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Going into negotiations with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's pension reform task force, Fire and Police Pension Board members fought against changes they said would force police and firefighters out the door.

Pension board members voted this morning to approve Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's pension reform.

As dozens of police and firefighters packed a meeting room for their last chance to publicly address proposed changes to their pension plan before today's scheduled vote, Fire Capt. Tim Zink questioned why the city is cutting his paycheck.

As a group of District 7 residents collects signatures in a bid to recall Chris Anderson, the openly gay Chattanooga city councilman fought back Tuesday by filing a lawsuit to throw out the petition, claiming it is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Before the Fire and Police Pension Board votes Thursday whether to approve pension reform, officials will have to answer the latest barrage of questions on whether it's legal to alter officers' and firefighters' retirement.

The historic riverboat parked in front of Coolidge Park has been shut down indefinitely.

Despite District 7 Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson's complaint that the recall effort to unseat him is unconstitutional, election officials gave residents approval on Thursday to start collecting signatures on a petition.

The Hamilton County Election Commission unanimously voted to approve a petition to allow District 7 residents to recall councilman Chris Anderson.

As businesses across town shut down early in anticipation of a thick blanket of snow, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's pension task force held its final meeting to unveil the latest proposal aimed at putting the fire and police retirement plan on a financially sound path.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's pension reform that will hike employee contributions and cut retirees cost of living adjustments will save the city $227 million over the next 24 years, officials confirm.

Putting aside reservations about traffic, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously took the first step to approve a $100 million development expected to bring hundreds of jobs along with high-end apartments, restaurants and retail that could change the face of Hixson along Highway 153.

The City Council will decide tonight whether to give a local developer approval to build the largest commercial project in Chattanooga since Hamilton Place mall, adding $2 million annually to the city and county tax base.

The City Council will decide tonight whether to give a local developer approval to build the largest commercial project in Chattanooga since Hamilton Place mall, adding $2 million annually to the city and county tax base.

In the latest attempt to purchase the dilapidated Harriet Tubman housing site, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke on Friday offered housing officials $1 million along with a 20-acre site that Howard School supporters had hoped one day would be home to their new athletic complex.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke today entered another offer to purchase the former Harriet Tubman housing development site.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's 18-member pension task force will meet for the last time on Wednesday to outline the changes to the police and firefighters retirement plan.

For the past three years, local veterinarians have paid several hundred dollars a year for the city to pick up the bodies of euthanized pets and take them to McKamey Animal Center for cremation.

In single file, more than three dozen firefighters and police officers, active and retired, marched to Tuesday's City Council meeting waving signs in bold shades of blue and red.

A new ethics code issued by Mayor Andy Berke puts city administrators and anyone appointed by the mayor to a city board or agency on notice that any behavior that reflects negatively on the city will not be tolerated.

About 40 active and retired firefighters and police officers marched to City Council waving signs in opposition to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's recent pension reform.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued his first executive order today to update the city's code of ethics policy.

Cities across Tennessee that are failing to keep up with annual required contributions to their employee retirement plans would have to do so within six years or face a penalty, under legislation proposed by state pension officials.

A recent city audit found that Chattanooga City Court has overcharged residents with outstanding traffic tickets or water quality bills by tacking on the collection agency's fee to the cost of the bill.

Days before Thursday's expected vote on Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's reforms to the police and firefighter retirement plan, board members said the vote will be postponed.

A new East Chattanooga neighborhood group clamored on Saturday for the city to buy the derelict Harriet Tubman public housing complex, though most members said they don't support Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's current plan for the site.

The quest to cast off the dilapidated Harriet Tubman Homes took another turn this week, as the Chattanooga Housing Authority resolved to consider "every offer" for the ruins of what was once a 440-unit public housing complex.

Political delays, a confused vision and repeated inaction were behind a fruitless two-year attempt to sell the Harriet Tubman public housing complex, documents and interviews suggest.

At 2 p.m. on Friday, a dozen or so people trickled into the Hamilton County Election Commission to wait for a blank petition to be hand-delivered.

Nearly a dozen District 7 residents gathered at the Hamilton County Election Commission today to hand deliver a proposed petition to recall Councilman Chris Anderson.

The City Council OK'd officials to go after $800,000 in federal grants for job training and multiple brownfields cleanup projects, including one in Alton Park.

Months after the arrests of 32 black men sparked outrage from the black community, a member of the mayor's staff says the administration is working furiously to distance itself from the federal investigation and sell its own crime reduction plan.

In front of about 35 current and retired police officers and firefighters, retired Chattanooga Police Sgt. Kirk Salter stepped to the podium.

Firefighters and police officers got their first chance to publicly sound off on the proposed changes to their pension plan.

A 6-3 City Council vote Tuesday evening means that two Chattanooga police officers fired for beating a federal inmate won't return to the force.

Chattanooga officials announced tonight a settlement has been reached involving two Chattanooga police officers fired for beating a federal inmate and neither officer will return to work.

Mayor Andy Berke may have to ask the City Council to revise a city ordinance in order to hire the best candidate for police chief.

After months of debate over where to cut the pensions of Chattanooga police and firefighters, union leaders and officials arrived at Wednesday morning's negotiations prepared for the worst.

The proposed changes to Chattanooga's police and fire pension plan that Mayor Andy Berke blessed Thursday would hike employee contributions by as much as 37 percent and cut cost-of-living raises to save the city as much as $200 million over 26 years.

Despite public opposition, the Chattanooga Housing Authority is expected to close on the sale of the city's second largest public housing site to Lakewood Realty Group on Jan. 15.

The City Council grilled the Chattanooga Homeless Coalition leader Tuesday for not planning ahead of time how to keep the city's only overnight cold shelter open and then at the last minute put the burden on city officials.

Without taking a vote, the City Council sent to a referendum vote in August the controversial ordinance that offers benefits to city employee's gay or straight partners.

It may get easier for Chattanooga's city employees to decide whether to run for one of the 31 partisan races up for grabs in Hamilton County this year if Councilman Chris Anderson's ordinance passes.

Chattanooga’s new parking regime is either hurting local businesses or re-energizing the Scenic City’s downtown core. It depends on whom you ask.

A plan to negotiate an out-of-court settlement to a legal battle involving two Chattanooga police officers fired for beating a federal inmate is likely off the table, according to a city official.

With 1,300 to 1,600 people in Chattanooga waiting for federal housing vouchers, there are different schools of thought on how to increase the city's limited stock of low-income housing.

Derrick Stubbs died a little over a year ago inside a prison cell intended to keep him safe.

If Chattanooga is awarded a new state grant next year, officials will narrow Broad Street to build the first protected bike lane in the city from M.L. King Boulevard to the road's end at the Tennessee Aquarium.

One thing was clear by the end of Thursday night's community forum to discuss how to make the city's streets safer — city officials have their work cut out.

An idea to hike Chattanooga fire and police employees' pension contributions by 40 percent or more and set the retirement age at 58 provoked a frenzy in the ranks Thursday, though City Hall denounced it and a city consultant said it wasn't seriously being studied.

Live updates from the SPEAK NO EVIL forum.

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