Most badges require speaking, but one Boy Scout with nonverbal autism has earned the highest rank

Achieving the highest honor of Boy Scouting is no easy feat: One must spend years earning 21 merit badges involving topics such as first aid, communication and environmental science. Earning most of these requires a scout to communicate verbally, like giving a speech or collaborating with a team. Timmy Hargate, 21, who has nonverbal autism,…

Monmouth Park cancels horse races due to excessive heat

As a heat wave continues to blaze across a large part of the United States, Monmouth Park in New Jersey has canceled all horse races set for Sunday. Eleven races, including the $75,000 Spruce Fir, were canceled due to the high temperatures. The park is in Oceanport, where CNN Weather put the heat index —…

4 inmates at a juvenile justice facility in Florida staged a fight, overpowered staff and escaped, officials say

Four teenagers escaped a juvenile justice facility in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday night after staging a fight in their room and overpowering the staff members who responded, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet. The inmates then fought off staff in a control room and pushed a button to release the front door, a…

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Celebrating veterans across the Tennessee Valley

Celebrating veterans across the Tennessee Valley

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Today we honor the brave men and woman who served our country during Veterans Appreciation Day. The special day is set aside to celebrate and show appreciation to those Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices. Community members like barber Donald Boyd is one of those celebrating. “My dad is…

Back to school gear ups already in full swing

Back to school gear ups already in full swing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The new school year will be here before you know it! This morning The Bethlehem Center held it’s sixth annual back to school bash. The family friendly event provided kids with everything they needed for the start of the school year. Students we’re given book bags, school supplies, and even uniforms for…

Friday night shooting injures one teen

Friday night shooting injures one teen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating after a teenager was shot Friday night. CPD says they responded to a local hospital after the victim arrived with a gunshot wound. They conducted an interview and determined a crime scene at the 2700 block of 6th avenue. The investigation is still ongoing. Call…

Fundraiser helps Chattanooga girl get racing chair

Fundraiser helps Chattanooga girl get racing chair

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – 13-year-old Addie Ray loves to race. “She’s laughing, cheering, and just in utter joy and she is that way from the very beginning of the race until we cross the finish line,” Addie’s father Chris Ray said. Addie races in a special way, buckled in to a custom-made racing chair. “For…

Local Campers celebrate the End of Summer on Friday

Local Campers celebrate the End of Summer on Friday

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Kids in Hamilton County had fun today at the End of Summer Outdoor Celebration at Booker T. Washington State Park. There were different activities including bouncy houses, canoeing and nature hikes. Kids also learned about the outdoors and careers in that field. Many people who attended were from area camps. Some former campers…

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2018 High School Football Review: Week 1 (AUDIO)

2018 High School Football Review: Week 1 (AUDIO)

It was a wild night in the Tennessee Valley. Storms raged as teams tried to complete their Week 1 games. Join Cowboy and Coca-Cola Red Zone Sideline Reporter Jeff Cate as they discuss the wet and wild action of Week 1 High School Football.

WATCH: Superbowl Commercial Favorites

WATCH: Superbowl Commercial Favorites

Check out some of our favorite Superbowl commercials! Amazon, “Alexa Loses Her Voice” (BTW, you can listen to WGOW-FM on Alexa by saying, “Alexa, enable the Talk One Oh Two Point Three skill!” and to WGOW-AM by saying, “Alexa, enable the News W-G-O-W skill!”) NFL, “Touchdown Celebrations to Come” Budweiser, “Stand By You” Doritos, “DORITOS BLAZE…

Did you miss that pink sky?

Did you miss that pink sky?

On Monday, there was a proliferation of “pink sky” shots sent in by listeners.  Followed by obligatory, condescending “explanation of phenomenon” by meteorologists.  Best example I’ve ever seen…lasted 5 mins, or so at Henson’s Gap/Lewis Chapel Mtn., overlooking Dunlap, Tn.  Launch ramp of “Tennessee TreeToppers” hanggliding club.  

Bill B Blog 08.24.17

Bill B Blog 08.24.17

I boycotted the NFL for 2 years.   And I had a good reason….not faux-outrage from the right nor the left. But I digress. I hear the calls for protests…for boycotts of the NFL over Colin Kaepernick’s not being signed by any NFL team as quarterback.  They say it’s because of the former 49’ers QB’s…