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Chattanooga, TN, United States

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Past articles by Ben:

Six-week closure on south side of Ringgold Road-McBrien Road intersection starts Monday

If you thought the construction traffic on Ringgold Road in East Ridge was bad so far, just wait till Monday. → Read More

Pedestrian killed on I-75 Tuesday in Bradley County identified

A pedestrian was killed Tuesday on Interstate 75, Bradley County authorities confirmed Wednesday. → Read More

$161 million low bid awarded for phase 2 of Chattanooga's I-75/I-24 ‘split’ project

Work on the long-awaited -- or dreaded -- phase II of the Interstate-24/Interstate 75 "split" project is set to begin in late spring 2023 after the Tennessee Department of Transportation awarded a $161 million contract for the job. → Read More

Clingman descendants: Cost of renaming peak would be worth it

If the U.S. Board on Geographic Names approves a proposal to change what is now named Clingmans Dome to its Cherokee name, Kuwohi, one of the effects below the surface would seemingly be financial as every guidepost, brochure, map, sign and website bearing information on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park landmark would have to be updated. → Read More

What to know about Chattanooga's St. Elmo community

Historic charm meets hip urban style. Here's what to know about Chattanooga's St. Elmo area. → Read More

Fall Creek Falls State Park holds job fair Friday

Looking for a job with a front-row view of some of Tennessee's most scenic beauty? → Read More

McMinn group accuses county school board of violating its own rules, plans remarks ahead of Thursday meeting

A group of 15 McMinn County parents, educators, students and community members has accused the McMinn County school board of violating its own rules in removing the Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel "Maus: A Survivor's Tale" from its eighth-grade curriculum during a called meeting Jan. 10. → Read More

Bradley County police K-9 shot multiple times in foot chase

Authorities in Cleveland, Tennessee, said a Bradley County Sheriff's Office police K-9 was shot multiple times during a foot chase Wednesday morning in the woods near the Toyota of Cleveland dealership at Interstate 75's exit 20. → Read More

South Pittsburg's National Cornbread Festival called off for 2021

The National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, has been officially canceled after organizers said scheduling conflicts with vendors and other festival participants would result in a sub-par event that isn't what people expect. → Read More

Chattanooga region has some bridges on 'poor' condition list but Tennessee says all are safe

After a crack in the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis shut down one path over the nation's largest river earlier this month, a natural question comes to mind: What's the condition of bridges in the Chattanooga area? → Read More

Newly elected Bledsoe County trustee declines job, citing health concerns

The winner of the Nov. 3 election for Bledsoe County trustee has declined to assume the job, citing health issues. → Read More

LIVE: Updates from news conference on Meigs County bus crash

All children who were taken to Erlanger hospital are now in stable condition following a Meigs County school bus crash that left two dead Tuesday evening. → Read More

Hurricane Laura expected to bring rain, storms to Chattanooga region as it weakens to tropical depression

As Hurricane Laura prepared to make landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm Wednesday night with what could be an "unsurvivable" storm surge and high winds, forecasters predicted the storm could take a northerly track through the South and parts of Tennessee as a tropical depression. → Read More

Dayton, Tennessee, man sustains multiple gunshot wounds in Tuesday fatal shooting

A Dayton, Tennessee, man is being held on a $175,000 bond in a fatal shooting Tuesday on Lower Cove Loop Road that started as an altercation and escalated into gunfire, according to authorities in Rhea County. → Read More

Three arrested, cash, drugs and weapons found in ongoing Grundy County overdose death probe

Authorities in Grundy County, Tennessee, arrested three people and seized cash, weapons, suspected methamphetamine and more than 100 pills allegedly laced with the powerful drug fentanyl while executing two separate search warrants in what the sheriff said is an ongoing investigation into recent drug overdoses that have left three people dead. → Read More

Rhea County sees jump in COVID-19 cases from 13 to 188

Officials in Rhea County on Thursday said that a COVID-19 outbreak — possibly among migrant workers on a local farm — caused the county's number of confirmed cases to jump this week from 13 to 188, raising alarm as the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaches. → Read More

Monteagle police, TBI investigating discovery of body off I-24

Police in Monteagle, Tennessee, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are investigating the discovery of a body Monday morning off of Interstate 24 inside the city limits of the mountaintop town. → Read More

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probes fatal motorhome fire in Coffee County

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and local authorities have not yet identified the victim of a fatal fire Tuesday at a local campground, but foul play is not suspected. → Read More

Deadly drift: Tornadoes rise in the Southeast as they decline in the Midwest

Experts say Easter Sunday's tornado outbreak was a textbook example of weather trends showing rising tornado numbers and severity in the mid-South and Southeast, which is increasingly becoming a tornado hotbed. → Read More

Etowah police chief turns himself in after five days on the lam

Former Etowah, Tennessee, police chief Eric Armstrong turned himself in to McMinn County authorities Thursday after being sought on a misdemeanor assault by domestic violence warrant since an incident Sunday. → Read More