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Ansley Haman

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Chattanooga City Council members questioned the gang task force, police and fire pension board, and social service agency budgets on Tuesday.

Chattanooga has settled the final two lawsuits stemming from a September 2009 annexation vote.

It pays to be a friend of Jim. Or relative. Or campaign donor. Or neighbor.

When Hamilton County constitutional officers made budget presentations earlier this week, county commissioners regularly questioned whether their employees follow the county's handbook or some other policy.

Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith headed off possible critics when he presented this year's $330.8 million general purpose budget request to county commissioners.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith presented a $330.7 million budget to Hamilton County commissioners today.

Erlanger hospital's interim chief executive officer asked Hamilton County commissioners to restore the full $3 million they used to give the hospital for treating the poor and uninsured.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond warned county commissioners when he asked them for a 7.7 percent budget increase Monday that several areas of this year's budget already are in the red by at least six figures.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is requesting a more than $1.8 million increase for next year.

The Hamilton County District Attorney's office is objecting to dismissal of two charges against Lonnie R. Hood, who served court-ordered community service on a construction project in the sheriff's annex.

Hamilton County officials and schools representatives can now choose an architect to design a new East Brainerd Elementary School.

Architect selection can now begin for a new East Brainerd Elementary School at the former David Brainerd School site.

Hamilton County commissioners will decide today what they want to do about building a new East Brainerd Elementary School on the site of the former David Brainerd School.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond has requested $2.62 million more next year to upgrade an aging vehicle fleet, hire more deputies and staff more schools with resource officers.

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office policy says employees "shall avoid associations or dealing with persons whom they know are under criminal investigation or criminal indictment."

Hamilton County commissioners and schools officials often get together before budget season and hash out priorities for the next year. Not this season.

With one new elementary school already under way, Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith took a major step Thursday toward beginning another one to replace East Brainerd Elementary School.

Hamilton County Commissioners signaled their support today for the school board’s recommendation to seek an architect for a new East Brainerd Elementary.

Five fewer trees stand on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn this week -- and contrary to county officials' first impression, their disappearance doesn't appear to be the result of Occupy Chattanooga's four-month stay.

Hamilton County's top cop recently made multiple attempts to pull strings for a convicted felon and former deputy who was sent to prison in 1998 for managing a jailhouse drug ring.

Jake Shaffner lays down his head each night after work and studying, knowing he’ll likely be awakened in a short time. The beeper message will be urgent. Maybe a house fire, a car crash or a stroke.

Jake Shaffner’s road to firefighting began when he started tutoring a developmentally challenged man named Pete. Bobby “Pete” House, who lives in the Orange Grove Center, professes to be a firefighter and has loved fire engines since he drove around a toy one at age 3.

Violent crime has ticked upward since Dec. 1, 2011, Hamilton County's chief magistrate told county commissioners this week. "It is slightly elevated," Chief Magistrate Larry Ables said of his recent reporting period, which covered Dec. 1 to April 14.

Hamilton County commissioners approved a key property deal Wednesday that moves the city and county closer to a $15 million extension of the Riverwalk.

The buildings and property at the former David Brainerd School, bought last year by Hamilton County, have driven a wedge between county commissioners and the school board for more than a year.

Billions of Tennessee dollars are going down the drain. And into new pipes, manhole covers, pump stations and wastewater treatment plants.

Though tornadoes have drastically altered some Hamilton County neighborhoods, the landscape of these areas still appears untouched on the county’s Geographic Information System website.

The Hamilton County school system, which annually accounts for more than half of the county's budget, is projecting to spend at least $10 million more in general purpose funds next fiscal year.

Dr. Mary Headrick, a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, will speak at the JFK Club on Monday. Headrick is a Maynardvillle physician who is competing with Democratic candidate Bill Taylor in the August primary.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond wants a retirement program with mandatory retirement at age 60 for sworn officers and higher payouts until those officers are eligible for Social Security benefits.

Orange construction fences still surround the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn where Occupy Chattanooga tents and canopies stood from November through March 19.

The Aug. 2 ballot is closer to final. Twenty-two candidates for local offices, 19 primary contenders for Tennessee General Assembly seats and four Hamilton County residents seeking to represent the state’s 3rd District in Congress have qualified for the ballot.

Tennessee American Water is holding "a gun to [the] heads" of local sewer utilities, the attorney for the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority says.

Local utilities and Chattanooga soon could be saddled with upward of $100 million in mandated sanitary sewer improvements.

Joe Engel played major league baseball at a time when the pay was measured in peanuts, not millions of dollars. When his playing days were over, he came to Chattanooga in 1929 to manage the minor league Lookouts.

Stripped to bare metal, welders’ torches in East Chattanooga are burning 101 years of wear off the Southern Railway 4501, the Tennessee Valley Railroad’s most famous locomotive.

Hamilton County Election Administrator Charlotte Mullis-Morgan hopes to notify the county’s voters of major precinct changes in the next two months.

In a tight vote, the Hamilton County Commission selected Greg Martin on Thursday to fill the school board's vacant District 3 seat. When voting for the seat, which represents Hixson and Middle Valley, commissioners split 5-4 between Martin and Tammy Zumbrun, who was nominated by District 3 Commissioner Mitch McClure.

The Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority sought the Hamilton County Commission's blessing Thursday for a last-minute purchasing exception that will allow the utility to contract with a consultant to create its own billing service.

Hamilton County Commissioners appointed Greg Martin to the vacant District 3 school board position.

For the next five months, the areas of Hixson and Middle Valley in Hamilton County's District 3 will be represented by two people they didn't elect.

A recent Hamilton County external audit raises red flags about internal controls in Trustee Bill Hullander's office, which functions as a county banker managing more than $1 billion a year.

The Hamilton County Election Commission on Monday certified the March 6 presidential primary results and discussed a meeting they held the night of it.

Hamilton County Election Commissioners voted today to certify the March 6 presidential preference primary and received an update on an election night decision to file a brief in an appeal of a recent ruling in favor of Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield in several groups’ effort to recall him.

Hamilton County’s budget season is cranking up, and Mayor Jim Coppinger says he’s asking elected officials and department heads to keep their belts cinched tight.

Hamilton County commissioners who attended a public forum Thursday for the 11 candidates seeking to fill a District 3 school board vacancy say there's no clear front-runner.

Representatives from Occupy Chattanooga, whose tents were removed from the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn on Monday, appeared before county commissioners Wednesday to challenge the actions of Chairman Larry Henry and Sheriff Jim Hammond.

Retiring Hamilton County school board member Everett Fairchild was honored Thursday night, and by Friday the process of replacing him was under way. The Hamilton County Commission had received 11 applications by late Friday. Commissioners will appoint someone to represent District 3 for the remainder of Fairchild's term, which ends in 2014.

A hard throw from centerfield took a “wicked second bounce” past Brooklyn Dodger third baseman Jackie Robinson and into a dugout that’s no longer in historic Engel Stadium.

Hamilton County Commissioners are prepared to sell and improve a tract in Enterprise South industrial park for American Tire Distributors, a company planning to open a Chattanooga location.

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