Tim Omarzu


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Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press.
Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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The Howard School has long been a source of pride in Chattanooga's black community.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — River Sosebee, 17, worked at the Bi-Lo supermarket here, was happy to have Alexis Pinson, 18, as his girlfriend, and was partial to posting photos of big pickup trucks on his Facebook page.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — When the school year starts here next week, students will have some grieving to do for three classmates who died and one who was critically injured in a freak accident Thursday that killed a man mowing grass on Old CCC Camp Road outside the community of Eton.

Life got tougher Thursday for teachers and school employees whose spouses get health insurance through the Hamilton County Department of Education.

The Hamilton County school board didn't waste time Thursday changing the way the school system's health care plan handles spouses.

Calvary Chapel Chattanooga, a booming, 2,500-member church in a former Bi-Lo supermarket on South Broad Street, may get more parking space. And its neighbor, Church of the First Born, may get a new home in the former Piney Woods Elementary School.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith is either terrible at long-range planning or about as good as he can be — depending on which school board member graded him on his annual evaluation that became available Friday.

Should it cost an extra $100 a month out-of-pocket for Hamilton County public school teachers and employees to keep their spouses on the school district’s health plan, raising the monthly cost to $533 for families?

Grit and hard work got Allen Elementary School in Soddy-Daisy recognized Thursday as one of the top schools in Tennessee, Principal Earlene Weeks said.

Hamilton County had six "Reward Schools" recognized by the state for achievement and growth, according to a list released Thursday morning.

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