Tyler Jett (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6476
E-mail: tjett@timesfreepress.com
Tyler Jett covers the northwest Georgia region, writing about topics ranging from crime to local politics to the court system. He has been covering the area since July 2013. Tyler joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2013 after graduating from the University of Florida.

With Erlanger debt looming, Shannon Whitfield defends tax increases

Published Aug. 18 2017

Unhappy with your property tax bill? It could get much worse.

Walker County adding more public hearings on proposed property tax hike

Published Aug. 17 2017

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield will hold two extra public meetings on his proposed property tax increase.

Varnell councilwoman's controversial actions to block a vote ruled legal

Published Aug. 17 2017

Varnell City Councilwoman Ashlee Godfrey's abrupt exit from Tuesday night's city council meeting was legal.

Prosecutor declines to pursue charges against head of Catoosa County youth sports league

Published Aug. 17 2017

A prosecutor declined to pursue charges against the head of a local youth sports league, but the league's players have...

Varnell City Council meeting ends in drama after councilwoman leaves abruptly

Published Aug. 16 2017

In the middle of a city council meeting Tuesday night, an elected official stood up to leave, blocking any further...

Whitfield County approves fire services agreement with Catoosa County

Published Aug. 15 2017

The Whitfield County Commission approved an agreement Monday night to share firefighter services with Catoosa County.

Amid complaints, Whitfield County animal shelter director retires

Published Aug. 15 2017

Ten days after state investigators said his staff did not properly euthanize dogs and cats, Whitfield County's animal shelter director...

Chattanooga police investigating drugs left inside gas station bathroom

Published Aug. 11 2017

Chattanooga police responded to a report of drugs found in the bathroom of a BP on the corner of Brainerd...

Dalton voters to decide whether to build a new $50 million school

Published Aug. 11 2017

Dalton, Ga., voters will decide this year if they want a new school with a price somewhere north of $50...

Walker County residents could see $2.5 million increase in property taxes

Published Aug. 10 2017

Walker County, Ga., Commissioner Shannon Whitfield is looking for about $2.5 million extra from property owners this year.

Walker County commissioner proposes 20-25 percent tax increase

Published Aug. 9 2017

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has advertised a property tax increase.

Catoosa County approves funding for 13 miles of roadwork

Published Aug. 9 2017

The Catoosa County Commission approved funding for five road projects during a special called meeting Tuesday.


LaFayette, Ga., attorney indicted for witness tampering in child molestation case

Published Aug. 8 2017

Investigators say that when attorney Larry Hill met with a woman on May 1, she told him that she had...

Chattooga County eyes 27 percent property tax hike, led by inmate cost [photos]

Published Aug. 8 2017

Jail expenses are driving a 27 percent property tax increase in Chattooga County, but the added expenses should not be...

Two Rossville homes destroyed by suspected arsonists; reward offered for information

Published Aug. 7 2017

The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office is offering a $10,000 reward for any information about two fires that...

Despite reform, North Georgia jails 'busting at the seams'

Published Aug. 6 2017

As political leaders in Atlanta push criminal justice reform, local law enforcement officials have noticed an unintended consequence: crowded jails.

Walker County could be second county in state with transportation sales tax

Published Aug. 6 2017

Walker County, Ga., could become the second county in the state to charge an extra sales tax for transportation projects.

Varnell chief considering criminal complaint against former councilwoman

Published Aug. 5 2017

The Varnell, Ga., police chief weathered a blow this week and is now on the attack.

UPDATE: Former councilwoman drops intimidation accusation against Varnell, Ga., police chief

Published Aug. 3 2017

Former City Councilwoman Andrea Gordy has dropped her accusation against Varnell Police Chief Lyle Grant.

UPDATE: Woman killed in Dade County fire identified

Published Aug. 3 2017

Firefighters found a 26-year-old woman dead inside a home in the 500 block of Highway 11 South in Rising Fawn,...