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Joan Garrett McClane

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Tucked away in the far recesses of the Internet, a strange black market for chicken pox has been forming in Tennessee and nationally by parents who fear that required vaccines will harm their children.

Students at UTC are being told to retake classes they may not need to repeat and, in some cases, fork over more money for the added courses.

Hamilton County public school teachers, administrators and support staff will be honored this spring in a new award program intended to highlight top-performing educators.

Before the neighborhoods and stores in Bradley and McMinn counties needed rebuilding, before insurance companies were on speed dial and chain saws buzzed sunrise to sunset, Connie Wright's life was fairly quiet.

Caleb Powell waited as long as he could before he bought "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." He knew what would happen to him once the video game was in the console. People were rumored to disappear for weeks in the game's world where they could do anything, be anyone and go anywhere.

In 11 days, Powerball tickets in Tennessee and Georgia will double in cost to $2 per play.

Eight months ago, Cotton Perry's Ringgold, Ga., mechanic shop, the one he worked to build for 32 years, was ripped apart by a tornado.

Parts of the two-story Mosaic church building on Market Street look like a church. A tall wall is hung with paintings of gold crosses, images of Jesus, messages from the Bible and dancing children. Chairs are set out in rows.

Next year the state will divvy out more than $2.6 million for eight infrastructure projects in Southeast Tennessee communities, officials said.

Family tumult and financial stresses during and after the holiday season force more children into state custody each year, and officials with Youth Villages in Chattanooga say there aren't enough families stepping up to be foster parents.

As consumers suffer from buyer remorse this holiday season and return more merchandise than ever before, retailers are scrambling to stop fraudulent returns, which also are up this year, a national report shows.

A conflict between two neighbors over a wood-chopping business in Catoosa County, Ga., has now escalated to two lawsuits, and both sides say they won't back down without a fight.

A hotel that was the subject of a Chattanooga Times Free Press investigation earlier this year is among 35 hotels in Tennessee being penalized by the U.S. Department of Labor for violating federal wage and hour laws.

State House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick was on an access road near the Chickamauga dam when his cellphone rang with a question from a reporter.

Elementary schools that don't integrate painting, dancing and acting into their curriculums are setting students up for faulty imaginations and lower test scores, arts activists say.

Half a million students across the country and thousands in Tennessee and Georgia could lose their federal Pell grants for college if a proposal in Congress passes during the next few weeks of Washington budget talks.

Early next year, a North Georgia jury will hear details about a night 19 years ago when an infant suffered a fatal skull fracture at the hands of someone in his family's home.

Afterward, when the baby was underground and the nursery door was shut, their thoughts swung back to the quiet moments of anticipation.

The Never Forgotten room is on a back hallway of the neonatal intensive care unit at Erlanger hospital, just far enough away from where the living newborns are being nursed and crying.

A local trail preservation nonprofit, Wild Trails, is giving $10,000 toward trail maintenance and tornado cleanup on some wilderness paths decimated by the April twisters.

Small businesses, often overshadowed by high-traffic malls and big-box retailers during the Christmas shopping season, are hoping for a buying blitz today.

As Tennessee families paused to give thanks around the dinner table Thursday, one of every six households was getting help from Uncle Sam.

During the holidays, when trinkets, toys and ornaments abound, a child's risk of choking increases significantly, and Erlanger officials say one of the biggest dangers this season could be button batteries.

On Saturday, in a private dining room at Memorial Hospital, a small group joined around a table to talk about life after a loved one's suicide.

Officials with Erlanger said the hospital's nurses sent a dead infant home with his mother in a cooler because state law says they couldn't keep the fetal remains.

Officials with Erlanger Hospital said the hospital’s nurses sent a dead infant home with his mother in a cooler because state law says they couldn’t keep the fetal remains.

Hutcheson Medical Center took on the Erlanger brand name as of Friday, and officials with both hospitals see the change as a chance to regain confidence in the North Georgia hospital, which has become synonymous with fleeing physicians, layoffs and mounting debt.

Hutcheson Medical Center is changing its name — slightly.

A hundred nervous actors, tour guides and security officers scatter throughout the labyrinth of hallways and Sunday school rooms at Oakwood Baptist Church.

Becca Kilgore, a timid, blond-headed 15-year-old with just a learner's permit, pressed her foot on the gas -- lightly at first.

In the ultracompetitive world of college admissions, the gatekeepers are getting nosier than most high schoolers and their parents realize.

A community health partnership that provides health care to the working poor has delivered more than $75 million in services to nearly 7,500 people in seven years, officials with the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga announced Thursday.

In Tennessee and Georgia, community volunteers 55 and older are donating more than $2.5 billion worth of time in after-school programs and social agencies, a report released this week by the federal government shows.

The scenario for this pseudo nuclear emergency was written much earlier, and most of the 700 people responding had no idea how it would play out.

A bike-sharing program, the first of its kind in Chattanooga, is on schedule to ease the frustration of anyone who has ever muttered under their breath about downtown parking or congestion slowing their commute to lunch, officials said.

Defaulting on a student loan can haunt you -- standing in the way of a new job, buying a house, renting an apartment, going back to school.

Dawsonville, Ga., natives will tell you that the roots for American stockcar racing can be traced back to their hometown, where "shiners" sped to deliver Prohibition-era

One of the most well-known legends in Cleveland, Ga., begins with magic cabbage.

At Trade Day in Collinsville, Ala., you can find anything from chickens and pigs to rare antiques.

Two Hamilton County emergency responders are under investigation into whether they delivered the wrong dosage of medication to a man who was rescued after he was found hanging by his ankle on a challenge course, officials said.

Update: Family of man trapped in ropes course asks for privacy

Hamilton County paramedics under investigation

Two emergency responders who transported a man injured on a ropes course to the hospital are under investigation, officials said.

People said 9/11 would change everything, and didn't it? At the airport, we submit to full-body scans, take our shoes off and keep containers of liquids small enough to fit into Ziploc bags.

A man who fell from a ropes course in Hixson and hung by an ankle for two days remains in very critical condition at Erlanger hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said today.

A man found dead in South Chickamauga Creek with weights in his backpack was laid off from McKee Foods in July, said officials of the company that makes Little Debbie snacks.

Karen Doche knows what she’s up against. People with bachelor’s degrees are out there looking for jobs, people with master’s and doctorates, too.

The doctors spent six hours digging out grass, dirt and pine needles that collected in Faith's body as she was dragged down a hill on Lookout Mountain.

For the real train enthusiast, there are few things as thrilling as seeing an old locomotive blow steam. At least that seemed to be true Friday when recently restored Southern Railway No. 630 departed for its first long trip through Chattanooga.

To some college students, the thousands in federal loans they spend for school each semester can feel like Monopoly money because it can be years before a bill appears in their mailbox.

A controversial educator will talk about putting students at the forefront of school reform efforts, a national poet laureate will argue for valuing art in economic tumult and a New York Times best-selling author will talk about food choices.

In the south side of Chattanooga, hearts flutter and prayers go out to God on the night before the first day of school at Howard School of Academics and Technology.

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