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City of Hamilton idea surfaces from city, county spat

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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield will deliver a detailed urban growth plan to Hamilton County today, but a grass-roots group upped the ante Monday by saying it will form its own city to make sure it is not included in those plans.

The proposed city of Hamilton would include areas of Ooltewah, Harrison, Georgetown and Birchwood.

Littlefield said he wants to amend the urban growth boundaries to expand the city's borders northward along Interstate 75 toward Bradley County, taking in parts of Ooltewah and also including the Harrison and Bartlebaugh communities. The city also would consider bringing Middle Valley into the boundaries, he said.

Chris Matthews, president of the grass-roots group -- which calls itself Friends of Hamilton -- said he and others have studied chartering their own city and have been talking to local and state representatives about the idea. They are planning a petition drive to place the incorporation issue on the November 2012 ballot.

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