Todd South


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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia.

Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star.

Contact Todd at 423-757-6347 or tsouth@timesfreepress.com.
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The head of Hamilton County Schools and the county's Juvenile Court judge are putting their heads together over how to stop years of finger-pointing and miscommunication and fix problems with how truant students are handled.

One man caught in a federal drug investigation has been sentenced to 12 years and six months in federal prison, the highest penalty so far for a group of 34 nabbed in a massive local drug trafficking ring last year.

The 17-member task force formed last November to examine how truancy cases are handled in Hamilton County released its report today to Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw and schools Superintendent Rick Smith.

A 38-year-old former Shelbyville, Tenn., youth pastor avoided a maximum 20-year sentence Monday for downloading "violent" and "sadistic" prepubescent child pornography on his home computer.

People shopping, running errands or dining in Chattanooga in recent years never had a clue that nearby, a major drug dealer was selling multiple ounces of cocaine that fueled the drug trade and influenced street gangs in the Scenic City and surrounding areas.

Founders of some of the area's largest softball tournaments have sued their former partners, saying they stole not just a base but the whole game.

A federal magistrate judge has denied requests by a main defendant in a 34-person cocaine-trafficking conspiracy to throw out wiretap information because of errors in the warrant application.

With early voting in less than two weeks and general election ballots to be cast on Aug. 7, a battle over three current Tennessee Supreme Court justices' jobs has reached Chattanooga after months of back-and-forth in Nashville.

Both candidates in the Collegedale city judge race know the numbers; they're small, so the saying is true — every vote counts.

Over more than a century, tree branches obscured them from view and grasses grew tall around the markers of bronze and stone, set in places where hundreds of men fell in the nation's war with itself.

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