Tyler Jett (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6476
E-mail: tjett@timesfreepress.com
Tyler Jett covers the northwest Georgia region, writing about topics ranging from crime to local politics to the court system. He has been covering the area since July 2013. Tyler joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2013 after graduating from the University of Florida.

Why is Walker County two years behind on retirement payments?

Published Apr. 19 2019

When Walker County employees received the quarterly earnings reports for their retirement savings plans this week, some noticed a three-year-sized...

Man shot by trooper after high-speed chase in Dade County pleads guilty

Published Apr. 18 2019

Brandon Anthony Vitier, who was shot in Dade County in September after a police chase plead guilty.

Catoosa 911 director asks for job back, argues he isn't dumb enough to disobey his boss

Published Apr. 16 2019

Only a fool would do the thing Dennis Thayer is accused of, he told the Catoosa County commissioners in his...


Lookout Mountain, Georgia, leaders unveil plan for $3 million town center [document]

Published Apr. 15 2019

Without a specific funding plan, the Lookout Mountain, Georgia, city council promised not to raise taxes to build a $3...

This is how a GBI forensic artist turns skulls into sculptures to help identify victims

Published Apr. 15 2019

DECATUR, Ga. — In her office at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's headquarters last week, under a matrix of black...

Prosecutor moves to disqualify public defender in case of Walker County court officer accused of murdering son

Published Apr. 11 2019

A prosecutor argued Thursday that Public Defender David Dunn should not be able to represent Patrick Ray Wooten, a former...

Ironman Foundation will give Walker County $160,000 grant over five years for new fire hydrants

Published Apr. 11 2019

The Ironman Foundation is giving the Walker County local government $160,000 to purchase new fire hydrants.

Hoping to 'change the face of Rossville,' Peerless Woolen Mills owner in talks with 'big investors, big money'

Published Apr. 9 2019

One of the owners of the old Peerless Woolen Mills site says a manufacturer has more than doubled its footprint...

Chattooga County school board member resigns for second time in a month, saying his presence created animosity

Published Apr. 9 2019

Board of Education member John Turner resigned Monday, saying his presence at meetings was only creating animosity.

Georgia legislators take another stab at 'water war' to gain access to Tennessee River

Published Apr. 8 2019

In one of the longest-running fights in U.S. history, Georgia legislators once again will try to pull water from the...

Mayor to unveil city's plan for new government building, retail space in Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Published Apr. 8 2019

Lookout Mountain, Georgia, Mayor David Bennett will unveil the city's plan for a new government building and retail space next...

Georgia's roadside robot builder has moved, and he wants you to find him

Published Apr. 7 2019

An North Georgia artist who builds robots from tools and household objects has lost his prominent stage.


Chattooga County school board chairman who voted for five-day-a-week schedule tries to block residents' effort to oust him

Published Apr. 5 2019

A Chattooga County Board of Education member is trying to nip a recall effort in the bud.

Walker County teachers union president charged with possession of child pornography after student says she found porn on his iPad

Published Apr. 5 2019

Jim Barrett, the head of the Walker County Association of Educators and an outspoken critic of central office administration, was...

As cannabis laws changed, he thought he could sell new products. But Georgia police raided his shop and arrested him.

Published Apr. 3 2019

When Congress legalized hemp as part of its federal farm bill in December, Steven Ellis was prepared to fill the...

After second vote, Dalton Utilities bond bill fails in Georgia General Assembly's final hours

Published Apr. 3 2019

State Rep. Jason Ridley won a power struggle in the closing hours of Georgia's legislative session Tuesday.

This former Murray County clerk admitted to stealing at least $100,000 meant for the government

Published Apr. 3 2019

The former Murray County, Georgia, Probate Court chief clerk will report to jail Monday after pleading guilty to pocketing at...

Abrams calls Georgia's abortion bill 'evil,' says it could influence her political future

Published Mar. 31 2019

DALTON, Ga. — While she continues to weigh campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the White House, Stacey Abrams said...

Georgia monuments protection bill sparks racial tension as it passes House, Senate

Published Mar. 29 2019

As Georgia state Sen. Jeff Mullis' monuments protection bill cleared both chambers this week, a fight along racial lines erupted.

Varnell police chief under criminal investigation for loaning unencrypted radio to wrecker business owner

Published Mar. 29 2019

Varnell, Georgia, Police Chief Lyle Grant is under criminal investigation for giving an unencrypted radio to the owner of a...