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Yolanda Putman

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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.

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

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.

Mayor Andy Berke acquired the Harriet Tubman property to create jobs for East Chattanooga, said Donna Williams, the city’s economic and community development director.

Residents of the community around the soon-to-be-demolished Harriet Tubman housing site in East Chattanooga want the 36-acre site turned into an “urban village” that includes housing and employment opportunities.

Dozens of people standing outside Books A Million chanted “Run Ben Run,” as famed surgeon and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ben Carson exited his black and gold One Nation tour bus.

Mayor Andy Berke says he will put a 6-foot fence around the Harriet Tubman housing site to secure it for demolition and from vagrants who sneak into the boarded-up buildings, but East Chattanooga residents say a fence won’t deter people who have nowhere else to go.

A coalition of local leaders is sending an SOS to all elected officials, pastors and residents, a call to be part of the solution to problems the city’s young people face.

A local youth pastor and a retired school superintendent want to offer affordable summer enrichment experiences and bring back to life a shuttered Brainerd school building.

A rock band scheduled to play at the Riverbend Festival wants to give more than a performance.

Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School won $10,000 in a yearlong literacy contest aimed at boosting a love of reading.

Lots of different sounds can be heard on any given day at the inner-city Eastdale Recreation Center.

Claudia Parries was a senior at Howard School, graduation in sight.

A grass-roots plan to reduce violence and promote economic equality for all emerged from several community organizations whose members were motivated by the recent appearance of a hate group in Chattanooga.

Nigerians are hurt and angry about the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from the northern part of the country, but they don’t know where to begin to get the girls back, said Augusta Y. Olaore, of Babcock University in Nigeria.

Isabella Lane labored nearly four decades as a Memorial Hospital nurse and surgical technician, retired in her mid-60s and worked another decade as president of Foxwood Heights neighborhood association.

Over the past five years, the Chattanooga Housing Authority has written off more than $1 million in uncollectible rent and associated costs.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority has returned $50,000 in earnest money a Chicago-based company put up for what turned out to be a failed bid to purchase the Harriet Tubman public housing site.

Chattanooga residents waiting nearly a decade for subsidized housing may get vouchers this weekend, but the Chattanooga Housing Authority knows the odds are against them finding a home.

Hamilton County entrepreneur Greg Vital took 36 years to finish his college degree, but on Sunday he graduated from Southern Adventist University and was the commencement speaker.

Before the first of a couple of dozen neo-Nazis stepped foot on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn on Saturday, the crowd of police and sheriff's deputies rivaled the hundreds of protesters on hand.

A Chattanooga company will begin work June 1 on a $5 million renovation of Dogwood Manor, a high-rise apartment building for seniors near downtown.

Kristi Salisbury cries tears of joy about her autistic son’s progress.

Jesse Jackson stood before almost a dozen Chattanooga pastors, both black and white.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, one of the most celebrated black leaders of the past half-century but a lightning rod for criticism, is coming to Chattanooga today, even as the country’s largest neo-Nazi group assembles here to mark its 40th anniversary.

A motorcycle ministry and a marriage ministry join forces Saturday to help married couples keep their wedding vows.

Kada, a 50-pound scrappy K9, has dodged bullets, tracked down felons and sniffed out narcotics.

Summer camp, job training and housing programs are offered in East Chattanooga but some residents don’t know they exist.

On Thursday, the Chattanooga Housing Authority moved a 37-acre vacant housing site off its books and the city picked up what officials hope will become an economic development catalyst in East Chattanooga.

It was summerlike warm Saturday and Sunday, wet and windy Monday and today and now comes a possibly record-breaking cold snap on Wednesday.

A South Sudanese refugee, who with his wife and daughters escaped the brutal war in that country, will become a South Chattanooga homeowner next month because of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Politicians and billionaires took the vote for organized labor out of the hands of Volkswagen workers and gave it to a few people trying to control the country with power and wealth, said Chattanooga NAACP executive committee member Joe Rowe.

NAACP representatives from the state, regional and local level today voiced support for workers rights and demanded that Volkswagen autoworkers vote concerning a union without the alleged influence from politicians.

Shawndrail Fields locked herself behind a shell, avoiding self-expression and public speaking, until Girls Inc. showed her what she could do.

Melissa Post’s 8-year-old son isn’t potty trained even though he’s been working on it for five years. He speaks only two words, “eat” and “mama,” and he flaps his hands while walking.

Gloria Griffith thought no one noticed her quietly preparing food baskets for homeless people living in hotels, giving socks to seniors at Christmastime or gathering after-school snacks for children.

De’Von Sanderfer was a shy child whose knack for poetry and public speaking emerged when she gave a class presentation — in the second grade.

Public housing residents are not adequately represented on the Chattanooga Housing Authority board, and they want the mayor to appoint more of them to the board to make sure their interests are protected.

Many of the parks in Hamilton County also feature playgrounds, and several cities have built large, multistructure community playgrounds.

Several organizations have been established to serve Chattanooga's increasingly diverse community.

Lillian Samuel has a brain aneurysm that prevents her from living home alone and driving, so she reluctantly sold her condo and moved into a Morning Pointe retirement facility.

The outside of the Chattanooga History Center looks unchanged, but when people come inside they will be "insanely amazed," Executive Director Daryl Black said.

Area libraries are using the latest technology and interactive programs to draw patrons, but a few of them are struggling to survive.

After a fire forced the evacuation of nearly 250 elderly and disabled renters from Patten Towers last May, the Chattanooga Housing Authority promised to have fire drills in all the high-rise buildings that it manages.

When Charlie Hughes started as a case manager at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen in 1989, the facility served only soup and sandwiches to its homeless clients.

Don't just meet the EPA's new standard for stormwater management; create a project that will bring residents a better quality of life, Don Green, the city's water quality supervisor, told a group of planners, architects and engineers this week.

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