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More than a dozen candidates in the May 6 primaries are expected to speak and meet the public at a candidate forum Thursday hosted by the Chattanooga Tea Party.

The National Rifle Association is taking Bradley County, Tenn., Sheriff Jim Ruth to task for the second time in two weeks for falsely claiming its endorsement in the current Republican primary for sheriff.

Fewer than half of the candidates running for state and local offices in Hamilton County met Thursday's deadline for filing first-quarter campaign funding reports. But those who did show they've amassed more than $900,000 combined to get elected.

New murder charges have been filed against a suspect in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying in Cleveland, Tenn.

A Bradley County, Tenn., prosecutor who said her boss assaulted and then fired her last week has her job back.

A Bradley County prosecutor who said her boss assaulted and then fired her last week has her job back.

The last man to be forcibly annexed by Chattanooga is philosophical about his fate.

An assistant district attorney in Bradley County says her boss, 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb, physically assaulted and then fired her last week, and she believes it is related to her preference in the upcoming DA race.

The NRA is disputing Bradley County, Tenn., Sheriff Jim Ruth's claim he has its endorsement for the upcoming election.

District 7 Hamilton County Commission candidate Sabrena Turner is disavowing a Facebook post by her campaign manager that Republican primary opponent Phil Smartt called a slap at his Mormon religion.

State senators on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the most far-reaching change ever in Tennessee's nearly 60-year-old annexation laws, teeing up the bill for final passage next week on the House floor.

The first thing the neighbors heard was the throaty roar of a motorcycle racing away in the night.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke took issue Saturday with the Times Free Press' coverage of the first "call-in" event of his Violence Reduction Initiative.

Maurice Johnson's new judge ruled Friday that Johnson, the only person convicted in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying in Cleveland, Tenn., also deserves new defense lawyers.

Tennessee's disciplinary agency for attorneys has dismissed an ethics complaint alleging that 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb misused his authority, according to the Tennessee speaker of the House.

Tennessee's Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance has dismissed as "frivolous" and a "cheap shot" a complaint filed by Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth against his GOP primary campaign opponent.

A Riceville, Tenn., man is believed to have shot his elderly aunt to death Tuesday before turning the gun on himself.

The Georgia state Senate approved a resolution on Monday to cap the state's income tax at its current rate.

Members of a state House committee that followed up last year on a TBI investigation of 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb expected legislative charges against Bebb and possible removal when the General Assembly convened in January.

A McMinn County businessman who drugged teenage girls and photographed them in sexual poses texted one such picture to the county's chief deputy, who was in training at the FBI Academy at the time, sources close to the investigation confirm.

People with second-shift jobs on Manufacturers Road on the North Shore need to be planning alternate routes.

An area lawmaker says Tennessee police officers shouldn't be helping federal contractors hold roadblocks where they ask motorists for cheek swabs and blood samples as part of a national drunken- and drugged-driving survey.

Some insiders are supporting the outsider in the Republican campaign for district attorney in Bradley and neighboring counties.

A suspect in a fatal shooting Saturday in Hixson is in custody.

For months, northbound drivers leaving U.S. Highway 27 have had to navigate a temporary exit with a short ramp and a tight curve to get onto Signal Mountain Road.

The campaign for Bradley County sheriff has gone negative before it’s even official.

Chattanooga’s homeless population got a message of hope Friday: They’ll have a warm place to sleep when icy winds scour the city tonight and early next week, and the city is working to make sure the shelter stays open during the worst winter weather.

Of the 10 most dangerous spots on all 180 miles of Interstate 24 in Tennessee — the places where your chance of being in a crash is more than twice the state average — three are in downtown Chattanooga.

A locally owned steel fabricating plant in Dunlap, Tenn., is poised to move to a new building and potentially double its workforce, city leaders said.

Human remains were found in the ashes of the former East Ridge restaurant that burned early Christmas morning, authorities said.

Human remains were found in the ashes of the former East Ridge restaurant that burned early Christmas morning, authorities said.

The suspects in a Calhoun, Ga., assault might have had a better chance of escape if their getaway car was something other than a pink Cadillac.

A Jasper, Ala., woman has been charged with trying to break her son out of jail and burning his car for insurance purposes, authorities said.

Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder's sudden retirement Friday followed discovery of a surveillance tape showing him and a woman entering and leaving an apparent love nest in a rental warehouse on Old Tasso Road.

Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder's sudden retirement may be linked to the discovery of a love nest in a warehouse unit rented to MainStreet Cleveland.

City leaders in Cleveland, Tenn., apparently weren't expecting police Chief Wes Snyder's abrupt announcement Friday that he will retire Jan. 5.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed that Maurice Johnson should have a new judge as he tries to overturn his three murder convictions in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying in Cleveland, Tenn.

The Bradley County district attorney threw out murder charges against one suspect in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying in Cleveland, saying evidence of calls between the judge and a detective tainted the case so badly that Michael Younger couldn't get a fair trial.

Solving traffic snarls on Interstate 24 in Chattanooga most likely won't involve building double-decker lanes around Moccasin Bend or drilling a new truck tunnel through Missionary Ridge, as suggested by a couple of commuters.

NASHVILLE -- Skeptical about cops whose salaries depend on seizing money from motorists, some Tennessee lawmakers think it's time for more transparency and accountability in the state's judicial drug task forces.

When Wallace "Boonie" Stokes pleaded guilty to federal meth conspiracy charges this summer, he said in court it was a better option than facing the death penalty in the 2010 killing of Monroe County, Tenn., elections official Jim Miller.

Chattanooga's own bagpipe band wailed its way to victory Saturday in the 41st annual Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival in Atlanta.

Two Cleveland High School students who painted rival Bradley Central's bear mascot blue before the big game last week face discipline through the school, but the incident apparently was never reported to police.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- State Rep. Eric Watson told an enthusiastic crowd Friday that he's hoping to move to a different elected office in 2014 -- that of Bradley County sheriff.

State Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, wants to trade his legislative ID for a different kind of badge: He's running for sheriff.

The chairman of a state House committee said Friday he met with members of the state attorneys' ethics board to share findings related to allegations of misconduct in the 10th Judicial District.

A congressional panel that earlier this year criticized judges for lavishly awarding Social Security disability benefits might have been talking about Tennessee.

Oops. That Sept. 30 date to finish widening Shallowford Road between Gunbarrel and Jenkins roads?

A prosecutor up on ethics charges related to the collapse of a triple murder case three years ago faced a panel of fellow attorneys Monday and defended himself.

The disciplinary board for Tennessee attorneys will hear ethics charges this week against a prosecutor who triggered a mistrial against a triple-murder defendant.

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