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Wiedmer: UTC's 'Red' making foes blue — It's certainly been nice while it lasted, these giant basketball upsets the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women have been pulling off inside McKenzie Arena the last 21 days. First up was Big Sister Tennessee on the night before Thanksgiving, a victory to make proud every Moc Maniac who still resents becoming a hyphen school after all those proud years as the University of Chattanooga.

Tennessee jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent — Unemployment in Tennessee fell by three-tenths of a percent to 6.8 percent last month - the lowest jobless rate since June, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today. Tennessee employers added 1,900 jobs in November, but Tennessee's jobless rate last month was still a full percentage point higher than the U.S.

UTC women use strong defensive effort to knock off No. 7 Stanford — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball assistant coach Katie Burrows came out of the locker room after the Mocs' game against No. 7 Stanford, turned to the assembled fans and media members and said, "That was big time." Big time, indeed.
Dec 18, 2014

UT-Chattanooga women use strong defensive effort to knock off No. 7 Stanford at home. #Mocs

Long takes role as mountain bike race director for TBRA — After successfully setting up the Chattanooga area's first mountain bike race series, Michael Long is taking his skills statewide. Long, who helped develop and run the four-race series for the Chattanooga chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, has been named the new mountain bike race director for the Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association, where he will work with race organizers statewide and USA Cycling officials to promote mountain bike racing throughout the state.
Dec 18, 2014

Michael Long takes role as mountain bike race director for Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association

E's way getting better for Chattanooga Mocs — The growth and success have been evident in the games of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga forwards Chuck Ester and Duke Ethridge during the team's recent three-game winning streak. Tuesday night was no different.

Kennedy: A magic dress, a chance romance — Elsa Connally, of Cohutta, Ga., didn't hesitate to say yes to the dress. Even though her grandmother's wedding dress had been an actor in a bittersweet wedding 61 years ago, Elsa freed it from its plastic wrapping and gave it a second chance.

Chattanooga Mocs women's basketball beats 7 Stanford, 54-46 — The UTC Mocs women's basketball team is back home after three away games for a visit tonight from seventh-ranked Stanford at McKenzie Arena.

Former 'Bama back Alvin Kamara signs with Tennessee Vols — KNOXVILLE - The first piece of the University of Tennessee's all-important 2015 recruiting class became official Wednesday. On the first day junior college players could sign, Alvin Kamara inked his National Letter of Intent to Tennessee on Wednesday, just a few weeks before the former Alabama freshman will join the Vols as an early enrollee.
Dec 18, 2014

ICYMI: Alabama freshman-turned-JuCo All-American RB Alvin Kamara signs with Tennessee, should help 'immediately.'

Dec 18, 2014

Alabama freshman-turned-JuCo All-American RB Alvin Kamara signs with Tennessee, should help #Vols 'immediately.'

Turner, Lacey shoot N.C. State past Tennessee — Tennessee appeared to be hitting its gear again as a second-half basketball team. A pair of former guards the Volunteers faced in the SEC had the answers for North Carolina State.
Dec 18, 2014

Former SEC guards Ralston Turner and Trevor Lacey shoot NC State past Tennessee in Raleigh.…

Chattanooga gas prices dip below $2 a gallon, lowest in five years — Chattanoogans are getting an early Christmas present with the price of gas below $2 a gallon at a trio of service stations in Brainerd. Gas prices dropped today to $1.96 a gallon at the Sam's Club on Lee Highway and $1.99 a gallon at the nearby Murphy Express and Murphy USA stations, according to

TBI kicked out of Investigating Holly Bobo case — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been kicked out of the Holly Bobo murder investigation, the agency said Wednesday night. TBI Director Mark Gwyn said in a emailed statement that 24th Judicial District Attorney General Matthew Stowe "made allegations of misconduct by TBI and other law enforcement agencies, both local and federal," in a meeting last week and asked the TBI to withdraw from the case.
Dec 17, 2014

Wow. Way to give the defense ammo in Holly Bobo case, Mr. DA:… via @timesfreepress

UTC women host No. 7 Stanford tonight — Final exams may be over for the fall semester at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, but the women's basketball team has to face another tough test tonight. The Mocs (6-3) are back home after three away games for a 6 p.m. visit from seventh-ranked Stanford at McKenzie Arena.
Dec 17, 2014

Final exams may be over for the fall semester, but the UTC #Mocs women's basketball team has a tough test tonight.

UTC hires McKinney to coach women's soccer — Gavin McKinney knows how to rebuild a college soccer program that has been struggling, and the Canada native will get a chance to do that as the new women's coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. UTC on Tuesday announced the hiring of McKinney to replace J.D.
Dec 17, 2014

UTC hires Cumberland's Gavin McKinney to coach #Mocs women's soccer

Treehouse meets kickstarter goal - and more local, national business news — The Treehouse Project is on track to build the world's first treehouse certified as a "living building" through the International Living Building Future Institute. On Tuesday, the Chattanooga-based startup said it had raised more than $34,000. Its Kickstarter funding goal was to raise $33,333 by today.

Haslam, UAW spar over union impact — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he still worries that expansion of labor unions in Tennessee such as the United Auto Workers will hurt economic development, but the UAW termed the charge "saber-rattling" and "just not true." Haslam cited an example, saying he received a call from a company chief executive last Thursday who was looking at a site in Tennessee for a 1,500-employee facility.

Mayor Andy Berke: 93 new jobs coming to Chattanooga — Three small businesses are adding 93 jobs in Chattanooga and utilizing the city's small business incentives, Mayor Andy Berke said today. A California-based company with plans to relocate to Chattanooga will create 60 new jobs. The total amount awarded to the three small businesses will be $22,503, officials said.

Dewayne Hendrix 'wasn't happy' at Tennessee — KNOXVILLE - Transferring Tennessee defensive end Dewayne Hendrix told an Illinois newspaper he was unhappy during his brief time with the Volunteers and later posted a different message on his Twitter account. The former four-star recruit out of the St.
Dec 17, 2014

ICYMI: Transferring DE Dewayne Hendrix says he 'wasn't happy' at Tennessee, then tweets a different message.

Chattanooga Choo Choo converting hotel rooms into apartments — More than 90 hotel rooms at the Chattanooga Choo Choo are going to be repurposed and made into affordable apartments starting early next year, as the historic downtown attraction revamps its image and goes forward with an $8 million makeover.

Hot-shot UTC Mocs top Norse by 12 — If there's one thing the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team has shown so far this season, it's that it can win different ways. The Mocs out-gritted a Robert Morris team that plays strictly zone defense. In their most recent victory before Tuesday, they out-defended Southern Conference opponent The Citadel.