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Inmate dies Friday night at Bradley County jail

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office reports than an inmate died inside the jail on Friday night. They say correctional staff found two males unresponsive. They attempted life saving efforts and then sent them to the hospital. Sheriff’s officials say one of the inmates died and the other is recovering. The TBI… ... Continue Reading

Our Town: Dalton

DALTON, Georgia (WDEF) – Dalton is known for being nationally recognized as “The Carpet Capital of the World,” but at the foundation of it all, it’s a town founded on small businesses and family. “Dalton Dalton Dalton. Why do I get so emotional? It’s so precious,” said Jessica Alsobrook, Co-Owner of Just Peachy Boutique in… ... Continue Reading

More To The Story With Staley: Twins Graduating At Top Of Their Class

They are as different as night and day. But they both face the same challenges. ... Continue Reading

Driver in vehicular homicide crash has history of DUIs

SALE CREEK, Tennessee (WDEF) – A man charged with vehicular homicide in a deadly crash last week has now had four DUI cases on his record. 31 year old Colton Drake Clingan was charged with vehicular homicide after his vehicle crashed head-on into another on Dayton Pike in Sale Creek last Thursday. A passenger in… ... Continue Reading
Rise in Gas Prices

Rise in Gas Prices

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee. (WDEF) – Gas prices in Chattanooga are on the rise. According to GasBuddy, prices are up 8.7 cents per gallon in the last week. They are averaging $3.12 today. In the survey, 170 stations in Chattanooga were included. The national average price of diesel has fallen 4.9 cents in the last week. The… ... Continue Reading

What’s Right With Our Schools: Battle Academy Students at Honey Seed

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – Cooking Up Learning is a program at Battle Academy that teams students up with community partners for lessons in real world readiness. The kids recently paid a visit to Honey Seed for a tasty example of what’s right with our schools.

Tarah Kemp is the Culinary Integration Specialist at Battle Academy.

She remembers, “Robert from Honey Seed came over to talk with our students. It was a way to introduce the model of how to run a business and that entrepreneurial mindset for the fourth grade students.

Kemp continues,”So, it was a way to really understand the foundation of how to start a business; what they would need, what to think about, as they start to develop their own concept for a food truck to expand Honey Seed. As they start to think about the new creation, to really step up their, you know, creative thinking and critical thinking game that we expect in the real life.

According to Kemp, “The biggest thing is creating that realism. We don’t want them to just see these problems as a word problem on a page. We want them to actually be able to see it in action. So, today here we are at Honey Seed, we are specifically working in this location because, they not only get a chance to work in the real-life space that a functioning business would have, but it’s also to apply all of the creative thought process that they were expected in the design thinking skills that we had in our culinary lab. So, they have taken the time to develop their own bagel flavors, as they are going to develop their own cream cheese flavors within a chopped challenge competition. In order to focus on the four C’s: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.”


4th grader Drekell Yates chips in, “I learned how to like roll the dough, down on the bagels, and how to make the bagels, wrap it around.”

Ms. Kemp concludes, “Cooking Up Learning is the program that we, I’ve started, and it really has the foundation of bringing Community Partners into the building, and also coming into the space that they are in as well, and we could not do it without community partners. It is heavily reliant on their expertise, what they know, to run a successful business and their skill sets and how we can apply that into our educational system, and how as educators that we can merge those two together, because nothing is mutually exclusive anymore. In order to prepare our kids for the real-world readiness that we are expecting in our Hamilton County. We want to give them those opportunities and exposure as often as possible.”



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Memory Flags Displayed in Ringgold for Memorial Day

The City of Ringgold is displaying flags along the streets to honor fallen service members.

It first started in the early 19-70s with only five flags.

Over the years, it’s grown to include dozens of them throughout the city.

Kelly Bomar, Vice Mayor of Ringgold said, “The Flag and their cross will be put up forever as long as the program continues. The flags..I don’t know how long they will last you know get pass their life thanks to donations of people in the community and things like that.. All donations it’s all volunteers but it’s all local folks names on these crosses.”

More than a hundred volunteers put up the flags.

They will remain throughout the city for two weeks.

According to Kelly this year more than two thousand flags are displayed throughout Ringgold.

A Taps ceremony is scheduled for Tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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Fighter Pilot Who Served in Vietnam Honored at Memorial Day Ceremony

Fighter Pilot Who Served in Vietnam Honored at Memorial Day Ceremony


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)-  Hundreds came out this morning at the Chattanooga National Cemetery to pay their respects on this Memorial Day.

Organizations from all over the Tennessee Valley came together for the annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony.

It was hosted by the Chattanooga Area Veteran’s Council.

Several officials were on hand to give brief remarks.

The Choo Choo Chorus honored each military branch with their own harmony.

The director of the chorus, Jimmy Tompkins, said, “We enjoy doing this, we prepare for this all year long, we keep fresh on these songs.”

The focal point of the pageantry was on veterans like Jack Taylor.

Taylor served as a cobra fighter pilot for the U-S Army during the Vietnam War.

He is credited with saving many of his fellow soldier’s lives during the war, including that of fellow veteran Mike Holden.

Holden said, “He was Mustang Six and I was November Five. I did not know him, who flew missions to support my guys, so we’re here in Chattanooga fifty years later and we meet.”

One particular exchange at a meeting with a fellow veteran’s family sticks with Holden about Taylor’s impact.

Holden said, “The young man’s grandmother at the meeting said if it hadn’t been for this man, half of you would not be here. So he saved a life of a guy that came home and had children, grandchildren, etcetera. So how one guy, there’s a family.”

Taylor was a guest of honor at today’s ceremony.

He is currently awaiting a decision by President Joe Biden to be awarded a Medal of Honor.

In the meantime, he says he is honored to recognized here in Chattanooga.

Taylor said, “They’ve been saying, “Yes, it’s been laying on a desk for the last two years, so I’ve been waiting. It’ll happen maybe, but I don’t know.””


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Chattanooga Market welcomes Street Food Festival

Chattanooga Market welcomes Street Food Festival

Chattanooga Market

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Chattanooga Street Food Festival took over the beloved Chattanooga Market this Sunday.

The best of the best food trucks from all over the area showed up and showed out- attending to the thousands of hungry customers!
There were all sorts of different food items from donuts to  tacos, stir-fry to  pizza, empanadas to kabobs and of course for the sweet tooth- shaved ice and popsicles.
They even offered healthy options like salads, juices, and rice bowls.
The Food Festival welcomed families, friends and neighbors the chance to indulge in a mixture of cultural foods sure to itch that scratch for a good meal.
One food truck owner said by 2 p.m., they sold at least 300 burgers.
“This day is one of the bigger food truck events that we have. Food trucking in general- we do this full time, but we only operate three to four days a week. So- you’ll find us at Nightfall, River Front nights,  as well as the Chattanooga market is where you can find us every week and along with the other food trucks,” said Larry Fulton, owner of Jonny Poppers Burger Buggy.
Next Sunday, June 4th, the Market will host an ice cream social.
On June 18th there will be a Father’s Day special called “Blues and Brews.”
On June 25th there will be a flower festival.
The Chattanooga Market has many more exciting events planned for the summer.
You can visit their schedule here to learn more about what they have to offer for the coming weeks.
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Runners prepare for the 56th annual “Chattanooga Chase” race

Monday morning from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m, runners will line up to compete in the region's oldest active road race called the "Chattanooga Chase." ... Continue Reading
AAA celebrates 25 years of keeping intoxicated drivers off the road

AAA celebrates 25 years of keeping intoxicated drivers off the road

For the 25th year in a row, triple A is preparing to rescue more than 483,000 drivers nationwide with car trouble this Memorial Day weekend. ... Continue Reading

TWRA recognizes the final day of National Safe Boating Week

Saturday was the final day the TWRA was recognizing National Safe Boating Week. The annual event serves as a reminder to promote safe boating activity and preparation for the summer boating season. ... Continue Reading
New skate ramp opened in memory of house fire victim

New skate ramp opened in memory of house fire victim

Gavin Gardener's Half Pipe Skate Feature

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- It’s been almost seven years since 20-year-old Gavin Gardener, of Dunlap, Tennessee, tragically passed in a house fire.

The young man’s dream was to build a skatepark and/or ramp in his hometown.
On Saturday, community members, friends and family made sure his dream would become a reality at local Harris Park.
Gardener’s sister and mother cut the ribbon at the newly built, “Half Pipe Skate Feature,” alongside city and park officials to unveil the new ramp.
The young man’s skateboard was the first to test out the new ramp, and his dad was the first to skate on it.
The heart-warming event featured local music and activities for the public.
The hashtag, #BEMOREGAVIN, was created by Gavin’s loved ones, reminding others to “be true to themselves and love others without judgement.”
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Young artist designs newest Ringgold mural supporting mental health and wellness

Young artist designs newest Ringgold mural supporting mental health and wellness

The HOPE Mural was unveiled today by way of a ribbon cutting. The mural supports efforts to seek change within the way people engage with issues of mental health and wellness. ... Continue Reading
Veterans remembered in small town Trion, Georgia for Memorial Day Weekend

Veterans remembered in small town Trion, Georgia for Memorial Day Weekend

An over ten year tradition in small town Trion, Georgia lives on today for Memorial Day weekend. ... Continue Reading

Chattanoogans gather for 2nd annual “Music and Movies in Miller”

Saturday night kicked off the 2nd annual Music and Movies event in Miller Park. ... Continue Reading
Boy Scouts place 55,000 flags on graves to honor veterans

Boy Scouts place 55,000 flags on graves to honor veterans

Local Boy Scouts placed more than 55,000 American flags on military grave sites in honor of Memorial Day weekend.  ... Continue Reading
Leaders Announce TIF Plan for Westside

Leaders Announce TIF Plan for Westside

(Courtesy: One Westside) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Leaders unveiled what they want the Chattanooga Westside’s future to look like. The westside along Riverfront Parkway was once home to industry such as Combustion Engineering, Alstom, and General Electric (GE) The city along with private partners had announced previous plans for its revitalization, but now Hamilton County is… ... Continue Reading

3 new scam warning for our area

DALTON, CHATSWORTH, DUNLAP (WDEF) – We have three scam warnings to pass along from our area. First, a fire safety scam in the Dalton area. The Dalton Fire Department warns that a fire services company has approached several local businesses about performing safety inspections in their name. They say the fire department has contracted them… ... Continue Reading
City and County leaders announce agreement for Westside community

City and County leaders announce agreement for Westside community

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County unveiled a partnership to revitalize 300 acres of property in the Westside Evolves neighborhood. The Westside community will be next to the new proposed and privately funded The Bend development on the riverfront. City and County leaders say Westside Evolves will create affordable housing for… ... Continue Reading