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Past articles by Ellis:

Police say they caught a car thief on video

Charleston Police and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office say they caught a car thief on video. → Read More

Health inspector catches workers eating food off the grill, leaving hot dogs sitting at room temperature

Though it didn't completely fail its health inspection, the Krystal on LaFayette Road got the lowest score of the week — a 74 — after employees ate food on the grill food service line, stored raw eggs above ready-to-eat-foods, and left hot dogs sitting out at room temperature. → Read More

Red Bank police on the hunt for armed carjackers

Red Bank police are on the lookout for three, possibly four armed men who investigators believe are responsible for a carjacking on the south end of Ashmore Avenue today. → Read More

Restaurants dinged for mystery milk, roaches and double-gloving

Roaches, mystery milk and bare-handing food are just a few of the reasons a handful of local restaurants got dinged by the health inspector this week. → Read More

Missing teen's body found below bluff

Hamilton County deputies found the body of a teen who was reported missing yesterday in Sale Creek. The teen's body was found near the bottom of a bluff. → Read More

Two people struck by a vehicle on Market Street

Two people were struck by a vehicle Monday morning and transported to a hospital. The extent of their injuries was not determined. → Read More

Franklin Graham coming to Coolidge Park tonight for free event with The Afters

Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, will appear tonight in Chattanooga's Coolidge Park as part of his Decision America tour. The free event is designed to solve racial, political and cultural divisions across the country. → Read More

The Tennessee River overflows its banks after floods force TVA to open spillways [video]

Parts of the Tennessee River overflowed its banks on Monday after TVA engineers opened spillways on the Chickamauga dam. → Read More

Health inspector catches employees not washing hands

Hamilton County's health inspector found that employees weren't washing their hands properly, found flies in the sink, and noticed that food being served to customers wasn't stored at the correct temperature during a recent inspection of the Bojangles on Ringgold Road. → Read More

Heavy storms poised to batter East Tennessee as weekend begins

The National Weather Service predicts strong to severe storms could hit several counties in the Chattanooga region on Friday and Saturday, as a cold front moves into East Tennessee. → Read More

Tennessee may allow selfies at polling places after Justin Timberlake controversy

After Justin Timberlake came under fire for a selfie he took at a polling place encouraging others to vote, the Tennessee Senate began work on a bill that would approve some use of mobile phones at polling place. → Read More

Hamilton County Schools to close early tomorrow as severe, wintery storms approach

Schools will close early on Wednesday ahead of what is expected to be severe weather. → Read More

Champy's adds seventh restaurant as brand grows westward

A decade after taking a job as a server at Champy's in Chattanooga, Samantha Goonon has risen through the ranks and saved enough money to build her own licensed Champy's restaurant. → Read More

Chattanooga police looking for missing 24-year-old who never returned from the gas station

Police are looking for Zulma Quizar, who was last seen heading to a gas station but never came back. → Read More

Chattanooga police, state troopers have issued more than 300 citations during distracted driving crackdown

Chattanooga police say they're cracking down on distracted driving with enhanced enforcement in an effort to keep drivers from endangering others. → Read More

Tennessee blasts 'unprecedented' FCC broadband ruling as unconstitutional in appeals court

Tennessee accused the Federal Communications Commission of unlawfully violating state sovereignty in an appeal filed last week, alleging that the federal government is attempting to arbitrarily rewrite state law and vest itself with new powers not granted by the Constitution. → Read More

Telecom experts finger AT&T's network as the root cause of Tuesday's five-hour outage

The country's biggest wireless carriers have shied away from pointing fingers at one another after a rare five-hour outage on Tuesday left much of the Southeast with spotty or no cellphone coverage for much of the day. → Read More

Cuban rum bar and cantina coming to Chattanooga's North Shore

Embargo 62, a Cuban rum bar and cantina that pays homage to the embargo placed on Cuba by former President John F. Kennedy in 1962, will open 53 years later on Chattanooga's North Shore. → Read More

Corky Coker, Chattanooga's poobah of tires, takes another track

All cars have stories, especially classic cars. → Read More

A different tune: Music mecca brewing in Chattanooga's Southside

The rumble of a gasoline-powered generator thumps through the dome of the Chattanooga Choo Choo as workers pound away at a new 500-seat music venue. The four-stroke engine may be noisy, but it's got rhythm, much like the Glenn Miller song that inspired the name of the famous train station-turned hotel. → Read More