Kendi A. Rainwater (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6592
Kendi A. Rainwater covers education for the Times Free Press. She joined the paper in July of 2014, and has previously reported on courts, crime and municipal government.

UTC fires reporter over bathroom bill reporting after local lawmaker complaints

Published Mar. 24 2017

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fired a reporter this week at WUTC, the National Public Radio affiliate, after local...

Gatlinburg detective facing charges in Ooltewah case continues to argue it should be dismissed

Published Mar. 22 2017

Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns, the only adult still facing charges in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape case,...

Search firm struggles to round up candidates for Hamilton County Schools superintendent post

Published Mar. 22 2017

The search firm helping Hamilton County find its next superintendent says it's struggling to rally interest in the job and...


Three Howard School employees suspended after they allegedly failed to report child abuse

Published Mar. 18 2017

Allegation is that Dexter Bell failed to report child abuse

LIVE: Hamilton County school board meets to discuss financing, agenda

Published Mar. 16 2017

The Hamilton County school board is holding a finance meeting this afternoon, and its regular agenda session is scheduled to...

Record number of Hamilton County students are going to college after graduation

Published Mar. 16 2017

More students than ever are enrolling in college after graduating from Hamilton County Schools, according to data released Thursday.

Hamilton County Commission, school board heat up debate over construction priorities

Published Mar. 15 2017

The Hamilton County Commission and school board spent more than two hours talking at the same table Tuesday night, but...

Hamilton County Commission and school board meet jointly to discuss facilities, finance

Published Mar. 14 2017

The Hamilton County Commission and school board are having a joint meeting tonight to discuss the school system's facilities and...

Community meeting addresses Hamilton County Schools' challenges, successes

Published Mar. 14 2017

Some boasted of the success being made in Hamilton County Schools, while others noted that many students are being left...

Ooltewah rape case set for trial in 2018, judge tells attorneys this case is a 'priority'

Published Mar. 8 2017

Nearly 15 months after Ooltewah High School freshmen were assaulted with a pool cue, a trial date has been set...

Two City Council seats headed for runoffs; Anthony Byrd upsets Moses Freeman in District 8 race

Published Mar. 8 2017

In an upset, Anthony Byrd unseated Moses Freeman tonight on the Chattanooga City Council, and two other council races are...

Hamilton County school budget asks for additional $32 million

Published Mar. 8 2017

A draft of next year's school budget request given to the Hamilton County school board last week seeks a more...

Yusuf Hakeem to face Demetrus Coonrod in runoff for District 9 City Council seat

Published Mar. 7 2017

Long-serving councilman Yusuf Hakeem will face Demetrus Coonrod in a run-off election April 11 for the District 9 seat on...

Anthony Byrd defeats incumbent Moses Freeman to take City Council's District 8 seat

Published Mar. 7 2017

Anthony Byrd has claimed the District 8 Chattanooga City Council seat, defeating incumbent Moses Freeman.

Chris Anderson will face Erskine Oglesby in runoff for District 7 City Council seat

Published Mar. 7 2017

Chris Anderson was not able to collect 50 percent of the vote tonight and will face Erskine Ogelsby in a...

Battle Academy teacher surprised with $25,000 national award

Published Mar. 7 2017

Scientists receive Nobel Prizes. Actresses win Oscars. Championship athletes receive large signing bonuses.

Hamilton County Schools replacing Transportation Supervisor Ben Coulter

Published Feb. 28 2017

In the wake of the fatal Nov. 21 bus crash, Hamilton County Schools Transportation Supervisor Ben Coulter is being replaced,...

STEM School students showcase prototypes of their invention to keep cyclists safe

Published Feb. 28 2017

Students from the STEM School Chattanooga demonstrated how thermal and ultrasonic sensors can be used to detect bicyclists approaching intersections...

Hamilton County commissioner texts board member demanding he support construction of new school

Published Feb. 22 2017

Before the Hamilton County school board voted last week to prioritize new school construction, County Commissioner Tim Boyd texted a...

Hamilton County's Science Sparks pilot program provides teachers, students with hands-on projects

Published Feb. 22 2017

Susan Dorsa walked around her fourth-grade classroom Tuesday squirting clear hair gel into tiny ziplock bags her Barger Academy students...