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Yolanda Putman

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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.

Two men in red Ace Hardware T-shirts stood on ladders on opposite sides of a building, one drilling holes to anchor a board and the other nailing hangers.

Sixty-nine year old Mary King-Russell doesn't have the money or the robust health needed to repair her own home. So Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is doing it for her.

A steady flow of antique motorcycles rumbled through downtown Chattanooga yesterday as riders from around the world met for the pre-1937 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run, a race in which all riders drive motorcycles built before 1937.

Gerald Hubbard's driver's license was revoked because he's behind paying child support. He says he's behind because he has no transportation to a steady job.

Disproportionately high levels of poverty and crime plague public housing sites nationwide, but this summer the Chattanooga Housing Authority exposed its residents to more positive possibilities.

Lincoln Park residents thought getting their historic park onto the National Register of Historic Places would guarantee that the proposed Central Avenue connector road wouldn't go through it, but a representative with the Tennessee Historical Commission told residents on Tuesday that isn't true.

A helicopter is not something one would likely expect to see on the road in front of them.

It's been a year since Lincoln Park residents won what they thought was an agreement to preserve the historic park in its entirety.

The pain and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., is the same pain felt in Chattanooga.

Shootings and gang violence have marked Eastdale with a reputation for crime that residents are determined to change.

When Kala Gauthaman got up in the middle of the night Saturday and heard crackling sounds in the garage, she thought it was her husband coming home from working out of town. She opened the door to greet him.

One million miles will take you around the earth 40 times or to the moon and back twice.

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.

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