance that the departure was his decision.

At 9 years old, Matthew Taylor has been through a lot, but his family hopes a big gift by the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Saturday signals a new start for the Soddy-Daisy youngster.

Matthew Taylor, a 9-year-old Soddy-Daisy boy, received a Make-A-Wish gift today after suffering for nearly two years with brain cancer.

The Hamilton County school board soon will have new leadership after its chairman, Everett Fairchild, announced his immediate resignation from the chairmanship Thursday evening because of ongoing health problems.

Hamilton County School Board Chairman Everett Fairchild this evening announced that he is resigning from the chairmanship for health reasons.

“American Idol” finalist Lauren Alaina Suddeth swooped into Chattanooga like a pop diva this weekend. She stepped off a Friday evening flight to a flurry of flashbulbs and fans, and the circus didn’t end there. Film crews followed the 16-year-old Rossville native every minute of her homecoming trip, and thousands of fans saw the singer perform at two venues.

Lauren Alaina Suddeth is just months into her stardom, but on Saturday she looked like an old hand. The “American Idol” finalist and Rossville native drew nearly 10,000 fans to Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park on Saturday.

Follow 'American Idol' star throughout the day in her appearances in the Chattanooga area.

The City of Chattanooga advises the following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Lauren Alaina concert today in Coolidge Park.

Danielle Slade and Lisa Berry could be prized resources in the education world simply because they want to teach math and science.

Superintendent Jim Scales, on the job since 2006, announced Tuesday that he had agreed to an early buyout of his contract, and that he will exit the school system July 1.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Lisa Logan resumed teaching her high school science courses Monday in an unfamiliar setting with the knowledge two students wouldn’t be back to roam the halls.

On April 27, Darrell Goodwin emerged from his home’s basement, rattled but mostly unscathed. His own home was badly damaged but still standing.

On Monday, Park View Elementary School in Cleveland, Tenn., will be filled with students and teachers again after closing for eight school days following the April 27 tornadoes.

The Georgia Board of Education today ruled that Northwest Georgia students, who will miss up to eight days of school in the wake of last week’s tornadoes, won’t have to make up the classes.

Hamilton County school board members have given themselves just six weeks to sort out their concerns over $14 million in budget cuts.

Every city has “that steakhouse,” and usually it is the scene for graduation celebrations, wedding engagements or business dinners.

Hamilton County school board members tonight voted to delay action on $14 million in budget cuts.

Bradley County authorities arrested a seventh suspect on Wednesday for looting from a tornado-ravaged home.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Storm victims began filing into Park View Elementary School last Thursday, just hours after volunteers stocked the school with canned goods, toiletries and bottled water.

The old pipe organ at St. Elmo United Methodist Church could send vibrations through the floor, rattling windows and souls alike.

Hamilton County’s venture into year-round schools will end this year after a nearly seven-year experiment that neither teachers nor parents fully embraced, school officials say.

Four years ago, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Jim Scales made a promise to honor graduates with the best grades in the class of 2007: Get an education degree and you’ll have a job waiting back home.

Hamilton County school board member Rhonda Thurman will ask the board to freeze all spending, including new hires and position transfers, until the system has a clearer picture of its finances.

Hundreds more children are expected to enter Hamilton County’s exceptional education program next fall, driving up costs even as the Department of Education looks for ways to cut $14 million from its budget.

For years Lorina Upshaw has heard negative news about Howard School of Academics and Technology.

Noted CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien will be the keynote speaker at a May 10 fundraising luncheon to benefit Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.

New teacher evaluation standards passed by the Tennessee Board of Education on Friday will weigh heavily on how well students perform in the classroom. Fifty percent of a teacher’s evaluation must be based on student performance, but there is some flexibility.

Hamilton County school board members are considering all the ways the school system can arrive at $14.3 million in cuts needed to balance next year’s budget.

Hamilton County school board members have been presented a plan that outlines $14.3 million in spending cuts to balance next year’s budget.

The first time Hamilton County commissioners and school board members met to discuss the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes issue in February, things didn’t go well.

As school systems scour budgets for possible cuts, school bus service across the region has increasingly been placed on the chopping block.

Tennessee’s new schools chief said getting the state off the bottom of lists that rank education boils down to two things—creativity and innovation.

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