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Yolanda Putman

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Terry Moore Smith owes more than $1,000 from heating her three-bedroom home in November and December and is seeking help to pay it.

Chattanooga may get another 80 units of affordable housing within the next year.

Former state Rep. Tommie Brown, keynote speaker for Chattanooga's Martin Luther King Day events Monday, says she wants to have a work session on the lessons learned between passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and today.

The United Way knows how to get toddlers ready for kindergarten and wants to share its information at no charge with every preschool teacher who wants to learn.

About two dozen people gathered Thursday at Second Missionary Baptist Church to brainstorm solutions to crime in their community.

Chattanooga housing officials have turned down a third requested extension of time for a Chicago-based group to purchase the former Harriet Tubman housing development, and one city official said the city still is interested in the site.

The Chicago-based Lakewood Realty Group doesn’t have the $2.8 million that it promised to purchase the Harriet Tubman public housing site.

Rose White has lived in her Fairington Circle home for nearly three years, but she never received a $500 EPB bill until this month.

At ages 24 and 28, Teal Thibaud and Katherine Currin founded a nonprofit that has generated more than a half-million dollars in grant funding to revitalize an East Chattanooga community that many developers and urban planners dismissed.

Despite public opposition, the Chattanooga Housing Authority is expected to close on the sale of the city's second largest public housing site to Lakewood Realty Group on Jan. 15.

As freezing temperatures set in, the largest emergency shelter in Chattanooga is struggling to find staff and volunteers to operate.

The NAACP is working diligently to bridge the gap between people who fought in the civil rights movement and those whose lives involve Twitter, FaceBook and Instagram, said Vincent Phipps, chairman of ACT-SO, the organization's high school outreach program.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority is installing regulators that will prevent public housing residents from setting thermostats higher than 75 degrees in the winter and lower than 70 in the summer.

Some children in Avondale see people who have been shot and are still lying in the street bleeding while they walk to the school bus stop, Chris Rolle said.

A college professor with a doctorate nearly drank and drugged himself to death after his mother died.

After so much negative publicity about blacks in Chattanooga in recent weeks, I am thrilled to do a review of Greg’s Southern Soul Food restaurant.

Elizabeth "Caitlin" Puckett is too sick to leave the hospital for Christmas, so a dog and law enforcement officers with the Unwanted Motorcycle Club came to visit her Tuesday at Erlanger's Children's Hospital on Christmas Eve.

Chattanooga Police Patrolman Johnny Wright didn't have to look for the address when he answered a "drunk and disorderly" call on Flynn Street, an alley off M.L. King Boulevard. The yelling was so loud he knew exactly where to go.

Giving comes so naturally to Mary McSears that seeing her help others makes people want to join her.

Shannon and Bradley Taylor moved from Ohio to Chattanooga to be near his mother, who needed surgery, and other family members in Tennessee and Atlanta. The couple and their 1-year-old grandson slept in a car and then at the Chattanooga Rescue Mission for five days before getting into Family Promise of Chattanooga.

An African-American cultural center that is home to more than a century of Dalton history faces closure, but a host of volunteer board members and staff are doing all they can to keep it open.

A lecture hall full of middle- and high-school girls listened Thursday as a Girls Preparatory School graduate said she's among the 11 percent of women in the nation with careers in engineering, one of the fastest-growing and highest-paid fields in the country.

Americans lead the world in illegal drug use, even though most illegal drugs come from outside the country.

Families that need toys for their children should call the United Way's 211 center no later than Dec. 13 to participate in its Christmas Clearance, where more than two dozen agencies help make kids' holidays sparkle.

A year ago, Monyette Ervin faced a questionable future. After supporting herself for more than 30 years, debilitating back pain left the former nursing home employee unable to work and in danger of losing her home.

Every December, rent collections fall off at the Chattanooga Housing Authority.

Six months pregnant with her second child, Casey Sullivan figured that all of her discomfort, bulging neck veins, coughing and back pain were a result of her pregnancy. So she didn't bring it to her doctor's attention until she couldn't breathe.

It's been nearly two years since Dr. Tommie F. Brown was dethroned as a longtime state representative by JoAnne Favors, but Brown said she doesn't intend to stop serving her community.

More than 62,000 people in Chattanooga live in food deserts, yet in some neighborhoods as few as five people take advantage of a grocery store on wheels that comes to them once a week.

Good-paying jobs, a solid support network and meaningful education would help keep men from committing crimes, said many attending an NAACP meeting Tuesday night.

When Tonya Rooks moved into public housing, she paid about $50 for rent. Within 18 months she landed a full-time job as a recruiter with First Things First and chose to pay a flat-rate rent of $447 a month, instead of 30 percent of her income.

Roger Hilley said it was hard to call the YMCA's Joe Smith and admit that he had no place else to go, but the high school senior said Smith was his brightest path to a better life. Smith let Hilley escape his environment of drugs and instability to sleep on the couch in his home for three months.

Organizers of the Chattanooga Autism Center's first fundraising walk said they expect about 1,000 participants to come out Saturday to raise money and awareness about autism.

Having just $4.40 a day to spend on food changes things. Angela Ballard thinks about food a lot more now.

Less than two weeks after Lincoln Park residents learned city and Erlanger hospital officials agreed to a deal that paves the way for the restoration of their neighborhood park, those residents said they did not get what they really wanted after all.

Shawnna Tipton is a single mom who just wants to feed her family, but she is having a hard time doing that.

Elected and business leaders met just after daybreak to attend the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga's annual Equal Opportunity Day breakfast Tuesday.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority board has decided that if the money runs out in its Section 8 housing program, the people on the program the longest will be the first to lose vouchers.

The Wicked Queen may ask who is the fairest of them all in the traditional Snow White tale, but in Fairytale Girl: Reloaded, she asks who is the strongest, smartest and boldest of them all.

Second Missionary Baptist Church wants to give youth an alternative to aimlessly hanging out with friends during fall break.

Most people attending the Chattanooga Housing Authority's board meeting Tuesday were concerned about the sale of the Harriet Tubman site. But board members also struggled with a policy change that could leave older children of the opposite sex sharing bedrooms.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority has estimated that $30 million would be needed to bring the Harriet Tubman public housing site up to standards. The Chicago-based Lakewood Realty Group that wants to buy the vacant buildings plans to invest about one-third of that amount in improvements.

Leaders can influence and direct change to ensure that everyone can participate in the workplace, said Gale King, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Nationwide Insurance.

Thousands of schools from across the nation entered the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" radio show contest to win Big Al's Recess Redo. Snow Hill Elementary in Ooltewah won.

Rats are running through Miller Park day and night and have become so bold that they’re not afraid of people, says a frequent park visitor.

Boys Leadership Summit organizers said they want to help young men understand that it's not only what they say to a judge or jury that determines the court outcome, but also the actions they take before then, even the way they talk to police officers and authority figures.

The Rev. Leroy and Gloria Griffith made a passionate plea Thursday for the city to consider a housing ordinance that would ensure that every public housing unit torn down be replaced and that a percentage of housing in new apartments built be set aside for people with low incomes.

Affordable housing may be on the horizon for some Chattanooga residents after all.

Meigs County seniors attend diabetes cooking classes at the local senior center, but some of them don't have the money to purchase the fresh fruits and veggies used in the recipes.

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