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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.

Chattanooga City Council voted 6-3 to approve the first reading to allow patrons to bring beer on pedicabs.

In two weeks the city of Chattanooga will own the dilapidated former Harriet Tubman public housing site, but Mayor Andy Berke said it could take several years to see an industrial user on the East Chattanooga property.

An inch of snow this winter that paralyzed streets and highways, stranded some children at school and sent vehicles skidding off roads cost Chattanooga and Hamilton County taxpayers nearly $370,000 to clear.

A national credit ratings firm praised Chattanooga for reforms to its Fire and Police Pension Fund that cut rising costs and reduced the fund's unfunded liability by $86 million.

The list of candidates for Chattanooga police chief has been narrowed to fewer than 20, and Mayor Andy Berke's blue-ribbon panel is interviewing some of them in person this week.

A national credit ratings firm praised Chattanooga in a weekly report for reducing the city's unfunded liability through the fire and police pension reform.

Whether 15 people should have the freedom to strap a cooler of beer to the back of a pedal-powered pedicab and ride across downtown Chattanooga is in the hands of the City Council.

After an hour-and-a-half of questions and confusion for a request to serve beer on two of the city's pedal-powered pedicabs, officials voted to defer action for one week.

Eight months ago, Chattanooga City Council members rejected an out-of-town developer’s plan to build a 260-apartment complex in East Brainerd after neighbors complained it would add to Gunbarrel Road’s congestion.

A citywide initiative to build more sidewalks and bicycle lanes that is part of Mayor Andy Berke's plan to expand access to public transportation squeaked by the City Council on Tuesday night.

Ten months after taking office, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke signed a new agreement with the public services workers union that proponents say will offer employees a bigger voice in city affairs, though one city councilman expressed worries.

When Mayor Andy Berke took office last spring, his administration stopped making payments on a legally required tax to the county school system that the previous administration had started to pay.

It was hard to read the reactions of the 13 gang members and felons who walked out of Chattanooga's first Violence Reduction Initiative call-in Thursday night.

Chattanooga City Council members this week unanimously approved a $75,000 settlement with a former part-time city employee who accused retired Director of General Services Paul Page of sexual harassment.

As more people choose to board buses, ride bicycles and use other forms of public transportation, Chattanooga transportation officials have identified key target areas in hopes of transforming the way people can travel in the Scenic City.

A City Council meeting requested by Chairman Yusuf Hakeem to consider whether to sack the city's transportation director has been canceled.

Chattanooga Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem wants to sack the city’s transportation director because the councilman believes he was called a “crook.”

Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem wants to defund Transportation Director Blythe Bailey's position because he questioned Hakeem's proposal to funnel money to a private company.

City Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem has threatened not to fund the city’s Transportation Department because he said transportation officials were opposed to funneling money into a private taxi company.

The controversial Central Avenue extension is proposed to come within eight feet of a historic black neighborhood park.

The chairwoman of the McKamey Animal Center has resigned, the second person in five months to leave the center ostensibly as a result of problems dealing with Chattanooga city government.

McKamey Animal Center’s board Chairwoman Ann Ball resigned Wednesday night after she stepped in as chair and to head the center in November when the executive director resigned.

Police officers and firefighters will have to contribute more to their retirement plan starting July 1 and new recruits will be subject to a retirement age with Tuesday's passage of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's pension reforms.

After two years of fruitless efforts to sell what was one of the largest public housing complexes in Chattanooga, the housing authority on Tuesday accepted the city’s offer of $2.6 million in cash.

Chattanooga City Council unanimously approved tax breaks for the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. set to build a new distribution center at the former Olan Mills site.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced Monday the first citywide book drive to help put books in the hands of students served at the city's 17 youth and family development centers.

A hearing Monday to consider whether a recall effort to oust Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson should be halted until a judge rules on the merits of a lawsuit Anderson filed to block the recall will be rescheduled.

Mayor Andy Berke announced a city-wide book drive today so residents can donate books across the city through April 9.

Councilman Chris Anderson's attorney pushed back today's hearing where a local judge was to decide whether to halt the recall effort until he rules on the lawsuit.

Chattanooga officials are trying to fix years of what police officers have called an unfair and confusing pay structure in which recently hired officers have the potential to make more money than their supervisors.

City Councilman Chris Anderson added Chattanooga and Tennessee to his lawsuit filed in mid-February to block an effort to recall him.

Councilman Chris Anderson added the city of Chattanooga and Tennessee to his lawsuit that was filed mid-February to block his recall effort.

For 11 years Jamani Greer has practiced softball at the city's Washington Hills Recreation Center. And since she was 6 years old the center's director, Dennis Leftwhich, has helped coached her.

In their grief, two mothers found kindred spirits in each other.

Of the 40 donors who gave Councilman Chris Anderson more than $100 for his Chattanooga City Council bid last year, just three live in his district.

Cities across Tennessee need to start paying school districts millions of dollars in unpaid mixed-drink taxes, the state attorney general says.

Before City Council members took their first vote on Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's fire and police pension reform, the mayor publicly promised to use savings from the pension to fix years' worth of pay disparities within the police department.

Chattanooga Housing Authority board members have at least three bids to consider for the purchase of the former Harriet Tubman housing site, the Times Free Press has learned.

Chattanooga City Council unanimously votes to approve the first reading of Mayor Andy Berke's pension reform.

A neighborhood coalition wants federal prosecutors to investigate the Chattanooga Housing Authority for a bidding process that for two years has failed to sell the city's second-largest public housing site.

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