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.

Hamilton County school board considering these 14 candidates for superintendent post

Published Apr. 21 2017

Fourteen candidates are vying to be the next superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, according to documents emailed to the Hamilton...

Hamilton County school board rejects Interim Superintendent Kirk Kelly's budget

Published Apr. 21 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education agrees the district needs more funding, but voted against the budget proposed by Interim...

April 20th Hamilton County school board meeting

Published Apr. 20 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education is voting tonight on Interim Superintendent Kirk Kelly's budget for this upcoming year that...

Ooltewah High School principal named a finalist for Principal of the Year

Published Apr. 19 2017

Robin Copp, principal at Ooltewah High School, is the Principal of the Year for southeast Tennessee.

Hamilton County school board members split on $33.5 million budget request

Published Apr. 19 2017

At least two members of the Hamilton County Board of Education plan to vote against a budget asking for $33.5...

Chattanooga State announces four finalists for the college's next president

Published Apr. 14 2017

Four Finalists have been named in the search for the next president of Chattanooga State Community College.

Hamilton County Schools director of innovation accepted into prestigious Harvard program

Published Apr. 12 2017

Keri Randolph is one of 24 people across the country selected to participate in a prestigious Harvard Graduate School of...

Two Hamilton County Schools awarded $50,000 Leonore Annenberg grants

Published Apr. 12 2017

East Ridge Elementary and DuPont Elementary will get major library upgrades thanks to a grant from the Leonore Annenberg School...

Two northwest Georgia schools move off list of lowest-performing schools

Published Apr. 11 2017

The Georgia Department of Education announced today that 74 out of 243 schools have moved off the state's list of...

UnifiEd launches campaign to increase school funding

Published Apr. 11 2017

UnifiEd is launching a campaign to increase funding for public education as Hamilton County is drafting its budget for the...

Hixson teacher develops statewide exercise science curriculum

Published Apr. 11 2017

Bethany White wanted to teach her students more than how to tape ankles and treat minor injuries in her sports...

Local teacher named one of the state's top Humanities Educators

Published Apr. 10 2017

Hamilton County High School teacher Rachel Turner has been named one of Tennessee's Outstanding Humanities Educators for 2017.

UTC chancellor called for reporter to be fired due to fear of funding cuts

Published Apr. 6 2017

Email correspondence between University of Tennessee at Chattanooga top officials show that lawmaker pressure influenced the decision to fire WUTC...

Appeals court upholds local judge's ruling in connection with Ooltewah High School rape case

Published Apr. 5 2017

The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals has denied Gatlinburg Police Department Det. Rodney Burns' request that it overturn a local...

Signal Mountain begins vetting a budget for separate school district

Published Apr. 4 2017

The Signal Mountain committee investigating the viability of launching a separate school district has begun vetting preliminary budget calculations, which...

WUTC reporter feels vindicated after NPR's statement condemning her firing [video]

Published Mar. 28 2017

Jacqui Helbert said she feels vindicated after National Public Radio released a statement Monday condemning the University of Tennessee at...

Chattanooga Autism Center to host eighth annual conference for parents, educators

Published Mar. 28 2017

Trish Cox said raising a son with autism can be isolating and full of transitions and unknowns. There are late...

National Public Radio officials criticize university for firing WUTC reporter

Published Mar. 27 2017

Top National Public Radio officials released a statement Monday saying Jacqui Helbert, the former WUTC reporter, should not have been...

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,...