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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.

A judge will decide Monday whether to issue a temporary restraining order allowing Chattanooga to trump the Hamilton County Election Commission in the wording of ballot referendum on the city's domestic partner ordinance.

Round 4 of the fight how to word a ballot question regarding benefits for Chattanooga city employees' domestic partners is set for 8 a.m. Monday -- just four hours before the ballots are supposed to be printed.

The Hamilton County Election Commission will hold their second emergency meeting in two weeks on Monday to discuss settling a lawsuit filed this week over ballot language for a referendum to allow domestic partner benefits for city employees.

A Chattanooga police officer testified in court Tuesday that a vacant house, reported to be the scene of a brutal assault and rape, was covered in blood.

The first of three men charged in the 2010 killing of a 21-year-old Hixson man will spend the next 20 years in prison.

A Chattanooga police lieutenant has filed a lawsuit against the Hamilton County Election Commission after it approved a wording change on a referendum that asks voters if they will allow city employees with domestic partners to have the same benefits as married couples.

A Chattanooga police lieutenant has filed a lawsuit against the Hamilton County Election Commission over its changing of wording on a referendum that asks voters if they will allow city employees with domestic partners to have the same benefits as married couples.

One of two men headed to trial for a 2010 Hixson murder has pleaded guilty today and been sentenced to 20 years.

Incumbent East Ridge City Judge Arvin Reingold faces two challengers running their first campaigns on the Aug. 7 ballot.

A federal judge will decide whether errors on a wiretap warrant in a major cocaine trafficking case were "sloppy" policing or intentional illegal actions by federal agents.

I took a short drive to downtown Cleveland, Tenn., on a recent Sunday morning and found refreshing seafood brunch options at reasonable prices.

A federal judge will now decide if the bulk of evidence against a local man charged in a major cocaine raid will be tossed out of court.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell faced four opponents to win her first eight-year term back in 2006. This time around she faces one.

The public defender appointed to represent murder suspect Cashman Perkins waived his client's hearing and sent charges to the grand jury in Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Bales' courtroom this morning.

In her fourth bid to remain head of the Hamilton County Public Defender's Office, Ardena Garth will face Republican challenger Steve Smith, a former prosecutor.

About a year ago, a lawyer in Missouri filed a last-ditch appeal for a man who'd been sentenced at age 14 to life in prison for a crime many believe he didn't commit.

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade had a busy Friday in Chattanooga.

Two candidates for Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge have met before. That time neither won. This time one will.

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade is in Chattanooga today, attempting to broaden support for him and two other justices in the upcoming Aug. 7 retention vote.

It was a war begun in fear, confusion and hubris.

Calhoun, Ga., police have charged a man and a woman in connection with the June 11 death of 24-year-old local resident Haley Stanley.

A 20-year-old Chattanooga man who police say shot and killed his girlfriend in her apartment last month told police three different stories about how the mother of his two children died.

A special judge has dismissed murder charges against Twanna Blair in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple murder in Cleveland, Tenn.

Within about a year of leaving the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1996, Sylvester Caslin was homeless.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond confirmed Thursday that his office is investigating allegations that Lt. Rick Hamrick purchased unauthorized meals for himself and others with taxpayer money intended to be used solely for jurors and attending court officers.

Nearly three years ago, Jessica Sterchi said something that changed her life and likely ended another's.

A 31-year-old woman who confessed to police that she was present when her ex-boyfriend and his brother killed Zacherey Higdon in October 2011 has had her charges sent to the Hamilton County Grand Jury this morning.

Christian Sosa's mother says that "God gave justice" when a jury on Thursday convicted Nathan Lalone of murdering her son on Nov. 16, 2011.

Once, their faces beamed with youthful promise.

U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Smith and his wife, Tori, faced a life-altering struggle when the soldier lost both his legs in a 2012 bomb blast in Afghanistan.

A Hamilton County Criminal Court jury has found a 22-year-old man guilty in a 2011 murder at the Apison tennis courts.

A woman who was shot twice and whose boyfriend’s body was riddled with bullets in a 2011 Apison shooting saw the alleged shooter in court Tuesday and could hardly believe it.

Jury selection began this morning for a trial in the Nov. 16, 2011 ambush shooting murder of 19-year-old Christian Sosa near tennis courts in Apison.

Hamilton County mother Traci Leann Carpenter was sentenced Monday to less than a year in jail for a child abuse charge connected to the 2006 death of her 18-month-old daughter.

A Marion County, Tenn., investigator assigned to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified Monday that searches in a decades-long fraud case revealed houses with piles of “burner” phones and possibly faked financial documents to keep the scheme alive for a Texas couple with Marion County ties.

Traci Leann Carpenter was sentenced to less than a year in jail for a child abuse charge connected to the death of her 18-month-old daughter in 2006.

On a February day more than two years ago, Pam Skipper picked up the phone and called the police.

A Laredo, Texas, couple with Marion County, Tenn., ties is accused of bilking an Arizona grandmother and a chiropractor out of possibly millions of dollars with a tale involving Mafia chases and a supposed secret CIA operation, prosecutors say.

The aunt of a 3-month-old infant who died of skull fractures in 2012 was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

The aunt of a 3-month-old infant who died of skull fractures in 2012 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the girl’s death.

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