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Missing Hike rescued at the Walls of Jericho

Missing Hike rescued at the Walls of Jericho

HYTOP, Alabama (WDEF) – A hiker was rescued from the Walls of Jericho hiking area along the Tennessee/Alabama line on Friday. The 21 year old man had gone hiking with his mother and sister on Thursday, but they got separated. The other two made it out okay, but the man spent the night outdoors. After… ... Continue Reading
Rhea County Covid-19 tests still climbing

Rhea County Covid-19 tests still climbing

DAYTON, Tennessee (WDEF) – Tennessee reports the number of positive Covid-19 tests in Rhea County climbed to 209 on Friday. 51 of them have recovered. And while the numbers seemed to have stabilized after the big jump last week, they have climbed by more than 20 cases since then. Henderson Farms in Rhea County says… ... Continue Reading
Bikes in short supply during coronavirus pandemic

Bikes in short supply during coronavirus pandemic

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The bike business is booming — as many are still quarantining. Big box stores like Walmart and Target are reporting they have no more bicycles available. Meanwhile, local stores here in the Tennessee Valley are seeing big sales numbers. Garth Mansfield/Owner, East Ridge Bicycles: “Never seen anything like this. We have been… ... Continue Reading
Chattanooga distributing new shipment of protective masks

Chattanooga distributing new shipment of protective masks

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga has received 20-thousand masks from the state. They arrived this morning, two days after Mayor Andy Berke requested them. They’re being kept at the city’s Watkins street site. Local groups will then distribute them to residents. “It is so critical for us to see personal protective equipment distributed to people and… ... Continue Reading
Mask or No Mask?

Mask or No Mask?

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – As people emerge from their homes, some choose to wear masks, while others don’t, even when they know the rules. News 12’s Taylor Bishop goes out to ask them why. The post Mask or No Mask? appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Whitfield County sees highest unemployment rate in Georgia

Whitfield County sees highest unemployment rate in Georgia

DALTON, Ga. (WDEF) – In April, many places were dealing with the spread of COVID-19 through stay-at-home orders. In that month the unemployment rate grew in all 50 states, including Georgia. Whitfield County had the highest jobless rate of counties in the state at 20.6 percent. The Dalton area jumped from 5.2 percent in March… ... Continue Reading
NHC Rossville reports 25 positive Covid-19 tests

NHC Rossville reports 25 positive Covid-19 tests

ROSSVILLE, Georgia (WDEF) – We have a second Covid-19 outbreak at a Tennessee Valley  senior care facility . The NHC facility in Rossville is informing family members about 25 positive tests. After a worker tested positive, the facility tested their patients. On Friday, they are reporting that 24 residents have tested positive. All of them… ... Continue Reading
Another record high today for new Covid cases in Hamilton County

Another record high today for new Covid cases in Hamilton County

“We can’t stress enough that this virus is very active in our community" The post Another record high today for new Covid cases in Hamilton County appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Local doctors ‘encouraged’ by Remdesivir results

Local doctors ‘encouraged’ by Remdesivir results

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Hospitals in North Georgia and the Tennessee Valley now have a new weapon to combat the coronavirus. Hospitals across the country are now issuing the drug Remdesivir to coronavirus patients. The drug was originally created for the Ebola pandemic. Now, studies show is could shorten the duration of COVID-19 symptoms and… ... Continue Reading
Emissions Stations Open

Emissions Stations Open

More of Hamilton County’s emissions testing locations will reopen this week. The post Emissions Stations Open appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Health Dept. urges paintball fight participants to get tested

Health Dept. urges paintball fight participants to get tested

A participant in the outdoor paintball battles last week has now tested positive. The post Health Dept. urges paintball fight participants to get tested appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Investigators charge wife with shooting husband while he was driving on I 75

Investigators charge wife with shooting husband while he was driving on I 75

Their vehicle crashed and shutdown I 75 traffic for hours back in March. The post Investigators charge wife with shooting husband while he was driving on I 75 appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Senior Matters: Program signs up volunteers to call seniors

Senior Matters: Program signs up volunteers to call seniors

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Active young people fill their day with activities and plans —even when much of the country is still shut down because of the coronavirus. Even those who treasure their parents and grandparents may not understand the loneliness they sometimes endure. The state of Tennessee is trying to do something about that. Here’s… ... Continue Reading
Bradley student competes in national Esports tournament this weekend

Bradley student competes in national Esports tournament this weekend

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Madden 20 is not just another video game to Jayce Standridge. Standridge is a rising senior at Bradley Central High School and he is also ranked 6th in the nation in the madden competition. Jayce is waiting to compete against the best in the country on Saturday. There will be 8… ... Continue Reading
Friday Festival return this June in Cleveland

Friday Festival return this June in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Friday Festivals return to Bradley County next week. The summer concert series returns in downtown Cleveland at the Courthouse Square on June 5th. The family-friendly events feature live music and food vendors. This year’s lineup is: June 5th Bad Tattoo June 12th Share the Road June 19th  First Street Square June… ... Continue Reading
Schools find ways to still hold graduations while in COVID-19 crisis

Schools find ways to still hold graduations while in COVID-19 crisis

DALTON, Ga. (WDEF) – In a more intimate setting, 60 Morris Innovative High School students recently graduated high school. “We gave each one of the seniors a 30 minute time slot. So they could sign up for whichever one they wanted. They could bring, of course, themselves and two parent, family members with them,” Principal… ... Continue Reading
Make sure you pile up tornado damage correctly to get it picked up

Make sure you pile up tornado damage correctly to get it picked up

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – With just four days left for debris pickup, Hamilton County Emergency Management wants to remind everyone how to properly place things near the road. Make sure you don’t put anything over fire hydrants, storm drains or electrical boxes. Don’t block mailboxes, driveways or private roads. All debris needs to be separated into… ... Continue Reading
Attorney Robin Flores talks about Minnesota police conduct

Attorney Robin Flores talks about Minnesota police conduct

"That is not how you keep someone pinned to the ground or to the floor." The post Attorney Robin Flores talks about Minnesota police conduct appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
FEMA deadlines quickly approach for tornado victims

FEMA deadlines quickly approach for tornado victims

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has given Hamilton County Emergency Management a funding deadline of June 1 for debris removal in areas affected by Easter’s tornadoes. With just days left, and dozens of houses still in need, officials are pleading with the community to volunteer. Gladys McKee turned 100… ... Continue Reading
Fatal House Fire in Hixson

Fatal House Fire in Hixson

MIDNIGHT UPDATE: After reports that someone was trapped inside, firefighters did rescue one victim who was taken to the hospital.  They could not reach the other victim. Two firefighters were also injured at the fire and are in stable condition at a local hospital. _______ UPDATE: Chattanooga fire spokesman Chuck Hartung says one victim suffered… ... Continue Reading

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