Joy Lukachick


phone: 423-757-6659




Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work.

Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille.

When Joy isn't chasing down stories, she is a full-time supporter of the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. She also loves cooking Cajun food.

Contact joy at 423-757-6659 or jlukachick@timesfreepress.com

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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is close to making his pick for a new police chief.

Chattanooga officials say they’ll look into the idea of bringing back the city’s Choo Choo but they’ll make no promises.

City Council gave the city the thumbs up to pursue a $400,000 grant to study the possibility of a light rail system to run from downtown to Enterprise South.

Journalists chattered, tripods clicked into place and viewfinders snapped open as camera crews crowded the atrium of one of Chattanooga's inner-city recreation centers.

Chattanooga officials went on the offense Tuesday in an ongoing feud between the city and Hamilton County Schools.

After filing a lawsuit on Friday, Hamilton County School officials have countered a city offer to make reparations for years of unpaid liquor taxes.

With talks stalled and a potential change in state law threatening the mounting tab owed to the Hamilton County school system over past-due liquor taxes, school officials filed a lawsuit against Chattanooga on Friday as a safeguard.

ATLANTA — At the first legislative hearing to tackle the spike in violence in Georgia prisons, two state senators called on corrections officials to answer for how prisoners in many cases were able to predict their own deaths.

A month after Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's milestone fire and police pension reform was approved, a group of retired officers and firefighters has challenged the legality of the changes.

The hotly debated ordinance that would enable pedicab owners to allow drinking on their pedal-powered machines passed its first reading.

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