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Cliff Hightower

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Chattanooga Mayor-elect Andy Berke announced this morning attorneys Wade Hinton and Travis McDonough will lead his transition team for his next administration.

Hamilton County election commissioners will meet this morning to decide whether write-in votes will be counted in Chattanooga's District 9 City Council race.

The Hamilton County Election Commission will meet Thursday at 8 a.m. to decide on whether a runoff in the Chattanooga District 9 council race is required.

Former state Sen. Andy Berke now has a new title to add to his resume — mayor of Chattanooga.

Voters sent three City Council incumbents home for good Tuesday night. And for two others, the campaign season's not over until a runoff election next month.

Chattanooga will have a new mayor-elect for the first time in eight years by the close of election polls at 7 tonight.

Robert Thein knows a thing or two about crime in Chattanooga. He's seen it firsthand.

A 2-year-old political action committee formed by Tennessee American Water is putting money to Chattanooga's mayor and council races.

The roots of green that run from Andy Berke's campaign extend beyond the city limits of Chattanooga and across the state.

The hottest City Council race — moneywise — lies between the Tennessee River and state Route 153.

District 2 City Council candidate Roger Tuder leads the pack for most money raised by a council hopeful, according to early campaign reports.

The mayoral candidate known for his clean image and crisp talking points deflected questions Friday about the Berke family's property holdings in areas of Chattanooga rife with crime and decay.

The family of Chattanooga mayoral frontrunner Andy Berke owns property that sits amid one of the largest hotbeds of crime and gang activity in the city.

Chattanooga mayoral candidate Robert Chester Heathington Jr. challenged campaign frontrunner Andy Berke and his family to make more of an effort to deter crime at Woodlawn Apartments.

Mayoral candidate Chester Heathington is claiming that the family of campaign frontrunner Andy Berke is profiting from Woodlawn Apartments, a complex he says is the “epicenter” of crime in the city.

A 10-year-old mistake in selling a city park bought with federal money will mean taxpayers will have to pay double to get a new park.

Mayor Ron Littlefield's administration should explain why a new position in the 311 department is necessary, Councilwoman Deborah Scott said Tuesday.

A 10-year-old mistake in selling a city park bought with federal money will mean taxpayers will have to pay double to get a new park.

Chattanooga residents are being asked to give up the idea of a city band or the authority to throw petty criminals in the workhouse.

The Chattanooga Public Library wants to brew up some more interest in what it has to offer.

Political campaigning entered the City Council meeting Tuesday night when a council candidate accused a councilman of a possible conflict of interest.

Thirteen new traffic lights will be installed on state Route 153 beginning next week.

Chattanooga mayoral candidate Andy Berke released a plan that he says will make city government more accountable.

Early voting for the Chattanooga mayor and City Council election starts Wednesday, but it's anybody's guess how many people will cast ballots.

The heads are coming down.

A Chattanooga mayoral hopeful who has complained about a lack of attention to his campaign got plenty at a public forum Friday when he made a comment about Jews and said he would not help rehabilitate criminals.

The company handling the processing of sewer bills for Chattanooga, Rossville and the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority has made some concessions with pricing.

A mailer attacking Chattanooga City Council candidate Jerry Mitchell for a 13-year-old drunken driving charge in Florida has drawn Mitchell's ire and a disavowal from the two other candidates in the District 2 race.

The Chattanooga City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to hire a consultant for $100,000 to help create the Moccasin Bend Cleanwater Authority.

Chattanooga residents soon could have a new way to recycle.

In the race for Chattanooga mayor, this is what former state Sen. Andy Berke has in his favor: $674,000, 300 volunteers, four paid staff and wealthy donors.

Former Chattanooga Mayor Gene Roberts was remembered Thursday as "an honorable man" who was well respected.

Convenience costs in Chattanooga.

Service charges on the city's new sewer bills have left council members and administrators scrambling on how to deal with customer complaints.

Mayor Ron Littlefield is proposing to spend $100,000 to help set up the new Moccasin Bend Cleanwater Authority established last week.

New meters are going up across Chattanooga that should make it more convenient for users to pay for parking.

Chattanooga Council Chairwoman Pam Ladd said this week a flier found by a neighbor with Ladd's name attached to it is "deceitful" and "mean-spirited."

A handful of Chattanooga City Council candidates appeared before the Chattanooga Tea Party on Thursday night and demanded that government get its act together.

The city's newest park stretches out in a line, with sculptures anchoring each end and the largest sculptures claiming the middle ground.

The Chattanooga City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday night to create the new Moccasin Bend Cleanwater Authority, a conglomeration of the city's sewer and water quality departments.

Chattanooga's City Council today may bring to a close one of the most contentious and hard-fought rezoning battles in the city in years.

Don't expect the simmering dispute between two City Court judges and Mayor Ron Littlefield to go away anytime soon.

A high-ranking staff member for Mayor Ron Littlefield withdrew her name Tuesday from consideration as City Court clerk and within minutes two city judges walked out of the room after being called "unprofessional" by the city's mayor.

Anita Ebersole, deputy to Mayor Ron Littlefield, told council members today that she did not want to be considered for the appointment as City Court clerk.

Council Chairwoman Pam Ladd doesn't want her colleagues on the council to spend a lot of time on next year's budget before a new mayor and council are in place.

Terry Lee sat in a chair Wednesday night waiting for the guest of honor to take the podium.

District 9 City Council candidate Yusuf Hakeem said Wednesday he believes a failed attempt to oust him from the March ballot is a political move by the man he is trying to unseat.

The first round of sewer repairs should come within nine to 10 months after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a series of expenditures totaling almost $38 million.

Chattanooga's first bill is coming in for sewer repairs, and at least $38 million worth of work will begin this year.

Just eight weeks from now, on March 5, Chattanooga voters will choose a new mayor and as many as seven new City Council members.

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