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Tim Omarzu

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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.

Georgia is poised to become the first state in the Deep South to "ban the box," or stop asking potential employees about their criminal pasts on job applications.

ROCK SPRING, Ga. — The funeral procession drove on U.S. Highway 27 beneath a huge American flag suspended from the ladders of two firetrucks.

Roughly 200 people attended an hour-long public memorial service today for a Walker County Sheriff's Office K9 shot to death June 13 as deputies were trying to serve felony warrants in Menlo, Ga.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — Tourists pack the sidewalks of this mountain town, and merchants offer everything from wine tasting to hot stone massage to bamboo fly-fishing rods handmade by the store’s owner — who was commissioned by former President Jimmy Carter to build a trout rod.

There's irony to a police dog's death by shotgun Friday afternoon in Walker County, Ga.

Utility automatically opts-in customers for charity donations

Not every customer happy to be opted in for donations

A Northwest Georgia electric cooperative has made a change to keep more of its customers' change for charity -- and not everyone's happy about it.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — A city councilwoman's suggestion to install parking meters in downtown Blue Ridge to generate revenue and prevent people from hogging parking spaces doesn't sit well with merchants in the tourist destination.

Waffle House meals three times a day, 365 days a year for Ringgold couple

World's biggest Waffle House fans may be Ringgold couple

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- For Johnny Maxwell it was love at first bite. The cheesy eggs. The bacon.

Bear versus vehicle is now an accident category in Red Bank, since a driver struck a large black bear at about 10:15 Sunday night on Dayton Boulevard just two blocks from City Hall.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Stacy Brown needs to find affordable housing soon within walking distance of his job at the Shaw Industries carpet backing plant in Chickamauga.

RISING FAWN, Ga. — A 2,200-acre real estate development that went bankrupt won't be clear-cut, mined or transformed into a subdivision of new homes.

The emerald ash borer is as cute as the proverbial bug.

A hive of honeybees got a sweet deal Friday at a house for sale in North Chattanooga.

Former Southern Adventist University student James Gaines won't face any charges for comments he made Jan. 23 that led to a two-hour lockdown at the 3,000-student private school in Collegedale.

UPDATE: The man at the center of a lockdown at Southern Adventist University earlier this year, will not face any charges.

Americans are head over heels in love with smart phones, a mere seven years after Apple introduced its iPhone to the masses.

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