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Stuff the Bus Event at Walmart

Stuff the Bus Event at Walmart

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – It’s time to head back to school and the Salvation Army is collecting supplies for students for the Stuff the Bus event. 

The event is held at several Walmart locations and shoppers visiting Walmart can purchase and drop off school supplies for students in need. 

The Salvation Army is holding this event from Friday August 7th to Sunday August 9th. 

The Salvation Army says everyone needs a fresh start for the new school year 

“We recognize whether kids are going back to school in person or online school supplies are still so incredibly important. This makes sure kids are not only excited but also make sure they have the resources they need to start the school year right,” says Lauren Russek with the Salvation Army.

Participating Locations are the Walmart Supercenter at:
2020 Gunbarrel Road,
3040 Battlefield Pkwy,
2625 North Hwy 27,
3550 Cummings Hwy,
501 Signal Mtn Road,
490 Greenway View Dr,
5588 Little Debbie Pkwy,
525 Kimball Crossing Dr,
9334 Dayton Pike,
5764 Tn-153.

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Weather Update: Friday Morning’s Forecast – August 7th, 2020

Weather Update: Friday Morning’s Forecast – August 7th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): A Drier And Hotter Weekend Ahead!

This Morning:  Any showers will diminish,  becoming fair this morning and a lot of fog, very patchy & dense in much of the areas. Most of the morning lows will  fall between 65 & 70.

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, drier, and hotter for Friday, with highs back in the low 90’s.

Tonight: Mostly clear skies will continue Friday night with lows in the upper 60’s. Again, we may see a few more areas of fog developing.

Mainly dry and very hot for the weekend ahead, with mostly sunny skies.  Highs each day will be near 95.  Quite hot and humid for much of the upcoming week also, with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms possible each day with highs in the low 90’s through Wednesday – and possibly beyond.

90 & 70 are our seasonal highs and lows.

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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Will the pandemic tame the World’s Longest Yardsale?

Will the pandemic tame the World’s Longest Yardsale?

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) What will you find at the World’s Longest Yardsale?

“Hey y’all, Travis here. We’ve got a wonderful spot for the 127. We have CBD oil. We have fried apple pie, peach pies, funnel cakes, 127 yard sale T-shirts, Hot dog T-shirts. And don’t forget the best hotdogs on the 127 right here on Signal Mountain.”

The World’s Longest Yard sale is on this year, despite the pandemic.

It started this morning and runs through through Sunday.

Although it s best to bring a mask , a lot of people didn’t today.

But most did better at social distancing.

Some people are worried about large crowds, but our David Moore, who visited several sites on Signal Mountain, says he didn’t see crowds at most places.

But he talked to visitors from other cities and states.

Mary: We can’t wait, yeah. We can’t wait. We would have come yesterday, which I kinda think is the first day Of the sale. Busy and so here we are of the sale; busy and so here we are.

Mary: The weather is great. Yeah. That makes it really nice. It seems like maybe there is maybe a few less booths; that we haven’t been all the way out yet.

Natural Sound: Pensacola Florida, she’s from Alabama. Florida, Florida, Pensacola, and the one hiding over there is from Alabama. We’ve been coming for years. This is my mother she is 90 years old and she can knock your legs off. [Notes:Laughter] She does that to all of us. She is in good health and we just enjoy coming and this is all just family and friends.

Mary: It’s so much fun because, because being close we get to come and see everything. And if you say something sometimes if you don’t want to pay quite that price you can say I will be back tomorrow and just check again and there it is. You get a good deal.

Laura: And it just feels like kind of this old fashion slice of American pie. That’s what, it’s just fun. People, talk to people who have come all over the place and… yeah.”

The yard sale runs down Highway 127 through the Sequatchie Valley and over Signal Mountain and into Alabama.

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An upset, new mayors and lots of school board changes in Thursday elections

An upset, new mayors and lots of school board changes in Thursday elections

JASPER, Tennessee (WDEF) – There were lots of first time winners but not many upsets in the Thursday elections in Tennessee.

However, people in Marion County got a new representative in the State House.

State lawmaker Thomas Tillis was upset in the Republican Primary for District 93.

Tillis, Thomas

39%
Cuevas, Vincent

14%
Warner, Todd

47%

 

Also on Thursday, Spring City and Englewood got new mayors.

Polk County barely passed a sales tax referendum for new school construction.

And Cleveland’s City Council is getting some new faces.

See all the other local races here.

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Man brings a hand grenade to the fire station

Man brings a hand grenade to the fire station

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – What do you do with an old hand grenade?

A Chattanooga man tried to drop it off at the local fire station in Hixson on Thursday.

He said he was moving when he found the old WWII Japanese hand grenade that belonged to his father-in-law.

He brought it with him in his truck, hoping the fire department would know what to do with it.

They called the Bomb Squad, which properly disposed of it.

 

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TVA reverses tech worker decision after President Trump firing

TVA reverses tech worker decision after President Trump firing

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced it will rescind a decision to lay off its in-house technology workers.

The authority had been planning on replacing those workers with contractors who rely heavily on foreign workers under the H-1B visa program.

President Trump fired TVA chairman Skip Thompson Monday, and threatened to remove other board members if they continued to hire foreign labor.

Since then, other TVA leaders met with White House administrators about how to preserve U.S. jobs.

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Sheriff arrests suspect in “Fast & Furious” fatal wreck

Sheriff arrests suspect in “Fast & Furious” fatal wreck

CHATSWORTH, Georgia (WDEF) – The Murray County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in a hit and run crash that killed a young couple.

The crash happened July 29th near Eton on Highway 411.

A witness told investigators that a car pulled up behind a Ford Mustang and rammed it several times.

The witness said the car pulled around to the side and rammed it again.

The Mustang spun into a tree in front of a mobile home, with debris hitting the home.

The witness said it looked like a scene from a Fast and Furious movie.

19 year old Tommy Nickels and his 20 year old wife, Kristen, were both killed in the crash.

Investigators spent six days looking for the other vehicle that fled the scene.

But on Wednesday afternoon, they visited the home of tony Brown on Highway 411 North.

the Sheriff says Brown ran but was quickly chased down.

Investigators say they found the burned remains of the suspect Suzuki Reno from the incident.

They are now processing what is left of the car.

Meanwhile, Tony Brown faces charges of Aggravated Assault w/vehicle, Felony Murder (2counts), and 2nd Degree Arson.

Since the investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Langford is not releasing a motive for the incident.

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Covid-19 warning about Windy Gap Young Life Camp

Covid-19 warning about Windy Gap Young Life Camp

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – – The Hamilton County Health Department issues a Covid-19 exposure warning for a summer camp in North Carolina.

Case investigators determined that several campers from the Hamilton County area attended the camp while they were infectious.

It is the Windy Gap Young Life Camp in Weaverville, northeast of Asheville.

The week in question is July 24 through July 31.

Anyone who attended the camp during those dates should get tested and monitor their symptoms.

“If you have been exposed to someone with the virus you should get tested, quarantine from others for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms,” said Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes.”

If symptoms do occur, they want you to stay at home except for getting tested or seeing a doctor.

If symptoms become worse, seek medical care quickly. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, recent change in smell or taste, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, or other symptoms as recognized by the CDC.

You can get free testing this week at:

  • The Health Department’s testing site at the Alstom Plant, 1125 Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga, TN 37402, is open daily from 7AM-11AM.
  • Saturday, August 8, at Faith Family Chattanooga Church, 2505 E 43rd St, Chattanooga, TN 37407, from 10AM-1PM.
  • Sunday, August 9, at Faith Family Chattanooga Church, 2505 E 43rd St, Chattanooga, TN 37407, from 12PM-3PM.

You can reserve a free ride by calling (423) 315-3994 Monday-Friday 8AM-6PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM-2PM. Rides to the testing sites must be scheduled the previous day.

For more information, call the Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at (423) 209-8383. But do not call the camp.

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Hamilton County voting locations see decrease in lines

Hamilton County voting locations see decrease in lines

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Tennessee voters have been at the polls all day today.

They have many decisions to make including a heated republican race for the U.S. Senate and many school board races in our area.

News 12 went to Concord Baptist Church on East Brainerd, The Bethlehem Center in Alton Park and Signal Mountain Presbyterian in Signal Mountain.

The lines have been manageable and there hasn’t been a lot of waiting.

Concord Baptist Church is usually a busy polling location.

Today, there was no line or wait for voters to punch their ballot.

James Baldwin says that he will vote by any means necessary.

He says, “Since 1988, I have only missed one election.”

Baldwin says that all of the new COVID-19 precautions do not bother him.

“It doesn’t really matter as long as I get to vote. Things are a little bit spread out than what they normally are because of the social distancing. Before, they would only take up about half of that room. Now, they’ve got it all (laughs) and then some”, adds Baldwin. 

The Hamilton County Elections Commission says that the decrease in voting traffic is due to the increase in early voting.

Director of the  Hamilton County Elections Commission, Kerry Steelman, says, “I think that the lower turnout, or the decreased turnout on election day may be more reflective on the increase of absentee balloting or early voting.”

According to election officials, early voting accounts for 50% of the total vote turnout.

But this year, absentee ballots have seen an unexpected rise.

“One thing that we did see, that was unique this year, was a substantial increase in absentee voting an approximately 600% increase in absentee ballots were submitted during the early voting time frame,” adds Steelman.

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Weather Update: Thursday Night’s Forecast – August 6th, 2020

Weather Update: Thursday Night’s Forecast – August 6th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Drier And Hotter Times Ahead!

Tonight:  Any showers will diminish,  becoming fair overnight with lows back in the upper 60’s to around 70. And again, we’ll probably see a few areas of fog developing.

Mostly sunny, drier, and hotter for Friday with highs back in the low 90’s.  Mostly clear skies will continue Friday night with lows in the upper 60’s.

Mainly dry and very hot for the weekend ahead, with mostly sunny skies.  Highs each day will be near 95.  Quite hot and humid for much of next week also, with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms possible each day with highs in the low 90’s through Wednesday – and possibly beyond.

90 & 70 are our seasonal highs and lows.

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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Former Employees speak out against local Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Former Employees speak out against local Chimpanzee Sanctuary

BLUE RIDGE, Ga (WDEF) – In 2014 Project Chimps, in Blue Ridge, Georgia, was founded to help provide life long care for chimpanzees after their time inside a medical research facility. 

Now years later former employees are speaking out against the facility after they say the chimps are not being properly taken care of.

“These chimps have a life expectancy of 40 to 50 years. Some of them are coming to the sanctuary and they are only 9 years old. We have to do better. If they are going to be at a sanctuary for decades they need to be going outside. They do not need to be housed inside a concrete building. FOr that to happen leadership is going to have to be in place. They will have to actually prioritize the chimp’s needs and who has chimp experience,” says Crystal Alba, former employee for Project Chimps. 

Former employees shared Pictures and videos from inside the facility showing the chimps with infectious wounds, low weight , and major hair loss.

The employees say all they want is for the sanctuary to return to the foundations of their mission statement. 

“We want the focus to return to the chimps, how the sanctuary can benefit them and how they can improve their quality of life. It is a sanctuary for chimps; their mission is to care for them. At the core we are just pushing for project chimps to uphold their own mission and to provide the care they promised the chimps,” says Lindsay Vanderhoogt, former employee for Project Chimps. 

Project Chimps addresses this issue on their website page stating that the allegations are riddled with false Allegations , inaccuracies, and misleading information presented out of context. Project Chimps stands ready to openly and honestly respond to our fans and supporters with any questions you may have about such information. For more information on Project Chimps click here.

For more information one Project Chimps Responses to the Help the Chimps Movement click here.

Project Chimps says they are suing Alba and Vanderhoogt for accessing confidential information and making malicious, false, and defamatory public allegations about the operations of the sanctuary and the condition of the primates under its care.

Alba and Vanderhoogt say being sued is worth it to help fight for the chimps to receive better care. There is a GofundMe set up to help pay for lawyers and their fight for the chimps.

More information on the former employees fight for the chimps can be found on their Petition or Website.

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Weather Update: Thursday Afternoon’s Forecast – August 6th, 2020

Weather Update: Thursday Afternoon’s Forecast – August 6th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): After Today, We Have Drier And Hotter Days Ahead!

This Afternoon: Not much change for today, as we’ll see a few isolated late day showers and storms possible. Plenty warm, but not oppressively hot with highs near 90. The heat index will make it feel a bit hotter.

Tonight:  Becoming fair overnight with lows back in the upper 60’s to around 70. And again, we’ll probably see a few areas of fog developing.

Extended Forecast:  Mostly sunny and hotter for Friday with highs back in the low 90’s. Mainly dry and very hot for the weekend ahead, with mostly sunny skies.  Highs each day will be near 95.  Quite hot and humid for much of next week also, with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms possible each day with highs in the low 90’s through Wednesday – and possibly beyond.

90 & 70 are our seasonal highs and lows.

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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Unemployment Claims in Tennessee Continue To Fall

Unemployment Claims in Tennessee Continue To Fall

NASHVILLE, TN (WDEF) – Both new and continued unemployment claims in Tennessee fell from the previous week. New claims fell to 11,690 from 19,461 for the week of August 1. Continued claims fell for the 12th week in a row with 224,093 claims last week. It was 242,397 in the previous week. These numbers are from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce.

Hamilton County dropped to 542 after posting 997 new claims in the previous week. Shelby County continues to be the hardest hit county in the state with 2,321 new claims after 4,648 the previous week. Davidson County was the second highest with 1,367 new claims.

Statewide Data:

Week Ending DateNumber of New Claims FiledContinued Claims
March 14, 20202,70216,342
March 21, 202039,09616,098
March 28, 202094,49234,570
April 4, 2020116,141112,438
April 11, 202074,772199,910
April 18, 202068,968267,053
April 25, 202043,792324,543
May 2, 202037,319321,571
May 9, 202029,308325,095
May 16, 202028,692314,487
May 23, 202026,041310,126
May 30, 202022,784302,260
June 6, 202021,417292,234
June 13, 202019,925280,593
June 20, 202021,155266,596
June 27, 202022,256262,224
July 4, 202025,843256,645
July 11, 202022,431251,924
July 18, 202025,794243,405
July 25, 202019,461242,397
August 1, 202011,690224,093
Claims Since March 15771,274
Southeast TennesseeNew ClaimsContinuous Claims
Hamilton County54212,366
Bradley County2423,301
McMinn County811,450
Rhea County64933
Marion County42729
Polk County36297
Grundy County60318
Meigs County37376
Bledsoe County29172
Sequatchie County32330

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Man Asks Firefighters For Help with Grenade

Man Asks Firefighters For Help with Grenade

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – A man visited Chattanooga Fire Station 16 in Hixson Thursday morning with a grenade in his truck. Firefighters alerted the Chattanooga Police Department’s Bomb Squad to dispose of the grenade.

The man told the firefighters it was an old World War 2 Japanese hand grenade and he needed help getting rid of the explosive. He was getting ready to move when he found the device. It used to belong to his father-in-law.

No one was injured in the ordeal.

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Weather Update: Thursday Morning’s Forecast – August 6th, 2020

Weather Update: Thursday Morning’s Forecast – August 6th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): After Today, We Have Drier And Hotter Days Ahead!

This Morning: Partly cloudy with a spotty shower or two possible through the morning.  Some patchy fog as well, with lows in the upper 60’s & lower 70’s.

This Afternoon: Not much change for today, as we’ll see a few isolated late day showers and storms possible. Plenty warm, but not oppressively hot with highs near 90. The heat index will make it feel a bit hotter.

Tonight:  Becoming fair overnight with lows back in the upper 60’s to around 70. And again, we’ll probably see a few areas of fog developing.

Extended Forecast:  Mostly sunny and hotter for Friday with highs back in the low 90’s. Mainly dry and very hot for the weekend ahead, with mostly sunny skies.  Highs each day will be near 95.  Quite hot and humid for much of next week also, with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms possible each day with highs in the low 90’s through Wednesday – and possibly beyond.

90 & 70 are our seasonal highs and lows.

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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Who are all of those other candidates running in the Tennessee Senate Race?

Who are all of those other candidates running in the Tennessee Senate Race?

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — You’ve seen the campaign ads for Bill Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi on TV.

But there are a total of 15 Republicans and 5 Democrats running to replace Lamar Alexander in the U.S. Senate.

So if you aren’t convinced by the ads, here are the other folks running:

______

Clifford Adkins

Lebanon, TN

“Elect a Working man For The Senate I don’t want Political Endorsements Or Money Just The endorsement of The Working Man and His Vote”

______

Natisha Brooks

Nashville

Founder of The Brooks Academy for Home Schoolers

“The Brooks Academy Home School Scholars asked me to run for the United States Senate for a “Government Class Credit” to them. I actually laughed at the thought, but how could I tell Scholars that they too could one day be President of the United States if I couldn’t be an example for them?”

____

Dr. Byron Bush

Nashville

Dentist

____

Roy Dale Cope

Chattanooga

Pharmacy operator

“I am not the choice of the special interests, or the political class in Washington.
I am not running to be their Senator. I am running to be yours.”

___

Terry Dicus

Savannah, TN

Attorney

 

____

Tom Emerson Jr.

Brighton, TN

Information technology specialist

___

Dr. George S. Flinn, Jr.

Memphis

Doctor/operates seven radiology offices

“I  am providing real solutions for the complex problems Tennesseans face everyday. I want to put an end to soundbite solutions and bring back true conservatism to Tennessee.”

___

Jon Henry

Riddleton, TN

SgtMaj USMC (Ret)

Veteran of Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

“I have fought for your freedoms and am ready to do it again. We need a veteran to serve Tennessee!”

___

Kent Morrell

Knoxville

Small business owner

“I didn’t realize it at the time, but losing access to pain management put me on on the road to politics. I trusted our government and our medical system. Both failed me.”

___

Glen Neal, Jr.

Kodak, TN

retired civil servant

“Tennesseans need to know that one of the people is running to represent them in the U.S. Senate that can’t be bought and that is Glen Neal.”

___

John Osborne

Nashville

Grocery store owner/operator

“Standing up to leadership in Washington is important. Enough voting on thousand-page bills the day after receiving them. Enough political games that hurt America. ”

___

Aaron Pettigrew

Murfreesboro

Truck Driver

 

___

David Schuster

Maryville, TN

Small business owner

“Some people are just lost and don’t see what is really going on in the USA. It is sad that so many are so brainwashed. They need to wake up! If the truth hurts then you are the one with the problem!”

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Who are all of those other candidate running in the Tennessee Senate Race?

Who are all of those other candidate running in the Tennessee Senate Race?

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – You’ve seen the campaign ads for Bill Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi on TV.

But there are a total of 15 Republicans and 5 Democrats running to replace Lamar Alexander in the U.S. Senate.

So if you aren’t convinced by the ads, here are the other folks running:

______

Clifford Adkins

Lebanon, TN

“Elect a Working man For The Senate I don’t want Political Endorsements Or Money Just The endorsement of The Working Man and His Vote”

______

Natisha Brooks

Nashville

Founder of The Brooks Academy for Home Schoolers

“The Brooks Academy Home School Scholars asked me to run for the United States Senate for a “Government Class Credit” to them. I actually laughed at the thought, but how could I tell Scholars that they too could one day be President of the United States if I couldn’t be an example for them?”

____

Dr. Byron Bush

Nashville

Dentist

____

Roy Dale Cope

Chattanooga

Pharmacy operator

“I am not the choice of the special interests, or the political class in Washington.
I am not running to be their Senator. I am running to be yours.”

___

Terry Dicus

Savannah, TN

Attorney

 

____

Tom Emerson Jr.

Brighton, TN

Information technology specialist

___

Dr. George S. Flinn, Jr.

Memphis

Doctor/operates seven radiology offices

“I  am providing real solutions for the complex problems Tennesseans face everyday. I want to put an end to soundbite solutions and bring back true conservatism to Tennessee.”

___

Jon Henry

Riddleton, TN

SgtMaj USMC (Ret)

Veteran of Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

“I have fought for your freedoms and am ready to do it again. We need a veteran to serve Tennessee!”

___

Kent Morrell

Knoxville

Small business owner

“I didn’t realize it at the time, but losing access to pain management put me on on the road to politics. I trusted our government and our medical system. Both failed me.”

___

Glen Neal, Jr.

Kodak, TN

retired civil servant

“Tennesseans need to know that one of the people is running to represent them in the U.S. Senate that can’t be bought and that is Glen Neal.”

___

John Osborne

Nashville

Grocery store owner/operator

“Standing up to leadership in Washington is important. Enough voting on thousand-page bills the day after receiving them. Enough political games that hurt America. ”

___

Aaron Pettigrew

Murfreesboro

Truck Driver

 

___

David Schuster

Maryville, TN

Small business owner

“Some people are just lost and don’t see what is really going on in the USA. It is sad that so many are so brainwashed. They need to wake up! If the truth hurts then you are the one with the problem!”

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Cleveland Mayor discusses his experience with COVID-19

Cleveland Mayor discusses his experience with COVID-19

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – By now Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks is likely back to his regular, full-time duties.

That’s after a battle COVID-19.

“I was in the hospital for 11 days total. Here in Tennova. I was diagnosed. I was admitted on the 30th, but as you probably heard a few of my tests did not come back positive,” Mayor Brooks said.

He was first admitted to the ER with double pneumonia over a month ago.

The mayor said that it wasn’t until July 4th that he tested positive for COVID-19.

He then spent the next six days in the ICU.

“You, nor anyone else should ever want to have in your body what I had,” he said.

Mayor Brooks described COVID as 50 percent physical and 50 percent mental.

“Your family leaves you at the door. Your children cannot come and visit you. Your pastor cannot come visit you. The chaplains cannot come and visit you. The doctors and nurses who at their own great risk have to be in total hazmat from the crown of their head to the, they cover the shoes on their feet. So bless their hearts, the people on the front lines of this don’t want this either,” he said.

The mayor commends the Tennova team that he said saved his life.

He said he believes the combination of medications they’re using on patients is saving lives.

The mayor has since recovered and was cleared of COVID-19 around two weeks ago.

He also said he is grateful for the outpouring of support he’s received.

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CPD connects with community through “Front Porch Lineup”

CPD connects with community through “Front Porch Lineup”

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police officers made a stop at the space “Training Wheels” on Wednesday.

The nonprofit “Downside Up” is there.

They provide experiences and creative spaces for folks, particularly children with special needs.

The organization wanted to meet officers and through the department’s “Front Porch Lineup,” officers came over.

The initiative is a way to bring police and the community together.

And, while in a time where people have been calling to “defund the police” Chattanooga Police Captain Scott Fulgham said he believes 99.9 percent of the community here supports police.

But, regardless, he said meetings like this are important, because a positive interaction with the community is a win-win.

“We’ve got kids here. We’ve got adults. Everybody’s having a good interaction and that builds trust, because we’re talking,” Capt. Fulgham said.

“We’ve been here for months, but many of the cops didn’t know what we were doing in this building and especially with everything that’s been going on, it’s been hard to get out and kind of tell more people about it. So it’s really been great just to let them know, and they’ve been super helpful if we have events here at night or if we do school during the day that they’ll be here to help us out,” Downside Up CEO, Founder Theresa Nix said.

If you’re interested in hosting police officers in a “Front Porch Lineup” event, contact Chattanooga Police.

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Pikeville suspect of child rape arrested in Florida

Pikeville suspect of child rape arrested in Florida

TITUSVILLE, Florida (WDEF) – A man indicted last week in Bledsoe County has been arrested in Florida.

64 year old Bruce Maddox was arrested in Brevard County as an out-of-state fugitive.

The Bledsonian Banner reports the Pikeville man was wanted for a charge of Child Rape.

He should be extradited back to Pikeville on Thursday.

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