Beverly A. Carroll joined Nooga.com in 2011 as a staff writer, covering government and politics. Beverly has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working for the former Chattanooga Times and later the Chattanooga Times Free Press. A veteran reporter, Beverly has covered police, courts, politics, education, business and real estate. She was the first woman to cover the police beat for the Chattanooga Times in the 1980s. Beverly's background includes freelance work for area publications, work at the UT College of Medicine located at Erlanger Medical Center, and McGraw-Hill F.W. Dodge, a construction news information service. Beverly, a Tennessee native, earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in English and American literature and in rhetoric and composition, respectively.