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Story:  VW-UAW
Description:  The United Auto Workers’ ongoing campaign to organize the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant draws criticism from business groups and politicians who warn that a UAW presence at VW would have a chilling effect on Chattanooga’s economy.
Story:  Civil War 150th
Description:  Thousands of people visit the area for the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga, key military campaigns that influenced the outcome of the Civil War.
 
Story:  Hutcheson future
Description:  Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe continues trying to find a way to solve crushing debt problems but cannot lure any suitors it likes.
Story:  Prayers at football games
Description:  Supporters, opponents argue over prayer at area high school football games with input from national interest groups on both sides.
 
Story:  Shootings
Description:  Shooting incidents are up this year. Even gang members say violence has gone too far and negotiate a partial cease fire; Mayor Andy Berke makes public safety a top priority.
Story:  Patten Towers
Description:  A fire at the high-rise apartment building in May creates a month-long humanitarian crisis for 241 residents. After six months, and lots of prodding from Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, many of the tower's safety problems are fixed and living conditions improved.
 
Story:  Hays State Prison
Description:  Inmate deaths and lax security in the Trion, Ga., maximum security prison force Georgia Department of Corrections officials to spend millions on facility repairs, replace top management at the facility.
Story:  Cee Lo at Riverbend
Description:  The soul/rap/R&B vocalist and judge of NBC’s “The Voice” swore, drank and mooned the audience during his June 8 headlining performance, leading to a wave of complaints to organizers at Friends of the Festival.
 
Story:  Two life sentences
Description:  A judge sentences Cleveland mother Tasha Bates in November to two life sentences for the deaths of her two boys, Leland and River, who died in her car of extreme overheating in June 2012 as Bates cooked and used meth.
Story:  "42" movie showcases Engel Stadium
Description:  Large segments of the Jackie Robinson biopic were filmed at Engel Stadium in 2012. The film had the highest-grossing debut of any baseball picture when it hit theaters on April 12, the 66th anniversary of the day Robinson broke down Major League Baseball’s race barrier by taking the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
 
Story:  Domestic benefits
Description:  Collegedale becomes the first city in Tennessee to approve benefits for domestic partners; Chattanooga City Council follows suit but opponents gather enough petition signatures to force the council to either repeal its earlier decision or put the issue on the ballot for August 2014.
Story:  Delta Queen
Description:  Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's attempt to evict the 86-year-old paddleboat, a part of the nation's river royalty, sparks debate. An agreement between Berke and the Queen's operators gives the paddleboat six more months of mooring next to Coolidge Park, but other cities are making efforts to become the Queen's home.
 
Story:  Krystal moves headquarters
Description:  The much-loved square-burger maker completes its move to Atlanta, but its red sign remains on the Krystal building downtown.
Story:  Casey barge
Description:  The fate of a rundown, sinking barge, which was floated to the city from Pittsburgh in 2009 by owner Allen Casey who wanted to turn the vessel into a restaurant and bar, remains in question.
 
Story:  A year of record rainfall
Description:  Mother Nature gives Chattanooga and surrounding areas a real soaking, with rainfall totaling about 13 inches above normal. As of Dec. 7, Chattanooga had received almost 61 inches of rain, compared to an average of 48 inches.
Story:  Obama visits
Description:  Supporters of President Barack Obama and plenty of his detractors turn out for the commander in chief's visit to the Scenic City in July to tout his economic development programs at the Amazon Fulfillment Center at Enterprise South Industrial Park.
 
Story:  Death on the river
Description:  Two women die within 24 hours of one another under nearly identical circumstances while rafting on the Ocoee River in August. Marnita McGruder, 51, and Katherine Tyler Luna, 36, tumble out of rafts while negotiating rapids.
Story:  Marion County football
Description:  The Marion County High football program is embroiled in scandal that led to the resignation of the head football coach, the firing of an assistant and the suspension of another; TSSAA-approved penalties mean that the program loses 10 days of spring practice and extends its summer "dead period" by two weeks.
 
Story:  New city leadership
Description:  Former Democratic state Sen. Andy Berke becomes Chattanooga's newest mayor and pledges to work aggressively on public safety issues, early childhood education, civic engagement, economic development and government accountability and transparency. Voters also choose seven new City Council members, the largest turnover since the council form of government was formed in 1990.
Story:  Chattanooga Whiskey
Description:  Owners of Chattanooga Whiskey get approval from state lawmakers to distill spirits and announce plans for a $6 million still house at the corner of Broad and Fourth streets downtown.
 
 

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