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Superintendent Rick Smith to provide clear, prompt communication about vacation plans

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Rick Smith on spring break (Modified under CC-BY-SA-2.0. Source: flic.kr/p/adPFWx)

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith announced today at a press conference that he would provide clear, prompt communication to the school board about his vacation plans. “It is my solemn duty to keep the school board and the public informed about how I spend my vacation,” said Smith, who…

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School board to hire new superintendent from temp agency

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Office temp workers (Used under the CC-BY-SA-2.0 license. Source: flic.kr/p/zfusa)

The Hamilton County Board of Education announced yesterday afternoon that it would seek a replacement for Superintendent Rick Smith by using a local temp agency. Smith was criticized for his handling of the Ooltewah High School rape case, and his attorney negotiated a half-million-dollar buyout package that was opposed by…

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Gatlinburg detective to host new TV show “Kids Do the Stupidest Things”

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Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns

Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns, who became a controversial figure in the Ooltewah High School basketball hazing case for his statement that what happened was not sexual assault but “something stupid kids do,” announced that he accepted a job as a host of a new television show called “Kids Do…

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Coaches believed accused Ooltewah basketball players “just really bad at pool”

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Pool table (Used under the CC-BY-SA-2.0 license. Source: flic.kr/p/bR26Hv)

Before charges against Ooltewah High School boys’ basketball coaches and athletic director were sent today to the Hamilton County Grand Jury, due to the failure to report suspected child abuse that occurred last December, including the alleged sexual assault of a freshman by three of his teammates involving a pool…

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Transgender comedian Ann Coulter entertains UTC campus

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Comedian Ann Coulter (Used under the CC-BY-SA-2.0 license. Source: flic.kr/p/9iTZXA)

The popular transgender comedian Ann Coulter (born Andrew Hart Coulter in 1961) entertained the campus of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) today, delivering her edgy stand-up act as a satirical ultra-conservative figure, in the same vein as Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report television show and columnist Ed Anger…

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New museum to document struggle to open Chattanooga History Center

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Screen capture of Chattanooga History Center website in 2012

At a press conference yesterday afternoon, it was announced that a new museum would open in Chattanooga next month that would tell the story of the struggle to complete the yet-to-be-opened Chattanooga History Center. The new museum, called the Chattanooga History Center Center (CHCC), will document the ups and downs…

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Benevolent UTC fraternities encourage sororities to take Ice Bucket Challenge

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Ice Bucket Challenge (Used under the CC-BY-2.0 license. Source: flic.kr/p/oybzJp)

In a remarkable show of altruism, fraternities at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) have challenged local sororities to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to promote awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “There has been some confusion about the Ice Bucket Challenge, with some people not knowing…

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Study: Chattanooga is most gullible city in nation

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Chattanooga (Used under the CC-BY-2.0 license. Source: flic.kr/p/9DUuZP)

A study recently published in the American Journal of Psychology concluded that Chattanooga was the most gullible city in the nation. The study was conducted over five years with over 9000 adult participants who resided in cities with populations of 100,000 or greater, with the cooperation of 35 colleges and…

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