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UPDATE: Officer Shooting Suspect Shot & Killed

UPDATE: Officer Shooting Suspect Shot & Killed

UPDATE, 9:49am: The suspect accused of shooting an East Ridge police officer was shot and killed in Rossville. The suspect was identified as 43-year-old Christopher J. Kitts, who fired several shots at Prescott’s patrol car and then fled. The Georgia State Patrol later located the deserted Challenger across the state line in a subdivision in Rossville. Police say multiple law enforcement agencies conducted an extensive search and found Kitts, who engaged officers several times with gunfire before he was fatally shot. Prescott is recovering in a hospital.

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The search is on for a man who is accused of shooting an east ridge police officer.

Earlier this afternoon, East Ridge Officer Terry Prescott was conducting a traffic stop when the accused suspect fired into Officer Prescott’s vehicle, hitting him.

The shooting happened near the Ringgold Road and John Ross Road intersection in front of the CVS.

The suspect is believed to be 42 year old Christopher Kitts, out of Texas.

Officers confirmed Officer Prescott was transported to Earlanger hospital where he is in stable condition.

Officials say Kitts fled the scene in his car, Kitts car was later found in a subdivision near Page Road in Rossville.

Kitts’ then fled on foot.

Several law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for Kitts.

Police are heavily searching the wooden area near lake Winnie, that’s when our News reporter Joeli Poole caught several shots being fired on camera.

BREAKING: several shots were just fired around the lake Winnie area! I am at the Mapco across the street. pic.twitter.com/uQeORP4rXa

— Joeli Poole (@JoeliWDEF12) October 18, 2020

Local east ridge residents say for something like this to happen in their area is concerning.

“Its scary. If he will do that to anybody especially a cop he will hurt anybody. Its lucky nobody else got here at the CVS that was witnessing that,” says a local resident.

“You take a person like that, that gets out in broad daylight and shoots a police officer who is trying to protect us. If someone will do that in broad daylight then they will do anything. As a citizen, we don’t stand a chance against someone like that. If they will shoot an officer and don’t care who sees them do it, then they wouldn’t think twice about an innocent person.”

Kitts has previous charges in Texas for possession of a controlled substance, speeding, driving with an invalid license and failure to appear.

So far police have not captured Kitts, we will continue to update you with more.

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Weather Update: Monday Morning’s Forecast – October 19th, 2020

Weather Update: Monday Morning’s Forecast – October 19th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Another Picture-Perfect, Fall Day In Store For Monday – And Beyond!

This Morning, the Tennessee Valley will be slightly warmer for as we begin the day, with most areas in the mid 50’s. Only a few areas of light fog being reported.

This Afternoon: Lots of sunshine and beautiful autumn like weather expected for the day, with a few scattered clouds and highs in the mid & upper 70’s.Another fantastic day to spend outdoors !

Tonight: Mainly clear and marginally cool, as lows will drop into the mid 50’s again, and only a few isolated clouds. A few areas of light fog are again possible.

Tomorrow: Tuesday will be slightly warmer with highs near 80 due to some southerly winds. Lots of blue, sunny skies expected.

Extended Forecast: Lots of sun and above normal temperatures

73 & 49 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down! Daylight Saving Time, by the way, ends at 2am on Sunday, November 1st.

Make sure you & your family stay in touch with us. Remember the Storm Team 12 app can always bring you the latest weather alerts for your location as well as Titan Radar. Download it for free from your app store – just search WDEF Weather”. 

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TECH BYTE: Apple Announces New iPhone

TECH BYTE: Apple Announces New iPhone

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, iPhone users have had to wait longer than usual to hear about Apple’s newest phone.

But was it worth the wait? We’ll let you be the judge.

Apple is giving you several new phones to choose from.

There’s the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and now an iPhone 12 mini.

And they all can work with 5G for faster wireless speeds.

Apple says the iPhone 12 is thinner, smaller, and lighter.

It has a 6.1 inch super retina screen, and two cameras on the back.

These wide and ultra wide cameras now have night mode, where you can capture the perfect shot with low lighting.

Any video you shoot should look great too!

You can also use the phone to record 4K HDR video with Dolby Vision, which is like what you see at the movies.

And you can edit the video right on your phone.

You can get the iPhone 12 for $799.

The smaller, cheaper version of it – the iPhone 12 mini – will cost $699.

As for the iPhone 12 Pro, it also has a 6.1 inch screen.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the bigger version at 6.7 inches.

The Pro can take even better quality pictures than the regular 12 phone, with three cameras on the back!

Apple says it even has a LiDAR Scanner, so you create a depth map of whatever space you’re in.

The iPhone 12 Pro will cost you $999, and the Max an additional $100.

Apple didn’t just announce the new phones. The tech company also introduced the HomePod Mini.

It may be a small smart speaker, but it gives off big sound with 360-degree audio, which is great for playing music.

It works with all of your Apple devices, and can recognize the voices of up to six different family members, making each experience personal.

You can get the HomePod Mini on November 6 for $99.

You can get the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in stores October 23.

The iPhone 12 mini, and 12 Pro Max will be available November 13, but you can pre-order them before then.

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Ongoing Manhunt for Suspect who is accused of shooting an East Ridge Police Officer

Ongoing Manhunt for Suspect who is accused of shooting an East Ridge Police Officer

The search is on for a man who is accused of shooting an east ridge police officer.

Earlier this afternoon, East Ridge Officer Terry Prescott was conducting a traffic stop when the accused suspect fired into Officer Prescott’s vehicle, hitting him.

The shooting happened near the Ringgold Road and John Ross Road intersection in front of the CVS.

The suspect is believed to be 42 year old Christopher Kitts, out of Texas.

Officers confirmed Officer Prescott was transported to Earlanger hospital where he is in stable condition.

Officials say Kitts fled the scene in his car, Kitts car was later found in a subdivision near Page Road in Rossville.

Kitts’ then fled on foot.

Several law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for Kitts.

Police are heavily searching the wooden area near lake Winnie, that’s when our News reporter Joeli Poole caught several shots being fired on camera.

BREAKING: several shots were just fired around the lake Winnie area! I am at the Mapco across the street. pic.twitter.com/uQeORP4rXa

— Joeli Poole (@JoeliWDEF12) October 18, 2020

Local east ridge residents say for something like this to happen in their area is concerning.

“Its scary. If he will do that to anybody especially a cop he will hurt anybody. Its lucky nobody else got here at the CVS that was witnessing that,” says a local resident.

“You take a person like that, that gets out in broad daylight and shoots a police officer who is trying to protect us. If someone will do that in broad daylight then they will do anything. As a citizen, we don’t stand a chance against someone like that. If they will shoot an officer and don’t care who sees them do it, then they wouldn’t think twice about an innocent person.”

Kitts has previous charges in Texas for possession of a controlled substance, speeding, driving with an invalid license and failure to appear.

So far police have not captured Kitts, we will continue to update you with more.

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Ongoing Manhunt for Suspect who Shot East Ridge Police Officer

Ongoing Manhunt for Suspect who Shot East Ridge Police Officer

The search is on for a man who is accused of shooting an east ridge police officer. Earlier this afternoon, East Ridge Officer terry Prescott was conducting a traffic stop when the suspect fired into Prescott’s vehicle hitting him.

The shooting happened near the Ringgold Road and John Ross Road intersection in front of the CVS.

The suspect is believed to be 42 year old Christopher Kitts, out of Texas.

Officers confirmed Prescott was transported to Earlanger hospital where he is in stable condition.

Officials say Kitts fled the scene in his car, Kitt’s car was later found in a subdivision near Page Road in Rossville.

Kitt’s then fled on foot.

Several law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for Kitts.

Police heavily search the wooden area near lake Winnie, that’s when our News reporter Joeli Poole caught several shots being fired on camera.

BREAKING: several shots were just fired around the lake Winnie area! I am at the Mapco across the street. pic.twitter.com/uQeORP4rXa

— Joeli Poole (@JoeliWDEF12) October 18, 2020

Local east ridge residents say for something like this to happen in their area is concerning.

“Its scary. If he will do that to anybody especially a cop he will hurt anybody. Its lucky nobody else got here at the CVS that was witnessing that,” says a local resident.

“You take a person like that, that gets out in broad daylight and shoots a police officer who is trying to protect us. If someone will do that in broad daylight then they will do anything. As a citizen, we don’t stand a chance against someone like that. If they will shoot an officer and don’t care who sees them do it, then they wouldn’t think twice about an innocent person.”

Kitts has previous charges in Texas for possession of a controlled substance, speeding, driving with an invalid license and failure to appear.

So far police have no captured Kitts, we will continue to update you with more.

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Weather Update: Sunday’s Forecast – October 18th, 2020

Weather Update: Sunday’s Forecast – October 18th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Another Picture-Perfect, Fall Day for Your Sunday!

The Tennessee Valley will be slightly warmer for Sunday morning with most areas in the low to mid 40’s. Lots of sunshine and fall-like weather expected for the day with a few creeping clouds and a possible light shower towards our northern counties. Another fantastic day to spend the day outdoors with highs in the low 70’s.

Monday morning will be much warmer with lows in the mid 50’s due to some warmer southernly winds. Because of that, afternoon highs will be near the mid to upper 70’s with lots of blue, sunny skies expected.

Big warm up back to the low 80s by Tuesday, and then another cold front next weekend will bring us the next best chance for rain!

73 & 50 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down! Daylight Saving Time, by the way, ends at 2am on Sunday, November 1st.

Make sure you & your family stay in touch with us. Remember the Storm Team 12 app can always bring you the latest weather alerts for your location as well as Titan Radar. Download it for free from your app store – just search WDEF Weather”. 

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Tennessee lawmaker under fire after interview comments

Tennessee lawmaker under fire after interview comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker from Chattanooga is under fire for comments made during a local TV interview in which he blamed “inner city” obesity partly on people eating fried chicken and criticized local police hiring practices. State Sen. Tedd Gardenhire did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. Gardenhire is currently running for re-election against Democrat Glenn Scruggs, who is Chattanooga’s assistant police chief. Mayor Andy Berke on Thursday told reporters that Gardenhire’s comments were “out of touch,” and he was proud of the city’s police department commitment to be more inclusive.

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A look at Central High’s Piano Lab program

A look at Central High’s Piano Lab program

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Thanks to donations from the community, Chattanooga Central High School has become one of a few schools in the Hamilton County system, who can now offer a course in piano.

At no cost to the students, they will be able to earn a fine arts credit and learn to play the piano at the same time.

It’s tonight’s edition of What’s Right With Our Schools.

KATHERON: I have not been able to believe of the miracle of how quickly this has come together.

Natural sound: [Notes:playing on the piano]

PHIL: It all started with a kind of a dream and a vision Miss Latham and I have been trying to discuss what fine arts metal being part of a well rounded program at a school, at a high school. And we got to discussing the need to expand our program. And one of the visions that she had (being capable of playing the piano) was to have a piano lab.

NATURAL SOUND: Instead of playing it this way where am I fingers stay on the key, I’m actually letting it pop up off the key.

PHIL: The first thing we did was consider the interest. One of the things that we knew we needed Wass funding to to buy the equipment. We were going to need a space for the program. And we were going to have to do some renovations to a classroom. And we just went out and got started.

Natural sound: [Notes:piano playing]

KATHERON: You know our school is what we call a title I school. Which means that some of these students come from low income homes. And many of them I wouldn’t notice (since the last years of being here at Central), they would say Miss Latham can you teach me how to play this; could you teach me this. And I said I’d love to. We need the time and the place. And so it was just a burden on my part that we have an opportunity for these students, because their desire was there.

XXANDER: Well, I originally started playing guitar in the seventh grade. And I just thought it would be a good chance to learn another instrument.

McKENELY: Most people, or most athletes don’t play the piano. Most of them play either the drums or the guitar. So that’s kind of why I chose piano.

Natural sound: so today we are talking about what Decato means.

KATHERON: They’re not having to put out the money for lessons. They are not having to buy an instrument. And as well as they have the time. The good news is, we have a donor that through the community foundation of Chattanooga has just contacted us last week. That they want to contribute money to expand our program.We are going to be able to buy four more pianos, a music library (that will have a variety of levels and genres for students), and we needed a music whiteboard; and they are going to be able to buy that. So I’ve just been totally blessed and feel like this has just been a miracle.

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TN gov. calls to suspend ‘negative consequences’ from student assessments for teachers, schools

TN gov. calls to suspend ‘negative consequences’ from student assessments for teachers, schools

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Tennessee governor and education commissioner wants to temporarily halt “negative consequences” of student assessments on educators and schools this school year.

This as teachers and districts have found themselves trying to educate students while in the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given the unprecedented disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic and extended time away from the classroom has had on Tennessee’s students, my Administration will work with the General Assembly to bring forward a solution for this school year that alleviates any burdens associated with educator evaluations and school accountability metrics,” Governor Bill Lee said.

“Administering assessments to gauge student learning and ensuring strong accountability best enables us to meet the needs of all students, however we know the significant challenges our teachers and school and district leaders are facing and it remains critical to reward their good work. We look forward to working together with our elected officials on a solution for this school year that preserves our strong foundations while ensuring that every teacher feels supported in focusing on educating their students,” Commissioner Penny Schwinn said.

State Senator Bo Watson, (R-Hixson) said he hasn’t seen Governor Lee’s full request, but it’s something he feels that senators will look at favorably.

“I think that members are sensitive to the environment that teachers and students are operating in now. Some schools are meeting remotely, both remotely and in-person and some schools are in-person, and to hold the system accountable to a law that was written under completely different circumstances, I think the senate would view that as being unfair,” Sen. Watson said.

Hamilton County Education Association President Jeanette Omarkhail has previously given her take relating to student assessments and teacher evaluations.

News 12 spoke with her about it last week.

“Having a way to assess and know where our kids our to keep, drive our instruction is critical, but to evaluate the teachers, the schools to put a label on us based on that in this critical time is not appropriate. I think that, I don’t even think the testing, the tests should be done,” Omarkhail said.

The governor still wants students assessments to be administered.

“Accountability remains incredibly important for the education of Tennessee’s students, and we will keep this year’s assessments in place to ensure an accurate picture of where our students are and what supports are needed to regain learning loss and get them back on the path to success,” Gov. Lee said.

This wouldn’t be the first time lawmakers have held teachers and schools harmless.

A couple of years ago legislators decided to hold them harmless when there were issues administering TNReady tests.

Sen. Watson said that lawmakers could take up Governor Lee’s request when they meet in January.

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Child hit by car on Highway 27 in Summerville

Child hit by car on Highway 27 in Summerville

SUMMERVILLE, Georgia (WDEF) – The Georgia State Patrol is investigating, after a small child was hit by a car tonight.

It happened around 8 on Highway 27, right in front of Advance Auto Parts in Summerville.

We’re told the child is in serious condition.

The child apparently wandered away from their home.

The Division of Family and Childrens services is investigating.

The Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team was also on the scene.

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Walker County voters push forward with one early voting precinct

Walker County voters push forward with one early voting precinct

LAFAYETTE, Ga. (WDEF)- Early voting in Georgia started Monday, and all residents of Walker County have been traveling to their one and only voting precinct.

Voting is taking place at the Walker County Courthouse in Lafayette.

This has been a record breaking year for voting in Georgia.

According to the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, there have already been 1,217,277 ballots cast at noon today.

In 2016, there had only been 538,695 around this time.

Walker County voting officials say that thousands have turned out to vote since early voting began on Monday.

Danielle Montgomery, the Walker County Director of Elections, says, “We have had a huge turn out. Voting just about 500 every day. We’re almost at 2300 right now, in five days and we still have many hours to go yet today. So, turn out has been much bigger than we had even anticipated.”

According to the census bureau, there were 68,000 people in Walker County.

It is the 35th largest county in Georgia and the line to vote has been relatively short and quick.

“There has been some line at some point. 45 minutes maybe an hour at sometimes. But, not much more than that. So, I think that my team has been doing a great job. Voters have been very patient and we appreciate it,” adds Montgomery.

Some voters told News 12 that it only took them 20 minutes to vote today around lunch time.

LeeAnn Davis cast her vote today and was pleasantly surprised.

Davis says, “I think that it went really well. The line seemed to be a little long but they moved pretty fast. Got in and out fairly quickly.”

The director of Elections says that Walker County plans to open four more early voting locations on October 24th.

She says that those locations will be Rock Spring, Chickamaugua, Rossville and Lookout Mountain.

The Elections Director says that any registered Walker County voters can vote any of those locations once they are open.

For more information on Walker County voting, click here.

The last day to early vote in Georgia is October 30th so you still have time to get out and vote.

Are you a Walker County voter? Early voting is in full swing and it’s only taking about 20 minutes to vote at the courthouse. @wdefnews12 will have the details on future Walker County early voting locations tonight at 5:30 & 6:00! pic.twitter.com/1pLs7G3TZZ

— Danielle Moss (@SunnyD_wx) October 16, 2020

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Melissa Turner charged in last night’s wild chase through town

Melissa Turner charged in last night’s wild chase through town

UPDATE: From the Georgia State Patrol

When a Fort Oglethorpe police officer ran a plate for the silver Ford F150 Thursday night, it came back for a red Nissan Pathfinder.

The officer tried to pull the driver over for reckless driving and a possible DUI.

But the truck ran.

A Georgia State Trooper joined as the two vehicles passed the Chic-Fil-A on Highway 2.

3 officers were pursing by the time they got to the Walker County line.

The trooper reported that the vehicle ran the red light at Georgia 1 and Lakeview Drive.

The chase sped along various side roads, got on I-24 west, got off on Browns Ferry Road in Lookout Valley.

It continued on both I-24 and I-75… at one point the driver headed up the wrong way on I 24 ,but turned around on the exit ramp.

Troopers tried several PIT maneuvers, but couldn’t pull them off because of other traffic or safety concerns.

Eventually, the driver got off on some downtown Chattanooga streets and tried to get back on Highway 27.

That’s when a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer performed the PIT maneuver that finally stopped the pickup.

Officers arrested 36 year old Melissa Turner.

They say she was DUI and had a probation violation out of Dunlap.

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – We now know just who all those law enforcement vehicles were chasing through Chattanooga on Thursday night.

36-year old Melissa Nicole Turner was driving the pickup that led officers from Georgia into East Ridge and then Chattanooga.

from Northwest Georgia Scanner

It started when a Fort Oglethorpe officer tried to pull the pickup over.

The chase led through East Ridge, Brainerd, 23rd Street and Market in the downtown area, plus a few loops on I 24.

The chase finally ended on Highway 27 where Turner was arrested without further incident.

The list of charges, however, is a long one.

  • RECKLESS DRIVING
  • RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
  • FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE
  • FAILURE TO SIGNAL TURN
  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
  • DRIVERS TO EXERCISE DUE CARE
  • DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC, VIOLATION
  • EVADING ARREST
  • REGISTRATION, IMPROPER DISPLAY OF PLATES
  • SPEEDING
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNALS VIOLATION
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNALS VIOLATION
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNALS VIOLATION
  • SPEEDING IN WORK ZONE
  • SPEEDING IN WORK ZONE
  • SAFETY EQUIPMENT VIOLATION
  • DRIVING WRONG DIRECTION ON “ONE-WAY” ROAD

 

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Weather Update: Saturday’s Forecast – October 17th, 2020

Weather Update: Saturday’s Forecast – October 17th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Frosty Start to the Weekend!

Friday evening will start to turn chilly and then cold by Saturday morning. Some scattered frost expected to start the upcoming weekend, with lows in the upper 30’s to around 40 by Saturday morning. A Frost Advisory is in place for areas not in the valley. Those under a Frost Advisory should bring pets indoors and cover sensitive outdoor plants. Even though the temperatures will be cool, there will be lots of sun and skies will be clear, and we’ll see highs returning to the mid 60’s.

Slightly warmer for Sunday morning with most areas in the low to mid 40’s. Lots of sunshine and fall – like weather expected for the day. Another fantastic day to spend the day outdoors.

73 & 50 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down! Daylight Saving Time, by the way, ends at 2am on Sunday, November 1st.

Make sure you & your family stay in touch with us. Remember the Storm Team 12 app can always bring you the latest weather alerts for your location as well as Titan Radar. Download it for free from your app store – just search WDEF Weather”. 

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Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Warning Residents to Lock Vehicles

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Warning Residents to Lock Vehicles

The Bradley county sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to always lock their cars, especially at night.

This year, nearly 90 car burglaries have been reported in Bradley County.

Fewer than 10 were actually locked.

The sheriff’s office says ABOUT 16 GUNS have ALSO been TAKEN from THOSE cars.

Neighborhoods in Northern Bradley County near I-75 have been heavily targeted for car thefts and burglaries.

“Generally what they are doing, they’re sneak thieves. Ok so, they’re going through neighborhoods and if you’re car is locked, generally they go on by because they don’t want to get the commotion started or noise started that might attract attention to them,” says Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson.

The Sheriff’s Office says they have solved almost half of those break-ins this year.

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COVID Cases Spike In Rural Counties

COVID Cases Spike In Rural Counties

In Hamilton County, 103 total deaths have occured as of Wednesday. That compares to 379 deaths in surrounding rural counties, which over 800,000 people call home.

Residents of rural communities typically skew older, experience higher rates of chronic disease and are less likely to have health insurance or access to healthcare. All of these factors put them at a higher risk for fatal COVID-19 infection.

Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey spoke on the severity of the dangers facing older populations.

“We’ve noticed some trends. As I mentioned Wednesday, the average age of hospitalization is 70. And the average length of stay is nine days. I want people to internalize that because it’s not just a quick in and out, a lot of people have experience without patient surgery, or with short stays. These are pretty extensive stays,” Piercey says.

Bradley, Grundy and Marion counties are considered in the “red zone” for the virus based on the number of new cases and positivity rates, according to the White House’s COVID-19 task force.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says that rural communities should adopt a mask mandate.

“We have hospitals that treat people from across all of southeast Tennessee. That puts us in a very vulnerable position especially when they don’t have a mask mandate. The best thing that we can do is advocate for all those communities to adopt the best practices that will keep their residents and families safe like a mask mandate,” says Berke.

Hamilton County health officials say that mask mandates have helped with slowing the spread of the virus from Chattanooga’s late July peak, that the current surge is due to parties and large gatherings when people let their guard down.

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Hamilton County Health Department Offers Free Flu Shots for the Week of October 19-23

Hamilton County Health Department Offers Free Flu Shots for the Week of October 19-23

Hamilton County, TN (Press Release) –The Hamilton County Health Department is once again offering free flu vaccinations for a limited time while supplies last.

Free flu vaccine for Hamilton County adults (18 years and older) is availableat the Alstom Plant, 1125 Riverfront Pkwy, Chattanooga, TN 37402

  • October 19 and 20 (Monday-Tuesday)from 1:30PM – 5:00PM
  • This is a drive-through clinic.
  • No appointment is needed.
  • Face masks will be required for all persons in their vehicle during the vaccination process.
  • Service is provided for Hamilton County residents only at this time.
  • This is the same location as the COVID-19 testing site.

Free flu vaccine for children (ages 6 months through 17 years) is available by appointment only at the following Health Department locations:

3rd Street Health Department
921 E. 3rd St, Chattanooga
Call 423-209-8050 for appointment
Indoors – bring your parking ticket in to the appointment for validation

Sequoyah Health Center
9527 W. Ridge Trail Rd, Soddy-Daisy
Call 423-209-5490 for appointment
Outdoor drive-through, follow signs when you arrive

“Not only is the flu vaccine one of your best protections against the flu,” said Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes, “But the steps we are already taking to prevent COVID-19, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands, and staying home if you’re sick, will also help prevent catching or spreading the flu.”

Those at highest risk for serious complications from the flu include children under 5 years, adults 65 years and over, pregnant women, and those with preexisting medical conditions or a compromised immune system.

The Health Department is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot this year and to get it early. This flu season is going to be more challenging than ever due to the added risk of COVID-19 in the community.

Flu vaccines are also currently available through doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies.

The Health Department will open additional flu vaccination clinics as more supplies become available.

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Our First Responder Heroes for this month are Wildlife Officers

Our First Responder Heroes for this month are Wildlife Officers

JASPER, Tennessee (WDEF) – First Responders are the highly trained people who usually see us on one of the worst days of our life.

And they come in a variety of specialties.

T-W-R-A agents are First Responders, too.

And tonight, we recognize two of them, whose work has made a difference.

Here’s News 12’s Bill Mitchell with our First Responder of the Month award.

These two Tennessee Wildlife Resource officers have a combined total of 45 years of service to the people of Marion County.

Officer Russell Vandergriff was recently named Wildlife Officer of the year, and Officer Marty Griffith received the Gideon D. Petit Award from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.

So…What do they do all day at Nickajack lake and the surrounding forests?

“just working outdoors. It’s something different every day…Marion county where I’m assigned to is a great county to be in.”

Officer Vandergriff is usually first on the scene of a boating accident, a rescue operation, a drowning or stranded boaters. And he’s in the woods in the fall and winter. It’s a people job.

“dealing with the public..you never know what to expect. Nothing ever surprises me any more..good or bad.”

Officer Marty Griffith would rather talk about his partner, than himself. But..he’s an award winner, and we insisted.

“on the water you have, unfortunately, things like boating accidents..stuff you have to work. But you also get to do cool things like teach classes , interact with kids..stuff like that ..course it has its drawbacks but it also has a lot of positives.”

Marty is devoted to youth events and encouraging the next generation of sportsmen and women. He loves the outdoors.

“getting out..and being out in nature..dealing with animals, you know we do everything..from biology type work, wildlife management type work, law enforcement work..so the parts I enjoy most are the biological end of it and the information/education end of it. ”

They will both tell you to have fun on your outing….play it safe of the water….and remember TWRA is there to help.

So tonight we salute TWRA officers Russell Vandergriff and Marty Griffith for oustanding work over the years.

They are our First Responders of the Month.

 

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Weather Update: Friday Morning’s Forecast – October 16th, 2020

Weather Update: Friday Morning’s Forecast – October 16th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): We Have Some Big Temperature Changes For The Weekend !

Friday morning temperatures will be cooler. The cold front will still be pushing through with some light showers and lots of clouds to begin the day. Then, we’ll see skies clearing out, followed by mostly sunny, dry, and breezy for the afternoon, with Highs around 65.

Friday Night: Some scattered frost expected to start the upcoming weekend, with lows in the upper 30’s to around 40 by Saturday morning.  Even though the temperatures will be cool, there will be lots of sun and skies will be clear, and we’ll see highs returning to the mid 60’s.

The weekend is looking very good with lots of sunshine and highs in the upper 60’s Saturday and lows 70’s for Sunday.

73 & 50 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down! Daylight Saving Time, by the way, ends at 2am on Sunday, November 1st.

Make sure you & your family stay in touch with us. Remember the Storm Team 12 app can always bring you the latest weather alerts for your location as well as Titan Radar. Download it for free from your app store – just search WDEF Weather”. 

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Our First Responders for this month are wildlife officers

Our First Responders for this month are wildlife officers

JASPER, Tennessee (WDEF) – First Responders are the highly trained people who usually see us on one of the worst days of our life.

And they come in a variety of specialties.

T-W-R-A agents are First Responders, too.

And tonight, we recognize two of them, whose work has made a difference.

Here’s News 12’s Bill Mitchell with our First Responder of the Month award.

These two Tennessee Wildlife Resource officers have a combined total of 45 years of service to the people of Marion County.

Officer Russell Vandergriff was recently named Wildlife Officer of the year, and Officer Marty Griffith received the Gideon D. Petit Award from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.

So…What do they do all day at Nickajack lake and the surrounding forests?

“just working outdoors. It’s something different every day…Marion county where I’m assigned to is a great county to be in.”

Officer Vandergriff is usually first on the scene of a boating accident, a rescue operation, a drowning or stranded boaters. And he’s in the woods in the fall and winter. It’s a people job.

“dealing with the public..you never know what to expect. Nothing ever surprises me any more..good or bad.”

Officer Marty Griffith would rather talk about his partner, than himself. But..he’s an award winner, and we insisted.

“on the water you have, unfortunately, things like boating accidents..stuff you have to work. But you also get to do cool things like teach classes , interact with kids..stuff like that ..course it has its drawbacks but it also has a lot of positives.”

Marty is devoted to youth events and encouraging the next generation of sportsmen and women. He loves the outdoors.

“getting out..and being out in nature..dealing with animals, you know we do everything..from biology type work, wildlife management type work, law enforcement work..so the parts I enjoy most are the biological end of it and the information/education end of it. ”

They will both tell you to have fun on your outing….play it safe of the water….and remember TWRA is there to help.

So tonight we salute TWRA officers Russell Vandergriff and Marty Griffith for oustanding work over the years.

They are our First Responders of the Month.

 

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Weather Update: Thursday Night’s Forecast – October 15th, 2020

Weather Update: Thursday Night’s Forecast – October 15th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Big Temperature Changes For The Weekend !

Friday morning temperatures will be cooler. The cold front will still be pushing through with rain in clouds to begin your day. Mostly sunny, dry, and breezy for Friday afternoon, highs around 65.

Some scattered frost expected to start the upcoming weekend with lows in the upper 30’s to around 40 by Saturday morning.  Even though the temperatures will be cool, there will be lots of sun and skies will be clear.

The weekend is looking very good with lots of sunshine an highs in the upper 60’s Saturday and lows 70’s for Sunday.

74 & 50 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down! Daylight Saving Time, by the way, ends at 2am on Sunday, November 1st.

Make sure you & your family stay in touch with us. Remember the Storm Team 12 app can always bring you the latest weather alerts for your location as well as Titan Radar. Download it for free from your app store – just search WDEF Weather”. 

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