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Cliff Hightower

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The Moccasin Bend Clean Water Authority is in limbo.

The Chattanooga City Council unanimously approved a major City Hall reorganization, but not without a warning to Mayor Andy Berke.

City of Chattanooga Chief Operating Officer Andrew Kean today offered more specifics on government restructuring.

Chattanooga City Engineer Bill Payne will continue as interim director of the Moccasin Bend Clean Water Authority as the new city administration gets settled.

A week into office, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced what he called a "bold" plan to streamline government by eliminating four city departments and creating three new ones.

Chattanooga City Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem said Wednesday he wants to move ahead with committee appointments for the City Council, but how those committees will be defined is up in the air.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's first order of business Monday included a tour of the 911 Center and meetings with his team — acting department heads and senior staff members.

With a new mayor, a mostly new City Council and with city department heads being replaced, the leadership of Chattanooga's City Hall changes Monday as much as in any time in modern history.

Two high-priority Chattanooga department heads will be leaving office today, and at this point it appears there will be no immediate replacements.

Two new staff members have been named to Chattanooga Mayor-elect Andy Berke’s team.

Mayor-elect Andy Berke swept out City Hall on Wednesday, letting go 18 of 21 people who served under Mayor Ron Littlefield.

Anita Ebersole, deputy to outgoing Mayor Ron Littlefield, has been hired as the new city’s 311 director, city spokesman Richard Beeland said today.

Larry Grohn beat longtime Chattanooga Councilman Jack Benson on Tuesday night in a fight between former educators.

Larry Grohn, a retired educator, has beaten longtime Councilman Jack Benson in the District 4 runoff election tonight.

The runoff election to decide who will round out the Chattanooga City Council will be held today.

Chancellor Frank Brown on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by City Councilman Peter Murphy seeking a runoff election in the District 9 race.

Chancellor Frank Brown has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Hamilton County Election Commission by Councilman Peter Murphy contesting District 9 election results.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield came into office eight years ago on a platform of restoring neighborhoods.

Three newly elected Chattanooga City Council members have been meeting, but they aren't technically violating the state's open meetings law because they haven't been sworn in to office.

Mayor-elect Andy Berke gave a small glimpse Thursday night of his next administration by saying that in some way the city will be involved in early childhood education.

The transition to a new Chattanooga mayoral staff got rolling Wednesday with a directive to current administrators to turn in resignation letters by Friday.

Chattanooga Councilwoman Carol Berz announced today she will not be candidate for chairwoman when the new body gets organized April 16.

The vacant lot in the 700 block of Market Street will be turned into a new "pocket" park, a green space called Center Park that will be used to help house River City Co.'s Fresh on Fridays program.

The Chattanooga City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday night to allow the city to spend up to $250,000 on creating the Moccasin Bend Cleanwater Authority.

The City Council will be voting tonight on spending up to $250,000 to help create the new sewer and stormwater authority.

Chattanooga Mayor-elect Andy Berke will hold a public forum this week that will deal with youth development and education.

Question: Whatever happened to Chattanooga's kudzu-eating goats?

Colorful new banners are now hanging across downtown Chattanooga.

Stephen Spalding became an annual member of Bike Chattanooga before it even started.

The city continues to make improvements along 11th Street on and near the site of the old Farmers' Market.

A combination of trails could lead to Chattanooga's being named one of the nation's largest cities with a national trail system running through it.

Chattanooga Mayor-elect Andy Berke on Wednesday announced three appointments to his staff, two of them brand-new positions within the city.

Mayor-elect Andy Berke will hold a press conference today to announce some key appointments to his incoming administration.

The hard edge of the 21st Century Waterfront should start seeing repairs just after the Head of the Hooch ends, said Parks and Recreation Director Larry Zehnder. Zehnder gave a briefing to the Chattanooga City Council on Tu

The newly elected members of the Chattanooga City Council already have begun talking about the No. 1 issue they face when they are sworn in April 15.

Unlike the vague speeches and interviews that defined his campaign, Mayor-elect Andy Berke now is drilling down to specifics.

Peter Murphy took his fight to keep his District 9 Chattanooga City Council seat to court Thursday, asking a Hamilton County Chancery Court judge to order a runoff.

Chattanooga City Councilman Peter Murphy today filed suit against the Hamilton County Commission over its ruling that said Yusuf Hakeem had won the District 9 race in the March election and that there would be no runoff.

The Chattanooga City Council voted 9-0 on first reading to approve an ordinance making food trucks and trailers permanent fixtures on downtown city streets.

Councilman Peter Murphy said Tuesday that he and a band of District 9 residents plan on filing a lawsuit to force a runoff election. He just doesn't know when.

Hamilton County Election Commission Attorney Chris Clem told District 9 Councilman Peter Murphy today the councilman only had two options: accept the results of the election or sue.

Whether there's a runoff election in City Council District 9 could hang on a technicality.

District 9 Councilman Peter Murphy, who lost a re-election bid March 5, is asking the Hamilton County Election Commission to hold a runoff election.

A paving project in downtown Chattanooga has added benefits for bicyclists: a new bike corridor is being created from 20th Street to Riverfront Parkway along Chestnut Street.

Two-term Mayor Ron Littlefield sat in the front row of a newly revamped Memorial Auditorium theater that was almost three-fourths empty.

Mayor Ron Littlefield told an audience at the Memorial Auditorium that he has accomplished plenty in eight years in office.

The first steps of Mayor-elect Andy Berke's transition will be looking at the way city government operates and getting public input on how to improve it.

Former Chattanooga City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem could be just a few votes shy of winning the District 9 race, but incumbent Peter Murphy maintains the election should go to a runoff.

Mayor-elect Andy Berke announced his transition team Thursday morning.

The Hamilton County Commission today voted 5-0 to look at the seven write-in candidates in the District 9 Chattanooga City Council election before it makes a decision next Wednesday on whether there will be a runoff in the race.

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