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Joan Garrett McClane

Stories by Joan

In the cellblocks of the county jail, suspected murderers, drug traffickers, burglars, wife beaters and rapists wait for hearings and trials. Somewhere among them sits Dennis James' schizophrenic son.

In the last few weeks schools have been talking about racial progress.

Change has swept across the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for years.

Steve Angle, senior vice president of Wright State University in Ohio, is being recommended to run the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was one of five finalists for the job.

TRION, Ga. — A neighborhood of shotgun houses sits beside Hays State Prison.

Question: Whatever happened to Stick Man?

Of the 877 new HIV cases in Tennessee last year, most were the result of viral accidents. A condom broke. A partner didn't know he or she was infected. Drugs or alcohol clouded judgment.

DELANO, Tenn. — The searchers are waiting for the water to go down, waiting for the mud to settle. They are waiting for crews to clear logs and branches from the creek.

People told them to toss their kids aside. Institutions were better places for them, school officials and doctors would say.

The tantrums started before Sarah's baby could walk.

Debbie Richman offered health insurance for her full-time restaurant employees long before people talked about Obamacare.

After Mary Schenck started M.M. Schenck Jeweler on Hixson Pike she went a decade without a paycheck.

The brick home at 6568 River Stream Drive was quiet Friday afternoon except for the sound of chimes rattled by cold wind.

At the beginning of 2012 the Tennessee Preppers Network put out a roll call on its website asking members if they were ready for the year.

Could the Connecticut shootings be a tipping point in the national debate about gun ownership?

When Darlene Banks landed in Chattanooga she was running away from a husband who hit her, and she had no idea where she was going.

Phyllis Cosper never expected to finish her college degree. For many years, there was only pain when she opened her books to study.

The Huddle House franchise has been growing far beyond the South in recent years, but officials with the restaurant company, which offers breakfast food 24 hours a day, said it wants to reclaim its traditional markets and plans a major expansion in the Chattanooga area.

A drug being made in Chattanooga that is intended to treat severe preeclampsia in pregnant women has been fast tracked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, officials said.

The big shopping bang that happened after the turkey slid into Ziploc was much more fruitful than retailers expected this year.

When Noah Oliver came to work at the Mountain City Club there were no women, no Jews and no blacks among its members. It was 1963, and he was 26 years old.

The artificial versus real Christmas tree debate seems to have calmed some this year as family incomes have stabilized, and dealers troubled by poor sales last year say they are preparing for a more festive holiday, whether fake or fresh.

No more waking before the crack of dawn with a gravy hangover. No more 3 a.m. traffic. This year, the rush for holiday deals will begin much sooner than usual: right after the turkey carving.

Every week, Stephanie Davis fills out papers to prove she is looking for work.

While the economy sputters along, a growing number of million-dollar homes are selling in Chattanooga.

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is set to speak Tuesday at the Tivoli Theatre, and organizers expect a large local reception, especially on the heels of the election.

The amount of debt carried by college students is going down.

There is a stiff wind blowing down Rossville Boulevard, and on a Tuesday at Ted's Service station cars pass in the cold.

A restaurant attached to the hotel built just for Norfolk Southern employees will offer a diner experience for more than train workers.

Since the ghosts and fake spider webs were packed away this week after Halloween, there has been a brief calm before the retail holiday storm.

Chattanooga's largest oncology practice is merging with the state's biggest practice, and the deal is expected to create one of the top physician-owned cancer clinic networks in the country.

The shop sells sewing machines, embroidery machines, sergers and quilting machines.

The famed "Central Park Jogger," who survived a brutal rape and beating in New York City in 1989, will speak to patients at Siskin Hospital in February, and organizers of the event hope her story will be an example of how to overcome tragedy.

Twenty-three-year-old Jesse Kiser waited patiently in a long line to find work at the Chattanooga Career Center on Thursday.

New technology being added at Chattanooga-based Volunteer Behavioral Health Care Systems will allow doctors, family members and caregivers to remotely monitor people in outpatient care for mental illness or addiction all hours of the day and night.

A female teacher at Walker Valley High School in Bradley County, Tenn., surrendered to police Tuesday after a grand jury indicted her on one count of sexual battery by an authority figure.

It's not good in Dalton. It's not bad in Dalton either. It just depends on who is talking. Jump off Interstate 75 and drive toward the heart of town, near the railroad tracks, and you will find a little downtown hustle.

It’s nearly hour six of the marathon, and the crowd is dwindling in Coolidge Park. Only a few slices of pizza are left.

A job readiness fair next week at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center will help the unemployed in Dalton get a leg up in an area that has lost more jobs in the last year than any other place in the country.

The national media is calling it "vaginagate."

For months, residents and city officials have been throwing around the 'P' word. That's right ... Publix.

When Felix Baumgartner leapt into the sky Sunday and began to plunge 24 miles to the floor of a New Mexico desert, George Galloway wasn't worried about the parachute.

Most of the 1,200 construction workers on the Wacker Chemical plant in Charleston, Tenn., are back on the job today.

The Tennessee Department of Labor has sent investigators to the Wacker Chemical construction site in Charleston, Tenn., to piece together how two workers fell from scaffolding Wednesday night and died.

Six years ago, a few months before the economic recession took hold, Metalworking Solutions was founded with one machine that bent metal and another than cut it.

It was business as usual at the Dade County Animal Hospital in Trenton, Ga., on Monday, even though a massive train derailment was being cleaned up across the road.

A week after controversy spread throughout Chattanooga's gay community, a crowd of hundreds rallied downtown in a show of solidarity.

There has been lots of talk around town about Chattanooga CARES' new executive director, Matt McAdoo, and his efforts to rebrand the HIV/AIDS resource agency.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic still disproportionately affects gay men, but the area's largest HIV/AIDS prevention agency wants to distance itself from homosexuality.

Jurors couldn't reach a verdict Friday in the case against Monica Dawn Hammers on a charge of attempted aggravated child abuse.

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