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Weather Update: Wednesday Night’s Forecast – July 15th, 2020

Weather Update: Wednesday Night’s Forecast – July 15th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Heat And Humidity Building Over The Next Several Days!

Overnight: Fair, warm, and quite muggy Wednesday night with lows only in the low 70’s.

Tomorrow: Very hot and increasingly humid again for Thursday with a stray late day shower or storm possible…but not very likely.  Highs will be back in the mid 90’s with the heat index around 100.

Extended Forecast: A few more isolated late – day storms for Friday are possible, otherwise very hot and humid with highs well into the low to mid 90’s and the heat index over 100. A few afternoon storms are possible for the weekend, otherwise, still quite hot and humid through Sunday with highs near 95 and lows in the low 70’s.

90 & 69 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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Ironman cancels Chattanooga competitions

Ironman cancels Chattanooga competitions

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Ironman organization has cancelled this year’s events in Chattanooga.

They cite the new mask ordinance in Chattanooga as the deciding factor.

The Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga presented by McKee had already been pushed back to August 23rd from the original race in spring.

The organization now plans to return for May 23, 2021.

The organization has also scrapped this year’s Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga presented by McKee scheduled for September 28th.

The full race will return next year on September 26th.

The race involves swimming, cycling and running competition, with busing contestants around town and crowds of spectators.

“In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we thank our athletes for their commitment and look forward to providing them with an exceptional race experience in the future.”

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Chattanooga Police announce pedestrian enforcement aimed at protesters

Chattanooga Police announce pedestrian enforcement aimed at protesters

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police announce that they will begin enforcing pedestrian traffic laws.

A release makes it clear that they are targeting protesters “For the safety of pedestrians and the community.”

Here is the rest of the statement:

Police will be focusing on pedestrians violating the following Tennessee law:

  • TCA 39-17-307(a) prohibits obstruction of a street or sidewalk and (c) makes the offense a Class C misdemeanor.

Incidents of vehicles striking protesters blocking roadways in cities around the country underscores the danger of disregarding pedestrian safety rules. Additionally, the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) has received numerous complaints about protesters blocking roads, impeding traffic to include emergency vehicles, and frightening community members who are attempting to travel in the areas where protesters have illegally gathered in the streets.

Since July 1, 2020, CPD dispatchers received 28 calls for assistance or complaint regarding crowds blocking roadways, stopping cars, and one call that the reporting party stated he felt “very unsafe and threatened.”  In addition to these documented calls, officers have received numerous complaints from residents and business owners in the affected areas. 

The Chattanooga Police Department supports those who wish the exercise their right to assemble peacefully. However, when public safety is compromised and laws are violated it is the responsibility and duty of CPD officers to intervene. 

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85 year old Veteran Beats Covid-19

85 year old Veteran Beats Covid-19

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – The Coronavirus has claimed the lives of many of the elderly but one veteran in Chattanooga has beaten all the odds.

85 year old, veteran Edmon Hughes was diagnosed with Covid-19 on July 23rd he’s been hospitalized at Parkridge Medical ever since.

Hughes was stationed in Germany for 2 years. 

Hughe’s family says when he was first hospitalized the hospital didn’t give them much hope. 

But on Wednesday Hughes is Coronavirus free and is going home.

Since his hospitalization his family has not been able to see him besides phone calls, they tell

“My heart is just breaking, I’m excited, I’m nervous. We are just trying to make sense of it too. He is just a fighter. He is a strong man and if anyone can make it; he can,”says Rebecca Ray, the Veteran’s daughter.

Hughes says he feels even better now that he is going home.

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TVA offers incentives for Coronavirus killing UV lights.

TVA offers incentives for Coronavirus killing UV lights.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is providing incentives to businesses and schools to install  germicidal lights to help with the coronavirus..

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation or (UVGI) is a technology that can be used as an alternative to  chemical disinfectants . 

TVA says the UV-C germicidal lights are proven to kill viruses that are in the air-including the Coronavirus. 

“So the UV light has been tested to kill the Coronavirus up to 99% of the time. It’s going to deactivate that virus so it can’t replicate anymore, once it is exposed to that light in the air stream,” says Jason Snyder, Manager TVA EnergyRight.

Officials say the technology can be installed into the ductwork of most HVAC systems. 

Customers who use TVA as a provider, can receive a 30 dollar per ton incentive towards the installation of the UV technologies.

TVA hopes that by providing this incentive they can help get the Tennessee Valley back to work. 

“When you know that the customers are going to be comfortable coming to your restaurant or shopping at your retail establishment just because there is a little more peace of mind. We feel like those kinds of things are what gets the valley back to work. TVA wants to support all of our 10 million customers during this difficult time,” says Snyder. 

Officials with TVA say that although these lights are extremely effective, they cannot solve the Coronavirus problem by themselves.

“How are you going to remove the virus from the air? You can’t just wipe down surfaces. So we’re going to remove it from the air but you still need to do your standard practices that many businesses are already employing. You still have to wipe down those table tops , keeping it clean. Neither one solves the problem completely but this is one of those passive things that once you install it, it will continue to remove it from the air anytime the air conditioner is running,” says Snyder. 

For more information on how your business or school can participate in the light installation and incentive program, click here

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Alabama to Require Face Masks as Coronavirus Surges in State

Alabama to Require Face Masks as Coronavirus Surges in State

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama will begin requiring face masks in public as health officials try to quell a surge of new coronavirus cases that are filling up hospitals.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced the rule on Wednesday, a day after the state reported a pandemic-high of 40 deaths in a single day.

Officials say masks will be required starting Thursday afternoon for anyone older than 6 who’s in public and within 6 feet of someone who’s not a relative.

There are exceptions, including for people with certain medical conditions, exercising and some work activities.

Ivey previously called a statewide mask order almost unenforceable.

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Weather Update: Wednesday Afternoon’s Forecast – July 15th, 2020

Weather Update: Wednesday Afternoon’s Forecast – July 15th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Heat And Humidity Building Over The Next Several Days!

This Afternoon: Lots of sunshine, very hot, and humid for the afternoon hours. The peak heating of the day will send us in to the mid 90’s again – Continued dry with highs near 95 and the heat index levels nearing 100.

Overnight: Fair, warm, and quite muggy Wednesday night with lows only in the low 70’s.

Tomorrow: Very hot and increasingly humid again for Thursday with a stray afternoon shower or storm possible…but not very likely.  Highs will be back in the mid 90’s.

Extended Forecast: A few more isolated late – day storms for Friday are possible, otherwise very hot and humid with highs well into the mid 90’s and the heat index over 100. A few afternoon storms are possible for the weekend, otherwise, still quite hot and humid through Sunday with highs in the low & mid 90’s and lows in the low 70’s.

90 & 69 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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Weather Update: Wednesday Morning’s Forecast – July 15th, 2020

Weather Update: Wednesday Morning’s Forecast – July 15th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Heat And Humidity Building Over The Next Several Days!

This Morning: Mostly clear skies will continue through the morning. Lows will fall between 67 – 73. Only a very few areas reporting any fog, & most areas are in the usual ten mile visibility range.

This Afternoon: Lots of sunshine, very hot, and humid for the afternoon hours. The peak heating of the day will send us in to the mid 90’s again – Continued dry with highs near 95 and the heat index levels nearing 100.

Overnight: Fair, warm, and quite muggy Wednesday night with lows only in the low 70’s.

Tomorrow: Very hot and increasingly humid again for Thursday with a stray afternoon shower or storm possible…but not very likely.  Highs will be back in the mid 90’s.

Extended Forecast: A few more isolated late – day storms for Friday are possible, otherwise very hot and humid with highs well into the mid 90’s and the heat index over 100. A few afternoon storms are possible for the weekend, otherwise, still quite hot and humid through Sunday with highs in the low & mid 90’s and lows in the low 70’s.

90 & 69 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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Fatal collision on Snow Hill Road

Fatal collision on Snow Hill Road

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Hamilton County officials say a person has died in a crash this evening in the Snow Hill community.

It happened around 9:20 PM in the 8500 block of Snow Hill Road.

Investigators say it was a two vehicle collision.

They have not released the name of the victim at this point.

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Real estate sales continue to boom amid pandemic according to Hamilton County Register of Deeds

Real estate sales continue to boom amid pandemic according to Hamilton County Register of Deeds

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn (WDEF) – The real state market in Hamilton County appears to be strong.

“Any real estate transaction in Hamilton County goes through my office,” Hamilton County Register of Deeds Marc Gravitt said.

Gravitt said that in April the county had 174 million dollars in sales transactions that number jumped to 265 million dollars in June.

Gravitt said he’s surprised to see an increase during a time of coronavirus-related shutdowns.

“The title companies, they are just still covered up. Here we are in mid July and they’re still covered. Real estate brokers they can’t sale. I was a real estate broker for 27 years before getting into this position, but they cannot get enough inventory. The sales are continuing to boom,” Gravitt said.

He said leading up to the pandemic, the real estate market in the county had already
seen a significant climb.

“From the year 2018 to the year 2019 we say 1.1 billion dollar increase in real estate mortgages,” Gravitt said.

He said he’s seeing growth all over the county and increased numbers have shown in both commercial and residential real estate.

“Our largest transaction last year for the year 2019 was a 63 million dollar deal. That was for one transaction. That was in an apartment complex,” Gravitt said. “The high dollar figures are in apartments and nursing homes.”

As for what recent sales could mean relative to how people feel about the pandemic, Gravitt said he believes people still feel like the economy is strong.

“It goes hand-in-hand with the substantially reduced interest rates. That’s helping to drive the market. Especially in terms of refinancing,” he said.

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Tommy Tuberville easily beats Jeff Sessions in Senate runoff

Tommy Tuberville easily beats Jeff Sessions in Senate runoff

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WDEF) – Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville has easily defeated Jeff Sessions in a Republican runoff for a U.S. Senate Seat in Alabama.

It is about a two to one margin.

Sessions was trying to recapture the Senate seat that he left to work in the administration of President Trump.

The President made Sessions his Attorney General, but fired him after he recused himself from the Russian investigation.

Sessions said tonight “I leave with no regrets.”

He said he followed the law when he recused himself.

“I saved the President’s bacon in the process.”

Sessions made the case again that he believes the president is raising the issues that Americans really care about.

And if he stays on message, he will rebound and win the November election.

But the President never forgave Sessions and campaigned in Alabama for Tuberville.

Just yesterday, the President said he made a mistake appointing Sessions.. “He had his chance and he blew it.”

In his victory speech, Tuberville said the President called him to congratulate him on his victory.

The Republican nominee also spoke to Sessions who said they were on the same team.

And Tuberville assured his supporters “your message of change has been heard.”

Tuberville will now face Democratic Senator Doug Jones in November.

Jones upset Roy Moore to win Session’s old seat.

 

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Health Department warns of Wood Recycling Center exposure

Health Department warns of Wood Recycling Center exposure

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Health Department is warning of a potential Covid-19 exposure at a Chattanooga business.

If you were at the Wood Recycling Center on North Hawthorne on Friday and Saturday, they are talking to you.

Contact tracers say people who visited the Scale House at the Wood Recycling Center anytime from 8AM to 4PM either day should be tested as soon as possible.

You can get tested for free this week at these locations:

  • Brainerd High School, 1020 North Moore Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37411, 7AM-2PM daily through this Sunday, July 19.
  • Stoney Point Baptist Church, 9129 Dayton Pike Soddy Daisy, TN 37379, Saturday, July 18 from 10AM-1PM and Sunday, July 19 from 12-3PM.

Both sites are open to the public without an appointment or referral, and no symptoms are necessary. Walk-up or drive-through options are available.

Additional testing sites next week can be found on the Health Department’s testing webpage.

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Extremely High count of new Covid-19 cases in Hamilton County

Extremely High count of new Covid-19 cases in Hamilton County

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Hamilton County smashed the previous high of new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.

The 175 new cases reported today by the Health Department easily topped the previous high of 118 on July 1st.

Health Department Director Becky Barnes says part of that comes from record testing they have seen over the last few days.  They set a record for testing on Monday and topped that on Tuesday.

She says the crush of new testing is actually delaying results now… from a two day turnaround to 3-4 days.

The Director is actually encouraged that people seem to be increasing mask usage now that the mandatory rule has gone into affect.

The Health Department issued a new, daily zip code list for the county to show where the 175 new cases live.

The point is that the newer cases are more widespread across the county. The more populous suburbs in East Brainerd, Soddy-Daisy-Middle Valley, Brainerd and East Ridge have all passed the 37407 zip code downtown.

There are now 1408 active cases in Hamilton County, which is 38% of the total (61% have now recovered.

But new cases are not the only concern.

For the second day in a row we have set a new high for Covid-19 patients in Hamilton County hospitals.

But while some hospitals in Alabama and Georgia warn that they are getting closer to capacity, we still have a long way to go in Hamilton County.

07 14 2020 Hospital Bed Ventilator Availability

 

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Chattanooga Red Wolves talk Covid-19 safety at new stadium

Chattanooga Red Wolves talk Covid-19 safety at new stadium

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Red Wolves are gearing up for their upcoming season despite ongoing coronavirus concerns.

They are ready to play in their new facility.

News 12’s Taylor Bishop shares how players and fans can stay safe will enjoying game day.

“We tell the guys we have survived this far, we’re almost there, so lets get after it. So you can see it in the training, and what we do. We are very excited about what’s coming here very soon.”

As the final touches are being placed at the Red Wolves new stadium in East Ridge, so are the safety guidelines to ensure social distancing.

“Not only are we interpreting the rules as we interpret them with the health department, but that we have CHI Memorial whose namesake is on the side of the stadium. They also feel that we follow the rules as best as we possibly can.”

Dr. Anderson, with CHI Memorial Infectious Disease toured the facility, and spoke with players and staff on proper safety protocols so fans are able to experience stadium events in the safest environment possible.

“I think from what they have told me both they and their league that they are doing this safely. Particularly now as we are in the midst of a huge surge of this pandemic across America.”

A schedule of games and tickets is set to be released at the beginning of August.

In East Ridge, Taylor Bishop News 12 Now.

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Overturned car pulled out of Tennessee River

Overturned car pulled out of Tennessee River

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Fire crews helped pull a car out of the Tennessee River on Tuesday.

A fisherman reported coming across an overturned vehicle in the water at Rivermont Park in Hixson.

Chattanooga Fire and Hamilton County Marine Rescue responded.

They eventually pulled the car out of the water.

They didn’t find anyone in it.

And it is still a mystery how long it has been in the water.

 

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Veteran TV  Newsman Bob Johnson dies from Parkinsons

Veteran TV Newsman Bob Johnson dies from Parkinsons

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Longtime News channel 9 news anchor and personality Bob Johnson has died.

He anchored news programs from the mid-1970’s until 2007.

According to Sinclair Broadcasting, owner of channel 9, Bob’s family says he passed away late Monday night after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The station said upon retirement he joked he was “putting the mic down and riding off into the western sunset.”

For most of his time at the station, Johnson worked with sports director Darrell Patterson..one of his closest friends.

“He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and he actually got to a point with the Parkinson’s that he just could not function on the air anymore and that was so hard and devastating for him to have to give up something that he absolutely loved.  He fought and he fought long and he fought hard, but Parkinson’s is just a terrible, terrible situation to have to go through.”

Johnson was 74.

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UNUM warns quarantine projects could cost you more than you realize

UNUM warns quarantine projects could cost you more than you realize

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March; New research from employee benefits providers shows people have picked up new or increased activities that could cause potential accidents.

Officials say according to an online survey with over 1,000 adults conducted in June,  52% report increased indoor cleaning or organization, 44% are doing more gardening, 41% have increased exercise, 30% are using more power tools and sharp objects and 21% are now climbing ladders.

In addition, 11% of respondents claim they have had an accident that has required medical attention since march.

Vice President of Marketing and Development at UNUM says those medical trips could be more expensive than you realize. 

“Most health insurances come with deductibles, co pays, co insurance. It is really going to depend on your medical plan and the progress you have made toward meeting that deductible. As we see an increase in those high deductible health plans that emergency room bills may be higher than you are used to,” says Ashley Shope, Vice President of Marketing and Development. 

Officials say that they are seeing a lot of kitchen related accidents since the pandemic began, and they encourage everyone to look over their insurance coverage before they decide to take on  a new home project.

“Always a good idea to look at your insurance coverage whether it’s medical, accident, or what your savings account looks like. Always proceed with caution. Wear the appropriate safety gear,” says Shope.

UNUM officials say most accident insurance is offered through the workplace and that employees should talk to their HR rep about what their benefits plan may include.

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13 dogs surrendered to the Humane Educational Society

13 dogs surrendered to the Humane Educational Society

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn (WDEF) – Over the weekend the Humane Educational Society had 13 dogs surrendered to them.

Officials say The owner became critically ill and could no longer care for the dogs.

The Humane society says all 13 of the dogs need medical attention due to skin diseases, worms and malnourishment.

Officials say the medical care for these dogs will be expensive and funds are running low due to the pandemic affecting the shelters fundraiser events.

“We really rely on those events to get us through the year. They are strategically placed throughout the year because we know when we see the most animals come in , when we start to see kittens come in , when we start to see a lot of heartworm positive animals come in. So, not being able to rely on that has been really difficult but we’re just not willing to turn away any animals,” says Taylor Hixson, Humane educational society. 

None of the dogs are adoptable at this moment but if you would like to donate to their medical care click here

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Weather Update: Tuesday Afternoon’s Forecast – July 14th, 2020

Weather Update: Tuesday Afternoon’s Forecast – July 14th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): A Mini – But Intense – Heat Wave Ahead for the Next Several Days!

Lots of sunshine, quite hot and humid for this Tuesday Afternoon:  Highs 92-95 with the heat index levels near 100 for the afternoon.  For tonight, clear and warm Tuesday night with lows near 70.

Lots of sunshine, very hot, and humid for the middle – and end – of the week.  It will be mainly dry with highs soaring into the mid 90’s with the heat indices over 100 for the afternoon hours.  Scattered afternoon storms will become possible for Friday and likely for  the upcoming weekend with highs in the 90’s through Sunday, and still quite humid.

90 & 69 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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Weather Update: Tuesday Morning’s Forecast – July 14th, 2020

Weather Update: Tuesday Morning’s Forecast – July 14th, 2020

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Mini Heat Wave Ahead for the Next Several Days!

Mostly clear skies will continue through the morning.  It will be briefly mild this morning with lows in the upper 60’s & lower 70’s.

Lots of sunshine, quite hot and humid for this Tuesday Afternoon:  Highs 92-95 with the heat index levels near 100 for the afternoon.  For tonight, clear and warm Tuesday night with lows near 70.

Lots of sunshine, very hot, and humid for the middle – and end – of the week.  It will be mainly dry with highs soaring into the mid 90’s with the heat indices over 100 for the afternoon hours.  Scattered afternoon storms will become possible for Friday and likely for  the upcoming weekend with highs in the 90’s through Sunday, and still quite humid.

90 & 69 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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