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Press coverage of the Ochs Center's work includes both articles and stories on Ochs Center reports, as well as public comments by members of the Ochs Center staff.



Chattanooga's worst schools could get worse
6/2/2013

A study highlighting the chasm between the performance of Hamilton County's best and worst schools put school leaders' feet to the fire over allowing such inequality to persist and shoved the issue of the system's achievement gap into the spotlight.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Study highlights Chattanooga region's education gap
5/29/2013

In Hamilton County, there are parallel worlds -- with crime, with health, and with schools.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Cook: Anything but poverty
5/24/2013

The strip mall was like any other: a manicurist, a shoe shop or Laundromat, some empty storefronts with "For Lease" signs in their windows. It was surrounded by asphalt Hamilton County: four-lane roads, fast food and red lights.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Study ties poverty to bad health in inner city
5/23/2013

The diagnosis for Hamilton County's health is one of chronic imbalance. Touted as one of the top outdoor sporting destinations, with health care as the number two employer, the county still is plagued with obesity, disease and deep disparities in health care access.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga poverty spikes in, around city core
5/21/2013

Chattanooga's bucking another trend. A comprehensive study released Monday by the Brookings Institution showed that while poverty is increasing nationwide, it has hit suburbs harder than cities in the last dozen years.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Mothers do many more things than in the past while still performing traditional roles
5/12/2013

The statistics of motherhood are ever changing. We just don't think of mom the same way we once did, at home in an apron waiting for dad to come home from work, kids at the table ready to eat.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga police average 17 'stop and talks' a day
5/11/2013

Each year Chattanooga police officers stop and question thousands of people. Most are black. Most are men. Sometimes they are detained and searched. Sometimes they go to jail. Sometimes they simply walk away. Police use these "stop and talks," more properly known as field interviews, to document suspicious activity and meet potential informants and known offenders. The practice has been in place in the police department for the last 10 to 15 years. But the routine of stopping residents has been around since the beginning of policing.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Panel seeks to sort Chattanooga crime truth from perception
2/8/2013

While some people believe crime is a growing problem, local experts in crime and justice issues said Thursday that crime actually has gone down in the last decade.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Roots of Violence
12/9/2012

"If I don’t want to learn, you can’t make me,” said a young man interviewed by researchers with the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies. This dismal assessment explains some of the difficulty motivating young, African-American males to excel in school.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Rising gang activity in Hamilton County reported
11/2/2012

Shuttered public housing developments and growing trends in suburban poverty have set the stage for a rise in gang activity outside Chattanooga's urban core, Hamilton County commissioners were told Thursday.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Inside the report that examines what's happening on Chattanooga streets and in our schools
9/23/2012

Mostly, it's what we already knew. The neighborhoods with the gang trouble are mostly black and poor. Too many are without jobs. Too many never finished high school and had babies when they were young.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Gerber: Tackling the gang problem
9/23/2012

Seventy-five thousand dollars. One hundred and seventy-three pages. Six months of research and assessment. Nineteen recommendations issued to government, schools and local organizers. All about gangs.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga gang data from police, sheriff called 'incomplete'
9/22/2012

"Incomplete and inaccurate" — that's the judgment about data on local gangs received from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Chattanooga Police Department.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
The challenge of gangs
9/15/2012

The apparent rise in the presence of gangs and gang-related violence and crime in the Chattanooga area has been evident for years. Yet until recently, it largely received just token and intermittent attention. Release this week of the first in-depth assessment of gangs here should end any future indifference.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga gang report just the start; now what?
9/9/2012

The task of stopping gangs in Chattanooga is going to take people who will quit pointing fingers and start holding hands.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Minority Health Fair aims to bridge health care gap
8/19/2012

Elizabeth Townsend visited the Minority Health Fair on Saturday morning and found out she's allergic to her dog.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ochs Center Releases New Information On Gang Study
7/9/2012

Our own gang study is taking place right now in Chattanooga. You may remember that city leaders voted for the Ochs Center to complete a 6-month local report, back in the spring.

NewsChannel 9
VIEW POINT: Northern Beltline falls short on economic rewards
7/1/2012

The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies recently issued a report questioning the publicized rationale for the Northern Beltline project. We conclude that the economic benefits have been misunderstood by the public and overestimated by proponents.

Birmingham News
Report says economic benefits of Birmingham's Northern Beltline exaggerated
6/20/2012

The economic benefits of a planned interstate beltline north of Birmingham have been exaggerated and oversold, according to a new analysis by the Chattanooga-based Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Birmingham News
Corridor X-1 a poor economic development tool
6/19/2012

The cost of the multi-billion dollar Northern Beltline highway to American and Alabama taxpayers far outweighs the potential for significant revenue, and jobs from the project are a fraction of what highway proponents have long claimed, according to a new economic analysis conducted by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

CBS 42
Study questions economic impact of Northern Beltline
6/19/2012

A new study commissioned by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Black Warrior River Keepers claims the economic impact of Birmingham’s planned Northern Beltline has been grossly exaggerated by its proponents.

Birmingham Business Journal
Diagnosing The System: Overdose Of Overcare
6/1/2012

Health care needs a Billy Beane.

Health Affairs
Recreation centers a lure for Chattanooga gang members
5/10/2012

Jacqueline Dowell has lived in Washington Hills for 48 years and what she sees at the neighborhood's recreation center worries her.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Three generations of men on a crooked path. And the youngest stares his future in the face.
5/6/2012

To teachers at Brainerd High School, Jumoke Johnson Jr. is a thoughtful yet troubled student who helps his classmates and finally is bearing down on his studies after years of complacency. A kid who still has a chance.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Cook: So is Chattanooga a city that’s hip?
4/30/2012

Happy 20th birthday to the Tennessee Aquarium. Without you, our city would not be what it is today. If you were a person, we’d paint your portrait and ask you to run for office.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Crime concerns raised over planned Tubman closure
3/31/2012

Harriet Tubman residents and surrounding homeowners warn that closing the public housing development as planned could cause crime to spread in residential areas from North Brainerd to Alton Park and set the stage for new violence among rival gangs.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga moving fast on gangs, expert says
3/29/2012

Compared with other cities that have implemented a national anti-gang plan, Chattanooga is moving faster, according to a gang expert.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/mar/12/chattanooga-meetings-abuzz-with-bloggers/
3/12/2012

Just a few years ago, Chattanooga City Council meetings were sparsely attended affairs with local newspaper reporters regularly in the gallery, while website reporters and television news crews made appearances during the biggest events.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga City Council approves gang study
2/22/2012

The city will take a further look at gangs in Chattanooga. City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to approve paying up to $75,000 to the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies to do a gang assessment.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga council members question gang study funds
2/21/2012

Councilwoman Deborah Scott today asked city administrators why the cost of a gang assessment study coincidentally ended up being the same amount requested by the city two months earlier.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga City Council expected to vote tonight on assigning gang study
2/21/2012

To learn more about the city's gang problem, the Chattanooga City Council is expected to approve $75,000 in funding for a local organization to conduct a gang study.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Food Lion closings to expand Chattanooga area ‘food deserts’
1/20/2012

It takes hours for thousands of Chattanoogans to get to the grocery store.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Anti-gang coordinator urges Chattanooga to spend $75,000 for crime study
1/10/2012

The new coordinator of a mayoral initiative to combat gangs urged City Council members Monday to spend $75,000 on a study of the problem.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
School-age poverty rises in several counties across region
11/30/2011

Local educators began to suspect an increase in school-age poverty by watching cafeteria lunch lines. Social workers in aid agencies noticed an uptick in the number of families seeking food and holiday help.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Poor Chattanooga neighborhoods have more than doubled in 9 years
11/4/2011

The number of extremely poor neighborhoods in Chattanooga and the region -- those with poverty rates above 40 percent -- more than doubled from 2000 to 2009, a new report shows.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
3 Chattanooga groups compete to run growth plan
10/15/2011

A 40-year regional growth initiative encompassing 16 counties in the Chattanooga area is closer to picking a lead planning team, officials said Friday.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Buying locally boosts economy
10/2/2011

For community-oriented programs, farmers markets have a hard time reaching much of the community.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
What Happens When The Bubble Bursts?
10/1/2011

In health care, it often feels as if we are in a situation reminiscent of Charles Dickens’s opening paragraph in A Tale of Two Cities.

Health Affairs
County’s teen pregnancy rates down
6/30/2011

Teen pregnancies are down across Hamilton County, but there still are neighborhoods with distressing numbers of teenage mothers, according to research compiled by Girls Inc., a youth advocacy group for girls.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Howard high school chasing a dream
5/29/2011

It came down to this. One last chance for Howard School of Academics and Technology to prove that its students could learn, that its teachers could teach. One last chance to prove that the school could be what it once was.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ochs study: Coal-fired power plants bring few jobs
4/2/2011

Chattanooga’s Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies has completed a first-ever report to compare the number of jobs promised by coal-fired power plants to the actual jobs brought to a community where one is built.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Coal, Jobs and America’s Energy Future
3/31/2011

No one should be surprised to learn that in trying to woo a reluctant community, developers in just about every industry tend to exaggerate — or perhaps optimistically overestimate — the number of jobs they expect to create by building that new shopping mall, industrial park, widget factory or other project.

New York Times: Green blog
Crime concerns raised over planned Tubman closure
3/31/2011

Harriet Tubman residents and surrounding homeowners warn that closing the public housing development as planned could cause crime to spread in residential areas from North Brainerd to Alton Park and set the stage for new violence among rival gangs.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Promise Zone volunteers take first steps
2/20/2011

The neighborhoods surrounding Hardy Elementary School are getting a new name: the Chattanooga Promise Zone.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
After four break-ins, family at wits' end
2/20/2011

Bryce Crichton is just starting to learn about words, ditching the diaper and that mom and dad can't keep all the monsters away.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Geoffrey Canada challenges Chattanooga on education reform
2/16/2011

If education can turn around the poorest neighborhoods in Harlem, there's no reason it can't do the same in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Pushing school reform in Hamilton County: volunteers go door to door urging residents to become involved
2/7/2011

Standing in the door of his apartment in the Harriet Tubman housing development, James Tumbling scanned the flier that Anita Pickett had just handed him.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Residents return to Chattanooga
1/5/2011

After decades of moving outward into the suburbs, a growing number of residents is choosing to live within Chattanooga's city limits, according to a new housing report.


Hamilton County faces foreclosure fallout
1/4/2011

The number of homes in Hamilton County lost to foreclosure dipped last year for the first time in six years.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga area housing costs surge along with population
12/31/2010

If you think it's gotten more expensive to live in Hamilton County, you're right. While the median cost of home ownership has gone up 33.4 percent since 2000, median income has increased only 23.3 percent. The gap is even worse for local renters, whose costs have gone up 27.5 percent, far outpacing their income growth of 11.1 percent, according to a new study by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Women fill classes, but men rule at work
12/8/2010

when economist lela pratt began teaching at the university of tennessee at chattanooga in the 1970s, most of the students in her business classes were men.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Manufacturing jobs shrink while health care grows
12/7/2010

Chattanooga, once billed as "the Dynamo of Dixie" for its manufacturing strength, shed nearly one of every three factory jobs over the past decade — most of them during the recession that began crippling the economy in 2007.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
OCHS: Education major driver in economic success
12/7/2010

The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies has a released a new report on the economy in the metro Chattanooga area.

The report quantifies what many of us had already felt, the impact of the recession on the local job market, and even the path to new jobs: higher education.

WRCB
Business tax incentives program in jeopardy
10/25/2010

Niedlov's Breadworks expects to save a few thousand dollars this year as a result of a federal program that provides tax incentives for businesses in distressed communities.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
National group demands end to prayers at Soddy-Daisy High
10/20/2010

A Wisconsin-based “freethinking” group is demanding that local school leaders quit allowing prayer at public events.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Uninsured drive up hospital costs
10/5/2010

The number of uninsured hospital admissions in Hamilton County more than doubled between 2004 and 2008, leaving local hospitals with barely three in 10 patients who have private insurance to pay for their care, according to a new report on health in the Chattanooga region.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Hunter lectures return
10/5/2010

The crisp air lately isn’t the only good thing about the fall. The onset of autumn also marks the return of the annual George T. Hunter lecture series, which begins its third season tonight at UTC with an evening with renowned author Malcolm Gladwell. His four popular books — the first three attained No. 1 status on The New York Times best-seller list — reflect the stature and range of interest that has become characteristic of the lecture series.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Recession toll: Poverty up, income flat
9/29/2010

With his jobless benefits depleted months ago, Calvin Hill rode his bike more than two miles in the middle of the night Monday to get in line for extra food to feed his family.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Fighting blight
9/12/2010

Driving through the Ridgedale community, Gary Ball eyes the houses surrounding his business. He can recite the histories of many of them, especially those falling apart.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Crime rate doesn’t tell whole story, expert says
8/31/2010

Law enforcement officers across Hamilton County stayed busy arresting 18,000 people in 2009, but an urban policy expert tried to soften perceptions of a metropolitan area that a study found now has a higher crime rate than Atlanta or Detroit.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ochs Center Finds Crime Down in Chattanooga, Up in Region
8/30/2010

In the first of its 2010 State of the Chattanooga Region Report series, the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies today released an analysis of public safety in the region.

News Channel 9
Chattanooga crime rate in top 20, report
8/30/2010

An increase in robberies and burglaries has pushed Chattanooga’s crime rate higher than that of two of the most dangerous cities in America — Detroit and Atlanta.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies Releases Public Safety Report
8/30/2010

A report out from the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies says the Scenic City's crime rate ranks Chattanooga 11th nationwide for cities with 100,000 or more people.

WDEF News 12
East Ridge, Red Bank crime rates compared
8/30/2010

Although Red Bank and East Ridge accounted for only 10 percent of Hamilton County’s violent crime in 2009, a study shows slight increases for both in violent and property crimes in those towns over the last five years.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Crime down in Jasper, Sequatchie County; up in South Pittsburg
8/30/2010

A study that compared 2003 crime rates to those in 2008 shows good news for the Sequatchie County and Jasper, Tenn., but bad news for South Pittsburg, Tenn.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Crime up in North Georgia
8/30/2010

In a single year, Diana Gregory became a crime statistic three times. Twice at her antique shop in downtown Ringgold, Ga., — Gregory’s Antiques and Interiors — employee wallets were stolen from behind the counter. And last week, someone broke into her home in Ringgold. “You feel so violated,” she said. “It was hard to sleep after knowing someone had been in [my] house.” While Gregory — who has lived in the city for 27 years — says she normally feels safe in Ringgold, a report released today shows the area has a high crime rate for its population size.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
ICMA releases reports on consolidation, rural smart growth
8/2/2010

The Washington-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has released two new reports, one dealing with the benefits of consolidating 211 and 311 service numbers, and another on smart growth planning in rural areas.

American City and County
The 411 on New York City’s 211 and 311 Lines
7/21/2010

One little-known fact about New York’s 311 information line is that there’s more than one way to get there — dialing 211 will also connect you to a 311 operator.

Wall Street Journal
Grant would aid inner-city students
6/22/2010

Dylon Porter has a seventh-grader with behavior problems, a 10th-grader who failed biology and a graduating 12th-grader who can't find a scholarship to college.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Crime panel urges involvement
6/10/2010

Two words found their way into almost every question on solutions to Chattanooga's crime problem -- responsibility and involvement.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Agencies look to Harlem pre-k education model
6/4/2010

Children living in Chattanooga's poorest neighborhoods will get an education strong enough to get a career and break out of poverty if Hamilton County Schools and the Community Foundation succeed in a plan to make all children academically successful.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Turning talk into action, vision group tackles crime
6/1/2010

Josh McManus is keenly aware he has only a year and a half to help turn what was the biggest community opinion survey of its kind in the world into concrete changes for Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Southside neighborhood melting pot of Chattanooga
5/22/2010

Every day by 7 a.m. a group of Iraqi, Burundian and Guatemalan middle-schoolers waits for the bus at the corner of Mitchell Avenue and 17th Street.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Gaps in growth rebound
5/11/2010

Metropolitan Chattanooga is older, less educated and not as diverse as most of America.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Teachers, principals meet about new teacher evaluation pilot
5/8/2010

Teachers who are eligible next year to receive tenure will not be judged under a new teacher evaluation program being piloted in Hamilton County, officials said Friday.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Wanted: a good start
5/3/2010

Based on the most recent data, approximately one out of every five members of the senior class in Hamilton County high schools will drop out before graduation. Without a high school degree, these young people will have far fewer employment options in the 21st century economy. Today, nearly one-third of Chattanooga adults without a high school degree are living in poverty.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Door opener for care
4/9/2010

Local nursing professor Dr. Martina Harris said she's found her research niche in work that addresses deeply entrenched health disparities among minorities.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Benwood to promote local food
4/9/2010

One of the area's most significant private sources of public education funding will be adding another major initiative to its plate this year: reforming the way Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia residents eat.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Wanted: Workers
4/4/2010

Chattanooga is starting the new decade as a much different place than it was at the start of the 21st century.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Groups: Cut energy demand, create jobs
3/23/2010

Two nuclear reactors and up to three coal plants are now teed up for construction in Georgia, to meet the state’s future power needs. But recent studies from the Consumer Federation of America in Washington, D.C., and the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies in Chattanooga argue that Georgia could meet demand more cheaply and get more economic bang for the buck if it invested in shaving power use instead. An aggressive energy program would cut consumer costs and add jobs, as people buy products and take actions that will save energy, the studies said.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Learning before kindergarten
3/23/2010

Nearly one in five kindergartners head to Hamilton County classrooms without any formal child care or prekindergarten program, and those who need it the most are twice as likely to miss out, a local study says.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Area poor mostly stay in the city
2/8/2010

Standing in the freezing rain two hours before sunrise last Friday, Missy Wallace joined nearly three dozen other homeless Chattanoogans waiting for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen to open for breakfast.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Metro study shows 1,531 jobs lost locally from 2000 to 2008
1/27/2010

The 10 metropolitan areas in Tennessee have become the economic engine for the state economy, according to a new study conducted by the Ochs Foundation of Chattanooga.

Cleveland Daily Banner
Metro areas lead state's growth
1/27/2010

Tennessee boasts three grand divisions -- East, Middle and West -- but a new study suggests that some of the biggest divisions are between metropolitan areas and rural nonmetro areas.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
A Place to Play
1/12/2010

In the neighborhood playgrounds in the Southside of Chattanooga, William Nicholson doesn't see places for his three children to play. He sees broken glass and vandalism, unstable equipment and police car tire tracks in the grass.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Grocery store deserts
12/23/2009

The poorest residents of Chattanooga face the highest prices at their neighborhood food stores, according to an analysis of food prices and grocery store access in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Video clip from food press conference
12/23/2009

Click below to see David Eichenthal discussing the Food Access and Price report.

 

 

Video clip of press conference
Chattanooga's great (but ...)
12/21/2009

Most of us believe Chattanooga is the greatest place in the world to live. There are many wonderful people in a delightfully temperate natural setting, and we are working to making our community even better.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
The benefits of local food
12/14/2009

Like Americans around the country, many Chattanooga area residents have become increasingly aware of food quality and food consumption issues. We're reminded almost daily of the dire health effects of soaring levels of obesity and disease from eating unhealthy food products larded with sodium, sugar and a staggering array of chemicals and additives. So it's not surprising that a counter-trend focused on healthy, fresh, local food has taken root here among many people concerned about proper nutrition and the quality of the food they put into their bodies.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Plant Washington financing questioned
12/9/2009

A study released Tuesday by opponents of a new coal-fired power plant in Washington County questions the economic benefits and risks taxpayers might face if the plant is built.

Macon.com
Grocery, Apartments, Retail, Restaurant Targeted For Chattanooga's Main Street
12/7/2009

When Spring arrives in a few months, the trees and flowers wont be the only things undergoing a transformation. Josiah Roe works downtown. He says "developers are here and things are kind of happening on its own now, which is why its really good."

WDEF News 12
Researchers finds links between obesity, poverty
11/28/2009

The barriers to living and eating healthily are multiplied for people in poorer communities and households where time and money are scarce, local researchers and health advocates say.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Take the SOCRR Survey
10/15/2009

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Chattanooga Reinvents Its Downtown
8/14/2009

As recently as 1990, the Tennessee city had a shrinking economy and population. Now a vibrant and rebuilt downtown is helping to lure new residents.

Business Week
Urban food deserts cut healthy choices
8/3/2009

A new study puts hard numbers behind what local public health advocates and neighborhood organizers long have believed: For the poorest residents of Hamilton County, affordable and healthy foods are hard to come by.

Times Free Press
May Town opponents say alternative vision also could have economic impact
6/22/2009

An alternative vision of the area where the controversial May Town Center is proposed could generate more than $23 million a year in economic activity from farming, tourism and recreational uses, economists hired by a group of residents write in a new report.

Tennessean
Ochs Center forum boosts early education
6/20/2009

Harlem, N.Y., and Chattanooga are very different cities thousands of miles apart, but community members learned on Saturday there are striking similarities.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Educators Discuss How To Better Prepare Children For School
6/20/2009

WDEF newscast of policy forum.

WDEF
Opponents dispute impact study; say May Town Center will hurt downtown
6/2/2009

The release of the latest economic impact study for the proposed May Town Center development has not changed the views of both opponents and proponents, who responded to the report released on Monday.

The City Paper
Stimulating public education
5/27/2009

Tennessee’s elementary and secondary schools are getting a smaller percentage of the state’s federal stimulus money for education than is the case in other states, a new report states.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Report Finds Inequality Within Tenn. Public Schools' Funding
5/18/2009

The report, Still Separate and Unequal: Demographics and School Finance in Tennessee a Half-Century after Brown, finds that Tennessee's public schools remain largely segregated and that state spending per pupil is lower for African Americans and Latino than for White students.

WRCB TV
School Desegregation: 55-Year Progress Report
5/18/2009

It was 55-years ago today that our country took a major step toward racial equality that began in public schools and created a wave of changes known as the Civil Rights Movement.

News Channel 9
Past learning for future plans
5/4/2009

Mayor Ron Littlefield boasts that Chattanooga is the most transformed city in America. He credits much of the turnaround to a community visioning process launched 25 years ago during the worst recession before today’s economic downturn.

Times Free Press
Past learning for future plans
5/4/2009

Mayor Ron Littlefield boasts that Chattanooga is the most transformed city in America. He credits much of the turnaround to a community visioning process launched 25 years ago during the worst recession before today’s economic downturn.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Tennessee: Hispanic community continues to grow, become more diverse
4/21/2009

In Tennessee, the number of Hispanics grew by almost 900 percent from 1990 to 2000, ranking it sixth in Hispanic population growth.

Times Free Press
Tennessee: Limits cut cost of drugs
4/12/2009

Tennessee’s cap on prescription drugs was a bitter pill for many TennCare enrollees to swallow three years ago.

Times Free Press
Report says Ooltewah, Harrison Bay county’s fastest-growing areas
4/1/2009

A recent report from the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies lists Ooltewah, Harrison Bay and Hamilton Place as some of the fastest-growing areas in the county from 2000 to 2008, while Brainerd, South Chattanooga and Highland Park are some of the slowest.

Times Free Press
Chattanooga: Local food travels less
3/11/2009

From chocolate candy and hot sauce to tamales and coffee, locally made items fill the shelves of many Chattanooga-area grocery stores.

Times Free Press
Chattanooga: City population rebounds
2/27/2009

Chattanooga is bigger than ever, according to a new report, thanks to what experts call a "unique and historical turnaround" in the city's population.

Times Free Press
Report shows Chattanooga only city to reverse population decline
2/26/2009

Chattanooga is bigger than ever before and is the only U.S. city to reverse population decline over the last few decades, according to a report released this morning.

Times Free Press
Latinos Fuel Chattanooga Population Growth
2/26/2009

A new report by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies has found that Chattanooga's growing population has been fueled by a rising number of Latinos, young children and adults between the ages of 45 and 64 years old.

News Channel 9
Hamilton County: Ochs report helps board focus on school budget
2/5/2009

After hearing the second outside analysis of the budget they're trying to balance, Hamilton County school board members say they're ready to get to work.

Times Free Press
Hamilton County: School administrators near budget recommendations
2/4/2009

In two weeks, Hamilton County's public school administrators will present a plan for digging out of the system's $20.2 million hole, which could include cutting jobs, freezing salaries, changing health insurance and closing schools.

Times Free Press
History brought to life
1/15/2009

Doris Kearns Goodwin's finely honed scholarship in the histories of great presidents has endowed her with unique insights not just into the lives of Lincoln and Roosevelt, Kennedy and LBJ.

Time Free Press
Place matters: Chattanooga, Hamilton County should think regionally
1/4/2009

Over the past five months, the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies has issued a series of seven reports on early childhood, the environment, education, crime, health, housing and the economy. All the reports are online at www.ochscenter.org, but let me try to sum up our findings: place matters.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Hamilton County center of region’s growth
12/31/2008

Hamilton County accounted for more than 80 percent of job growth in a six-county region in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, according to a report released Tuesday by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Regional Economy Remains Strong
12/30/2008

The economic outlook of Chattanooga and Hamilton County looks brighter compared to other areas.

WDEF News 12
State of Chattanooga Economic Report Released
12/30/2008

Growth in health care employment drives gains: MSA and county trail nation in employment and income growth in years leading up to recession.

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Chattanooga: City plans to spend $2.1 million to stabilize neighborhoods hard hit by foreclosures
12/17/2008

City officials hope a $2.1 million federal grant may get rid of the boarded-up, vacant homes in those neighborhoods and several others hard hit by the recent subprime-foreclosure wave.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga: City identifies high-crime areas
12/17/2008

Four areas in Chattanooga's inner city have the highest rates of crime, along with the worst housing troubles, and one council member said Tuesday the problems need to be addressed.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga: Rent costs increase faster than wages
12/16/2008

Rental housing prices here are rising faster than hourly wages and, at the same time, demand for affordable housing is increasing.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Health in Chattanooga marked by disparities, optimism
12/14/2008

In Hamilton County the Alzheimer's disease death rate is twice as high as the nation's, according to the latest report by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga: Local crime concentrated in inner city, report shows
12/10/2008

If crime studies eliminated data from inner-city chattanooga, statistics across Hamilton County would look dramatically different, according to a report released Tuesday by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
More Crime in Chattanooga According to New Study
12/9/2008

The report shows that crime is concentrated inside Chattanooga, but is growing at a faster rate in the surrounding counties.

WDEF News 12
Chattanooga: Big business in buying local
11/29/2008

Buying vegetables at the farmers market may pay off for the regional economy.

Times Free Press
Chattanooga: Economy, public education linked in study
11/21/2008

Nearly everyone in the region is affected by the caliber of the area's school systems, according to a study released thursday.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Mayor Cites Ochs Center Report
11/16/2008

In an op-ed piece the Mayor cites the 2008 SOCRR Environment Report.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga: Metropolitan region leaving a larger carbon footprint
10/29/2008

For a city that has tried more than once to improve its image as a environmental leader and sustainable city, the residents of metropolitan Chattanooga continue to leave a larger and larger carbon footprint.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Study Shows Chattanooga's Environmental Impact
10/29/2008

The environment has become a hot topic lately. The Ochs Center released a study about how the Scenic City measures up.

WDEF News 12
Using 311 Data
10/23/2008

In the August 2008 Government Finance Review David Eichenthal writes about using 311 data to measure performance and manage city finances. To read the article click here.


Chattanooga: Community, communication stressed in crime-prevention conference
10/4/2008

People who live in crime-heavy neighborhoods sometimes figure police officers are in on the crimes so it's no use reporting them, an expert said Friday.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
New downtown movie theater coming
9/25/2008

A new Carmike movie theater featuring 12 screens and stadium seating is downtown Chattanooga's newest coming attraction.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Center takes name of former Times owner
9/17/2008

Chattanooga's central research agency has a new name.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga dealing with child wellness
9/13/2008

A recent analysis of early childhood conditions in the Chattanooga region revealed strikingly high rates of children living in poverty in parts of Catoosa County and high teen pregnancy rates in Walker County.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Pinpointing risk factors
9/13/2008

Researchers say five neighborhoods in Chattanooga have the highest percentage of children who may start off life at a disadvantage — downtown Chattanooga, the Ridgedale/Oak Grove area, East Chattanooga, South Chattanooga and Bushtown/Highland Park.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ochs Center announces name change
8/26/2008

The primary research group for Chattanooga nonprofit agencies is taking on a new name to reflect its efforts to showcase Chattanooga on the national stage.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
New CRC Report Finds that One in Four Hamilton County Children are at Risk for not Being Ready for School
8/5/2008

"Compiling national data and local numbers, researchers at the Chattanooga-based Community Research Council and a 19-member advisory board took an in-depth look at what makes a student ready to start school, how many local children are prepared for kindergarten and how to help those who aren?t." Chattanooga Times Free Press 5 August 2008

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One in four kindergartners not ready for school, report says
8/5/2008

School starts next week, but one in four Hamilton County kindergartners likely won’t be ready, a new report says.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Unincorporated Hamilton County areas growing fastest report finds
7/13/2008

A recent report examined the fiscal impacts of land use in Hamilton County. Financial Incentives Would Aid Recycling, Study Shows -

Chattanooga Times Free Press 7/13/2008

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A recent report released by the Community Research Council found that financial incentives could help to raise the recycling rate among city residents.
7/13/2008

Just after the Chattanooga Green Committee released an interim report on how the city can lower its greenhouse gas emissions, an independent study of the Chattanooga region suggested economic incentives would induce more households to recycle.

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Chattanooga Leads State in Population Growth
7/10/2008

"What these estimates suggest is that the turnaround trend that began in the 1990s has accelerated in this decade. The good news about this is that it suggests the city can begin to think about a whole set of growth issues — not just how do you turn around these numbers, but how do we sustain and effectively manage our growth?” - David Eichenthal, President and CEO of Community Research Council

Chattanooga Times Free Press 7/10/2008

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Airport Boost to Economy Cited
4/22/2008

The Community Research Council has released a study on the economic impact of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. The study, which was commissioned by the Airport Authority, found that the aiport generates more than $166 million in economic impact for the region.

Chattanooga Times Free Press 4/22/2008

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Effective Policing about Relationships, Providence Chief Says
1/31/2008

Providence, Rhode Island Police Chief, Col. Dean Esserman spoke to over sixty community leaders, UTC students and faculty on the role of community policing in reducing crime on Thursday, January 31st. The talk was sponsored by the Community Research Council and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Political Science and Criminal Justice Departments.

Chattanooga Times Free Press 1/31/2008

 


City Census Count Up in New Estimate
11/7/2007

"The U.S. Census Bureau, which in June estimated that the city of Chattanooga had lost population since the 2000 census, agreed last week to revise its 2006 estimate upward by 13,103 residents to give Chattanooga a population boost instead of a loss since the 2000 census count."

The City of Chattanooga was able to successfully challenge Census estimates based on recommendations and data from the Community Research Council.

Chattanooga Times Free Press 11/7/2007


Report assesses TennCare cuts effect
5/30/2007

Hospitals have absorbed the cost of caring for a larger population of uninsured patients since the removal of numerous people from Tenncare in July 2005, and negative economic consequences predicted by some have not materialized, according to a new report.

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