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Joan Garrett McClane

Stories by Joan

After spending the morning weighing evidence in the case of a local woman charged with attempted aggravated assault, jurors told Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman they were at an impasse.

Standing along Brainerd Road, the man held his arm up high. In his hand he gripped as many wrapped rubbers as he could hold.

Tennessee had to be a tempting target.

Gandhi's grandson arrived in Chattanooga under gray skies and a downpour. His first meeting with city residents in the College Hill Courts projects was suppose to be picturesque, in a little garden off Grove Street.

For nearly 35 years, this university tucked inside the struggling Highland Park neighborhood knew exactly what it was.

Chattanooga after-school programs need to do a better job of encouraging academic work, helping with that work and involving youth in their decision-making, according to the first-ever analysis of local programs.

In an era of constant contact, teens can snap, shoot and text whenever they want, and the tentacles of schoolyard bullying now reach far beyond the jungle gym.

A conference being held downtown this week is expected to draw some of the most influential and brightest minds in arts and education, local art boosters say.

It's easy to forget it happened. A punch during hand-to-hand combat. A chip of rock after a mortar round. A tap on the head during a bumpy ride in the humvee. But the soldier's brain doesn't forget.

When Hurricane Katrina came to the Gulf Coast seven years ago today, Cherita Adams' life went underwater.

The searing summer heat is nearly over. But for many Chattanooga women, and some men, these sunny months were much steamier than expected.

Across from the city's most famous landmark, a small law office has appeared on Market Street boasting a bold awning.

The bride wore a lavender pantsuit, the groom a purple tie. Birds chirped in the shade trees, and the jail's silver barbed wire fencing shimmered in the sun.

Babies birthed from cabbages aren't the only things magical in Cleveland

In a county where the fiddle is king, expect an odd greeting from local townfolk

Some of the best hiking and camping in the South is just a day trip away

This fishing mecca also offers culture and adventure

Local filmmakers and officials with The Howard School are hoping a newly released documentary about the challenges and triumphs of the mostly black and poor inner-city school will spark a community movement.

The Tivoli Theatre was packed with viewers for a locally filmed documentary of The Howard School tonight.

In this room, no one is gun-shy.

The moonshine mile

A trip to Dawsonville will rev your engine

Dawsonville, Ga., traces its roots to moonshine and fast cars.

One Republican incumbent lost his state House of Representatives seat, but three others will keep theirs, at least until November.

Hamilton County Schools' rating under Tennnessee's new assessment model was unremarkable, according to a state report released Monday.

Walk into Corky Coker's world — the global headquarters of Coker Tire on a downtown Chattanooga back street -- and you'll enter a world of metal and engines and grease monkeys.

More than 1,400 families are expected to squeeze into the Camp Jordan Arena this weekend to shop for school curriculum and get schooled in home schooling.

New games, big jackpots and higher prices have all played a part in ramping up Tennessee lottery sales to record levels, and officials say a $30 million increase in education funding will pull the state out of two years of scholarship shortfalls.

On a steamy afternoon, Charmane Goins stands on the steps of the community center in the heart of Alton Park and watches his business in action.

It's Sunday morning, and Matt Nevels is at home again.

A shrinking pool of local money is forcing the city's nonprofits to rethink business as usual or close up shop, which hundreds have done.

Kevin Dowdy feels for pavement underfoot; through his eyes the world is black. He carries a long stick that can fold and fit into a backpack.

On Thursday afternoons the Yin Yang House on Frazier Avenue is full of people looking for a last resort.

Once upon a time, this was the wedding day little girls planned: Vows exchanged in the center aisle of a church. Billowing chiffon and satin. Red roses. Guests ushered to a fellowship hall for sherbet punch and crust-free sand

At the Gardner House, a group home for boys in state custody, a handful of teens sits around a dinner table and clips coupons together before their parents pick them up for the weekend. They wield the scissors with excitement.

Before people in the Tennessee Valley told stories of shingles rattling and roofs torn clean in half and children shivering in bathtubs for cover, before the long day of April 27, 2011, Paul Barys didn’t feel too appreciated.

Brainerd High Principal Charles Joynes offered a stern wake-up call to a group of self-described "white guys" Thursday night when he spoke to the Chattanooga Tea Party.

Brainerd High School Principal Charles Joynes, who has led the troubled school for three years and recently spearheaded an effort to reach young black men there, will be moved from his post this year.

In a 1,000-plus page biology textbook used to school Hamilton County students, the origin of human life takes up a mere chapter. The chapter, one of nearly 40, doesn’t show the well-known picture of a monkey evolving to man, but it does say primates evolved.

It took a room full of men and women to move the 212-pound, slimy mammoth into its new exhibit in the Tennessee Aquarium on Thursday morning. But he didn’t put up much of a fight, not even a wiggle.

School board members haggled over how to handle an unexpected $1.3 million addition to their budget for next year at Thursday night's board meeting.

Before age restrictions forced Ben Scott to retire from the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2010, the Chattanooga-area native traveled the world before settling as resident agent in charge of his hometown office.

Charles Boling Sr. didn’t drink alcohol before killing his wife, his son and himself, but a toxicology report shows he did have painkillers and possibly other opiates in his system.

The girls were called to the auditorium over the crackling public address system. Five minutes later the boys made their way to the gym. Neither group knew what was coming, but for Brainerd High School Principal Charles Joynes this was his moment to step in and father.

If you ask 17-year-old Jassiem Robertson when and why he started sagging his pants down low, he’ll tell you he doesn’t really remember. “I’ve been sagging since the cradle,” Robertson said, sitting outside Howard School of Academics and Technology, waiting for the bell to ring so he can shimmy his shorts a little lower than teachers will allow.

There is still some movement inside Trailer 84 on James Street in Rossville.

More than 100 homeless Chattanoogans are back on the streets tonight after the Chattanooga Community Kitchen closed its winter shelter service two weeks earlier than expected.

Midday sun comes through the windows of the Brunners’ family home on a back street in Clifton Hills, and the harsh glare hides a lot. It covers the signs of poverty. The cracks in the linoleum floor, trash on shelves, the streaks of dirt on the walls, the signs of want that alone are obstacle enough, but here aren’t even the worst thing.

Only a fifth of two-year college students get out of school with a degree, and for black men entering community college, the probability of dropping out is even higher, data shows.

The first lady of UTC and Chancellor Roger Brown’s wife, Carolyn Thompson, died Friday after an extended battle with bone marrow cancer. Thompson — known around campus for her humor and candor — was diagnosed with myelofibrosis last summer.

About six months after Angel Food Ministries—once the nation's largest nonprofit food ministry—closed, a local church is trying to fill families' food needs.

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