Most talked about Chattanooga Times Free Press stories

Officer suspended for firing on fleeing suspect who had just rammed his car

timesfreepress.com — Chattanooga Police Officer Alex Olson will be suspended for 30 days without pay for firing his weapon at a moving vehicle in October of last year. On Wednesday, Police Chief Fred Fletcher sustained a finding of "Improper Use of Force -- Discharge of a Firearm," giving Olson the maximum suspension allowed by Chattanooga City Law.
Jan 28, 2015

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UTC cutting men's track and field teams

timesfreepress.com — Bill Gautier didn't sleep much Monday night. Gautier, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga track and cross country coach for the last 23 years, worried about a meeting with athletic director David Blackburn scheduled bright and early at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. He expected it to be bad.

Wiedmer: UTC proves Title IX not always perfect

timesfreepress.com — Sometimes justice wins out in sports. Monday's news that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team received its first national ranking in 30 years when it was voted No. 25 in the latest Associated Press poll would be a prime example.

Police: Jasper mom shoots woman's new boyfriend

timesfreepress.com — A Jasper, Tenn., woman is behind bars today on aggravated assault charges after a nonfatal shooting Tuesday night east of the Marion County town seat. Lisa Freeman, 47, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Kehele Pickett, who was wounded in the stomach, Marion County Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said Wednesday.
Jan 28, 2015

Jasper, Tenn., woman charged with aggravated assault in Tuesday night shooting in Marion County. #MarionCounty tinyurl.com/knwhs59

Job titles are going quirky, just ask the Maker of Awesomeness

timesfreepress.com — In Chattanooga, there are a handful of folks who go to work each day and do something. Something a little quirky, maybe, or something that maybe has been done forever but has taken on a wonky new title like "director of happiness," or "maker of awesomeness" or even "seafood chef " (not the Red Lobster kind).
Jan 28, 2015

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Nuclear engineering firm to consolidate local operations in former East Tech plant

timesfreepress.com — At this point, we are not able to predict our future employment other than to say that we will evaluate our staff levels to match the growth of our business." Jud Simmons, Babcock & Wilcox A nuclear engineering firm that had planned to build a new facility at Centre South Riverport will instead move into the nearby former East Tech structure after that business bankrupted last year.
Jan 28, 2015

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UTC's Challenger STEM Learning Center marks 20 years

timesfreepress.com — Fast facts * UTC Challenger Center is one of almost 50 such centers in the nation. * In 2014, the UTC center received three awards by the National Challenger Center Network -- Training the Most Teachers, Most Public Programs Provided, and Increasing Total Missions Flown by 10 percent in one program year.

Google expanding fiber service to four Southeastern metro areas

timesfreepress.com — Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber-optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. The company said it will bring gigabit-speed service to Nashville, Atlanta, and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina.

ETSU adds spark to SoCon race

timesfreepress.com — Moments after a 70-61 victory over East Tennessee State last season, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's coach Jim Foster said the Lady Bucs' upcoming inclusion to the Southern Conference was going to be "an interesting additon to our league." So far, he's been right.

Mercer still strong with new lineup

timesfreepress.com — For a day, Mercer University was the Cinderella of the 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament, when the Bears defeated Duke 78-71. They lost eight seniors off that team, however, and then made a transition from the Atlantic Sun Conference to the Southern Conference. Even with all the newness, the success rate has remained familiar.

Second Chattanooga-area teacher charged with having sex with student

timesfreepress.com — A Scottsboro City Schools teacher in Jackson County, Ala., has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with a female student over the past three months.

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Cleveland's press fuels 5-AAA girls' basketball victory over East Hamilton

timesfreepress.com — CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Cleveland scored the first 14 points Tuesday on the way to a 56-34 District 5-AAA girls' basketball victory over East Hamilton. The Lady Blue Raiders came out in a full-court press, and the Lady Hurricanes committed 13 turnovers in the first half, which ended with Cleveland ahead 30-18.
Jan 28, 2015

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BREAKING: UTC cuts men's track programs

timesfreepress.com — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has announced that it will cut its indoor and outdoor men's track programs effective at the end of season. According to university sources the move was made because of Title IX, the federal law that mandates universities have equitable participation opportunities in male and female sports.

Lance Stokes the 'character' of UTC Mocs man's basketball team

timesfreepress.com — Lance Stokes has been known to oversleep workouts and later show up in Washington Redskins socks and white boat shoes. There is a chance that, regardless of the weather, he will be in shorts. Prior to his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball games, he usually is smiling and bouncing alongside teammate Eric Robertson.

Chattanooga to be surrounded by Google Fiber cities

timesfreepress.com — Google plans to bring its ultra-fast fiber optic Internet service to Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The company announced today that the nine Atlanta metro areas cities are part of a larger expansion in the Southeast, along with Nashville, Tennessee and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jan 27, 2015

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Another area teacher charged with having sex with student

timesfreepress.com — A Scottsboro City Schools teacher in Jackson County, Ala., has been arrested for having sexual relations with a student over the past three months.
Jan 27, 2015

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Top 1 percent capture most of wealth gains

timesfreepress.com — The wealthiest 1 percent of those in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama captured nearly half of the states' income gains over the past generation and nearly two thirds of all income gains since the last recession. Researchers for the Economic Policy Institute found that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans earned, on average, 30 times more than the bottom 99 percent.