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Life got tougher Thursday for teachers and school employees whose spouses get health insurance through the Hamilton County Department of Education.

The Hamilton County school board didn't waste time Thursday changing the way the school system's health care plan handles spouses.

Calvary Chapel Chattanooga, a booming, 2,500-member church in a former Bi-Lo supermarket on South Broad Street, may get more parking space. And its neighbor, Church of the First Born, may get a new home in the former Piney Woods Elementary School.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith is either terrible at long-range planning or about as good as he can be — depending on which school board member graded him on his annual evaluation that became available Friday.

Should it cost an extra $100 a month out-of-pocket for Hamilton County public school teachers and employees to keep their spouses on the school district’s health plan, raising the monthly cost to $533 for families?

Grit and hard work got Allen Elementary School in Soddy-Daisy recognized Thursday as one of the top schools in Tennessee, Principal Earlene Weeks said.

Hamilton County had six "Reward Schools" recognized by the state for achievement and growth, according to a list released Thursday morning.

Gov. Bill Haslam had a question Tuesday morning for Red Bank High School students assembled in the gym.

Sex Week fallout may affect UTC programs

As new semester begins, one-fourth of students ‘opting out’

Student organizations at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga may see their funding reduced by $43,000 this year, thanks to fallout over “Sex Week” at the university’s main campus in Knoxville.

Westview Elementary School: A son's rampage, a parent's lament

Mental problems to blame for school vandalism rampage, suspect's parents say

When sheriff's deputies confronted Aaron Roden inside Westview Elementary School early Tuesday morning, they saw a man wearing nothing but boxer shorts, dangling from a TV holder secured to the rafters.

Hamilton County Schools struggle with healthcare costs

Could eat up 3 percent raise teachers got last year, board member worries

A proposal to charge teachers and school employees an extra $100 a month to keep their spouse and families on the school's health care plan got a cool reception Wednesday from the Hamilton County School Board.

Sheriff Jim Hammond couldn’t say Tuesday what possessed a 22-year-old man to single-handedly vandalize Westview Elementary School so badly that the school was closed all day.

School enrollment should jump in Hamilton County once Chattanooga’s Volkswagen assembly plant starts building VW’s new sport utility vehicle, schools Superintendent Rick Smith said.

When students arrive at Southern Adventist University for fall classes, they'll be attending what's been dubbed the "tamest party school" in Tennessee.

With 19 people seeking five contested seats on the nine-member Hamilton County Board of Education, a lot could have changed Thursday night.

When a student gets caught with a smartphone now in a Hamilton County public school, the phone can be confiscated.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Hamilton County school district parents registering their kids for school Monday morning — depending on whether the parents could prove where their children lived.

Hamilton County's newest high school has grown — on a community college campus.

'Readmobile Guy' reads aloud to every child in Hamilton County (with video)

'Enthusiasm is key' in getting kids to love reading

Practice makes perfect. And Stewart Payne has lots of practice reading to kids.

A year after he was arrested for crossing a “free speech” perimeter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to question a controversial street preacher, Cole Montalvo will get a trial on Nov. 10.

Cole Montalvo will get a trial on Nov. 10 — almost exactly one year after he was arrested for crossing a "free speech" perimeter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to question controversial street preacher Angela Cummings.

The Rossville Public Library will be open only 18 hours a week starting Monday, compared to 30 hours at its sister libraries in Chickamauga and LaFayette.

With his white beard, lined face and gravelly voice, Gary Owens could pass for songwriter Kris Kristofferson’s younger brother.

Play-Doh and papier–mâché may be living on borrowed time at Clifton Hills Elementary School.

Playing in the sand just got real at the Chattanooga Public Library.

Weston Wamp is a member of the generation of "millennials" born since 1981 that, according a Pew Research Center poll last year, supports same-sex marriage by 70 percent.

Conservative former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum today announced his endorsement of Weston Wamp in his race for the Republican nomination for Congress from Tennessee’s Third District.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga anthropology professor Lyn Miles thought she'd contribute to science in the late 1970s by being the first researcher to teach sign language to an orangutan.

How do you get a job making the new sport utility vehicle at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga assembly plant?

If early voting numbers are any indicator, most of Tuesday's runoff races in Northwest Georgia will be decided by a scant few.

Four members of the Bryan College board of trustees have resigned, saying they're upset with the direction that the Christian liberal arts college in Dayton, Tenn., has taken under President Stephen Livesay.

The Hamilton County Board of Education will set up a committee to figure out how to spend what District 3 school board member Greg Martin called a "windfall" of $11.7 million in liquor tax money.

Live homework help online. Downloadable books. Video tutorials on how to build websites, create smart phone apps and write code.

Kids need a good talking-to — and scoldings don't count.

"There's no word they've done anything on the timeline," McDade said.

No child left behind — on the school bus.

During the May primary election, Georgia voters had 15 candidates for state school superintendent.

A solar farm with some 4,400 photovoltaic panels near Lyerly, Ga., is the newest part of what experts are calling the nation's fastest-growing solar electricity program.

One person was hospitalized by a chemical release around 6 a.m. Monday at a plant owned by a Dalton, Ga., chemical manufacturer that’s had accidents over the past decade that sent some 200 people to the hospital.

DALTON, Ga. — Two separate car dealerships failed at a concrete-and-glass showroom built in 2001 in Chatsworth, Ga.

Hutcheson Medical Center will be auctioned in August to the highest bidder if Erlanger Health System has its way.

Hutcheson Medical Center got a much-needed infusion of cash this week by selling its majority interest in Battlefield Imaging for $5.2 million.

Food Works is down but not out.

Heavy rains across the western side of the Chattanooga region caused flooding today in some areas, but no major problems, officials said.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — City Hall here has Civil War history on its walls: framed battle maps, a mural of soldiers fighting, a painting memorializing an unknown Confederate who died defending Ringgold Gap.

RISING FAWN, Ga. — Patrick Johnson left Denver three years ago with his wife and two kids to start an organic farm on Lookout Mountain.

The legal briefs keep piling up in the battle over millions of dollars exchanged between two area public hospitals.

DALTON, Ga. — There's an underground marble mine just south of Ellijay, Ga., that's 950 feet deep.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — Michael Lovelady was welcomed when he returned to his hometown of LaFayette in 2010 and made substantial investments there.

Justine "Marie" Creech disappeared early on a Wednesday morning three weeks ago — and is still missing.

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