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Coronavirus cases and deaths rise in Hamilton County

Coronavirus cases and deaths rise in Hamilton County

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – “This virus is unpredictable. We don’t have anything other than social distancing and contact tracing, really, to effectively fight it,” Hamilton County Health Administrator Becky Barnes said. The Hamilton County Health Department reports two coronavirus deaths bringing the total to 15. Health officials said one Hispanic person and one non-Hispanic… ... Continue Reading
SWAT standoff nets two suspects wanted in Hamilton County

SWAT standoff nets two suspects wanted in Hamilton County

Both are wanted for identity theft in Hamilton County. The post SWAT standoff nets two suspects wanted in Hamilton County appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
News on East Brainerd and Harrison schools

News on East Brainerd and Harrison schools

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County School system has two school announcements. First, students at East Brainerd Elementary are being moved to East Hamilton Middle because of the tornado damage. They will attend class there for the fall and hopefully return to their school after repairs are complete in December. Also the rain, the pandemic… ... Continue Reading
Walker County Tax Office closed after worker tests positive

Walker County Tax Office closed after worker tests positive

ROCK SPRING, Georgia (WDEF) – The Walker County Tax Commissioner’s Office will be close the rest of the week because a worker has tested positive for Covid-19. The rest of the staff have been sent for testing. They will use the time to deep clean the office. You can still use online or mail services.… ... Continue Reading
Life Care Center of Athens reports a total of 14 Covid-19 residents have now died

Life Care Center of Athens reports a total of 14 Covid-19 residents have now died

The number has climbed by 2 since last week. The post Life Care Center of Athens reports a total of 14 Covid-19 residents have now died appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Covid-19 Task Force discusses growing number of cases in our area

Covid-19 Task Force discusses growing number of cases in our area

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Hamilton County has reported 341 new positive Covid-19 tests in the last week.  That is almost half of the total 717 cases that have been reported so far. Today, the Covid-19 Task Force met to discuss the growing numbers. Kerry Hayes says “Continuing to do whatever we possibly can to encourage members… ... Continue Reading
Collegedale Police Chiefs works to protect officers from COVID-19

Collegedale Police Chiefs works to protect officers from COVID-19

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn (WDEF) –  The Collegedale Police Department has entered into an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Health to assist their officers in being more prepared for calls involving covid-19 patients. In April, the state department of health, at the request of Gov. Bill Lee, offered to share federally protected health information with law… ... Continue Reading
Summer meal pickup begins today at Hamilton County Schools

Summer meal pickup begins today at Hamilton County Schools

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The summer meals program begins on Tuesday for the Hamilton County School system. The school system is offering pickup of meals, but not home delivery as they did in some cases during the cornovirus home isolations. The pickup sites at various schools around the county are open on Tuesdays and Fridays each… ... Continue Reading
Camp Jordan testing has been extended

Camp Jordan testing has been extended

We also have new testing locations opening up around town this week. The post Camp Jordan testing has been extended appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
17 year old becomes Georgia’s youngest Covid-19 fatality

17 year old becomes Georgia’s youngest Covid-19 fatality

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – A 17 year old boy became the youngest Georgian to die from Covid-19. The teenager from Fulton County had underlying health issues. But that is far from typical. All of the fatalities in northwest Georgia so far have been 65 years or older. Catoosa cases 101 deaths 0 hospitalized 8 Chattooga… ... Continue Reading
Hamilton County’s First Covid-19 death in weeks

Hamilton County’s First Covid-19 death in weeks

The number of positive tests jumped by 163 over the long weekend. The post Hamilton County’s First Covid-19 death in weeks appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Secretary of State: Return Georgia mail-in ballots now

Secretary of State: Return Georgia mail-in ballots now

Ballots must be returned to county election offices by 7 p.m. on June 9. The post Secretary of State: Return Georgia mail-in ballots now appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Memorial Day ceremonies in the day of Covid-19

Memorial Day ceremonies in the day of Covid-19

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Chattanooga National Cemetery is open for people to pay their respects, but using social distancing guidelines. That didn’t stop several people who took the time to honor loved ones. News 12 Taylor Bishop has the details. “Due to Covid-19 the way we celebrate Memorial Day this heat has been changed. But that… ... Continue Reading
Business Owners can’t find people that want to be hired

Business Owners can’t find people that want to be hired

HIXSON, Tenn (WDEF) – Tennessee restaurants were one of the first places allowed to open their doors back up to the public “At the beginning with people staying home, it slowed down a good bit but more people became comfortable with the fact that we had curbside and drive thru. But the good part about our… ... Continue Reading
TECH BYTE: Tech to Fight COVID-19

TECH BYTE: Tech to Fight COVID-19

Let's see what Apple and Google are doing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The post TECH BYTE: Tech to Fight COVID-19 appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Saturday High Fall Rescue In Polk County

Saturday High Fall Rescue In Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF)- According to the Tri-state mutual aid association, 13 fire departments and 63 rescue personnel responded to a high fall accident on Highway 30 at the 5 mile marker. They rescued a 32 year old male who fell 35 feet while hiking on a trail in Polk County. According to the agency,… ... Continue Reading
Silverdale employee tests positive for COVID-19

Silverdale employee tests positive for COVID-19

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- A Core Civic employee at the Silverdale Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office, the employee tested positive after being in contact with a family member that contracted the virus. The employee was tested on Thursday. The sheriff’s office says that the jail is tracking… ... Continue Reading
Local Churches Respond to being Identified as Essential

Local Churches Respond to being Identified as Essential

Churches in the Chattanooga area are faced with the decision to reopen their doors after President Trump’s announcement Friday that places of worship will become essential. The post Local Churches Respond to being Identified as Essential appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Red Bank prepares for ‘strict’ return to practice

Red Bank prepares for ‘strict’ return to practice

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — High school football teams in Tennessee can start practice again beginning June 1. The Red Bank Lions have a thorough and detailed plan ready for when the players can return. Bigs and skills players will practice on different days to limit the number of people on campus. The players will arrive… ... Continue Reading
Dade County High School Drive-In Graduation

Dade County High School Drive-In Graduation

TRENTON, Ga. (WDEF)- We have all seen drive thru graduation. But, have you ever seen a drive-in graduation? Dade County High School celebrated their seniors in a very unique way. Smiles, hugs and waves from afar filled the Wilderness Outdoor theater. Students, teacher’s and even the principal missed each other equally. James Fahrney, Dade County… ... Continue Reading

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