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Tennessee freshman guard Jordan McRae has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team conduct rules, coach Bruce Pearl announced after Saturday's loss to Connecticut.

U.S. Xpress celebrated their 25th anniversary on Friday. The trucking company also announced a new partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project to donate money and help raise awareness for the foundation.

Officers with the Chattanooga Police Department who chose not to pay for their take-home car privileges were required to start parking their cruisers in lots around the city on Thursday.

Red Bank Mayor Monty Millard made his first "State of the City" address during the Red Bank branch of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

Hundreds of locals honored the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Monday, including a cookout held by Baylor students at the Harriet Tubman Development and a march downtown.

In a little more than 30 months, the site at Enterprise South has been transformed from dense woods to a $1 billion auto assembly plant built for Volkswagen.

After speaking to attendees of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, outgoing Tenn. Gov. Phil Bredesen spoke about commuting the sentence of Edward Harbison from the death penalty to life without parole.

Watch as outgoing Tenn. Gov. Phil Bredesen reflects on his time in office with the attendees of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Watch as outgoing Tenn. Gov. Phil Bredesen and Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO Frank Fischer unveil the all-new VW Passat following the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Watch as many Chattanoogans were digging out from the biggest snowfall since the blizzard of 1993.

Area residents flocked to sledding spots around Chattanooga as parts of the Tennessee Valley were hit with more than eight inches of snow on Monday.

Volkswagen officially unveiled the all-new Passat in Detroit on Monday.

Watch as Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, talks about the events leading up to VW unveiling the all-new Passat in Detroit on Sunday. Video courtesy WRCB Channel 3.

Watch a view of the the all-new Passat that Volkswagen unveiled in Detroit on Sunday.

Members of the 230th Sustainment Brigade left Saturday for Fort Bliss, Texas, where they will continue training for 4-6 weeks, before beginning their mission in Iraq.

After several votes to elect a new Hamilton County Mayor, Hamilton County Commissioners chose to replace Commission Chairman Fred Skillern with District 3 Commissioner Jim Coppinger Wednesday. Skillern chose to step down due to family health concerns, and forego the possibility of becoming Hamilton County Mayor when Claude Ramsey leaves Jan. 11. The Hamilton County Commission chose to end their meeting in a recess, and reconvene on Jan. 10, to decide on a permanent mayor.

Four months after losing his legs to an IED blast in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Sgt. Joey Jones comes home to Dawnville, Ga., for Christmas.

Amazon.com is expected to open two distribution centers in Southeast Tenn., in late 2011.

Lewis Gravitt, a Hays State Prison inmate, has become know for an unique talent. He's the "Paperman." Gravitt makes just about anything, a deer, a piano, a carousel, out of compressed, wrinkled paper.

A crowd of about 70 people greeted Marine Sgt. Joey Jones at the American Legion Post 112 in Dalton, Ga., Saturday. Sgt. Jones returned home for the first time since a bomb blast took his legs in early August in Afghanistan.

During a news conference Wednesday, officials confirmed that volunteer firefighter Marvin Chase has been arrested in connection with more than 20 arson incidents over the past five years in LaFayette, Ga.

People flocked to the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club to sled Monday. Due to low temperatures, the snow is expected to stay until Tuesday, according to local meteorologist.

Caleb Brown, the 2-year-old Nashville boy who was hit by a rock while his mother held him during a hike at Fall Creek Falls, continues to recover. Caleb's parents, Tim and Tiffany Brown, held a news conference Wednesday at Spring Creek Road Baptist Church to thank all those who contributed to Caleb's recovery. The family said they will now return to Nashville.

Members of the Soddy Elementary School chorus, the "Soddy Singers," opened the 26th annual Christmas at the Courthouse celebration singing throughout the lunch hour Monday.

Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey will join Governor-elect Bill Haslam as Haslam's chief of staff and deputy governor. Ramsey will leave his Hamilton County post Jan. 11.

200 Chattanoogans became one step closer to obtaining assistance for public housing Tuesday as the Chattanooga Housing Authority began processing and evaluating voucher recipients needs. The 200 people were selected by lottery from a pool of more than 5,100 applicants.

Watch as Kaylee Ann Disterdick talks about battling Crohn's disease, while pursuing her love of dancing.

The Signal Mountain Eagles face Trousdale County in the Class 2A playoffs for the Times Free Press game of the week Friday. The winner will advance to the state semifinals.

Watch an excerpt from Friday's town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn, at Chattanooga State. Sen. Corker spoke about the country's struggling economic situation and controlling the nation's debt. To view the entire presentation, visit: http://www.timesfreepress.com/bobcorkertownhall/

More than 400 people attended the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, with keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Robert Harris and performances by the Choo Choo Chorus.

Bill Allen and Paul George, both WWII veterans who served on Iwo Jima, spoke to Grace Academy students Thursday as part of their ceremony for Veterans Day.

Students participated in an all-campus cornhole tournament at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Wednesday. The semi-final and final rounds will be played at the First Tennessee Pavilion Saturday, prior to the Mocs football game against Samford.

The Baylor Red Raiders face the rival McCallie Blue Tornado in the Division II-AA state playoffs for the Times Free Press game of the week.

The annual Head of the Hooch rowing regatta will bring nearly 9,000 athletes this weekend, creating an economic impact of more than $4 million.

Cold temperatures brought hail to the Tennessee Valley today. Staff photographer Tim Barber filmed the hail falling shortly after 4 p.m.

During a news conference Thursday, Red Bank City Manager Chris Dorsey announced that Tim Christol will become the city's new police chief. Christol begins Dec. 13 after he leaves his post as police chief in Fletcher, N.C.

he Tyner Rams face the Polk County Wildcats in the first round of the Class 3A state football playoffs for the Times Free Press game of the week.

Chattanooga Republican Chuck Fleischmann won Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District seat over Democrat John Wolfe during Tuesday's elections.

Members of the Chattanooga Fire Academy executed a controlled burn on a donated house along Hixson Pike on Friday. The burn marked the conclusion of weeklong training exercises during the academy.

Hutcheson Medical Center officials announced their plans to partner with Erlanger Health System during a news conference Thursday.

The Cleveland Blue Raiders face the Soddy-Daisy Trojans in the Times Free Press game of the week.

Hundreds gathered at the Soddy-Daisy Veterans Memorial Park on Wednesday for a prayer and worship service. The service was held after Hamilton County Superintendent Jim Scales ruled that prayer over the loudspeaker at Soddy-Daisy football games must be stopped.

National Weather Service meteorologists have confirmed preliminarily that an EF2 tornado hit the Chickamauga Dam area Tuesday night, causing hit-and-miss damage along a 1-mile path. Meteorologists estimate the winds reached a maximum of 125 mph.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga hosted a panel discussion entitled "U.S. Housing Market Forum: The Path to a Strong Real Estate Market," which featured U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and several industry experts from across the country.

Along with streetscaping and parallel parking, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield hopes to add a new police station, a homeless health care center and an impound lot along 11th Street. He wants to complete the changes before leaving office in two years.

Watch as U.S. Marine Sgt. Joey Jones continues his recovery following the loss of both his legs to a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

94 people from 41 nations became America's newest citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Thursday.

The Tyner Rams face the rival Howard Hustlin' Tigers in the Times Free Press game of the week.

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