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Kevin Hardy

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State officials hope that a new online-only university will boost the number of Tennesseans completing college degrees.

The president came. The president went. It was just a three-hour visit, but it shut down an interstate, closed a million-square-foot factory, incited protesters and aroused the blue voices in a red state.

Hunched in front of wire shelving, hangers and a bright orange bottle of Tide, the woman ducked from her family members to answer questions about her faith.

Even a glimpse of the limo will be enough for Sarah Steffner and her two children. They’re among the hundreds planning to welcome President Barack Obama to the Scenic City today, when he’ll lay out his proposal for recharging the nation’s economic engines through manufacturing and other high-wage jobs during a visit to the Amazon distribution center at Enterprise South industrial park.

When school starts next month, Walker County Schools will operate shy of some 50 employees — the victims of the most recent rounds of budget cuts.

Officials say they're making right the wrong done by last week's payroll snafu that left thousands of school employees without their usual paycheck.

The status quo is a no-go for Hamilton County's five iZone schools.

Question: Whatever happened to former Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Jim Scales?

Hamilton County officials and the county's banker scrambled Friday to fix a $3.8 million oopsy that left some 3,700 school teachers, aides and assistant principals without paychecks.

It was a simple trade. Orchard Knob Middle School offered a free computer class for senior citizens. In exchange, the seniors agreed to volunteer at least 10 hours helping at the school -- a swap that each side saw as a bargain.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — This is why they call it a flash flood.

Most folks will still wind up in a box six feet under. But more and more of us will come to rest in an urn. Because these days, cremation is, well, on fire. Even in the South.

The gap between what schools pump out in their graduates and what businesses want in their employees may shrink with the addition of a new Southeast Tennessee program aimed at boosting career and technical education.

Chickens got all the attention, but the ordinance that failed this week at the Chattanooga City Council actually included regulations for other more common pets.

It wasn't just about the chickens. So much more was at stake as friends and foes of urban fowl filled the City Council chamber on Tuesday, when an ordinance that would have allowed chickens within the city limits failed with a 6-3 vote.

It wasn’t just about the chickens.

Charlie Post can't be occupied with common distractions like Angry Birds or Nickelodeon.

Last year, Andrew Smith spent Independence Day on the White House lawn.

Hundreds came out Thursday to celebrate the completion of a whirlwind home build for U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Smith, who was badly wounded while serving in Afghanistan last year.

They're simple enough: white blocks that make up the rudimentary shapes of two students.

At least one piece of Red Bank Middle School may survive the building’s demolition, thanks to a last-ditch community effort.

East Hamilton Middle-High School boosters hope community members will step up to the plate financially to help get a new baseball field built.

For generations, teachers taught and students learned. And if little Johnny didn’t learn, the presumption was that he didn’t study hard enough.

Even with an improved economy, getting a job is only going to get tougher. A new national study predicts that jobs in Tennessee and across the nation increasingly will demand more advanced education and training.

The fate of the former Birchwood School building still is undetermined, though county officials said they'll try to ensure some community access to the facility.

Some teachers may think they've lived through a roller coaster of educational changes in recent years. But they haven't seen anything yet.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee teachers will see a new state minimum pay schedule that places far less emphasis on their experience and advanced degrees after the State Board of Education on Friday gave final approval to the controversial Haslam administration proposal.

Members of the State Board of Education today OK’d a new state minimum salary schedule for teachers, tougher licensure standards and a differentiated pay plan requirement for every district.

A teacher pay plan coming before the Tennessee Board of Education today drew fire Thursday from legislative Democrats and the state’s largest group of educators.

Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith earned a $25,000 raise on Thursday, a move that prompted continual comparison between the superintendent's pay and that of teachers.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- Tennessee kicked off its most ambitious teacher training program in history on Tuesday, as thousands of teachers gathered to learn more about the changes that will accompany the new Common Core State Standards.

The Hamilton County Board of Education will vote this week on whether to give Superintendent Rick Smith a raise of about $25,000.

Howard School Principal Paul Smith is confident that Chattanooga's oldest school will be in good hands when East Ridge High Principal Zac Brown takes over in the fall.

Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith could be in line for a raise of about $25,000.

Bradley County may become one of the first school systems in Tennessee to allow some teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.

Though they wield paint brushes, dance on stage and craft sculptures, local teachers of the arts say they can feel somewhat isolated from Chattanooga's vibrant arts scene.

Not enough Tennesseans are earning college degrees — a problem policymakers and college leaders are trying to fix.

A study highlighting the chasm between the performance of Hamilton County's best and worst schools put school leaders' feet to the fire over allowing such inequality to persist and shoved the issue of the system's achievement gap into the spotlight.

It's still sinking in. That's what three fresh high school graduates say about the recent news that their college studies — as much undergraduate and graduate education as they want — won't cost a dime.

In Hamilton County, there are parallel worlds — with crime, with health, and with schools.

Whether it’s foreign language classes, chess club or after-school science experiments, there’s always something happening at Nolan Elementary.

Cars snaked in like a funeral procession, the line curved all the way around the cemetery's gates.

The mile-wide tornado that left 24 dead in the Oklahoma City suburbs shredded whole subdivisions, tossed cars around like toys and captivated America for days.

Paul Smith promises he gave it his all.

The Howard School and Soddy-Daisy High will be among more than a dozen Hamilton County schools under new leadership in the fall.

Rick Smith has come a long way in two years.

There's a disclaimer that students get before signing up for Ivy Academy: You're going to get hot. You're going to get cold. Your socks will get wet. And you're going to get tired.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith could be in line for a hefty raise after board members delivered mostly glowing evaluations and approved a new round of contract talks.

Drivers almost always turn their heads and look away when they pass Tim Smith's stopped bright yellow school bus with the flashing lights and the bright red stop sign extended.

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