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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.

When a handful of political groups fought to recall former Mayor Ron Littlefield in 2010, their reasons varied — some were unhappy that he raised property taxes and others bitter over a hike in sewer rates.

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.

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