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Yolanda Putman

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Residents who live near the Harriet Tubman demolition can breathe easy, city officials say.

Chattanooga leaders don't think there's reason to worry about asbestos in the rubble of the Harriet Tubman development.

Half the buildings at the former Harriet Tubman public housing development — home to generations of Chattanooga's poor — are gone now.

When Rossville Middle School students saw that their community included hungry families, they wanted to help.

NAACP members chose Dr. Elenora Woods as the organization's new local president on Tuesday.

Harold Coker loved cars. He started what has become the world's largest supplier of tires for collector cars, Coker Tire, in 1958.

People go to jail or lose their driver's license because they don't understand how the child support system works, says state Rep. JoAnne Favors, founder of the Tennessee Intergenerational Political Network (TIPNET).

The local branch of the NAACP has launched an effort to prohibit employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal background.

Luckily, the food came within minutes. I snapped the photo, said a quick blessing and dug in.

Chattanooga Housing Authority wants to set the record straight.

Armed only with the Word yet unafraid, 14 people set out on foot after dark on the streets where the violent prey.

In honor of Veterans Day, several events across the region today will honor veterans and those in active military service.

Free food, free park admission and free financial service are among dozens of ways Chattanooga-area businesses are honoring veterans. Veterans Day is tomorrow.

A severe crash on I-24 East near Monteagle left thousands of eggs, pallets of cheese and boxes of meat worth millions of dollars scattered, smothered and covered over the roadway in a collision involving three 18-wheelers and two automobiles.

It was early Saturday — around 4:43 a.m. — a time when there typically aren't too many cars on the road when 17-year-old Haley Howard, from Cleveland, Tenn., struck several vehicles while driving south in the northbound lanes on Dayton Pike.

A "Who's Who"" of local history makers and civil rights leaders came together Wednesday to honor John Porter Franklin Sr., a former vice mayor of Chattanooga and the first black elected to the City Commission that preceded today's City Council.

After several organizations and local pastors accused the Chattanooga Housing Authority of causing homelessness by vacating and demolishing public housing sites, CHA board chairman Eddie Holmes responded with a report stating that the housing authority can account for all but four of the 291 Harriet Tubman housing development families it was responsible for relocating. Only one person became homeless, he said.

Tyner Middle Academy Principal Mark Smith has died.

A Dallas Bay man and his Siberian Husky escaped a house fire Saturday morning where a blaze caused an estimated $50,000 to his home, according to a news release by Hamilton County Emergency Services.

Tyner Middle Academy Principal Mark Smith has died.

A local faith leader says violence develops from a bigger problem.

The Tennessee Department of Education named a Hamilton County Schools principal as its 2014-2015 Principal of the Year.

A retired pastor and civil rights pioneer who helped change Chattanooga's form of government and once held weekly protest at City Hall against police brutality has died.

In less than three months the greater Chattanooga area has raised $8.2 million to help people live stable lives, and United Way community campaign organizers say the goal is $12 million by the end of December.

At least four shootings have injured six people in Chattanooga over the past 31 hours.

President Barack Obama's former pastor and mentor Dr. Jeremiah Wright confirmed recently that he will speak at the Unity Group's M.L. King celebration prayer breakfast in January.

St. Elmo cyclists moved closer to safer bike lanes and getting more mobility choices Thursday.

Akeyllya Berry didn’t expect to be arrested when she arrived at the hospital where her brother was dying of multiple gunshot wounds Monday night.

Air gunner in the U.S. Army. Experienced janitor. Been to culinary school. These titles and training weren't enough to land a local Gulf War veteran a job after he returned home.

All things German — and Italian and Mexican, too — were featured at the last day of the 13th annual Chattanooga Oktoberfest festivities, the oldest and largest such celebration in the region.

In less than a year the midsize city of Chattanooga listed at least 24 homicides and more than 90 shootings, many of them black-on-black crimes.

City officials sought input from residents Thursday before drafting a five-year plan to spend millions of dollars from HUD for housing and economic development.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency wants to lead local communities in developing a master plan that makes the traffic-dense Third Street and Riverside Drive areas more pedestrian friendly and connected to the Tennessee Riverpark.

One of the city's largest landlords wants the public to know its financial status and the positive programs it offers.

A new partnership has emerged in Chattanooga to help house a "lost population."

Neither rain nor fire doused hope and encouragement emanating from participants in the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday.

Three women founded Girls Preparatory School in 1906 because the city school board refused to offer girls a fourth year of high school studies so girls could apply for college — as boys were able to.

Breast cancer can strike at any age.

Chattanooga firefighters stood at the Washington Hills Youth and Family Development parking lot entrance Tuesday night inviting people to tour their firetruck.

Since the start of the Great Recession in 2008, the number of homeless students attending public schools in America has swelled.

Upset local leaders packed the Chattanooga Housing Authority's board room this week to plead with the agency not to vacate its two largest public housing sites without a plan for where residents will live.

A local church hopes to stop violence by bringing people together and giving them something to do.

Changing Riverside and Third in Chattanooga

Plan to make the area more pedestrian friendly gets started

City planners want to transform Third Street and the traffic-racing Riverside Drive into a more connected, pedestrian-friendly zone, and they want to know what residents think about the idea.

Chattanooga Housing Authority may apply for the demolition or sale of College Hill Courts in 2015 and the demolition or sale of East Lake Courts in 2017, according to its 2015 Annual Agency Plan.

Praying for peace and rallying to end violence beat doing nothing to save the community, but several East Chattanooga youth say employment would also help.

A 21-year-old Sequatchie County man who evaded police for more than 24 hours after reportedly committing robbery and theft over $1,000 is in custody.

If all goes as planned, Chattanooga’s first emergency family shelter for men, women and children will open in mid-December.

The Rev. Alfred Johnson marched down Alton Park Boulevard on Wednesday belting the spiritual "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me," and nearly 50 other people from at least four different church congregations walked, sang and clapped with him.

Thirty-five year-old Danielle Frykman lives with her parents because she doesn't earn enough money in the profession she loves in order to be self-supporting.

For the first time in more than a decade, the Chattanooga Housing Authority has updated its emergency operations plan.

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