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Weather Update: Monday’s Forecast – April 19th, 2021

Weather Update: Monday’s Forecast – April 19th, 2021

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): A Great & Seasonable Start This Week, Then A Dramatic Drop in Temperatures!

Monday morning begins on a very pleasant note, with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid & upper 40’s.

Monday Afternoon, Lots of sunshine again and temperatures close to our seasonal or normal high, which is 73 degrees. This dry stretch will continue for awhile as well.

Tuesday looks equally as nice, but it’ll be a little bit warmer, Lots of sunshine again with highs between 74 – 76.

Another shot of cooler weather will move in for Wednesday. Our high on Wednesday only hitting about 56 degrees, and much of the area will fall just short of 50. Wednesday night, some areas could possibly see temps cold enough that could bring us some patchy frost by Thursday morning.

73 & 48 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs and the early morning lows are getting a little more comfortable. THE POLLEN COUNT IS EXTREMELY HEAVY, AND AT LAST CHECK WE HAD A READING 0F OVER 2500. More than likely, it’ll continue climbing until we get a significant rainfall event, and that’s not on the horizon for awhile.

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TECH BYTE: Tips For Driving Safely, Not Distracted

TECH BYTE: Tips For Driving Safely, Not Distracted

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — April may be Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but it’s really an issue that impacts us year-round.

Technology can help us when driving, and it can hurt us too.

Driving isn’t a time to multitask. It can put you and others in danger.

“There’s no excuse to be distracted behind the wheel, when the potential cost is either causing a crash, or potentially fatally injuring someone,” said Megan Cooper, AAA. “There’s nothing that’s that important when you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle to allow yourself to become distracted by that, and not do your job and drive as safely as you possibly can.”

Cooper says in 2019, 3,142 people were killed in car crashes involving distracted drivers. That’s an average of nearly nine deaths a day.

She says we can do better.

“When we think of distracted driving, we typically think of cell phones,” she said. “And while that is a big distracter, those distractions go well beyond just using your cell phone. When you’re driving, anything that takes your hands off of the wheel, your eyes off of looking at the road, or your mind off of the task of driving, it is a distraction.”

Eating, daydreaming, putting on makeup, and other passengers can all easily distract you.

Not to mention your car’s infotainment system.

“While they are helpful in some ways, drivers still need to understand and educate themselves on what the limits of that technology are,” Cooper said. “So while they are helpful on the surface, they can become huge distractions. Because if you’re not setting all of those settings before you leave the driveway, you’re tempted to change those while you’re driving.”

Cooper says just because you’re comfortable with the tech in your car, doesn’t mean you should use it behind the wheel. And if you don’t know how to use your car’s infotainment system, don’t try to teach yourself while out on the road.

“Go through your vehicle book, or maybe talk to someone at a dealership that can explain what those technologies do.”

Also, set your GPS, and take care of your music before you start driving. Pull over if you need to.

“Even if you are stopped at a red light or a stop light, and you pick up that phone to send an e-mail, or do a quick phone conversation, we found through AAA research that even that short amount of time, even though it’s quick, you’ve put whatever distraction that is away, that distraction can still linger for up to 27 seconds,” Cooper said.

Don’t forget, many states have hands free driving laws, so even if you touch your phone while behind the wheel, you risk getting a ticket.

If you’re tempted to be on your phone while driving, Cooper recommends turning on the “Do not disturb” feature on your iPhone or Android.

That way, if someone calls or texts you, your phone can automatically reply that you’re driving.

“Your job when you’re driving is to make sure that you are looking at the traffic around you, that you are doing everything that you can to be a safe driver,” Cooper said.

You can also download AAA’s smartphone app for roadside assistance, booking a hotel room, or finding the best gas prices.

Just don’t use it while you’re driving.

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Popular Chattanooga restaurant co-owner passes away

Popular Chattanooga restaurant co-owner passes away

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- We have some sad news to share with the Tennessee Valley.

Co-Owner of Charlie’s Barbecue and bakery Wes Agee passed away Saturday morning.

Forever thankful that God chose me to share life with my silver haired fox. Wes lost his fight this morning and I am heartbroken. Thank you for being our “family” and praying. We love y’all. pic.twitter.com/WRfTwTDIJc

— charlieschattanooga (@charliesnooga) April 17, 2021

Wes Agee and Elizabeth St. Clair reopened Charlie’s Quick Stop in 2018.

They have been keeping their doors opened and continuing to serve Chattanooga throughout the pandemic.

**LONGERISH** The past month I’ve learned quite a bit. Wes is not healing well from the heart attack, and I’ve had to…

Posted by Charlie’s BBQ & Bakery on Monday, February 22, 2021

 

Agee had a heart attack in the beginning of 2021 and was recovering while still serving the Tennessee Valley.

All of us here at News 12 are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

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Juvenile shot on Chandler Ave. Sunday evening

Juvenile shot on Chandler Ave. Sunday evening

Update, 4/19/21, 9:27 a.m. – Chattanooga Police found a second shooting victim from this incident. In a press release, police stated that the second victim was located nearby the scene with a minor injury.

The two teens were handling the firearm when it accidentally discharged. The first victim was a 11 year old male and was taken to a hospital with life threatening injuries. The other victim, who suffered minor injuries, was a 14 year old male and has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Reckless Endangerment.

 


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Chattanooga police say that a teenager was shot Sunday near the Oak Hills neighborhood.

The shooting happened around 7 in the 4000 block of Chandler Avenue.

Police say that the victim is male and has serious injuries.

They are unsure of his condition at this time.

This is the second juvenile related shooting in Chattanooga in the last three days.

Sgt. Eames with the Chattanooga police department says, “Certainly, it’s alarming. Any time you have juvenile’s especially, with guns in their hands, that’s not a good thing. Certainly, that’s alarming. It’s alarming to the police department, it’s alarming to the community and it should be alarming to everyone. So, it’s something that we will want to uh dive into a little bit deeper to see what’s going on with that.”

If you have any information about the incident contact CPD.

Chattanooga Police are on the scene of a shooting In the Oak Hills neighborhood. Police say that a juvenile has been…

Posted by Danielle Moss WDEF on Sunday, April 18, 2021

 

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Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Funeral Services of Charles H. Coolidge

Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Funeral Services of Charles H. Coolidge

The Hamilton County Health Department is warning of potential COVID-19 exposure at Charles H. Coolidge’s funeral. The funeral services began Thursday and continued into Friday. It was reported that individuals attended this service while in their infectious period of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended the services, ceremonies, or rode in buses or shuttles to and from the services, should be aware of any developing symptoms. The health department encourages those who do develop symptoms to get tested immediately.

“Our deepest condolences go to the friends and family members for their loss and we regret further intrusion into your grief,” said Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes, “We encourage anyone who attended these services to monitor themselves for symptoms and get tested as soon as symptoms develop.”

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UPDATE: Missing Chattanooga Teen Found

UPDATE: Missing Chattanooga Teen Found

UPDATE: According to CPD, the missing teenager has been located and is safe.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Chattanooga police are asking for the communities help with finding a missing teen.

Police say that 13-year-old Stefaniz Mendez left her home around 2:00 A.M. Saturday morning.

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It is unknown what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

If you have any information on her location, contact Chattanooga police.

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First Female to Earn Eagle Scout Honors in Hamilton County

First Female to Earn Eagle Scout Honors in Hamilton County

Rowan Olivia Kologek from Boy Scout Troop 11-16 was chosen for her Eagle Scout project. Rowan will be the first woman in Hamilton County to earn her Eagle Scout honors. Her project is the creation of an Insect Hotel and Host Garden which will be displayed at the Audubon Acres Visitor’s Center.

When asked about becoming the first female Eagle Scout—Rowan says that it represents a big step for equality. Rowan said, “Other minorities such as myself are very important to our world and they can make such a difference. And we’re so strong and important, and we can do hard things.”

The Chattanooga Audubon Society hosts various outdoor activities including canoeing, kayaking and hiking.

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4 Bridges Arts Festival In – Person this Weekend

4 Bridges Arts Festival In – Person this Weekend

After having their event virtually last year due to the pandemic, the 4 Bridges Arts Festival is back to having a live in-person event this weekend, and artists are just as excited to get out and showcase their artwork and see some familiar faces. The 4 Bridges Arts Festival showcases the distinct talents of over 120 artists and offers over 20-thousand dollars in cash awards.

The 2021 festival will feature the artists selected by the 2020 jury panel which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Festival director Sarah Moore says that she’s glad the event has returned in-person, and that hopefully there is something for everyone.

“We have about 117 artists from around the country and some here locally who are here showing and selling their art. We’ve got everything from paintings and sculptures to ceramics, baskets, glass, and everything in between. We try to have something for every budget as well, but it’s a really great feast for the eyes and everything that you can think of in the art world,” says Moore.

Local artists are excited to get back out and reconnect with Chattanooga’s art community.

“I love 4 Bridges. I’m a member of the board as well, and so I love the arts community in Chattanooga and getting to see all of my art friends and put some pieces in people’s homes.”

Emerging artist Martha Arrington says the festival will be a good opportunity to see if she wants to continue showcasing her art at additional festivals in the future.

“It’s so much to finally get your work out there and I’ve been creating and having ideas for years and to actually show it and share it with people is a huge step. This is going to be a really big learning experience for me to see if I want to continue doing art festivals in the future.”

The event will continue tomorrow from 10am until 6pm.

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Weather Update: Sunday’s Forecast – April 18th, 2021

Weather Update: Sunday’s Forecast – April 18th, 2021

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Great, Seasonable Start to the Week, Then A Dramatic Drop in Temperatures!

Comfortable and cool temperatures for your Saturday evening with lows dropping near the mid 40’s. Drier Sunday with lots of sunshine and highs back in the low 70’s. Overnight lows will dip down near the mid 40’s once again.
Cool start to Monday morning, but we’ll be off to another great start to the week with nice and pleasant conditions for Monday and Tuesday with highs in the mid 70’s.
Another shot of cooler weather will move in for the middle of next week that could bring us some patchy frost by Thursday morning.

73 & 48 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs and the early morning lows are getting a little more comfortable. THE POLLEN COUNT IS EXTREMELY HEAVY, AND AT LAST CHECK WE HAD A READING 0F OVER 2500. More than likely, it’ll continue climbing until we get a significant rainfall event, and that’s not on the horizon for awhile.

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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GOOD NEWS: Veterans Stolen Truck and Both Dogs Found

GOOD NEWS: Veterans Stolen Truck and Both Dogs Found

SECOND UPDATE: Both dogs and truck have been located.

Officials say that the truck was located in East Ridge Friday night.

Both dogs were found near Alton Park.


UPDATE:The red truck has been located along with one dog. Harry, the 30 lb terrier, has been found! Coconut, anatolian, is still missing.


EARLIER: Chattanooga Police are on the trail of thieves who stole a pick-up truck with 2 dogs inside.

The crime happened around 2 o’clock this afternoon at Veterinary Care and Specialty Group.

That’s located at 32-01 Broad Street.

The truck is a dark red, 2020 Ford F-150 with Georgia tags.

The dogs are Harry, a 30 lb Bedlington Terrier, and Coconut, a 100 pound Anatolian.

The theft was caught on surveillance video.

The suspects are two males.

One was wearing a red hoodie.

The other was wearing a black hoodie.

If you know who they are, or where the truck and dogs might be, please contact Chattanooga Police.

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Chattanooga firefighters battle fire on Wilsonia Avenue

Chattanooga firefighters battle fire on Wilsonia Avenue

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Chattanooga fire firefighters were able to put out a house fire very quickly on Wilsonia Avenue this morning.

According to the fire department, the fire happened around 11 a.m. in the 4000 block.

CFD responded to a residential fire on Wilsonia Avenue at 11:12 AM Saturday. Firefighters had the fire out in 20…

Posted by Chattanooga Fire Department on Saturday, April 17, 2021 

The fire was out in 20 minutes.

One person was checked for possible smoke inhalation on the scene.

Fire investigators were on the scene.

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Chattanooga police search for missing teen

Chattanooga police search for missing teen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Chattanooga police are asking for the communities help with finding a missing teen.

Police say that 13-year-old Stefaniz Mendez left her home around 2:00 A.M. Saturday morning.

Missing - Mendez Stefaniz 21-038238

It is unknown what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

If you have any information on her location, contact Chattanooga police.

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Three men shot on Dodson Avenue

Three men shot on Dodson Avenue

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Three people were shot early Saturday morning in Chattanooga.

According to police, the three men were in the 800 block of Dodson Avenue near J.T. McDaniel’s when they were shot.

Police say that a disorder between several people happened when shots were fired.

CPD says that two victims were on scene when they arrived and one victim arrived at the hospital in a personal vehicle.

Police say that one victim has life-threatening injuries.

If you have any information about this incident, contact CPD.

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UPDATE: Stolen Truck and One Dog Found, One Missing

UPDATE: Stolen Truck and One Dog Found, One Missing

UPDATE:The red truck has been located along with one dog. Harry, the 30 lb terrier, has been found! Coconut, anatolian, is still missing.

EARLIER:

Chattanooga Police are on the trail of thieves who stole a pick-up truck with 2 dogs inside.

The crime happened around 2 o’clock this afternoon at Veterinary Care and Specialty Group.

That’s located at 32-01 Broad Street.

The truck is a dark red, 2020 Ford F-150 with Georgia tags.

The dogs are Harry, a 30 lb Bedlington Terrier, and Coconut, a 100 pound Anatolian.

The theft was caught on surveillance video.

The suspects are two males.

One was wearing a red hoodie.

The other was wearing a black hoodie.

If you know who they are, or where the truck and dogs might be, please contact Chattanooga Police.

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Search for Two Missing Dogs Inside a Stolen Truck

Search for Two Missing Dogs Inside a Stolen Truck

Chattanooga Police are on the trail of thieves who stole a pick-up truck with 2 dogs inside.

The crime happened around 2 o’clock this afternoon at Veterinary Care and Specialty Group.

That’s located at 32-01 Broad Street.

The truck is a dark red, 2020 Ford F-150 with Georgia tags.

The dogs are Harry, a 30 lb Bedlington Terrier, and Coconut, a 100 pound Anatolian.

The theft was caught on surveillance video.

The suspects are two males.

One was wearing a red hoodie.

The other was wearing a black hoodie.

If you know who they are, or where the truck and dogs might be, please contact Chattanooga Police.

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Diversity Efforts for Teachers in Hamilton County

Diversity Efforts for Teachers in Hamilton County

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF)- Hamilton County Schools are adopting news policies in hope of increasing diversity among educators.

“The desire would be for students in the classrooms and in the buildings have representation that looking like them” said District 5 school Board Member Karitsa Jones. “Have the same experiences as them. The same culture as them.”

The State Board of Education adopted an educator diversity policy in February.

It focuses on recruiting and retaining minority staff members.

While partnering with the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, Hamilton County recently opened its own diversity and equity office.

It helps with representation and to meet the standard of an equal opportunity employer.

“We know there’s a shortage of teachers anyway due to a number of things that are going on in the world and of course the pandemic has not helped that but we hope that we can get teachers from all races to come in and educate our babies.”

Currently, more than 50% of Hamilton County students are minorities compared to 12% of educators.

The school district and TECA want to create a work environment that can encourage a future teachers to stay.

“What I know from having personal conversations with some minority teachers that have left, it runs from anything from lack of support, lack of understanding, feeling like you’re the only sometimes.”

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Charles H. Coolidge laid to rest at the Chattanooga National Cemetery

Charles H. Coolidge laid to rest at the Chattanooga National Cemetery

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Today Chattanooga celebrates the life of Charles H. Coolidge and says goodbye to one of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipients from World War II.

Chattanoogan Charles Coolidge, died at the age of 99. On Friday, April 16th he was laid to rest at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. 

Charles H. Coolidge, a decorated war hero, received several honors including the Silver Star for his bravery during combat in Italy and the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during World War II. 

“He left a legacy of service and sacrifice. He lived a life of honor, both before and after he received the Medal of Honor,” says Charles H. Coolidge Jr, Charles H. Coolidge’s Son.

Patriotism was beaming as community members and first responders stood outside the Chattanooga National Cemetery with their flags held high welcoming the esteemed Technical Sergeant Charles Coolidge to his final resting place. 

“We have learned that Coolidge is a very important name around here. He was a true American hero and he needs to be remembered. It’s important I want my daughter to know American history. You can feel patriotism here. It’s an emotion. It’s a loyalty and a love for your country that you are not ashamed of,” says Melissa Whitaker, who brought her young daughters to honor Coolidge. 

Charles Coolidge had a love for his country and for our city. He was often called the “son of Chattanooga.”

Not only did Charles Coolidge leave behind a legacy for our Armed Forces but he also left his forever mark on Chattanooga.

“Here in Hamilton County and Chattanooga he was always involved and committed to the community-as you go out and see different things that are named after him such as Coolidge park and streets. It exhibits what an outstanding character he had and how active he was in our community. He will be greatly missed. It’s a bittersweet day today although he lived to be 99 years old. It’s still hard to give him up,” says Mayor Jim Coppinger, Hamilton County.

“We all loved you as you loved us. We will miss you. You were the best father a son could have. We were blessed in this world. You made the world better and much better,” says Charles H. Coolidge Jr. 

Our City, our state and our nation have lost a Great American hero.

The sacrifices he made for our country will not be forgotten. 

 

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Cash App fraudsters cost Chattanoogan man at least $2,000

Cash App fraudsters cost Chattanoogan man at least $2,000

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Cash App, Venmo, Paypal and Zelle are all ways for people to transfer money online or create a secondary bank account.

but, one Chattanooga man says that he was scammed big time on Cash App and now, he’s out of $2,000.

Edward King had been using his cash app card for quite some time before he became the latest victim of a scam.

His cash app was hacked and now the scammers are receiving all of his deposits.

Edward says that he was using his cash app debit card as his bank account and now the scammers have gotten all of his stimulus checks and any other deposit that has been made to him.

King contacted the company about the incident and after an investigation, he’s even more upset.

King says, “They haven’t reached back out to me. They did a 30 day investigation and they came back and basically said that they didn’t believe me. I got a police report. So, I’m going to try to email them the police report so that they can do something then.”

Chattanooga police sent us a statement saying:

“Any app is risky to attach bank account information or to use that as a checking account. They are much more susceptible to a breach than a traditional bank. We have also not seen a high number of this type of incident (yet).”

King has one warning for Cash App users.

“Be careful because it’s people out there they can get into your account. They don’t need your card. I still have my card. But, they are out there so just be careful because they can get you”, adds King.

We reached out to the Better Business Bureau and they have seen an increase in the number of money transfer scams.

Jim Winsett, President of the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau says, “It’s an ongoing trend right now. I would say that just because there are so many cash apps that are popular today and different ways to transfer money between accounts so, unfortunately, when things grow in popularity, that’s when the fraudsters look for those opportunities.”

If you think that you’ve been a victim of a potential scam, you should contact your local law enforcement.

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Weather Update: Saturday’s Forecast – April 17th, 2021

Weather Update: Saturday’s Forecast – April 17th, 2021

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): The Cooler Weather Pattern Is Here And Will Stay With Us For A While!

Comfortable and cool temperatures for your Friday evening with lows dropping near 50°. Saturday will bring a few showers and lots of clouds with high temperatures in the low to mid 60’s. Overnight lows will near the mid 40’s and clouds begin to clear out.
Drier Sunday with more sunshine and highs back in the low 70’s. We’ll be off to another great start with nice and pleasant conditions for Monday and Tuesday with highs in the mid 70’s.
Another shot of cooler weather will move in for the middle of next week that could bring us some patchy frost by Thursday morning.

73 & 48 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs and the early morning lows are getting a little more comfortable. THE POLLEN COUNT IS EXTREMELY HEAVY, AND AT LAST CHECK WE HAD A READING 0F OVER 2500. More than likely, it’ll continue climbing until we get a significant rainfall event, and that’s not on the horizon for awhile.

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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Pedestrian Fatally Struck on Interstate Ramp Early Friday Morning

Pedestrian Fatally Struck on Interstate Ramp Early Friday Morning

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – A pedestrian was fatally struck while trying to cross an interstate exit ramp early Friday morning. The victim, a 39 year old female, was crossing the exit ramp at I-75 south to Hwy 153 north shortly before 4 a.m. when a Dodge Challenger hit her.

The driver of the Dodge stopped and called 911. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call 423-698-2525 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.

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