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Ellis Smith

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It was a Thursday, a cold day, a work day, and the engineer responsible for a train full of industrial supplies on its way through Sale Creek leaned on the horn of his massive locomotive.

At one time, watching the Olympics meant tuning into a single over-the-air channel and depending on media companies to choose which events were fit to broadcast.

Unum Group offered no surprises on Tuesday in its fourth quarter financial report, as Chattanooga's biggest company revealed that it had met Wall Street analysts' best guess for its net income of 84 cents per share.

The operator of Chattanooga’s public bike sharing program is switching kiosk suppliers from the financially-troubled Public Bicycle System Company to 8D Technologies.

Real Estate Partners has settled a lawsuit in which former partner Gina Sakich alleged that secret company retreats, backroom dealings and accounting misappropriations by the firm's other partners were part of a plot to prevent her from selling her share in the business.

Shhhh. Hear that noise? That's the sound of raccoons, squirrels and rats playing hide-and-squeak in the crawl spaces, attics and walls of homes across the Chattanooga area, fleeing frigid temperatures.

Beretta USA Corp., maker of the M-9 pistol for U.S. armed forces, will build a firearms plant in Tennessee, following through on a promise it made to seek out a more gun-friendly state for its manufacturing operations.

Political delays, a confused vision and repeated inaction were behind a fruitless two-year attempt to sell the Harriet Tubman public housing complex, documents and interviews suggest.

Vinyl flooring is booming in Dalton, Ga.

Blink, and you could miss it.

The primary supplier for Bike Chattanooga has declared bankruptcy, adding uncertainty to the program's problem-plagued launch.

First Horizon National Corp., the parent company for First Tennessee Bank, fought economic and regulatory headwinds in 2013 to come out ahead, earning $23.5 million, or 10 cents per diluted share in 2013, compared to a loss of $27.8 million, or 11 cents per share in 2012.

Chattanooga-based Southtree has added a second location in Chattanooga, part of an non-stop expansion for the growing company that continually added more staff and space since its founding in 2001.

Stoic, staid power distributers aren’t known for their cutting-edge music acts. But Chattanooga’s city-owned utility has broken the mold, nabbing two Emmy nominations for a cross-country duet made possible by EPB’s citywide gigabit Internet installation.

When Chattanooga businessman Lex Tarumianz agreed to pump $100,000 from the Blank Slate Ventures fund into a startup, online restaurant reservation firm known as Quickcue, the business was still developing its technology and yet to turn a profit.

Chattanooga-based Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries has hired turnaround wizard Srinivas Kumar to lift the company's fortunes and boost profitability at a time when the casual dining market is under pressure.

Hundreds of homeowners across the Scenic City awoke this week to the horrifying sound of thousands of gallons of water gushing unhindered into their house, as thawing temperatures melted the ice that was holding broken plumbing together.

A nationally-acclaimed town planner is poised to help St. Elmo create a link between the historic hamlet's downtown district and Chattanooga's Riverwalk.

The NODE is an answer to life's nagging questions: What's that smell? What color paint is on my wall? How hot is this coffee?

Chattanooga-based Variable Inc. took home top honors at the biggest consumer electronics show in the world.

Jim Weigert, Comcast's vice president and general manager for the past three years, has left the company as part of a reorganization, a spokesman said Wednesday.

A Chattanooga company on Tuesday unveiled a new medical device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that zaps back agony with electrical impulses.

Flooring powerhouse Shaw Industries surprised analysts on Monday with an announcement that the company will exit the $2 billion area rug business and bolster its domestic presence in the luxury vinyl tile market.

Weather watchers are warning that Chattanooga temperatures won't rise above freezing from Sunday night until Wednesday morning, a reminder for homeowners, plumbers and retailers to brace for the inevitable crush of frozen faucets, broken pipes and icy toes.

The anonymous hackers who breached Target's data banks stole detailed financial data from nearly one in eight Americans over the shopping season, nearly all 40 million of whom are still reeling from the fallout.

Doctor shortages and health care changes aside, some of Erlanger's staff are fretting that a new hospital food service contract could force them to give up their post-surgery cinnamon dolce latte, grilled chicken cool wrap or philly cheesesteak.

Payday lender and philanthropist Carey V. Brown's business suffered a mortal blow at the hands of financial regulators, but he has no plans to abandon his career as an entrepreneur, nor has he dropped his dream to give away millions of dollars to save souls overseas.

The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission is taking a wait-and-see approach in response to allegations that Chattanooga-based Southern Honda Powersports sold hundreds of dangerously flawed motorcycles between 2007 and 2012.

There are two certainties for nonprofit that rely on charitable to fund their operations: Christmas and taxes.

What happens when Santa gets it wrong?

The McCallie School has found an uncommon way to eliminate the crime and blight surrounding it on several sides: Buy the neighborhood.

Tennessee’s lawmakers and lobbyists are gearing up for a booze battle in 2014 that could determine whether or not grocery stores can legally sell wine in the Volunteer State.

A white envelope tucked between the Christmas cards and the holiday gifts in December brought not good tidings and great joy, but news of rate increases that will affect most cable and DSL customers in Chattanooga.

OpenTable has bought Chattanooga startup Quickcue for $11.5 million in cash from investors Blank Slate Ventures and Chattanooga Renaissance Fund.

Tennessee American Water has closed a deal to buy the City of Whitwell's water system for $1.5 million, picking up 2,800 new customers in Marion and Sequatchie Counties to join more than 350,000 in Tennessee and North Georgia already receiving service from the privately-held water company.

OpenTable announced today that it has bought Chattanooga startup Quickcue from its founders and investor Lex Tarumianz for $11.5 million in cash.

A series of wins by Chattanooga Whiskey came to an end on Wednesday, as the distiller announced the cancellation of its New Year's Eve "Barrel Drop" in downtown Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Whiskey has canceled its New Year’s Eve “Barrel Drop,” which would have been the city’s first-ever celebration in the vein of New York’s Ball Drop or Atlanta’s Peach Drop.

A group of about 35 organized labor supporters gathered on Thursday in a public park to attack critics' efforts to sidetrack the United Auto Workers' ongoing campaign to organize the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.

Riding a wave of recovery in the U.S. housing market, Mohawk Industries is preparing to bolster its Georgia workforce and reinvigorate two aging carpet plants in the Peach State in early 2014.

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.

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