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Ellis Smith

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Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, the Birmingham-based bottling giant that controls the Chattanooga market for Coke's flavored fizz, has closed a deal to expand the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Co.'s territory by 40 percent, creating the newly formed Tennessee Valley Division of Coke United.

The Hardy Boys would name it "The Mystery of the Misplaced Light Bulbs: A Municipal Adventure."

Cameron Rogers made the leap to Chattanooga from New Brunswick, a small province on Canada's Atlantic coast, to pursue her dream job.

Bank customers will get a reprieve from the current weekslong delay in receiving customized debit cards, if a new technology introduced by First Tennessee Bank takes hold in the Chattanooga market.

A group of private investors led by former Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey has purchased the endangered Fleetwood Coffee Building for $3.5 million, with plans to transform the 45,000-square-foot warehouse into a mixed-use development.

Verizon is doubling 4G LTE speeds for many customers in most Tennessee markets, including Chattanooga and Cleveland, as it unveils an upgraded cellular network built using a chunk of wireless spectrum it bought in 2012.

A rainy reception kicked off Chattanooga's GigTank on Wednesday, the beginning of a chance for 11 entrepreneurs to create new companies during an intensive 12-week business boot camp.

There’s finally an end in sight to the city’s streetlight fight, as administration officials hit a self-imposed May 10 deadline to resolve the impasse over Chattanooga’s $24 million streetlight replacement program.

Nearly a dozen Chattanooga businesses and nonprofits won recognition on Thursday from their peers in the corporate community as part of the Better Business Bureau's annual Torch Awards.

EPB on Wednesday unveiled a new $3.5 million war room and distribution center at the rear of its sprawling complex at the corner of Oak and Greenwood streets.

Chattanoga-based Unum Group continued to rake in profits during the first quarter, beating analyst expectations by 3 cents per share.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian has indicted a Chattanooga man accused of operating a landscaping business that functioned as a front for a two-year international money-laundering operation that netted $90,000 in illegal funds.

You learn to ignore the rusty rails that snake through the heart of Chattanooga, a city at once defined and confined by its choo-choo heritage.

River City Co. released the latest and largest in a series of plans to bolster downtown housing this week, hyping an ambitious proposal to build as many as 77 apartments on the blighted 700 block of Market Street.

The Dixie Group fought through an expensive first quarter marred by severe weather and a complicated acquisition to beat Wall Street earnings estimates by 12 cents per share, the company reported.

When kings of yore returned victorious from battle, they would strip off their armor, settle into a great room and call for grog, dancing girls and slain beasts to be brought forth.

The City Council on Tuesday brushed off warnings that city-owned utility EPB may have overbilled Chattanooga taxpayers for millions of dollars in electricity that was never consumed.

Comcast is preparing to abandon the competitive Chattanooga market under a three-way deal the cable giant has struck with rival Charter Communications, if a plan to purchase Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators.

In the first strike of a campaign to uplift Chattanooga's center city district, River City Co. has purchased the historic Ross Hotel with plans to convert the abandoned building into as many as 20 middle-class apartments.

Keith Sanford is the type of man who knows how to fit $10,000 in each pocket if he needs to transport some cash.

Capital Toyota will nearly double in size by the end of May, as Tennessee's original Toyota dealer gasses up a growth plan that could drive it to the top of the podium as the Scenic City's volume dealer.

Chattanooga Auditor Stan Sewell released a report late Friday that fingered EPB for the spiraling cost of the city's streetlight replacement project, bolstering the case of Global Green Lighting in its feud with the city-owned utility.

The founders of Chattanooga Whiskey are quietly prepping the May launch of Freedom Moonshine, an unaged rye whiskey that will compete with established conglomerates and backwoods bootleggers alike.

The life of Stanley R. "Randy" Tucker ended Monday when his car swerved left off Interstate 75, hit an embankment and rolled. He was pronounced dead at SkyRidge Medical Center.

Chattanooga's biggest bank cut costs and boosted profits in the first quarter, beating Wall Street estimates by 4 cents per share.

This year, an estimated 11 million people will scrawl a phone number on a “for sale” sign and tape it to the back window of an unloved automobile, with hopes to make more from the sale than they would from selling their car to an auto dealer.

Tennessee American Water customers will start to see more frequent and less noticeable rate adjustments in coming years after the utility on Monday was awarded the ability to raise and lower water rates automatically when its costs change.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann held the red ribbon tight so Don Lepard could make a clean cut with an unwieldy pair of extra-large scissors.

Elder Grifton Glenn Jr., patriarch of a family that built, acquired and operated 17 Ace Hardware locations in Chattanooga, North Georgia and Knoxville, died Friday at his home. He was 86.

The Fortwood Center, Tennessee's oldest mental health clinic, today will mark its first full year under new ownership, touting expanded services and a new executive director as the facility prepares to embark on its 66th year in Chattanooga.

The first phase of flooring magnate Bob Shaw's 2.4-million-square-foot carpet mill in Carbondale, Ga., will come to life in June, completing the initial step toward construction of what Shaw says could one day be the largest carpet plant in the world, and one of the largest single manufacturing buildings of any type under the sun.

Chattanooga's history as a gritty city populated by daring entrepreneurs who bent steel and and built banks was written by businessmen like Harry S. Probasco and Jim Steffner.

A battle is raging over the keys to the kingdom at one of America's biggest logistics companies, after a sibling rivalry boiled over into the court system and tore a family apart.

A Chattanooga-based payday lender accused of spamming thousands of Americans with unwanted text messages suffered a setback this week as a lawsuit against his businesses gained class-action status.

Chattanooga's recovering housing economy suffered a relapse in 2013, with growth leveling off to an anemic 1.7 percent rise in new home starts on the heels of an impressive 28 percent jump in new home construction for 2012.

The plan to manufacture Chattanooga Whiskey here in the Scenic City has suffered another delay.

Gunfire crackled through Lookout Valley, the sharp reports bouncing up Elder Mountain as the sound waves echoed through schools, neighborhoods and churches surrounding the 86-acre Firemen and Policemen Outing Club.

Federal regulators and Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will meet with the public, payday lending officials and consumer advocates in Nashville today as part of a push to further regulate the payday lending industry and cut back on so-called "debt traps" that mire consumers in a cycle of poverty.

In the TV series "Lost," the Lamp Post was a secret facility used to help find a mysterious island.

Brace for a big jump in the use of words like "committee," "task force" and "action plan."

Chattanooga's fastest-growing business of the past decade will combine with an even faster-growing rival to create one of America's biggest freight and truck management services with sales expected to top $2 billion this year.

Access America isn’t like most flashy startups. Sure, almost no one wears suits, and yes, 35-year-old co-founder Allan Davis sports a company tattoo, and it’s true that employees throw footballs and do push-ups in the office.

Developers will pursue an 18-acre mixed-use development on Riverside Drive, filling the husk of a 300,000-square-foot metalworking plant that dates back to 1947, officials said Friday.

The death of former foundry king Gordon Street Jr., 75, on Thursday morning severed one of Chattanooga's last links to its past as the Dynamo of Dixie.

Chattanooga officials want to free the city's data from the traditional bureaucratic bonds of closed government and grant regular citizens open access to the huge amounts of information stored by city agencies, according to a draft resolution released Thursday.

Chattanooga investment group Blank Slate Ventures has made its largest-ever investment in an early-stage company.

Kenco Group on Tuesday appointed the first nonfamily chief executive to run the sprawling logistics and warehousing enterprise.

The engine of the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme continued to belch fumes as Mary Jane Rogers rolled down the window.

A jury found two brothers guilty of using insider information to make an illicit $50,000 profit on the stock market in at least the eighth insider trading prosecution related to the 2010 purchase of a Chattanooga company by a French pharmaceutical giant.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest flooring manufacturer and biggest tile manufacturer in North America, will build a $180 million ceramic tile plant in Dickson County, Tenn., to meet growing demand for hard surfaces here in the U.S.

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