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May 14, 2017

Cooper: Honoring four women who were both mothers and politicians

Women have only been elected members of the United States Congress for 101 years, of the U.S. Senate for 85 years, of the Hamilton County Commission for 39 years and the Chattanooga City Commission for 27 years. On this Mother’s Day, it seems fitting to honor those women who chose not only motherhood but politics, or, if you will, not …

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November 15, 2016

Community weighs in on search for leader of Hamilton County Schools

Several people at East Hamilton School Monday night said they’re glad the Hamilton County Department of Education decided to conduct a superintendent search, urging the board to consider hiring a non-educator for the post. The meeting was hosted by newly elected school board member Joe Wingate and Hamilton County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley, who said they wanted to include the community …

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September 16, 2016

Students are scoring low on standardized tests says Hamilton County Commissioner Smedley. But things can turn around

When it comes to education in Hamilton County, there’s good news and there’s bad news, according to County Commissioner Sabrena Turner-Smedley. The bad news is this: Hamilton County’s students are scoring low on the ACT; its third and fourth graders are reading below their grade level; and its workforce needs to be better prepared for the jobs that are coming. …

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