Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press.

A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama.

He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and the Alabama AP Managing Editors award for best public service story.

Before coming to Chattanooga in March 2010, Dan spent four years at The Anniston (Ala.) Star as a reporter and assistant metro editor. He also was a reporter at The Daily Mountain Eagle, in Jasper, Ala.

Dan Whisenhunt enjoys The Simpsons, comic books, video games and Alabama football.

Contact Dan at 423-757-6481 or dwhisenhunt@timesfreepress.com
Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/DWhisenhunt

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Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd’s first year in office has been a time of big ideas and some controversy.

Politicians often say that business people are better at managing a government budget because they know how to be cost-efficient.

On Wednesday, County Mayor Jim Coppinger will present his draft budget to the County Commission, and it’s likely to be down from last year’s budget of $638 million.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to pave roughly five miles of U.S. Highway 127 from the base of Signal Mountain to the top.

Less than three weeks after approving a contract with Cigna, Hamilton County commissioners said Thursday they don’t like what they are hearing about the county’s health insurance plan.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s office announced today that chief of staff Jeannine Alday will retire after more than 30 years in county government.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to pave roughly five miles of U.S. Highway 127 from the base of Signal Mountain to the top.

County Commissioners are already hearing complaints three weeks into the county’s switch from BlueCross BlueShield to Cigna to manage its self-funded insurance.

Hamilton County Auditor Bill McGriff knows where the money is. He’s been keeping track of county taxpayers’ funds for 36 years, before the current form of county government even existed.

Some convicted criminals in the Hamilton County Corrections program are having a tough time getting to alternative sentencing programs since the program was moved from Chattanooga to Red Bank, a former judge said Wednesday.

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