Kendi Anderson, Times Free Press

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Chattanooga, TN, United States

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Past articles by Kendi:

Code of Silence

Michael Mercer is one of several former Ooltewah students who claim they were molested by their coach, Stan Evans, at Ooltewah Middle School in the 1980s and 90s. Mercer keeps files regarding the incident and his own investigations. Other alleged victim names in this photo have been blurred by the Times Free Press to protect their identities. By Kendi Anderson Photos by Maura Friedman Feb. 14,… → Read More

State scholarships enable students to prepare for jobs in manufacturing

When Travis Stutz finishes his shift at a local factory, his day is not over. → Read More

Board mulls future of Hamilton County's aging schools

School board members focused on the future Thursday night as they discussed the construction of new schools and how best to rid themselves of those that have been shuttered. → Read More

Superintendent says aging school facilities must be addressed

In the 41 years Superintendent Rick Smith has worked in education, he said this is one of the most interesting and critical times for schools in the nation and Hamilton County. → Read More

Hamilton County schools prepare for new state assessment test

Problems were expected when the Tennessee Department of Education asked schools across the state to log in at the same time and take an online practice test. In fact, the state hoped for problems in preparation for the surge of students that will take the new TNReady assessment this year. → Read More

Cleveland police chief who resigned under controversy awarded service gun

City Council members in Cleveland, Tenn., decided Monday to postpone adapting the city's personnel rules and regulations in their regular meeting. Instead, they voted to award former police Chief Dennis Maddux — who resigned under controversy — his service weapon. → Read More

Updated: Professors, president clash at Bryan College

DAYTON, Tenn. -- Two years after faculty and the president clashed over how a conservative Christian school should be run, some Bryan College professors say they once again feel unheard and disrespected. → Read More

Hamilton County commissioners blow through $95,000 in 12 minutes

It took less than 12 minutes during Tuesday's meeting for Hamilton County's commissioners to spend $95,750 in discretionary money. → Read More

Tennessee Promise ups enrollment at Chattanooga State, Cleveland State

The promise Gov. Bill Haslam made to Tennessee students is changing the landscape of higher education in the Chattanooga area. → Read More

Three Cleveland police officers fired amid sexual assault and insurance fraud investigations

The Cleveland Police Department fired three officers who were being investigated in connection with a sexual assault complaint and an insurance fraud case. → Read More

Hixson school one of only seven in Tennessee to win National Blue Ribbon award

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award winners this morning, and in a video message to the awardees said → Read More

School board votes for inspections of six more stadiums in Hamilton County

The Hamilton County school board voted unanimously Thursday night to allow the district to hire a structural engineer to inspect aging concrete stadiums and outdoor structures at six area high schools. → Read More

BREAKING: Man shot near East Lake Courts

A person was shot tonight on the 28th block of 3rd Avenue, near the East Lake Courts. → Read More

Crowds pack Ross's Landing for tribute to five slain servicemen

Jessie Crawford stood in his gray JROTC uniform Wednesday and said he wants to join the military when he graduates from high school. → Read More

BREAKING: Cleveland police officer arrested on charges of insurance fraud

Cleveland Police Department officer Edwin Millan was arrested today and charged with insurance fraud. → Read More

Mechatronics program puts students on path to success

Jada Beckett's eyes darted back and forth from the yellow industrial robot arm in front of her to the computer control she held in her hands as she typed a sequence of commands programming the robot to pick up a small white peg. → Read More

UTC investigating report of sexual assault on campus

A student at UTC reported to police in August that she was sexually assaulted on campus, and officials with the school said today the investigation remains ongoing. → Read More

Superintendent says no funds available for improving aging athletic facilities

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith punted any hope of funding for deteriorating high school football stadiums, including one that already is destined for the wrecking ball. → Read More

Cleveland firefighter arrested, charged with public intoxication, enticing a minor

Another employee of the City of Cleveland, Tenn., is in the spotlight after his arrest this weekend. → Read More

New East Side Market owner shot to death at his store

Every morning, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, Wonsik No would unlock the door of the New East Side Market around 9 a.m. and prep the small convenience store for the day, neighbors say. → Read More