Kendi A. Rainwater (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6592
Kendi A. Rainwater is the education reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Before taking this position in 2015, she reported on cops, courts and municipal government. The Associated Press named Rainwater "Journalist of the Year" in the state of Tennessee for her reporting in 2016.

Hamilton County Schools, former superintendent respond to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

Published Jul. 25 2017

The Hamilton County Department of Education and former schools Superintendent Rick Smith claim three former employees can't hold them liable...

Hamilton County school board discusses Partnership Zone with new superintendent

Published Jul. 20 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education is discussing the Partnership Zone for the first time tonight with its new Superintendent...

Judge: Hamilton County Schools violated federal laws in special education case

Published Jul. 17 2017

A federal judge on Monday ruled the Hamilton County Department of Education violated multiple federal guidelines protecting students with disabilities...


Former East Ridge teacher working to motivate students, educators

Published Jul. 17 2017

As a math teacher at East Ridge High School three years ago, Christopher Morris was burnt out and so were...

Hamilton County school board approves contract with new superintendent

Published Jul. 11 2017

After nearly a month of negotiations, the ink will soon be dry on Hamilton County Schools' newly named Superintendent Bryan...

Chattanooga's Office of Early Learning gains a new director

Published Jul. 11 2017

Ariel Ford believes investing in a child's earliest years is about more than preparing them for kindergarten; it's also a...

Talks continue about future of Hamilton County's lowest-performing schools

Published Jul. 10 2017

As the Tennessee Department of Education determines how it will intervene in five of Hamilton County's lowest-performing schools, the state...

Tennessee education chief meets with community stakeholders about future of county's lowest-performing schools

Published Jul. 10 2017

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is holding several meetings this week with community stakeholders and the Hamilton County school board...

Shelby County visit provides insight for possible Signal Mountain schools split

Published Jul. 6 2017

A week after traveling to Shelby County, the committee investigating the viability of launching a separate school district on Signal...

Health and Human Services secretary visits Chattanooga Thursday on opioid crisis listening tour

Published Jul. 5 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will be in Chattanooga on Thursday, learning more about the opioid crisis gripping...

Hamilton County Department of Education announces new assistant principal appointments

Published Jul. 5 2017

More than 20 Hamilton County Schools will have new assistant principals when school starts back next month.

TechTown offers students a different kind of summer camp

Published Jul. 5 2017

Tanner Mayfield has played a lot of video games over the years, but last week at TechTown was the first...


Hamilton County educators gather at Hardy Elementary to learn from each other

Published Jun. 28 2017

The halls of Hardy Elementary have not been quiet this summer, as the school is serving as a learning hub...

Signal Mountain panel visiting Shelby County to hear from municipalities that left school system

Published Jun. 22 2017

A Signal Mountain committee looking into the viability of breaking away from the Hamilton County Schools system will hear firsthand...

School board's transportation committee discusses bus contracts

Published Jun. 21 2017

The Hamilton County school board's transportation committee is meeting today to discuss bus contracts.

Hamilton County Commission approves $691.5 million budget

Published Jun. 21 2017

The Hamilton County Commission has approved the $691.5 million budget for 2018.

Ex-Ooltewah High staffers' lawsuit claims mistreatment in wake of rape case

Published Jun. 21 2017

In the wake of the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape, three former employees of the school claim they were mistreated...

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy receives national award, celebrates student success

Published Jun. 21 2017

The success of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy was celebrated during a ceremony at the school Tuesday, as the public charter...

Hamilton County Schools superintendent finalist named to U.S. Department of Education

Published Jun. 20 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today her intent to appoint Arthur Wayne Johnson as the chief operating officer...

Three former Ooltewah High School employees file federal lawsuit over rape case fallout

Published Jun. 20 2017

Three former Ooltewah High School employees have filed a federal lawsuit claiming they were mistreated in the days and months...