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Cliff Hightower

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Chattanooga is closing in on opening two new parks within the next few months, including the first downtown park created in 15 years.

Several high-level city officials have retired, but there are no plans to fill those positions with a new administration on the horizon.

Tennessee American Water customers will see changes in their billing effective today as the company stops charging for sewer service.

The Chattanooga region got just a dusting of snow and a sprinkle of ice from the weekend's precipitation, but if it had been more, local officials were ready.

The chairman of the Hamilton County Election Commission said this week he saw no need for any more early voting sites besides the ones already established by the commission.

Vannice Hughley hates the thought of seeing a road pass through a historic former park in downtown Chattanooga.

Construction crews will have to work quickly next year to repair the 21st Century Waterfront between two of the riverfront's biggest events — the Riverbend Festival in June and Head of the Hooch in November.

Almost two months after Hamilton County Democratic officials said they would stay out of the March Chattanooga mayor's race, they changed their minds and endorsed Andy Berke.

The road surrounding Eastgate Town Center soon could be upgraded, and the area around the Brainerd Mission could become a little greener.

Twenty-seven candidates qualified Thursday in a city election that may see more competition for City Council seats than the mayor's office.

Three candidates have qualified to run for Chattanooga mayor in March: former state Sen. Andy Berke, former city employee Guy Satterfield and perennial candidate Chester Heathington Jr.

The Hamilton County Commission is tightening benefits for new hires by limiting the number of leave days they can accrue each year.

The Hamilton County Commission today approved an employee handbook that will have tighter guidelines for accruing leave.

Steve Flegal put up 12 grand old flags in front of his business on Highway 58 four months ago.

The exit of a potentially strong candidate from the 2013 Chattanooga mayor's race Friday appears to leave almost a clear path for former state Sen. Andy Berke to walk into office.

Businessman and former Parks and Recreation Director Rob Healy announced this morning that he is dropping out of the Chattanooga mayoral race and will not run.

A majority of City Council members said Wednesday night they want to make sure there is adequate discussion before creating a clean-water authority from the city's sewer and water quality divisions.

City Councilman Andraé McGary said Wednesday he would run for re-election to his District 8 City Council seat.

The Chattanooga City Council approved early voting sites for the next city election in an 8-0 vote Tuesday night, doubling the number of satellite sites.

Two of Chattanooga's three mayoral candidates lashed out Monday against Mayor Ron Littlefield's plans to consolidate the sewer and water quality departments into a separate, standalone authority.

Ron Littlefield is starting small, but thinking big.

Chattanooga's newest police station is sporting an old-style sign.

Some Chattanooga City Council members want to open satellite early voting sites for the March 2013 elections but the elections administrator is warning them about increased costs.

Red flags raised over financial management practices at the Tivoli Theatre were ignored for more than seven years, records show.

A longtime city manager of Tivoli Theatre and Memorial Auditorium has resigned after an internal audit uncovered misappropriation of funds.

The City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to assess tax break programs on an individual basis until the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce completes a study on how other municipalities handle tax incentives.

Chattanooga City Council members are wondering whether it's time to put the brakes on tax breaks for employers and developers.

Can you say "crackdown?"

Christmas in downtown Chattanooga should be a little greener this year.

An Indiana-made liquor that bears Chattanooga's name is getting a tiny bit closer to becoming a home brew.

Chattanooga has levied the largest stormwater fine in city history -- $50,500 and counting -- against developer Don Walker.

The Chattanooga City Council approved 8-1 Tuesday night a public hearing for a proposed new regional wastewater authority, which initially would consist of the city's sewer and stormwater departments.

A local developer has been fined $50,500 by the Chattanooga Stormwater Board for illegally dumping fill dirt next to an impaired creek without proper permits.

Former state Sen. Andy Berke told supporters Thursday night that if elected, four main priorities would drive his mayoral administration.

Longtime businessman and former Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Director Rob Healy says he will run for Chattanooga mayor — again.

Mayor Ron Littlefield said Wednesday he plans on creating a quasi-governmental wastewater authority that would bring together the city's wastewater and stormwater divisions.

Longtime businessman and former Parks and Recreation Director Rob Healy said today he is formally entering the race for Chattanooga mayor.

The chances for anyone getting lead poisoning from contaminated soil in the Southside area are very slim, a top environmental agency official said Tuesday.

A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation official said today there is no immediate danger from lead contamination in the Southside.

Chattanooga's recycling program is getting bigger.

Up next are the March elections.

Chattanooga voters overwhelmingly approved a city charter amendment Tuesday that would mirror state laws when it comes to recalls of elected officials.

Hamilton and area counties returned four incumbents to the Tennessee House of Representatives Tuesday, along with two new lawmakers.

City officials will hold a public meeting next week as they think about how to improve the old Wilcox Tunnel.

North Chattanooga is losing an entry onto northbound U.S. Highway 27.

A leader of a group that tried to oust Mayor Ron Littlefield criticized a Chattanooga charter amendment on the Tuesday ballot that city officials hope will clean up questions about recall votes.

A high-ranking city official is in the middle of a city investigation into whether, as a board member of the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center, she helped put her husband in a position to earn close to $30,000 selling the center insurance.

The Chattanooga City Council directed the city attorney's office Tuesday to start drafting an ordinance to crack down on thefts of old cars being sold to scrap yards.

They pick them up anywhere and everywhere. On the sides of roads, in front yards and backyards.

Roger Tuder, candidate for City Council District 2, said he has raised more than $20,000 in three weeks for his campaign.

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