365 days in Chattanooga
The year 2015 may be remembered by many as the year that Chattanooga lost its innocence.
The Top Stories of 2015
- Local terrorist targets Chattanooga military centers; murders five
- I-75 crash in Ooltewah claims six lives
- Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal
- Chattanooga tops 30 homicides for first time since 1997
- State requires Cleveland’s Sunset Memorial Gardens to respond to family complaints
- Chattanooga named “Best Town Ever”
- Chattanooga becomes IRONMAN capital of the world
- Judge scolds gang member: "East Lake Courts is not your hood"
- UAW vote at Volkswagen
- U.S. Women’s National soccer team sells out Finley Stadium
- Barge heads down the river to new home
- Superior Creek Lodge condemned and closed
- Cleveland Police Department riddled with scandal and staff changes
- Christmas Day flooding in the Tennessee Valley
- Lee University student Jordan Smith wins NBC’s “The Voice”
1. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez fires multiple rounds into the Armed Forces Career Center on Lee Highway, then travels to the Naval Operations Support Center and opens fire a second time, claiming the lives of five U.S. servicemen.
- Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40
- Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, 35
- Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist
- Lance Cpl. Squire D. “Skip” Wells, 21
- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26
1. “But, oh, I knew them. Confident, committed, determined, trustworthy, passionate and always, always loyal — I knew them. They were my son.” – Vice President Joe Biden
3. Uncovered in September, Volkswagen’s diesel-powered engines were found to emit nitrogen oxides that were nine times above accepted levels in the six-cylinder engines and up to 40 times in the four-cylinders.
3. Cheating software was installed on the vehicles as far back as 2008, but the scheme reportedly dates back to 2005.
4. Chattanooga had 30 homicides in 2015, three more than 2014.
4. Chattanooga has recorded the most deadly year in nearly two decades when it comes to homicides.
The last time the city has seen more than 30 homicides was in 1997 when there were 36. Former detectives believe the most homicides ever recorded in the city was 50 during the crack cocaine boom in 1994.
5. Cleveland's Sunset Memorial Gardens criticized for deplorable conditions and odorous graves
7. The Scenic City beat out Lake Placid, New York and St. George, Utah to host the event.
8. Judge lays down the law to gang member
9. The National Labor Relations Board certified the United Auto Workers win in a December union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant. In 2014, assembly workers voted against union representation at the Chattanooga facility.