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Ellis Smith

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One of Chattanooga's most public partnerships is going through an acrimonious breakup amid allegations of secret meetings, backroom dealings and accounting misappropriations, court papers show.

The gap between giving thanks and grabbing deals will all but disappear this year, as the 2013 shopping season encroaches on Thanksgiving like never before.

Two days before Thanksgiving, homeowner Bob Smith faced eviction from his St. Elmo house.

Andrew Kean, the city of Chattanooga's first chief operating officer under Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, has landed a job in the private sector at Chattanooga Whiskey and the Tennessee Stillhouse.

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise is buying 33 properties scattered around the perimeter of Tennessee Temple University, which is working to offload large chunks of its sprawling, crumbling campus to local groups.

It took a fire to burn away the veil that obscured the grime and filth at Patten Towers, the public housing project in downtown Chattanooga that was able to pass federal, state and local inspections for years in spite of a laundry list of health and safety defects that remained hidden from public view.

Federal regulators have granted another nine-month extension of TVA's construction permit for the oft-delayed Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant to give TVA a cushion in meeting its targeted completion of the plant's second reactor.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today formally accepted TVA’s bid to continue construction on its oft-delayed second reactor at the Watts Bar nuclear project near Spring City, Tenn., extending TVA’s permit until Sept 30, 2016.

A military vehicle carrying a UFO and an alien pilot has been making the rounds at state fairs, fall festivals and BBQs throughout the counties around Chattanooga.

Video gamers like playing games, and they also like watching other people play video games.

Belgian flooring manufacturer IVC says it will build a new $80 million luxury vinyl flooring plant in the U.S., which when finished in early 2015 will boast the largest capacity of any such plant in North America.

The Chattanooga invention known as the NODE came up short in Walmart’s contest to crown the next big king of its online store, but the company that makes the NODE says simply being in the contest was enough to juice up its business.

Chattanooga-based Unum beat Wall Street expectations by three cents per share in the third quarter, earning $224.6 million, or 85 cents per share, the company reported Monday.

A private group is working quietly with government agencies to assemble a large amount of brownfield property on 10th Street that could become a major component of UTC’s campus expansion, and will mark the farthest south the University’s footprint has ever extended.

A little-known change to Tennessee law could limit options for the United Auto Workers labor union, which is working to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga-based Craftworks' cup is running over, as the brand prepares to stuff a handful of awards into its already packed trophy case.

Fork & Pie is closing, said owner Mike Robinson, who plans to switch gears and instead offer pies and pie fillings at grocery stores throughout the Chattanooga area.

Put a fork in it, Fork & Pie is done after just over a year in business.

Spectators hissed as Jason Brown started to blame his late father, apparent Ponzi schemer Jack E. Brown, for the entirety of the small-town meltdown that has left dozens of widows and retirees destitute.

The Chattanooga Whiskey saga took another turn Thursday, as company co-founders Joe Ledbetter and Tim Piersant unveiled a $6 million plan to build the Tennessee Stillhouse in the fortresslike John Ross building.

The son of late tax preparer and apparent Ponzi schemer Jack E. Brown apologized on his father's behalf to a group of creditors today, and claimed he had little to do with his father's ruinous financial dealings.

The three-story warehouse was too small to hold their dreams.

The Dixie Group soared back to pre-recession prosperity in the third quarter with a 37 percent jump in sales from the third quarter of 2012, as Americans' fondness for soft carpet and wool fibers returned with a vengeance.

Nashville may be the political center of Tennessee, but statistics released on the eve of Halloween show that the Scenic City takes the cake as the state's candy capital.

LifeKraze, the Chattanooga social media company based around healthy lifestyles that launched in 2011, is set to slim down its business model and change its name to Spire.

The Sweet Peppers Deli franchises in Chattanooga operated by father and son team Mitchell and Frank Bell are closing up shop this week, employees say.

As the Tennessee Valley Authority cranks up the 18-month processes to decide how it will generate power for the next 20 years, officials say renewable energy -- namely wind -- will play a big role.

A mild summer has forced EPB to make substantial cutbacks, and more good weather ahead could be bad news for the company's planned projects, executives of the city-owned power utility told their board on Friday.

Chattanooga-based TransCard has stepped up as the top sponsor of the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga, the city's nonprofit leadership and development organization, YPAC said in a news release.

The Federal Trade Commission has sued a handful of payday loan collection agencies for practices that the agency says are in violation of the law.

For decades, movie directors have dared to dream for years about the melding of man and machine in films like "Robocop," "Blade Runner" and "Battlestar Galactica."

The Krystal Co. may be an Atlanta company now, but its Chattanooga heritage will live on in a museum hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, CEO Doug Pendergast will announce today at a Rotary Club meeting.

The Industrial Development Board is set to give four years of tax breaks to WNA Chattanooga, known for years as American Plastics, as part of a $15.2 million expansion that will create 53 new jobs.

It's shaping up to be a solid year for the housing market, as home sales and new housing starts rose across the board in September.

Southwire plans to expand in Carroll County, Ga., where it will add 375 jobs and invest $95 million at a time when the market for wire is spooling up, according to a news release.

Slawsa, the half-slaw, half-salsa invention championed by Chattanooga creator Julie Busha, will appear on ABC's "Shark Tank" on Nov. 15, as Busha pitches the brand to a panel of billionaire investors and a national television audience.

A promising patent could allow Chattanooga-based Global Green Lighting to use city streetlights to power smart devices across the city, reducing the need for cell towers and other special mounts for video cameras, air quality sensors and Wi-Fi transmitters.

A Chattanooga startup is on the verge of winning a spot on Wal-Mart's virtual shelves, if online voters give it the thumbs up today in a contest against a cross-state rival.

A Chattanooga-area startup is facing the prospect of dramatic growth as part of Walmart’s effort to use Internet opinion to determine which promising new products will earn a place in its virtual shelves.

First Horizon Corp., parent company of First Tennessee, lost 45 cents per share in the third quarter, after the bank found out it may have to buy back bad mortgages it had sold to Fannie Mae in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

It's not every day you pay $40 for a meal and get an unexpected side order of sex.

It's nearly time for the lunch rush at Quick Cash Pawn Shop on Rossville Boulevard.

Businesses say they've been flummoxed by the federal government's shutdown of the E-Verify system, which is needed to confirm that new hires are legal citizens.

The massive meltdown that clobbered the housing market and crushed the U.S. economy can be traced, in part, to a little-understood part of the human body: our adrenal glands.

The average forklift operator, ditch digger or truck driver may not consider their position a "green job."

The government is shut down, the headlines say. But in reality, shutdown may be too strong a word.

Amid growing consumer unease at the mounting U.S. deficit, Nobel laureate Robert Lucas told a group of Chattanooga college students on Monday that the best way to fix the country’s debt problem is to reform skyrocketing entitlement spending.

In a bid to dodge the fierce legal battles that have defined its past double-digit rate hikes, Tennessee American Water is toning down its rate rhetoric this year as it seeks approval for a new framework that will automatically pass many costs onto customers without litigation.

Tennessee American Water has proposed raising residential rates an average of 24 cents per month, or a 1.1 percent increase, to raise $7.5 million in new capital for 2014.

A full repeal of the Affordable Care Act appears unlikely, but Republicans and Democrats could unite to roll back an unpopular 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, which has cut into profitability at a handful of Chattanooga-area businesses and pushed up costs for consumers.

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