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Catoosa County With High Early Voting Turnout

Catoosa County With High Early Voting Turnout

An early voting location at Westide Voting Precinct in Catoosa County. RINGGOLD, Ga. (WDEF)- In North Georgia, turnout has been very high for a runoff election. In Catoosa County, 11 thousand four hundred and 60 votes have been cast in early voting. Officials say that lines have been out the door and if there had been… ... Continue Reading
Weather Update: Monday Morning’s Forecast – December 5, 2022

Weather Update: Monday Morning’s Forecast – December 5, 2022

WDEF-TV News 12 Weather:  Expect A Wet Week & Slightly Warmer Temperatures! Monday: Mostly Cloudy. Showers and a possible thunderstorm popping up. High temperatures in the low 50’s. Winds: South @ 10-15 mph. Monday Evening: Mostly cloudy, continued periods of showers & a brief storm. Lows: mid & upper 40’s. Winds: Southerly at 5 MPH.… ... Continue Reading

Real Fathers Real Men

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)-Ten different Chattanooga programs are teaming up to help educate men how to be not only dads but fathers. One organization is Pain perseverance Character Hope.

Another speaker is Founder of the Brave Effect Joe Jenkins who helps dads re-enter the family after serving time in jail or prison.

Pursuit of Happiness CEO Michael Gordon says unity between organizations teaming up better helps them serve the community, fathers, and kids being involved in crime and violence.

They say dads matter, a lot! Not only so the mom isn’t a single mother, but for the kids to see a male role model who reflects them.

To see all 10 speakers and attend it will be December 17th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. The locations will be announced soon.

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Mixed Reactions to new CPD Crash Response Policy

Mixed Reactions to new CPD Crash Response Policy


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Getting into a car crash has its many headaches.But new crash reporting protocols starting January first issued by the Chattanooga Police Department has some concerned about confusion.

Police will only respond to incidents with eight certain conditions. Here is a list of them:

1. Death or injury;

2. Hit and run;

3. Impairment of an operator due to alcohol or drugs;

4. Government-owned vehicles or property;

5. Hazardous materials;

6. Disturbances between principals;

7. Major traffic congestion as a result of the crash; and

8. Damage to vehicles to the extent that towing is required.

CPD still asks that the public report crashes to dispatch but will not send an officer to the scene if it does not conform to this list. The reasoning behind this decision is to free up resources for other calls, as C-P-D says that officers need the time spent on responding to minor incidents to help fight crime.

Reaction to the C-P-D’s new crash reporting protocols has been strong and mixed from the public. Comments on their Facebook post have ranged from the negative claiming it’s going to make reporting crashes a nightmare, to those who are in support citing other cities who have already implemented similar policies.

For local insurance agents, they have some questions about how this policy will play out starting next year.  Richard Self, marketing coordinator at State Farm, says that, “I guess the concern I primarily have at this point is, when two parties are involved and we’re asking them to make reports separately after the fact, how are the police connect those two parties to the same incident?  I’m interested in finding that out.”

He says it does hearken back to previous crash policies as, “Police would’ve recommended to the two people who had the wreck to swap information at the scene. Swap insurance information, swap phone numbers, that kind of thing and then report it, particularly if it’s a fender bender and the cars are both driveable. “

He does reassure things probably won’t look a ton different as, “A wreck is a wreck, liability is liability, and when cars get damaged regardless of if they’re company owned or personally owned, the claims wouldn’t look a whole lot different.”

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Project Rescue Holds First Christmas Bazaar

Project Rescue Holds First Christmas Bazaar

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)-A local organization who looks to help those who are homeless started what they hope becomes a new tradition.The bluegrass group Gloryland Way, led by leader Vincent Tan, provided entertainment for Project Rescue’s first Christmas Bazaar at the Standifer Gap Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Visitors could shop at a variety of vendors, some who were charities of their own including the Woven Projects which give refugees of war a chance to sell their art. This event was a fundraiser for Project Rescue who provide resources to the community such as a food pantry.

The founder and director of Project Rescue, Carla Smith, said that, “We all can help the less fortunate in our community. Just like my shirt says, “Each one, Reach one”. If one person would just reach out and lift up another person in a time of need, we would all be in a better place. I would encourage you, help one person. Pack a small rescue pack, like we pack with snacks and knick-knacks and water in it. You see someone on the side of the road? Hand it to them. We all need a little love and a little help sometimes. We can do it.”

Project Rescue was founded in 2014. They host a block party every April that helps homeless people apply for jobs and receive financial counseling. The food pantry is open at Standifer Gap Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Thursdays from 10-11:30 AM or until supplies run out. For more information on Project Rescue, visit  https://projectrescue1.com/.

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Suspicious Package Delays Start of Mainx24 Parade

Suspicious Package Delays Start of Mainx24 Parade

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- A festive scene on the Chattanooga Southside had a scare late Saturday Morning. Chattanooga Police responded to a call about a suspicious package shortly before the annual parade at the Main X 24 Festival at the intersection of Market and Main Streets. The suspicious package appeared to be a red bag or suitcase lying on the sidewalk.

Chattanooga Police dispatched their bomb squad to the scene which detonated the suitcase as you saw at the beginning of the video. There was a crowd of onlookers despite officers pushing people back from the explosion.

The origin of the red suitcase is unknown. CPD says there is no further threat at this time.

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Second Annual Holiday on Hamill Event in Hixson

Second Annual Holiday on Hamill Event in Hixson

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The holiday spirit was on full display in Hixson today. The second annual Holiday on Hamill Christmas Event was held at The Ministry Center Church on Hamill Road.

Guests could shop and eat at vendors, play on bouncy houses with axe throwing in the mix, and visit Santa Claus. They were also asked to bring in toy donations for the Forgotten Child Fund.

The marketing coordinator, Tiffany Miller, said that, “We actually decided to do this as a fundraiser for our church to do ministry in the Chattanooga area, so this is what it’s for. Everything that we are making here, is going to do ministry out in the streets of the Chattanooga area.”

An attendee, Gary Winthorpe, said that, “Heard about this event coming up. My mom told me about it, and my girlfriend wanted to go. We heard there was going to be a lot of vendors here, and we were looking forward to it this weekend despite the rain. It’s still pretty good though, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone and everybody and having a great time.”

The church had already raised over two thousand dollars from church members and vendors even before the doors opened this morning. The Ministry Center also hosts public events for Easter and Halloween.

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Main X 24 Festival Brings Large Crowd to Chattanooga Southside

Main X 24 Festival Brings Large Crowd to Chattanooga Southside

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Main X 24 Festival brought many to celebrate how Chattanooga’s Southside has grown.

The festival began in 2007 by a non-profit initiative called CreateHere. It has since grown due to the work put in by businesses and residents of Main Street.

Events occur up and down the trendy area for 24 consecutive hours and range from markets to specials at restaurants on the street.

A centerpiece of the festival is the parade. Featuring bands, cheerleaders, other organizations, and even fire performers, the parade excited those who watched it along its route.

For food lovers, a can’t miss event was the World Heavyweight Chili Championship.This was the 13th annual event hosted by local environmental non-profit Greenspaces. 14 competitors duked it out over their recipes. The reigning champions, CHEOI (pronounced chili) detail just how much preparation went into their title belt defense.

Will Montague of CHEOI said, “We started as a work thing about four years ago, didn’t do so well on our first try at all. Came back with a new recipe, got second place. Then we decided to throw a little chorizo in there and it took us over the top into first place last year.”

For the Cehoi team, it took them two days to cook the amount of chili needed to compete in this competition. It’s a passion, one that they’re glad to see a large crowd interested in.

Montague said that, “Just in the past four years alone, I’ve seen this grow tremendously every single year. It gets a little better every single year, there’s a few more competitors every single year. The competition gets a little fiercer as well. So we just want to hold onto the belt, but either way we’ll be back year after year no matter what.”

The Main x 24 Festival also plans to be back year after year celebrating the growth of the Southside.

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Dates and Artists announced for The Caverns Sessions next spring

PELHAM, Tennessee (WDEF) – A long running PBS music series returns to the Cumberland Plateau next season.

But with a name change.

Bluegrass Underground is now called The Caverns Sessions.

The series runs on PBS, featuring a host of roots music groups (not just Bluegrass).

They will tape all of Season XII in just 3 days of marathon concerts at the Caverns in March.

“As the second longest-running music series on American television, we’re grateful for our longtime partnerships with PBS and WCTE, and our underwriters who make the series possible,” says Todd Mayo, the series co-producer and owner of The Caverns. “We look forward to showcasing a deep diversity of magical underground performances with The Caverns Sessions this year, and in the years to come.”

Each day, they will record four artists for playback in the series.

And you can be there.

Tickets for the tapings go on sale Friday, December 9 at thecaverns.com

The shows include such rising and established performers as Iron & Wine, Peter Rowan, and Allison Russell.

Here is the full breakdown on the artists and the schedule:




·    The Lil Smokies – Blending virtuosic instrumental acrobatics with riveting lyrical craftsmanship, The Lil Smokies have earned a reputation as one of the most electrifying acts in modern American roots music thanks to their exhilarating live show and critically acclaimed studio output.

·    Kitchen Dwellers – Kitchen Dwellers twist bluegrass, folk, and rock through a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories, rich mythology, American west wanderlust, and psychedelic hues.

·    Della Mae – Della Mae is a GRAMMY-nominated all-woman string band and have traveled to over 30 countries on a mission to showcase top female musicians, and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.

·    Darin & Brooke Aldridge – IBMA award-winning husband-and-wife bluegrass duo, Darin & Brooke Aldridge continue to rise to new heights of the music industry while maintaining their easy-going, down-to-earth connection with audiences everywhere.



·    Iron & Wine – The musical project of singer-songwriter Sam Beam, Iron & Wine has garnered both critical and popular acclaim. As a leading voice of the indie-folk/Americana scene, Iron & Wine has captured the emotion and imagination of listeners with distinctly cinematic songs.

·    Watchhouse – Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Watchhouse bring profound chemistry to the stage with songs that encompass the unknowable mysteries, existential heartbreak, and communal joys of modern life.

·    Bill Miller – Bill Miller’s music has amplified the whispers of Native peoples’ hearts, while bridging cultures around the world with his signature sound: thunder (the voice), wind (the Native American flute), water (the guitar), and soul (the story).

·    Harley Kimbro Lewis – Martin Harley, Daniel Kimbro and Sam Lewis make up Harley Kimbro Lewis, a collaboration that MOJO Magazine (UK) describes as “the roots equivalent of a Crosby, Still & Nash album.” This is acoustic Americana at its finest.



·    Peter Rowan – Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

·    Sierra Ferrell – With songs beautifully unbound by genre or era, Sierra Ferrell makes music that’s as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself, who spent her early 20s hopping freight trains, busking for tips, and living out of her van. In 2022, she was crowned “Emerging Act of The Year” by the Americana Music Association.

·    Allison Russell – Accolades for Russell’s debut album Outside Child include three GRAMMY award nominations and Album of The Year at the 2022 American Music Association Awards. It’s no wonder the New York Times ranked Outside Child the #2 Best Album of 2021.

·    Cedric Burnside – The blues is music for all time—past, present, and future—and few artists simultaneously exemplify those multiple temporal moments of the genre like North Mississippi’s GRAMMY-winning and NEA National Heritage Award recipient Cedric Burnside.



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Little Rome Restaurant Owner sets up campaign for employees

Little Rome Restaurant Owner sets up campaign for employees

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CHATSWORTH, Georgia (WDEF) – The owners of the Little Rome Italian Restaurant in Chatsworth have vowed to rebuild after a catastrophic fire this week.

But it won’t come soon enough to save their employees at Christmas.

So the owners have set up a Go Fund Me drive to support them through the holidays.

The popular Chatsworth establishment was destroyed by an overnight fire on November 30.

The owners say they have begun the process of collecting insurance and rebuilding on the same site, but don’t know how long that will take.

The fund will go to the 18 employees who have suddenly lost their jobs, at least temporarily.

They hope to raise $25,000. As of Friday night, they were about 1/8th toward the goal after the first day.

You can read more and donate by clicking here.

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Angel Tree Program Donates Bikes to Kids in Need

Angel Tree Program Donates Bikes to Kids in Need

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)-40 volunteers gathered at the Salvation Army’s Citadel Corps on East 28th Street this morning to assemble 50 bikes for the Angel Tree program.

Southern Champion Tray donated the funds used to purchase the bikes from Academy Sports. After they finish, the Salvation Army will distribute the bikes to Angel Tree participants to put under their Christmas trees.

One volunteer, Chad Brashier, said that he came to volunteer because, “It’s been a rough couple of years for a lot of people. and for me this is what Christmas is all about. It’s coming out and able to play a small part in what the parents are trying to try to make their lives more enjoyable. That’s really why I’m out here today, spending some time doing that.”

This year, the Salvation Army is hoping to distribute gifts to more than 31-hundred Angel Tree recipients. And by the way, not all of the Angels have been adopted. There’s still time for you to help out.

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DUI charge dropped against Davis Lundy

COLLEGEDALE, Tennessee (WDEF) – A former advisor to the county Mayor has had charges dropped against him following a traffic stop in October.

Davis Lundy was stopped in Collegedale and charged with DUI and marijuana possession.

At that time, he was a policy advisor for new County Mayor Weston Wamp, after advising his election bid.

After the arrest, Mayor Wamp announced that he had accepted Lundy’s resignation, saying “I am very disappointed in his apparent lack of judgment.”

Lundy appeared in the Collegedale Municipal Court on Wednesday facing four charges.

But all four of the charges were dropped.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports, after reviewing records of the court date, that the prosecutor assigned to the case, decided not to proceed.

The District Attorney’s office is run by the Mayor’s sister, Coty Wamp.

She had recused herself from handling the case, herself.

The original arrest report says the police officer smelled marijuana coming from Lundy’s car while he was following it on Apison Pike.

Lundy told the officer he was going home from a restaurant where he had an alcoholic drink.

He also had poured a glass of wine in his vehicle and had drunk from it.

The officer found suspected marijuana in the vehicle.


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Outdoor Chattanooga renames building after former director

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Philip Grymes, the former Director of Outdoor Chattanooga, was honored today by his friends, family and colleagues.

The organization renamed its River Street building after him today.

With numerous family members, former co-workers and three past and present Scenic City mayors in attendance, the community gathered to remember the impact Grymes left behind.

“He reached and touched so many different organizations and groups within this community,” said Tim Morgan, chief sports officer of Chattanooga Sports. “And he truly helped us really define who we are as an outdoor destination, as well as a special events community.”

Outdoor Chattanooga says Grymes was “instrumental” in bringing major outdoor events to the city, including IRONMAN, Head of The Hooch, and more.

Mayor Tim Kelly and then-Mayor, now-Sen. Bob Corker both agreed that the city’s outdoor impact can be attributed to his efforts.

“Philip was more than an outdoor enthusiast, he was a force of nature,” Kelly said. “He exemplified the profound difference that a civil servant can make in their community and we were lucky that it was this community.”

“He poured himself, his whole life, at least his adult life, into making Outdoor Chattanooga what it is today,” Sen. Corker said. “Forever his name will be on Outdoor Chattanooga — I just think that is really special.”

While many remembered Grymes for his legacy of shaping Chattanooga as an “outdoor destination,” he was also remembered for being a good friend.

“He’d give you the shirt off his back,” Morgan said. “At any turn, Philip would say, ‘What do you need? Let’s do it, let’s get it done, doesn’t matter. What does it take? Let’s do it.’ He truly helped me become a stronger person.”

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Family of 10 displaced from Chattanooga house fire

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a residential fire located off the 5000 block of Swan Road in Chattanooga late last night. The fire has displaced one adult and nine children. Fortunately, CFD officials say all residents of the home were safe and accounted for. Lindsey Rogers of the department says the… ... Continue Reading
Chattanooga #7 on Walgreens flu index

Chattanooga #7 on Walgreens flu index

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga is a hotbed for flu activity on the latest Walgreens Flu Index. The survey this week ranks Chattanooga Number 7 for flu cases in the nation. And four of the top ten are Tennessee markets. Walgreens says the country is facing one of the worst flu seasons in more than a… ... Continue Reading

“MoneyMaal” sentenced for cocaine trafficking in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A federal judge in Chattanooga has sentenced a suspect to more than 24 years in prison on drug trafficking charges. 38 year old Jamaal Parker, also known as “MoneyMaal” was convicted last summer for distributing crack and cocaine. In that trial, prosecutors said Parker and others got “kilogram quantities” of cocaine from… ... Continue Reading
Death investigation after 3 bodies found in home

Death investigation after 3 bodies found in home

UPDATE— News 12 was told by someone with the Hamilton County’s Medical Examiner’s Office that all three of the victims were adults, two male, and one female.

They were located in a shed on the property of a home that had been completely destroyed in a fire in December of last year according to our files.

There was an additional survivor in the shed as well.

According to what News 12 was told, the shed had only been placed on the property since Wednesday, and the victims were seen as recently as last night.

The cause of the deaths is under investigation, but it was described to News 12 that there was no obvious trauma.

A working theory is that a heater inside of the shed could have contributed to the situation.

Nothing though at the time that News 12 spoke with that official had been ruled out.


HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee  (WDEF) – Hamilton County deputies are investigating the death of three people found in a home above Middle Valley.

They were called to a neighborhood in the 1500 block of Dallas Lake Road for an unresponsive party.

When officers arrived, they found three bodies.

They have begun a death investigation but are saying nothing more about the circumstances.

Other than they do not believe there is a danger to the public.

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More To the Story with Staley: “Fries For School Supplies”

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – It’s called McDonald’s “Fries For School Supplies.” For one week a year, local franchise owners and operators take the proceeds from a la carte french fry sales and donate the money to local schools. This year, the check for Hamilton County was worth over 42-hundred dollars. KRISSA BARCLAY, HAMILTON COUNTY SCHOOLS; “We… ... Continue Reading

Three found dead on Dallas Lake Road

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of three people on Dallas Lake Road. Deputies say they responded to a call in the 1500 block of Dallas Lake Road on a report of an unresponsive party. When they arrived, the deputies found three deceased people. Authorities say Hamilton County Criminal Investigative Services detectives… ... Continue Reading

TECH BYTE: Apple Music Announces Replay Experience

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Tis the season for listening to a lot of Christmas music.

Apple’s making it easier for you to find those songs you have on repeat.

Apple Music users can now take advantage of a new Replay experience.

The tech company says it wanted to make the experience “more special, personal, and unique for subscribers.”

They can reflect on 2022, and gear up for the new year by learning their top songs, artists, albums, genres, and more.

If you’re a superfan, you can even check to see if you’re one of your favorite artist’s top 100 listeners.

Apple Music listeners have the rest of December to see if their music tastes evolve before 2023 begins. Then they’ll start getting insights each week for the new year.

You can share any of those insights with your family and friends in a message, and on social media.

For more information, just go to replay.music.apple.com.

Apple Music also came out with its year-end charts, highlighting the top songs, Shazams, and most read lyrics from this year.

It’s just another great way for listeners to discover new music they might enjoy.

You can try out Apple Music free for a month. Then it’s $10.99 a month.

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