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Kevin Hardy

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Snake-handling pastor obeyed to the end

Jamie Coots waves away help, dies from venomous bite

His death was as much about faith as his life.

This winter's severe weather has stretched school calendars to the limit.

Mike Evatt, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education, will not run for re-election, he announced Monday.

There will be no God and no Bible, but it may feel a little like a Sunday service. People will gather in a church, hear a message, listen to some music and enjoy fellowship over a potluck supper.

In the latest attempt to purchase the dilapidated Harriet Tubman housing site, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke on Friday offered housing officials $1 million along with a 20-acre site that Howard School supporters had hoped one day would be home to their new athletic complex.

Community college isn't for everyone, but in Tennessee it soon could be free for just about everyone.

These believers drink poison. Handle snakes. Risk all in the name of the Lord. .

They're calling it political suicide.

The decision to send students home at midmorning Tuesday set off a chain reaction of events that left parents stranded on the way to pick up their kids, hampered the efforts of crews working feverishly to clear the roads and left many students stuck at school anyway.

It's not just about getting something new and shiny.

TRENTON, Ga. — With millions of dollars at stake, many Georgia superintendents say one state policy is forcing their districts to make a drastic shift in how schools are managed.

Tennessee's largest teachers group says a new policy aimed at ridding schools of bad teachers doesn't just put teachers' jobs on the line, but puts their whole livelihood at risk.

The legal case against Andrew Hamblin, a snake-handling pastor in LaFollette, Tenn., fell apart Wednesday.

The legal case against Andrew Hamblin, a serpent-handling pastor in LaFollette, Tenn., fell apart today.

Students who transfer into a four-year college from a community college will have a fail-safe in their back pocket, thanks to a new "reverse transfer" program.

Library Journal has named Director Corinne Hill its 2014 Librarian of the Year, keeping Chattanooga’s library at the forefront in the world of public libraries.

Brace yourselves, Southerners: Dixie is going to feel more like the Arctic for a while.

Turns out, altruism isn’t dead after all.

A state judge has found in favor of Hamilton County Schools in a case alleging the school system denied 10-year-old Luka Hyde's his federally mandated special education services.

A replacement East Brainerd Elementary school building will cost Hamilton County taxpayers about $23 million.

Teacher Kristin Roberts knows that few, if any, of her pupils will wind up at a university or college.

Forty-two presidents of private colleges were paid more than $1 million in 2011, up from 36 for the previous two years, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual analysis of their latest available tax forms.

Barbara Shepherd will become principal at DuPont Elementary after school resumes in January.

A year after Hamilton County Schools officials unveiled an ambitious technology-for-all plan, teachers are one step closer to formally allowing students to bring their own smartphones, laptops and tablets into the classroom.

For years, the Hamilton County school system has used its generous health insurance plan as a recruiting tool, a way to make up for relatively lower teacher wages. And it was easy to sell. With low copayments and hospital visits at only $100, the plan offers nearly incomparable coverage.

Normal Park Museum Magnet Principal Jill Levine is among three principals selected for the U.S. Department of Education’s first Principal Ambassador Fellows.

Hamilton County is looking for its next batch of hyper-motivated math and science teachers.

For decades, teachers have entered the classroom in their early 20s and stayed in front of the blackboard for 25 years, 30 years or longer.

Republicans have enjoyed a majority in Hamilton County politics for nearly two decades, but the county's Democratic Party chairman says the local left is staging a comeback.

Police say arson is to blame for an early morning Thanksgiving Day fire that left one man dead and several families homeless.

If you can't be home for the holidays, there may be no better place than the Ronald McDonald House.

Red Bank firefighters fought two blazes Thanksgiving morning, including one home fire that left one dead.

Ooltewah High School's marching band will make its third consecutive appearance on national TV today with a prime spot in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Officials say Ringgold's selection into Georgia's Main Street Start-up Program will allow the city to more easily recruit businesses, build downtown events and entice tourists.

He was happy on the night before he died.

The robots are taking over — but not in the way you might think.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools officials say they're under financial siege from rapidly multiplying charter schools. And the state's three other large school districts -- including Hamilton County -- fear they're next.

Hamilton County Schools improved graduation rates this year, though data show only about a third of graduates were eligible for state-funded college scholarships.

The just released 2013 Report Card shows test scores, graduation rates and discipline data for Tennessee schools test scores, graduation rates and discipline data for all Tennessee schools are now available online with the release of the 2013 Report Card.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Two teens are in custody and another is dead after police say their attempted burglary went wrong in Ringgold.

A Catoosa County teen died Monday after a homeowner caught him and another boy attempting to rob his residence.

Kids who are paddled at school are more likely to be black, more likely to be poor and more likely to be boys. And that's why a UTC professor studying the issue says schools should rethink their policies on corporal punishment.

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. — After Tennessee students "blew away" the competition on a national exam and made the state the fastest-improving in the union, Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman took a break from their victory lap to set their sights on a new goal.

Tennessee is one of the most improved states on a national exam of student performance, according to a new federal report released today.

In Linda Sparks' English classes, there's no hiding or ducking out. Everybody participates.

Three members of Hamilton County's legislative delegation say they'll push forward on a school voucher plan this spring when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes.

Hamilton County Schools officials say 10-year-old Luka Hyde had just maxed out in his regular education classroom at Normal Park Museum Magnet School.

A state judge will have to determine whether to believe a student's parents or his teachers as testimony continues in the special education due process case of 10-year-old Luka Hyde, who up until last year attended Normal Park Museum Magnet School.

The war is half won.

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