Anti-gang task force reveals strategy after watching Bugsy Malone: “We need more pies”

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The anti-gang task force established under Mayor Ron Littlefield was advised by the incoming Mayor-elect Andy Berke’s administration that it would be dismantled before Berke’s April 15 inauguration, as Berke’s transition team is fleshing out its own new ideas for tackling Chattanooga’s gang issue. As its last action, the anti-gang…

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Obama calls Mayor-elect Andy Berke “best looking mayor” in nation

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President Barack Obama is backpedaling after calling Chattanooga Mayor-elect Andy Berke the “best looking mayor” in the entire nation at a fundraising event in Nashville yesterday. The President received wide-spread criticism from Republicans and from men’s rights groups for his comments, considered to be inappropriate. “This is a fine, fine…

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Pat Benatar forms union for Chattanooga Volkswagen auto workers

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Pat Benatar and Volkswagen auto workers

All eyes are on automaker Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant after the company announced that it is talking with United Auto Workers (UAW) about the idea of a German-style works council, rather than a more traditional American labor union. Tennessee is one of twenty-four right-to-work states in the U.S.A., and the National…

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Upcoming Lake Winnepesaukah water park to feature adults-only island, The Wet Spot

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At a news conference, Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park in Rossville, GA announced a new expansion project, which will build upon the planned water park called “SoakYa” scheduled to be open for the Summer 2013 season. While SoakYa, which derives its name from the last two syllables of “Winnepesaukah,” is intended…

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Sofa King Juicy Burger inspires other edgy restaurants

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The new restaurant Sofa King Juicy Burger in Red Bank, which officially opened its doors on March 12, has already garnered national attention from media outlets such as the Huffington Post for its name which contains a hidden expletive. Seemingly inspired by this idea, other Chattanooga restauranteurs have announced upcoming…

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Mystery man Don Bigfield chides Mayor-Elect Andy Berke at public forum

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Outgoing Mayor Ron Littlefield, who was not in attendance at the public forum

At a public forum hosted by Mayor-Elect and former 10th District State Senator Andy Berke regarding issues including economic development, public safety and education, a mysterious man by the name of Don Bigfield spouted harsh criticism for Berke, well before Berke’s inauguration date of April 15. Five minutes into the…

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Amazon, Chattanooga State to make city hub of expertise for “Walking Around and Picking Up Stuff”

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Following the success of the two Amazon Distribution Centers established in 2011 in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tenn., which employ over two-thousand workers, Chattanooga State Community College has announced a new two-year degree, developed with the cooperation of Amazon, in order to keep up with the demand for specially skilled employees…

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