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Yolanda Putman

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Patrick Jackson graduated cum laude from a Memphis community college, earned certifications in technology and videography, but believes that a 5-year-old drug conviction still prevents him from getting a job.

There’s nothing fancy about C&W Cafe, a red brick building on East 23rd Street. But this mom-and-pop business, owned by Carl and Willetta Hill, is where the magic happens at mealtime six days a week, drawing hundreds of customers for good times and captivating home-cooked soul food.

Chattanooga's so far "cool" summer will heat up this week.

An obsession about a 40-year-old business deal led a 78-year-old man to seriously injure one Englewood, Tenn., business owner and fatally shoot another before turning himself in to the McMinn County Sheriff’s Office Sunday.

Hundreds of East Chattanooga residents want jobs, but their chances of getting hired to help demolish the vacated Harriet Tubman housing site are slim.

Wesley Brown didn't feel sick when he tested his blood pressure at the Hamilton County Minority Health Fair.

Sixty-eight-year-old Vietnam veteran Karl Epperson thought his fighting days were done, but for the past three months he has been in the heat of battle, a battle with bedbugs.

The Public Education Foundation on Tuesday released the names of all 15 winners in the city's first "Teacherpreneur" competition.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank could have been satisfied with its usual method of food distribution: People in need go to a social service agency or church for a food voucher, then bring it to the food bank for groceries.

The city’s poor say they need housing and the Chattanooga Housing Authority says it wants to provide it.

As students returned to area schools last week, teachers were greeted with some fresh faces.

Parents want to be involved in the academic lives of their children, but they have barriers, said Pam Thompson, an educator of 40 years.

One person died and two were injured early Sunday morning in a single-car crash at Amnicola Highway and Wilcox Boulevard.

Workers are paving U.S. Highway 27 near the Manufacturers Road ramps just north of the Tennessee River, getting ready for the ramps to open in September.

The mystery deepens. Or maybe it's not a mystery at all.

Chattanooga Housing Authority Executive Director Betsy McCright and her husband, Stan, will oversee the Grateful Gobbler fundraiser this year, and all of the money raised will go to the only family emergency shelter in the city for men, women and children, organizers announced.

If people in Chattanooga do nothing to prevent the mentally ill from going to jail, the city will end up like larger cities across the country where jails become unequipped caregivers.

A $500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for a weekend burglary and vandalism spree in Cleveland, Tenn.

At the age of 18, brothers Andrew and Jonathan Scott bought their first home with a down payment of $250 after graduating high school.

The men who entered the restroom thought they were alone.

The Sunday stabbing of a 23-year-old man in East Lake Courts brings this year's total number of homicides to 20 for the city -- more than in all of 2013.

Art classes, mental health counseling, a clothing bank and job training could be provided in one location for low-income people on the Westside if the Chattanooga Housing Authority allows service providers to use its James A. Henry building rent free.

Children in Tennessee are getting smarter and healthier, but an increasing number are plagued with poverty. More than 1 in every four children live in poverty, up from about 1 in 5 in 2005.

On Chattanooga's Tunnel Boulevard, where gunfire is common and crime abounds, lives an award-winning young artist.

Seventy-eight-year-old Idella Darwin has one leg and had trouble getting down her front steps. World Changers came to the rescue.

Battery Heights is a quiet 144-unit apartment complex with just as many elderly residents as young people, said 25-year-old Reemo Johnson, while sitting on steps outside his Battery Heights apartment.

Owning a trophy shop, raising a family and rescuing dogs satisfied Marcy Hall. Then illness pushed her out of her comfort zone and reminded her that she had an expiration date.

The fastest Internet in the Western hemisphere is in Chattanooga. Mayor Andy Berke wants to make sure every resident has access to it.

Laws don’t come to life on their own — people with strong character and passion take a stance against injustice and suffer so that laws can be upheld.

Friends of an 18-year-old high school student who died from a gunshot wound on Sunday called him an athlete and a fun person.

Heat hovered in the 80s and the rain clouds had come and gone, leaving a suffocating mugginess.

An elderly man at least two days missing showed up dead this weekend under a bridge in the 700 block of Workman Road.

Washington Hills residents said they’ve been talking with city officials for five years about how dangerous it is for their children to walk to the neighborhood recreation center on Oakwood Drive.

The run-down tennis courts and mildew-filled YMCA pool could soon be replaced on Shallowford Road with a 34,000 square-feet retail space and four proposed one-story office buildings.

Just after Bledsoe County, Tenn., residents said goodbye to weather that dumped 6 inches of rain there, forecasters predict the hottest day of the year for the Chattanooga region.

A Soddy-Daisy woman’s ex-boyfriend had threatened to hurt her.

Ronald Glass calls about jobs, but never gets a response.

Read this summer.

Some residents of public housing in Chattanooga will see their rent rise by more than $200 per month under nationwide increases ordered by the federal government.

The former Chattanooga State Office Building on McCallie Avenue is one of the nation’s 11 most endangered historic places, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The first female to serve as the Tennessee Supreme Court chief justice retires this year.

Some children in Chattanooga struggle to get food. The YMCA teamed up with the USDA’s summer food service program to help.

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga implores children to read, and it’s providing new books to help them do it.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority is exposing public housing teenagers to career choices, offering them role models and an opportunity to get a job.

So many dogs were rescued from an alleged Bradley County, Tenn., puppy mill that it took four days to move them all.

A charter school plans to open in the Westside this fall where less than half the residents graduate high school, crime is higher than the national average and household income averages less than $10,000 a year.

Some 1.6 billion people in the world live in slum housing without running water, with leaking sewers or faulty wiring.

For three decades, getting into the music, crowd and food fest that is the Riverbend Festival required a colorful little pin.

Cars streamed to the 5100 block of Woodland View Circle in Alton Park on Sunday as family and friends gathered to remember the life of a woman they said was one of the most beloved residents of Emma Wheeler Homes who was shot to death earlier in the day.

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