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Polk County Commissioners pass gun sanctuary resolution

Polk County Commissioners pass gun sanctuary resolution

POLK COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Polk County Commissioners voted to pass a gun sanctuary resolution Thursday night. Commission Chair Greg Brooks said the resolution passed 8 to 1. This means that if the state or federal government put restrictions on firearms, then the county would not have to adhere to those laws. Polk County will… ... Continue Reading
Chattanooga Mayor gives State of the City address, talks U.S. Senate race

Chattanooga Mayor gives State of the City address, talks U.S. Senate race

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – It’s Walter Cronkite’s old comments about a dirty Chattanooga that started off Mayor Andy Berke’s talking points during his 2019 State of the City address Thursday night He highlighted the efforts to clean it up, and acknowledged there’s more work to be done. “Our climate isn’t what it was in 1969.… ... Continue Reading
Police arrest a registered sex offender for walking in a park

Police arrest a registered sex offender for walking in a park

Jonathan Eric Kelly is registered as a Violent Against Children Sex Offender. The post Police arrest a registered sex offender for walking in a park appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Road Rage shooting

Road Rage shooting

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – One man is recovering after getting shot in what police say may be a road rage incident. It happened between two drivers this afternoon in the 1000 block of Bailey Avenue outside the National Cemetery. A MAN was shot, and his injuries are not life threatening. The suspect took off. The post Road… ... Continue Reading
DA drops charges in murder case

DA drops charges in murder case

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – In a story we first told you about 2 years ago, the district attorney’s office has dropped murder charges against a Chattanooga teenager. Tyrus Birt is now 18 years old, and was accused of killing a young woman and wounding another man during a robbery attempt in March of 2017. Investigators said… ... Continue Reading
Dalton man pleads guilty to robbing Wells Fargo Bank

Dalton man pleads guilty to robbing Wells Fargo Bank

DALTON, Georgia (WDEF) – A Dalton man faces at least 20 years behind bars for robbing a bank. 63-year old James Crick pleaded guilty to armed robbery, and two counts of aggravated assault. He stands accused of robbing the Wells Fargo Bank on Cleveland Highway in October of 2017. Investigators say he pointed a gun at… ... Continue Reading
2 year old hit by a car while chasing a dog

2 year old hit by a car while chasing a dog

EAST RIDGE, Tennessee (WDEF) – A 2 year old girl is recovering from minor injuries after getting hit by a car early Thursday morning. It happened in the 1200 block of John Ross Road. East Ridge Police say the 2 year old was chasing a dog into the road. The car tried to stop, but still… ... Continue Reading
Woman dies in Cummings Highway crash

Woman dies in Cummings Highway crash

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A woman was killed in a single vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Chattanooga. It happened at 1995 Cummings Highway at the foot of Lookout Mountain around 7:40 PM. Traffic investigators say Charlene Murray’s vehicle left the road and hit a ditch and embankment. She died later at the hospital.   The post… ... Continue Reading
Local political reaction to the Mueller Report

Local political reaction to the Mueller Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement in response to the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report: “I am pleased that the Mueller report has been made public, giving the American people the transparency they deserve and providing accountability in our democracy. After two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas,… ... Continue Reading
Trump approves disaster declaration for Tennessee

Trump approves disaster declaration for Tennessee

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — President Trump has declared disaster areas for Tennessee, after flooding rains impacting 83 of 95 counties. However, this federal assistance won’t help individual cases. President Trump’s declared disaster in 56 counties. The five included from our area are Hamilton, Bledsoe, Rhea, Marion and Sequatchie counties. But that FEMA money will… ... Continue Reading
First Measles case reported in East Tennessee

First Measles case reported in East Tennessee

We have had only 15 measles cases in Tennessee over the last decade. Most of us are vaccinated between 12-15 months. The post First Measles case reported in East Tennessee appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Victim reports sexual battery incident outside Parkridge East Hospital

Victim reports sexual battery incident outside Parkridge East Hospital

EAST RIDGE, Tennessee (WDEF) – East Ridge Police are asking for public information on a sexual battery case. A victim reported on Tuesday that a man made unwanted verbal sexual advances  and then groped the victim. It happened outside Parkridge East Hospital. The victim describes the assailant as an African American man who is 57… ... Continue Reading
Polk County commissioners to vote on becoming a gun sanctuary county

Polk County commissioners to vote on becoming a gun sanctuary county

POLK COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Jeremiah Jack described Polk County as place where the majority of its residents are pro-gun. “It’s the law, but it’s also our heritage. It’s, it’s tradition. It’s history. We’ve always carried guns.” And, some are hoping to keep it like that, no matter what happens in the future. Soon, the… ... Continue Reading
Missing woman in Hamilton County

Missing woman in Hamilton County

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office needs your help to find a missing, elderly woman. The post Missing woman in Hamilton County appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
County debate who should pay for Robin Smith election challenge

County debate who should pay for Robin Smith election challenge

Democrats challenged whether Republicans waited too long for Robin Smith to replace Gerald McCormick in a state legislative race last fall. The post County debate who should pay for Robin Smith election challenge appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
NLRB postpones Volkswagen Union vote decision at least 7 days

NLRB postpones Volkswagen Union vote decision at least 7 days

The timing of the vote matters a lot, according to legal experts. We explain why. The post NLRB postpones Volkswagen Union vote decision at least 7 days appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Grundy County investigating possible murder-suicide

Grundy County investigating possible murder-suicide

two bodies in a home on Flat Branch Road south of Coalmont. The post Grundy County investigating possible murder-suicide appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Groundbreaking for East Hamilton Middle School

Groundbreaking for East Hamilton Middle School

The building of the middle school will allow East Hamilton School to be the high school for the area. The post Groundbreaking for East Hamilton Middle School appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Qurayshawn Lebron Byrdsong still hospitalized after being shot by police

Qurayshawn Lebron Byrdsong still hospitalized after being shot by police

Witnesses say he pulled a gun and shot at the officers first. The post Qurayshawn Lebron Byrdsong still hospitalized after being shot by police appeared first on WDEF. ... Continue Reading
Trion man charged with hitting female pedestrian in northwest Georgia

Trion man charged with hitting female pedestrian in northwest Georgia

SUMMERVILLE, Georgia (WDEF) – A Trion, Georgia man has been charged with running down a pedestrian on Tuesday. A woman was hit by a vehicle on McConnell Road off of Highway 337 west of Trion Tuesday evening. Chattooga County officials say she was flown to a Chattanooga hospital with serious injuries. Around 9:20 PM, Georgia… ... Continue Reading

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