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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A city auditor’s probe criticizes Chattanooga Public Library director Corinne Hill for excess reimbursements for worldwide trips and says her top two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud.

A Chattanooga regulatory board on Wednesday flushed two years of work on how better to stop raw sewage from pouring into the Tennessee River when it rains.

City and county officials have abandoned plans to move the local law enforcement firing range from its decades-old home on Moccasin Bend to a proposed $5 million indoor shooting range on East 12th Street.

The Chattanooga City Council voted Tuesday to keep future retirees who are re-employed by the city from dipping into their current retirement while contributing to a new city pension.

A $2.6 million taxpayer-funded project is under way to digitize hundreds of thousands of city records — a project that Mayor Andy Berke's staff says will increase government transparency and efficiency.

A taxpayer-funded project that a judge struck down because of secret negotiations and a conflict of interest was re-approved Friday amid new accusations of impropriety.

Despite public opposition from residents and three City Council members, the city's Industrial Development Board voted today to re-approve the controversial taxpayer financing agreement that would subsidize a road up Aetna Mountain from the Black Creek golf course community.

For 30 minutes Tuesday, the City Council chambers sounded more like a music hall than a legislative meeting place.

After making multiple changes to the proposed sound ordinance, City Council voted to defer the ordinance for one week.

Chattanooga's proposed sound ordinance was supposed to fix — or at least offer a legal solution to — the noise complaints associated with the popular music venue Track 29.

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