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Weather Update: Tuesday – February 27, 2024

Weather Update: Tuesday – February 27, 2024

https://www.weather.gov/ohx/swaw2024 WDEF-TV News 12 Weather Forecast Overnight: Mostly cloudy. Mild. Lows: mid 50’s. Winds: S 10-15, gusts 20 mph. Tuesday: A slight chance of a morning shower, otherwise mostly cloudy, breezy and warm. Highs: low-mid 70’s. Winds: S 15-25 mph, gusts 30 mph. Overnight: Mostly cloudy. Breezy and mild. Lows: around 60. Winds: S 15-20… ... Continue Reading
Safety of Ringgold intersection questioned after fatal crash

Safety of Ringgold intersection questioned after fatal crash

RINGGOLD, Ga. (WDEF) – In the wake of the fatal crash that killed two young women and has left a driver hospitalized, some Ringgold residents are wondering if the intersection where the crash happened is safe.

The split between Ooltewah-Ringgold Road and Tennessee Street is the first major intersection on Georgia Highway 151 right after crossing into the Ringgold City Limits.

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According to data from the Georgia Department of Transportation, there have been at least nine separate crashes reported at this intersection since 2018.

One resident, Gabby Dickson, said, “If I’m going to Windstone up there, I won’t even come on this road, because I feel like it’s not safe.”

Another resident, Sarah Saylors, said, “Even at nighttime when I’ve driven on this road or rode on this road, we have to stop, because it’s like very hidden.”

On Ooltewah-Ringgold Road coming southbound towards the intersection, the speed limit drops from 55 miles per hour, then it drops to 45, then drops again to 35.

Complaints we heard include a curve that blocks slight of the intersection, and a lack of lights at night, which is when this fatal crash occurred.

Residents hope some changes are made to the intersection.

Dickson said, “[I hope they put] lights, would benefit that. Make it a lot better.”

Saylors said, “Just like a warning to let people know that there is a road right there, and if it’s there’s a sharp turn [put a sign] saying sharp turn.”

We have reached out to the City of Ringgold for comment but have not heard back.

 

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K-9 unit now at Hamilton Place

K-9 unit now at Hamilton Place

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – CBL Properties has announced that Hamilton Place Mall has a permanent K-9 unit.

They are advertising that the unit exists on their front entrances.

A spokesperson says that the K-9 unit is operated by a third-party contractor.

We’re working to learn who that contractor is and what they will be doing for mall security.

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Woods, grass fire extinguished by Lafayette firefighters

Woods, grass fire extinguished by Lafayette firefighters

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LAFAYETTE, Ga. (WDEF) — Lafayette firefighters worked to extinguish a woods and grass fire Monday afternoon.

Firefighters said the fire was near N Industrial Loop and behind homes on Pledger Parkway.

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There was 1.5 acres burning, according to the fire department.

Lafayette and Walker County firefighters extinguished the fire, which produced a heavy amount of smoke.

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What’s Right With Our Schools: Ridgeland High School FBLA

ROSSVILLE, Ga. (WDEF) – High School students in Georgia are learning how to become the business leaders of tomorrow. Lessons in employability and entrepreneurship are sowing the seeds for success. That’s a far-reaching example of what’s right with our schools.

Heather Campbell is the sponsor for the Future Business Leaders for America at Ridgeland.

She explains, “Future Business Leaders of America is a career student technical organization that the state of Georgia has put into place in all of our CTAE curriculums.”

Sophomore Allisyn Johnson says, “FBLA is a CTSO organization that prepares students for life beyond high school, and I think that that was just the path that I was looking for when I was choosing one. Since there are so many at Ridgeland.”

Heather Campbell says, ” We have different pathways. Ours is the business administration pathway, with emphasis is entrepreneurship.”

Senior Emerson Crutcher says, ” This organization helps me learn soft skills that are good for job environments, things that just can help you in everyday life, like how to make a resume, how to do all these things that are very helpful in day-to-day life.”

Heather Campbell says,” FPLA is woven through our assignments, through our everyday curriculum. We stress employability skills heavily, and FPLA is a great way for these kids to work on their soft skills, work on their interpersonal skills, their speaking skills.”

Senior Celia Davenport says, ” We’ve always gone to like, we’ve done the region competitions and we’ve had a few people that have placed and gotten a few medals, but it’s never been really big. So, like this year, especially for FBLA, we had 27 different people that took tests, and 24 of those 27 people actually placed, and several of them were first place. And then overall, Ridgeland as a whole.”

Heather Campbell explains, “We were third in the sweepstakes in region eight, which is a very big deal for not just FBLA, but for Ridgeland as a whole. We had over 58% of our organization compete against some of the larger organizations, so I was very proud of our numbers. A lot of these kids that competed this year have never competed before, and it was a little outside of their comfort zone. So FPLA offers the opportunities for these kids to push themselves just a little bit.”

Senior Melanie Quintanilla says, “I learned that I can overcome my fear of talking in front of people. I became an officer this year, and I never thought I’d be able to be an officer because of how shy I was, but here I am.”

Heather Campbell concludes,” So, FPLA does a great job putting real world situations into roleplay to where they’ll be prepared for their business careers later. My goal is for them to grow while they’re here and to make partnerships, networking skills.”

 

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2 charged with trafficking fentanyl in Walker County

2 charged with trafficking fentanyl in Walker County

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — Two people in Walker County were arrested and charged with drug trafficking on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force agents executed a search warrant on Monday, February 26. They searched a home at 10 Reece Street in Rossville. Agents said they found a… ... Continue Reading
Authorities searching for missing boater at Harrison Bay

Authorities searching for missing boater at Harrison Bay

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BIRCHWOOD, Tenn. (WDEF) — Several law enforcement agencies are searching for a missing boater who fell overboard on Monday.

Authorities said they were on scene at Harrison Bay at around 3 p.m. on Monday, searching for the missing boater.

They were searching near the Ware Branch Boat Ramp off Thatch Road in Birchwood.

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The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said they received reports that a boater fell overboard at around 12:30 p.m.

The sheriff’s office has a drone unit, marine patrol and underwater team searching for the boater.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said they were assisting in the search. They explained that two anglers were fishing from a bass boat when one of them went overboard.

That person was not wearing a life jacket, the TWRA added.

TWRA said officers are using a remote operated vehicle and are searching in 10 to 15 feet of water. The water temperature was 53 degrees at the time of the incident.

This is the first boating fatality in 2024, according to the TWRA.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available. 
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Georgia authorities say 2 dead, 1 injured in Ringgold crash

RINGGOLD, Ga. (WDEF) — Two died in a fiery crash in Ringgold and one other was severely injured, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The crash happened Saturday night, February 24 around 11:30 p.m. It was on Georgia Highway 151, near Ooltewah Ringgold Road.

Three females were in a 2018 Toyota Camry that left the road and hit a building. State troopers said the car burst into flames while inside the structure.

The two passengers died from their injuries at the scene.

First responders rescued the driver from the crash and transported her to a hospital for treatment. Authorities said her injuries were serious.

The Georgia State Patrol said charges are pending following their investigation.

Those in the Ringgold community are mourning the tragedy at this time.

 

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Several acres burn in Marion County wildfire Sunday

Several acres burn in Marion County wildfire Sunday

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MARION COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Firefighters reported there was a multi-acre wildfire on Sunday near Ladds Substation.

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The Haletown Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly before 8 p.m.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

However, Jasper, Jasper Highlands and Kimball Fire Departments came to assist and bring extra water.

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to nearby residences and businesses.

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City Café provides update on new location

City Café provides update on new location

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City Cafe construction underway

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – It’s always sad when a local treasure is closed.  The Chattanooga Longhorn is a perfect example, but sometimes these treasures are able to return to us. The Cookie Jar Cafe is a great example of a special piece of our culture making a return.

City Café closed their Downtown Chattanooga location back in June 2023. Their 20-year-old location, at 901 Carter Street, was closed as of Monday, June 26. It opened in 2003 and has been locally famous ever since.

The owner of City Café, Lee Epstein, says it was not his decision.

“The restaurant was located in a building owned by Hotel Bo, a Days Inn by Windham hotel,” Epstein said.

Epstein explains the closure was decided by the hotel owners. “They decided not to renew my lease,” Epstein said.

Originally, they planned to open their new location in the fall of 2023. That did not work out.

However, City Café recently told News 12 that they plan to open their new location by early March 2024.

It will be located at 511 Broad Street. Construction is currently underway at this location.

It is currently set to open on October 1.

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Weather Update: Monday – February 26, 2024

Weather Update: Monday – February 26, 2024

Monday: Mostly sunny, even warmer. Highs: lower 70’s. Winds S 10-15 mph, gusts 20 mph.

Overnight: Mostly cloudy. Mild. Lows: mid 50’s. Winds: S 10-15, gusts 20 mph.

Tuesday: A slight chance of a morning shower, otherwise mostly cloudy, breezy and warm. Highs: low-mid 70’s. Winds: S 15-25 mph, gusts 30 mph.

Overnight: Mostly cloudy. Breezy and mild. Lows: around 60. Winds: S 15-20 mph, gusts 30 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing around mid day and continuing through the afternoon. Windy and warm ahead of the front. Highs: low-mid 70’s. Winds: S 20-25 mph, gusts to 35 mph.

Overnight: A chance of showers early in the evening, otherwise mostly cloudy. Windy and colder . Lows: low-mid 30’s. Winds: NW 15-20 mph, gusts 30 mph.

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The battle for dominance of the seasons is upon us! As we move closer to the Vernal Equinox, the tropics are starting to warm up as the angle of incidence of those solar rays increases over the equator. We are starting to enjoy those warm, southerly breezes due to an amplified upper level jet stream pattern. This pattern, also known as the storm track, alternates between pulling increasingly warmer, tropical air north into the mid latitudes, and frigid, polar air south, in a never ending effort to balance Earth’s solar energy budget. An amplified upper level trough of low pressure will make steady progress from the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies today to the northern and central Plains during the day Tuesday. A strong surface frontal system will accompany this upper level feature as it moves into the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians during the middle part of the week.

Concerning this mid week storm system, an area of strengthening surface low pressure will emerge over the western High Plains on Tuesday, with much colder air spilling southeast behind the strong pressure system across the Plains states, during the afternoon and evening hours. By Wednesday morning, this cold front will be advancing rapidly east through the mid Mississippi and Lower Ohio Valley region on its way across the mid south. The strong southerly flow ahead of the front will generate sufficient buoyancy for the development of thunderstorms across the News12 viewing area on Wednesday, as low level moisture streams north from the Gulf of Mexico. This instability in combination with a very strong wind field, also know as atmospheric shear, could result in the development of a few strong thunderstorms around mid day, into the afternoon hours on Wednesday.

Much colder air will be filling in behind the storm system cold front Wednesday night into Thursday, taking our rather comfortable 70 degree temperatures on Monday and Tuesday, back down to the middle and upper 50’s to finish out the work week, on both Thursday and Friday. While Thursday appears to be a drier day with a fair amount of sunshine, we may see clouds back in the picture with a chance for a few showers on Friday as a wave of low pressure shifts east across the northern Gulf of Mexico on its way into the western Atlantic by Saturday.

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The Climate Prediction Center 8-14 Day Outlook for Tuesday, March 5th – Monday, March 11th, features above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation during this period.

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Bridal Fair at Marriott in Downtown Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – News 12 sponsored the Bridal Fair at the Downtown Chattanooga Marriott that featured beautiful dresses from Hanan’s Bridal Boutique, along with many accessories for weddings and delicious samples of wedding cake. Each booth showed up and showed out to promote what they have to offer. “I’m extremely thankful to be here… ... Continue Reading
Highway 58 VFD fights explosive camper fire Sunday morning

Highway 58 VFD fights explosive camper fire Sunday morning

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — A camper caught fire in Harrison early Sunday morning, causing explosions.

The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the location of the fire at around 4 a.m. A camper was on fire next to a house at 9131 North Hickory Valley Road.

The camper was consumed by flames when firefighters arrived. At the time, they were unsure if anyone was inside. There had been multiple explosions due to several propane tanks inside, firefighters said.

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Homeowners told crews no one should have been inside the camper at the time of the fire. There was a power cord attached to the camper at the time, though, according to fire crews.

The Highway 58 VFD said there were no injuries.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is now working to determine what caused the fire.

 

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Weather Update: Sunday – February 25, 2024

Weather Update: Sunday – February 25, 2024

Sunday: Mostly sunny, warmer, less windy. Highs: lower 60’s. Winds: light and variable in the morning…becoming S 5-10 mph during the afternoon.

Overnight: Mostly clear, not as cold. Lows: mid 40’s. Winds: S 5-10 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny, even warmer. Highs: lower 70’s. Winds S 10-15 mph, gusts 20 mph.

Overnight: Mostly cloudy. Mild. Lows: mid 40’s. Winds: S 10-15, gusts 20 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower. Breezy and warm. Highs: lower 70’s. Winds: S 5-10 mph.

Overnight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Windy and mild. Lows: around 60. Winds: S 15-20 mph, gusts 30 mph.

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The battle for dominance of the seasons is upon us! As we move closer to the Vernal Equinox, the tropics are starting to warm up as the angle of incidence of those solar rays decreases over the equator. We are starting to enjoy those warm, southerly breezes due to an amplified upper level jet stream pattern. This pattern, also known as the storm track, alternates between pulling increasingly warmer, tropical air north into the mid latitudes, and frigid, polar air south, in a never ending effort to balance Earth’s solar energy budget. The warm southerly flow is displayed in the top image at 1:00 pm EST, Sunday with upper level winds carrying warm air north across northern Mexico and the Desert Southwest, ahead of the upper level low pressure system situated just west of California. This warm, southerly flow will be strengthening through mid week as this southern low, associated with the southern branch of the polar jet merges with the upper level trough of low pressure located over coastal British Columbia. When two upper level waves of lower pressure merge in this fashion, meteorologists refer to these waves becoming “in phase” with one another. In this instance, the southern and northern branches of the polar jet combine. When this occurs, the resulting upper level jet stream associated with this new, highly amplified, upper trough becomes very strong. The strengthening, fast flow aloft induces a rather strong and deepening area of low pressure in the lower levels of the atmosphere right down to the surface.

Concerning our mid week storm system, this area of strengthening low pressure will emerge over the western High Plains on Tuesday, with much colder air spilling southeast behind the strong pressure system across the Plains states, during the afternoon and evening hours. By Wednesday morning, this cold front will be advancing rapidly east through the mid Mississippi and Lower Ohio Valley region on its way across the mid south. The strong southerly flow ahead of the front will generate sufficient buoyancy for the development of thunderstorms across the News12 viewing area on Wednesday, as low level moisture streams north from the Gulf of Mexico. This instability in combination with a very strong wind field, also know as atmospheric shear, could result in the development of some strong, possibly even severe thunderstorms around mid day, into the afternoon hours on Wednesday.

Much colder air will be filling in behind the storm system cold front Wednesday night into Thursday, taking our rather comfortable 70 degree temperatures on Monday and Tuesday, back down to the middle and upper 50’s to finish out the work week on both Thursday and Friday. While Thursday appears to be a drier day with a fair amount of sunshine, we may see clouds back in the picture with a chance for a few showers on Friday as a wave of low pressure shifts east across the northern Gulf of Mexico on its way into the western Atlantic by Saturday.

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The Climate Prediction Center 8-14 Day Outlook for Monday, March 4th – Sunday, March 10th, features above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation during this period.

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https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu


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“Con-Nooga” returns to the Chattanooga Convention Center

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – 16 years in the making and “Con-Nooga” is selling out the Chattanooga convention center where a nerd’s dream comes to life featuring impressive costumes and challenges. “From Sci-fi to Anime to fantasy, there isn’t more you could ask for when coming here, especially if you’re a comic nerd,” said Con-Chairman of… ... Continue Reading

Fire destroys house, kills pet snakes and iguana

SALE CREEK, Tenn. (WDEF) — Hamilton County Emergency Management said fire crews were battling a house fire on Friday. Some of their residents’ pets did not make it out alive. The fire was located at 119 Griffith Street. A neighbor frantically ran across the street to alert their neighbor that their back porch was on… ... Continue Reading

Harrison Elementary ends Black History Month with living wax museum

HAMILTON, COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga’s Harrison Elementary School hosted its annual Black History Month living Wax Museum.   “This is our fourth year doing the wax museum, this year. This is probably our biggest one. We had the most kids, but we do it every year. This is the first year we fit it all… ... Continue Reading
Local students react to UGA student homicide

Local students react to UGA student homicide

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The University of Georgia campus in Athens is mourning after a nursing student and former UGA graduate was found dead on Thursday.

After Thursday’s tragic events at UGA, we asked students here at UTC how they feel about their safety.

One student, Taylynn Boggs, said, “It just depends like what time of day it is. If it’s like during the day, there’s all kinds of UTC police out and it’s not bad. But then coming home from the library at night or something, it feels a little unsafe you know?”

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The circumstances behind the death of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley in Athens have students concerned.

She was on a morning jog according to her roommate, who called police after she didn’t return.

UGA Police said they found her body shortly thereafter in the middle of the day.

Michael Allred, a student, said, “That’s just crazy, it could happen to anybody.”

Another student, Kennedy Stanley, says she hasn’t felt unsafe but has had friends who have.

She said, “They’ve immediately called our on-campus police that are here for us, and they came right away because they are just here waiting around.”

Nick: Other students we talked also said that they believe UTC is actively taking safety seriously.

Boggs said, “For me, there is only so much you can do in this time, but they always implement things, they always let us know if there’s a threat or not or something like that.”

Allred said, “There’s cops patrolling all the, like, UTC Campus Police they’re always patrolling, doing their rounds.”

Stanley said, “We all have student IDs, you can’t really get into anywhere without IDs.”

They do say given Riley was killed during the day, they will be more cautious.

Stanley said, “It’s not just at night, you have people warning you about the nighttime, but it can also happen in the daylight.”

It is worth noting for UTC families and students that UTC Police does release messages via phone, email, and social media among other methods.

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After 30 years, DeKalb County John Doe remains identified

After 30 years, DeKalb County John Doe remains identified

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WDEF) — Authorities in Alabama identified human remains that were discovered more than 30 years ago.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office worked with several other agencies and forensics experts to identify the John Doe whose remains were discovered in a rural area.

The skeletal remains were found in the woods near the intersection of County Road 51 and Alabama Highway 227 in rural DeKalb County. They have remained unidentified since December 21, 1991.

Authorities have now identified the remains as belonging to 22-year-old Rainbow Canyon King, from Tompkinsville, Kentucky.

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In 2023, authorities sent DNA samples to a forensics lab in Salt Lake City, Utah, enabling them to identify the remains.

DeKalb Sheriff Nick Welden made this statement on the incident:

“This identification is the result of tireless efforts and collaboration between multiple agencies and experts, it underscores the importance of innovative forensic techniques in resolving cold cases and providing closure to families. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest gratitude to all individuals and agencies involved in this significant breakthrough. The identification of Rainbow Canyon King brings closure to a decades-old mystery and allows his family to finally lay him to rest. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family during this time.”

King’s family has been notified about the news.

 

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EPB TV rates increasing in April

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — EPB is raising the costs of their Fiber Optics TV subscriptions, they announced on Friday. The rate increase will go into effect on April 1, 2024. The price of EPB Fi TV packages will increase by $5 per month for Bronze Tier Channels, $9 per month for Silver Tier Channels and… ... Continue Reading

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