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Fatal fire in East Chattanooga

Fatal fire in East Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Chattanooga fire department is investigating a fatal fire that happened in East Chattanooga.

CFD expresses condolences to the victim’s family. Investigators are working to determine what caused the deadly blaze. Positive identification of the victim is pending so their name is not being released at this time.

— Chattanooga FireDept (@ChattFireDept) September 20, 2020

According to the fie department, firefighters responded to a residential fire call around 2:50 a.m. Sunday.

The fire happened in the 2700 block of Taylor Street.

The fire department says that neighbors reported that a camper behind a home was on fire.

Courtesy: Chattanooga Fire Department

CFD says that the one person that lived in the bus was removed before the fire was out.

Unfortunately, the person was deceased.

The name of the victim has not been released.

The fire department is investigating the cause.

Courtesy: Chattanooga Fire Department

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Point System Suggestion for Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Point System Suggestion for Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Minority Community Relations Task Force is requesting the Hamilton County Sheriff Office to change their hiring and promoting practices.

The task force recommends inheriting a scoring system designed to rate an officer or candidate on areas related to being hired or promoted.

Other recommendations include adding minorites to the panels involved in the selection process and candidates not selected should be provided with written feedback and socring results.

Task Force member Stephen Smith says this can eliminate bias elements of hiring for equal opportunities, “The idea behind having a point system would be to make it a more objective process. A process where someone who was being evaluated could then go back and based on how they’re scored in areas of aptitude could then improve and come back as re-applicants. Or those criteria that are being used could actually be presented to applicants before hand so that they know what the expectations are.”

The Sheriff’s Office tells News 12 that the recommendations will be reviewed this week.

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Weather Update: Monday Morning’s Forecast – September 21st, 2020

Weather Update: Monday Morning’s Forecast – September 21st, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Fall Like Weather for the Next Few Days!

Monday morning lows could dip all the way down into the low 50’s so might want to grab a jacket on your way out! Lots of sunshine is in store for the afternoon with highs staying near 77 and not a drop of rain in the forecast.

Overnight lows will again drop down to the lower 50’s for Tuesday morning, the first official day of Fall. More sunshine and cool weather expected for the afternoon with highs in the mid 70’s.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Beta could cause rainfall impacts for the Tennessee Valley starting early Thursday morning. Too early to tell how much rainfall due to likely changes in its track but be prepared for more updates.

83 & 61 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down! And Autumn officially begins at 9:30am next Tuesday, September 22!

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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Saturday afternoon shooting on East Brainerd Road

Saturday afternoon shooting on East Brainerd Road

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Hamilton County Sheriff’s office is investigating a shooting that happened on East Brainerd Road tonight.

Deputies responded to a person shot call around 6.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies are still investigating the incident.

The sheriff’s office says that there is no threat to the community.

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The State of UTC in the year of the pandemic

The State of UTC in the year of the pandemic

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Social Justice movement and Covid-19 have had major impacts on the UTC campus this year.

So it is only natural that the topics dominated Chancellor Angle’s State of UTC address today.

On the pandemic, he cited a few surprising numbers.

Enrollment is up this fall.

And they kept more students from the first year to second this year.

The university now has 63% of their classes available online.

“COVID-19 has not destroyed us. It has strengthened our resolve and determination.”

But the University has also been in the middle of the local Social Justice protests.

Chancellor Angle vows to recruit and graduate more students of color and to build a more diverse faculty.

“Disruptions are not new. In the past 134 years, our university has seen many. We will continue doing what we do─education─because we exist for students and our community.

The chancellor says UTC will focus this year on improving new student interaction and overhauling the core education requirements for graduation.

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HCS board members approve calendar change recommendations

HCS board members approve calendar change recommendations

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Hamilton County School Board Members voted and approved a calendar change during their meeting on Thursday.

The change was recommended by board members Joe Smith and Tiffanie Robinson as a reward for teachers’ hard work.

They said that the teachers and leaders are going above and beyond, making heroic efforts to meet the needs of students and families during this stressful time.

The calendar adjustments, would absorb three stockpile days, and leave five days for inclement weather or other emergencies.

October 9, 2020 – No school

November 11, 2020 – Remote Day

November 23-24, 2020 – No school

December 18, 2020 – Remote Day

February 3, 2021 – Remote Day

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Red Bank Baptist Food Distribution

Red Bank Baptist Food Distribution

RED BANK, Tennessee (WDEF) – Red Bank Baptist Church has given away 3 thousand boxes of produce in the last 2 days.

T and T produce provided the 20 pound boxes of USDA produce.

According to the church, the company received a contract through the farm to families program.

Red Bank Baptist has been participating in the engage Chattanooga program to serve communities in several ways.

We talked to Dr. Gregg Hauss at the church today.

“We’re finding out what the needs are and not only how we can meet the needs physically but spiritually as well. Our desire is to love our community, we love being apart of Chattanooga and Red Bank and Signal Mountain. So, anytime that we have the chance to share the love of Christ, in physical and tangible ways, we want to be all about that.”

If the church receives more produce from T and T, then they will be providing more boxes.

 

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Weather Update: Thursday Afternoon’s Forecast – September 17th, 2020

Weather Update: Thursday Afternoon’s Forecast – September 17th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Sally Only Lightly Brushing The Area, But It’s A Different Story To Our South & East!

Thursday Afternoon:  After a cloudy and damp start, any showers will quickly move to the East with most of the day staying dry.  Some afternoon sun is possible, and if we see any degree of sunshine, we’ll end the day with highs around 81.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and pleasantly mild for Thursday night with lows in the low to mid 60’s, and a few of the mountains will briefly dip into the 50’s.

Extended Forecast:  Partly cloudy, a little breezy, but pleasant Friday with highs in the upper 70’s. Mostly cloudy Saturday, but it’ll be feeling quite nice for Saturday afternoon with highs in the mid 70’s.  More sunshine for Sunday and for much of next week.  For each of the next 7 days (and possibly beyond), our temperatures will stay below normal, both in the early morning and late afternoon.

83 & 61 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down! And Autumn officially begins at 9:30am next Tuesday, September 22!

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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Cleveland’s Halloween Block Party is changing, but not cancelled

Cleveland’s Halloween Block Party is changing, but not cancelled

CLEVELAND, Tenneessee (WDEF) – A lot of Halloween plans are changing this year because of the pandemic.
For instance, the City of LaFayette is cancelling their Scare on the Square this year.
But Cleveland is keeping the largest Halloween tradition in our area, the annual block party.
Organizers have announced they are reimagining it for 2020.
The block party is turning into a Trick or Treat Stroll instead over two days.
It will be on Friday and Saturday (Oct 30-13).
Trick or treaters will “stroll” along the the Courthouse Square area, First Street Square, Museum Center, and the Old Woolen Mill.
The treats will come to you on the sidewalk, along with street musicians.
“Everyone is invited to trick-or-treat throughout downtown at local businesses, retailers, and restaurants for the Mars Wrigley candy giveaway.”
And they encourage you to wear a mask.. a Halloween variety pershaps?
“In a year with so many cancellations, it is exciting to announce an alternative plan that continues to offer children a safe choice for trick-or-treating,” said Sharon Marr, MainStreet Cleveland executive director.
“It was a difficult decision to change the long-standing tradition of the Halloween block party; however, everyone involved in planning the event place health and safety as the highest priority” continued Marr.

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Weather Update: Thursday Morning’s Forecast – September 17th, 2020

Weather Update: Thursday Morning’s Forecast – September 17th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Sally Only Lightly Brushing The Area, But It’s A Different Story To Our South & East!

This Morning: Cloudy with areas of fog & showers, with the heaviest of this well to our South& East. Lows in the mid & upper 60’s. The main areas of energy associated with Hurricane Sally will stay to our South & East.

Thursday Afternoon:  After a cloudy and damp start, any showers will quickly move to the East with most of the day staying dry.  Some afternoon sun is possible, and if we see any degree of sunshine, we’ll end the day with highs around 81.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and pleasantly mild for Thursday night with lows in the low to mid 60’s, and a few of the mountains will briefly dip into the 50’s.

Extended Forecast:  Partly cloudy, a little breezy, but pleasant Friday with highs in the upper 70’s. Mostly cloudy Saturday, but it’ll be feeling quite nice for Saturday afternoon with highs in the mid 70’s.  More sunshine for Sunday and for much of next week.  For each of the next 7 days (and possibly beyond), our temperatures will stay below normal, both in the early morning and late afternoon.

83 & 61 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down! And Autumn officially begins at 9:30am next Tuesday, September 22!

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 American Red Cross, Salvation Army responding to Sally

Tennessee American Red Cross, Salvation Army responding to Sally

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Areas all across the Gulf Coast from Alabama to the Florida panhandle are dealing with flooding, significant damage and power outages after Sally made landfall as a powerful category 2 hurricane.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work with our volunteers to prepare them, making sure that they are ready to go out at any time,” Southeast Tennessee American Red Cross Executive Director Julia Wright.

Wright said that the Tennessee region Red Cross has sent out over 56 volunteers since Hurricane Laura, six from the Chattanooga area.

Now, that Sally has hit, she said they’re getting ready to deploy more.

“We have two more additional volunteers that will be leaving and taking our emergency response vehicle specifically to respond to Sally,” Wright said.

The volunteers will be given an assignment when they get down there and are planning on taking a dual purpose emergency response vehicle.

“A mobile feeding vehicle and it can also be used to distribute what we call bulk supplies which are things like tarps and garbage bags and any kind of cleaning supplies,” Wright said.

Wright said that in addition to deployed volunteers, they also have virtual ones who can respond.

It’s something that they have been doing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“Casework, we have spiritual care professionals. We have mental health professionals that can also volunteer virtually. There are just several positions that are available,” she said.

The Salvation Army is also responding.

Folks with 2 canteens from the Tennessee, Kentucky division left for Pensacola Wednesday.

This comes after they sent a new wave of teams to Lake Charles for Hurricane Laura just three days ago.

 

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Weather Update: Wednesday Night’s Forecast – September 16th, 2020

Weather Update: Wednesday Night’s Forecast – September 16th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Sally Only Lightly Brushing The Area!

Tonight: Cloudy with areas of showers, with the heaviest well to our Southeast. Lows in the upper 60’s. The main areas of energy associated with Hurricane Sally will stay to our South & East.

Thursday:  After a cloudy and damp start, any showers will quickly move to the East with most of the day dry.  Some afternoon sun possible with highs around 81.  Partly cloudy and pleasantly mild Thursday night with lows in the low to mid 60’s.

Extended Forecast:  Partly cloudy, little breezy, but pleasant Friday with highs in the upper 70’s. Mostly cloudy Saturday but feeling quite nice for Saturday with highs in the mid 70’s.  More sunshine for Sunday and for much of next week.  For each of the next 7 days (and possibly beyond), out temperatures will stay below normal, both in the early morning and late afternoon.

83 & 62 are our seasonal highs and lows. The seasonal afternoon highs as well as the early morning lows are now on the way down!

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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EPB Gearing Up for Hurricane Sally

EPB Gearing Up for Hurricane Sally

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- “Wow this hurricane is no joke” said a man stuck in the storm.

Parts of The Gulf Coast suffers from massive flooding while Pensacola, Florida is hammered with 20 to 30 inches of rain in some areas.

Even a section of the Three Mile Bridge across Pensacola Bay collapsed due to the storm.

Gulf Shores, Alabama shares the burden of dangerous flooding as well.

“My kids are scared and I told them it was going to be okay but we’re going to try and survive this. We’re going to try to get through this” said a father in Alabama.

Now, EPB in Chattanooga is gearing up to send help.

“We got a request in this morning to release contract crews down towards Gulf Powers -Pensacola, Florida. We’ve released two of our contractors to head down that way at this time” said EPB’s Construction Manager Grant Carriker.

EPB is also on standby status for Alabama in case they are needed.

Violent winds caused a semi to flip as it traveled across Mobile Bay.

Sally blasted through downtown Mobile knocking over numerous trees.

“We had strong winds for a long period of time. Instead of just a few hours it was for 12 hours” said a volunteer cleaning debris.

With roads turned to rivers, News 12 asked Carriker how dangerous the travel will be for their crews, “They won’t go beyond what their capabilities are and they’ll get as close as they can. They can’t start working until the conditions are ready for them to work.”

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E.P.B. Gearing Up for Hurricane Sally

E.P.B. Gearing Up for Hurricane Sally

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- “Wow this hurricane is no joke” said a man stuck in the storm.

Parts of The Gulf Coast suffers from massive flooding while Pensacola, Florida is hammered with 20 to 30 inches of rain in some areas.

Even a section of the Three Mile Bridge across Pensacola Bay collapsed due to the storm.

Gulf Shores, Alabama shares the burden of dangerous flooding as well.

“My kids are scared and I told them it was going to be okay but we’re going to try and survive this. We’re going to try to get through this” said a father in Alabama.

Now, E.P.B. in Chattanooga is gearing up to send help.

“We got a request in this morning to release contract crews down towards Gulf Powers -Pensacola, Florida. We’ve released two of our contractors to head down that way at this time” said E.P.B’s Construction Manager Grant Carriker.

E.P.B. is also on standby status for Alabama in case they are needed.

Violent winds caused a semi to flip as it traveled across Mobile Bay.

Sally blasted through downtown Mobile knocking over numerous trees.

“We had strong winds for a long period of time. Instead of just a few hours it was for 12 hours” said a volunteer cleaning debris.

With roads turned to rivers, News 12 asked Carriker how dangerous the travel will be for their crews, “They won’t go beyond what their capabilities are and they’ll get as close as they can. They can’t start working until the conditions are ready for them to work.”

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Hamilton Co. Commission hopes to return to in person meetings

Hamilton Co. Commission hopes to return to in person meetings

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – We may have seen our last virtual meeting of the Hamilton County Commission.

They met again today on Zoom as they have during the pandemic.

But they hope to return to the Hamilton County courthouse in two weeks.

Commissioner Chip Baker has designed some changes to allow for social distancing at the meetings.

But they’re waiting on a green light from the state.

“Right now we’re waiting on the governor… to see what the governor’s call is and then you’ll see in that plan to see the ability if he chooses to extend the opportunity for the virtual so we can do a hybrid plan.”

The Commission will take next week off and return on Wednesday, September 30th.

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Rock City updating the Enchanted Trail

Rock City updating the Enchanted Trail

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Georgia (WDEF) – Rock City officials call it the most significant trail project in awhile for them.

They are upping the fairytale vibe along the Enchanted Trail.

The trail makeover includes a tunnel with glass ornaments in the ceiling, fiber optics for colors and lighting, scrolls on the pathway plus fossils and glowing jewels on the steps.

And it all begins with a new arched portal door going into the Fat man’s Squeeze.

They are still working on a new decorative railing, trill sculpture and a grand staircase.

Then next year, they want to add an all-new Rainbow Hall with art glass windows, a new entrance for the Kingdom of Trolls and a giant chandelier of large crystals in the colors of the rainbow.

Will Jackson is heading up the renovations, which include local artists.

“Chris Mosey of Ignis Glass Studio began producing the glass rondels for the railings and doorways, and Michael Brandt of Garage Bound began plasma cutting on the decorative railing panels from our digital design files,” said Jackson.

“Terry Lohmann and his crew of stone masons began the massive task of building the walkways, overpasses, water features and walls necessary to make this idea come to life.”

The inspiration for all of the art goes back to co-founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter, who wove stories into gardens.

The tale of the Troll King Peer Gynt has been the focus for the innovation team.

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UTC student becomes Tik Tok famous

UTC student becomes Tik Tok famous

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Since its launch, Tik Tok has taken the social media world by storm and a local UTC student proves Tik Tok can be beneficial.

Student Eli Salley (@elisalley) now has over 600 thousand followers on the Tik Tok app and says most of his videos contain Disney movies theories, where he watches a Disney movie and demonstrates the small details people missed.

Salley says the amount of money he makes almost equals the same amount he makes with his part time job.

Salley says now he is part of the Tik Tok creators fund meaning he gets paid for each creative video he posts.

“I used to do a video every day. Once I hit a higher number of followers, it was a lot of pressure. Now , if a video doesn’t perform as well then i’ll try another video the next day but if a video does really well i will take a half a week off and just let it ride kinda,” says Salley.

Tik Tok originally started the creator fund with 200 million dollars but the app now says the fund will be over 1 billion within the next few years.

@elisalley

ARE BELLE AND JANE THE SAME CHARACTER??? #disney #tarzan #beautyandthebeast

♬ Classical Music – Classical Music

 

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What doctors expect for a Flu season during a Pandemic

What doctors expect for a Flu season during a Pandemic

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – It’s a question many of us will face this fall and winter…is it Covid-19 or is it the flu?

Both the Influenza and Covid-19 are highly infectious respiratory illnesses.  Health department officials say that both sicknesses have very similar symptoms but getting a flu shot might be helpful in narrowing down your illness.

“Those symptoms are pretty much the same. The only real difference we have been able to identify is with covid you can have the loss of taste and smell , which we don’t see with flu. Everything else is pretty much the same.So if you get  your flu shot you hopefully take that one out of the mix so you can narrow your focus,” says Sharon Goforth with the Hamilton County Health Department.

Officials say the bad news with flu season coming up is that you are able to contact both the flu and coronavirus at the same time. 

The good news is that health experts are hopeful that this will be a mild flu season due to people following the CDC guidelines that are already in place.

“Everything we are doing to protect ourselves against Covid are also the exact same things we need to do to protect ourselves against the flu. Wearing the mask, social distancing, washing your hands. All of those things come into play for both of those viruses. Now that we have kinda gotten into the habit of the masks, social distancing, the hand washing and the sanitizer we are going to be in a very good position with flu season this year,” says Goforth.

Doctors still recommend that if anyone inside your home comes down with a fever you should self quarantine until the symptomatic person receives a negative Covid test.

And if you want to avoid the flu-you can get the vaccination at most medical clinics and pharmacies BUT you should speak with  your provider first .

 

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Election Commission improving security for the November vote

Election Commission improving security for the November vote

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Election Commission discussed voting security during a meeting this morning.

The state of Tennessee provided Hamilton County funding to cyber security to prevent voter fraud and misinterpreted votes.

The county’s election commission will utilize money from the Cares Act to focus on physical security at poll locations.

Security cameras is on the top of their agenda.

Administrator Kerry Steelman tells us “Security cameras have not been updated at this building since this building was built in 2006. The Sheriff’s Department through a physical vulnerability assessment recommended that we secure the front office of the building. They felt the space was too wide open so we’re adding a secured entrance into the facility.”

The commission is placing focus keeping poll facilities safe from COVID.

Their goal is to recruit more poll workers this election season.

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TVA moving a huge turbine motor down Tennessee River

TVA moving a huge turbine motor down Tennessee River

SPRING CITY, Tennessee (WDEF) – TVA has a major moving project this week.

They have a 195,000 pound turbine rotor to move.

It is headed from the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Rhea County down the river to a new storage facility in Alabama.

TVA officials tease us they are using a big truck plus a big barge to do the job.

They’ll report back on how it went later in the week.

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