Judy Walton (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6416
E-mail: JWalton@timesfreepress.com
Judy Walton has been a reporter and editor at the Times Free Press and its predecessor, The Chattanooga Times, since 1987. As a reporter, Walton focused on government coverage and investigations. At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer. Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., in 1984 and worked at two Kentucky newspapers before moving to Chattanooga in 1987. Her investigative pieces include allegations of medical malpractice at Chattanooga's Veterans Affairs clinic — stories that led to a federal investigation and a series of reforms. She was the first to report on massive ground and water pollution at the former Volunteer Army Ammunition Depot (now the VW assembly plant); during the first year of her stories on the quality and timetable for repairing the damage, federal government funding for cleanup tripled. More recently, she and colleague Cliff Hightower reported on financial irregularities at the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce, which led Chattanooga and Hamilton County governments to withdraw funding for the organization.

Bradley County clerk seeks dismissal of marriage-license lawsuit

Published Dec. 14 2017

A lawsuit that claims the U.S. Supreme Court's recognition of same-sex marriage invalidated Tennessee's marriage license law might go to...

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson's charges hang on judge's ruling

Published Dec. 13 2017

A judge said Wednesday he will decide within a few days whether Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson walks free or...

Tennessee Gov. Haslam appoints Kyle Hedrick to replace Neil Thomas on Circuit Court

Published Dec. 11 2017

Kyle Hedrick will step onto the bench Thursday as the new Circuit Court Division IV judge for Hamilton County.


U.S. 27 southbound traffic restricted to one lane

Published Dec. 11 2017

The right lane of U.S. 27 over Fourth Street has been closed for an emergency repair.

Bradley County Sheriff's Office sergeant demoted over sexual harassment

Published Dec. 10 2017

Crude sexual comments made to a female deputy last month resulted in a Bradley County Sheriff's Office sergeant losing his...

Officials begin two-way conversion study of downtown Chattanooga's one-way streets

Published Dec. 8 2017

There are a lot of reasons to consider making downtown streets two-way, and one is that it's good for business,...

Questions about health insurance worry retired city of Chattanooga employees

Published Dec. 6 2017

A change in insurance providers has some retired city of Chattanooga employees worried they're going to be cut off from...

Glass coming down, steel going up on Chattanooga's Holmberg Bridge

Published Dec. 6 2017

The Chattanooga City Council voted Tuesday to finish the task of replacing the striking but damage-prone glass panels on the...

One-way or two-way streets downtown? Chattanooga wants to know

Published Dec. 4 2017

Want more two-way streets in downtown Chattanooga?

Some allege Eric Watson TBI investigation being stalled on purpose

Published Dec. 3 2017

After 16 months and zero results, some Bradley County officials are wondering whether the TBI investigation into Sheriff Eric Watson...

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation clears Bradley County clerk on allegations of missing money

Published Dec. 1 2017

State investigators have found no evidence that any money is missing from the Bradley County Circuit Court Clerk's office, according...

Sheriff unveils plan for housing, services to get mentally ill out of Hamilton County Jail

Published Nov. 30 2017

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond has often said the county jail is as much mental health hospital and homeless shelter...

Sheriff: Mentally ill, addicted need treatment, not jail terms

Published Nov. 29 2017

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is asking county commissioners to put up seed money for an ambitious plan to get...

Chattanooga City Council marks successes, OKs runoff proposal, urban farm

Published Nov. 29 2017

The Chattanooga City Council took care of business Tuesday night, voting to lessen stormwater protections on South Chickamauga Creek and...

Monday hearing for Bradley Sheriff Watson delayed

Published Nov. 25 2017

A hearing set for Monday in the criminal case against Bradley County (Tenn.) Sheriff Eric Watson has been pushed into...

M&M Industries tax break agreement gets Chattanooga City Council's initial OK

Published Nov. 21 2017

A maker of plastic containers on Tuesday got the initial OK for a tax break that will help it bring...

Chattanooga City Council votes to ease runoff rules for South Chickamauga Creek

Published Nov. 21 2017

An attempt to clarify a proposal to relax runoff rules for South Chickamauga Creek just brought more confusion Tuesday at...

Citizen input sought on Chattanooga budget

Published Nov. 19 2017

Chattanooga residents who want to help shape how their taxpayer dollars are spent can have hands-on input starting Monday.

3 vying for Circuit Court Judge

Published Nov. 17 2017

Three Circuit Court judge hopefuls were among those who shot out of the starting gate Friday for the May 1...

Judge delays trial of Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson

Published Nov. 13 2017

A judge has delayed Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson's trial on a dozen felony counts related to forged auto titles,...