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Cleveland High’s Autumn O’Bryan named Principal of the Year

Cleveland High’s Autumn O’Bryan named Principal of the Year

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Tennessee’s Principal of the Year comes from the Cleveland city school system. The National Association of Secondary School Principals chose Autumn O’Bryan to represent the state in the national competition. O’Bryan just finished her 12th year leading the school. But she has also worked as a teacher and administrator for Hamilton […]

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Pregnant woman is missing in Chattanooga

Pregnant woman is missing in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police are looking for a missing 29 year old woman. Chishanna Harper was last seen on June 19th. Her loved ones are concerned because she is pregnant and very near her due dae. If you have any information about the whereabouts of 29-year-old Chrishanna Harper or have seen her, please call […]

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No tax increase in Hamilton County but how will they put officers in every school?

No tax increase in Hamilton County but how will they put officers in every school?

After a lengthy discussion this morning, Hamilton county commissioners passed Mayor Jim Coppinger’s $833,000,000 balanced county budget with no tax increase. It was approved by an 8 TO 0 vote with Commissioner Geter absent. Mayor Coppinger pointed out that the county faced some significant financial challenges due to the coronavirus and tornadoes over the past […]

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Walker County StormReady helping save lives in a potential natural weather disaster

Walker County StormReady helping save lives in a potential natural weather disaster

WALKER COUNTY, Georgia (WDEF) – Walker County has taken another step in continuing to protect its residents during extreme weather events. Walker County is now designated as a StormReady county by the National Weather Service. “We would have notifications going out and our outdoor sirens depending on what location it is and then reverse 911 […]

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Weather Update: Wednesday Night’s Forecast – June 16th, 2021

Weather Update: Wednesday Night’s Forecast – June 16th, 2021

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): After Another Pleasant Start,  More Sunshine And Warmer Weather Ahead! Clear skies will continue through the night time.  Pleasantly mild again overnight with lows 60-62.  Lots of sunshine will return for Thursday.  Warmer for the afternoon,  but still not humid with highs back in the upper 80’s.  Mostly clear and mild again […]

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Local pastors react to Ed Litton winning SBC election

Local pastors react to Ed Litton winning SBC election

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – After a contentious election, the Southern Baptist Convention has elected a new leader. Ed Litton was elected president by just over 50 percent in a runoff election against Mike Stone. “I think the Convention has just dodged a bullet,” says Chattanooga Baptist pastor, Steve Caudle. If elected, Caudle says Stone would […]

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Salvation Army opens up “Blessing Place” shop that’s free to the Homeless

Salvation Army opens up “Blessing Place” shop that’s free to the Homeless

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – The Salvation Army has found yet another way to help better serve our local homeless population.  As of Wednesday, the Salvation Army has Opened up the “Blessing Place.” The Blessing Place is a place that the homeless or needy can go and feel like they are truly shopping .  They will be […]

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Volkswagen Employees Volunteer During Production Shutdown

Volkswagen Employees Volunteer During Production Shutdown

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Volkswagen Chattanooga needed to pause production due to a global semiconductor shortage. Management came up with a creative idea to make good use of the hundreds of employees affected by the interruption. “We don’t like to have shut downs, but when we do and we’re paying employees, we obviously want to get […]

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CPD unveils new Virtual Ride Along program to engage with community members

CPD unveils new Virtual Ride Along program to engage with community members

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – The Chattanooga Police Department announced the creation of a Virtual Ride Along program as a way to increase community connection and inclusion. The CPD Virtual Ride Along program was an idea CPD Officer Sydney Hamon initiated in  her rookie year after noticing a disconnect between the community and local law enforcement.  “It […]

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Suspect arrested after homeowner finds man in her garage

Suspect arrested after homeowner finds man in her garage

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Bradley County detectives have charged Taylor Evans with a burglary in the Pleasant Grove Community. Last week, a woman said she walked into her garage and found him there. She looked outside and saw his vehicle was hooked up to her trailer. And several of her tools had been put on […]

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Discount Depot operator sentenced for illegal gun dealing

Discount Depot operator sentenced for illegal gun dealing

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A judge has sentenced a local business operator to just under 5 years of federal time on gun charges. 47 year old Clinton Wilborn ran the Discount Depot on Highway 58. Two years ago the ATF  and Chattanooga Gun Team raided the store after getting tips about illegal gun sales. They found […]

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Weather Update: Wednesday’s Forecast – June 16th, 2021

Weather Update: Wednesday’s Forecast – June 16th, 2021

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Lots Of Sunshine And Pleasant Through The Mid-Week! Clear skies will continue through the morning with a nice breeze out of the North.  Comfortably mild, with lows 60-63. Lots of sunshine, breezy, and less humid for Tuesday afternoon.  Not as hot, with highs in the upper 80’s.  Clear and pleasantly mild Tuesday […]

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Welcome home Wes Kean

Welcome home Wes Kean

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – Several hundred people lined up to welcome home Wes Kean from the hospital. A moment tough for his family and friends to describe. “It’s huge. He got burned bad 11 1/2 weeks ago. Lucky to survive,” said Wes’ brother-in-law Chris Blansit. “Since 15 years old, loved him for a long time. […]

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Video of suspected Ridgeland High vandal

Video of suspected Ridgeland High vandal

ROSSVILLE, Georgia (WDEF) – The Walker County Sheriff’s Office needs your help tracking down the person who vandalized Ridgeland High School. The schools has had two incidents in the last few months. The Sheriff posted video of the suspect on their Facebook page. They believe the suspect is in his late 20’s, driving a late […]

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Weather Update: Tuesday Night’s Forecast – June 15th, 2021

Weather Update: Tuesday Night’s Forecast – June 15th, 2021

Tennessee Valley (WDEF): Lots Of Sunshine And Pleasant Through The Mid-Week! Clear skies will continue through the night time with a breeze out of the North.  Comfortably mild overnight with lows 60-63. Lots of sunshine, breezy, and less humid for your Tuesday.  Not as hot with highs in the upper 80’s.  Clear and pleasantly mild […]

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Dade County Nursing Home Owner Charged With Cruelty

Dade County Nursing Home Owner Charged With Cruelty

(TRENTON, Ga.) – A charge of Cruelty to Person 65 Years of Age or Older has been brought against 55-year-old Kent Allen Womack of Lafayette, owner of Woodhaven Senior Living in Trenton. Dade County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Woodhaven Monday on reports that a one hour eviction notice was given to the residents who […]

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EPB, Hamilton County schools hope to “bridge the digital divide”

EPB, Hamilton County schools hope to “bridge the digital divide”

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Thanks to a partnership between EPB and Hamilton County Schools, lower income students will have access to free broadband internet. Through EdConnect, students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can qualify for the free service, and so far, about a third of Hamilton County students have benefited. “We go in […]

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Chattanooga Tourism Co. Accepting Applications for New Grant Program

Chattanooga Tourism Co. Accepting Applications for New Grant Program

Chattanooga Tourism Company is launching their first ever grant program. This will support projects that are designed to bring visitors into the city. “Why do we want a grant and why do you guys deserve a grant? It’s to strengthen the visitor experience, to drive visitor demand, and to also increase more brand awareness especially […]

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Firefighters rescue driver in overturned truck hanging on Missionary Ridge

Firefighters rescue driver in overturned truck hanging on Missionary Ridge

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A truck flipped on the top of Missionary Ridge this afternoon, hanging in a precarious situation. It happened after 1PM on South Crest Road at the Shadowlawn Drive intersection. The 28 foot box truck flipped and then slid down the ridge. Firefighters found the driver handing upside down in his cab. Crews […]

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Hamilton County Fair postponed again

Hamilton County Fair postponed again

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Hamilton County is once again postponing the County Fair to the fall of 2022. This will be the second year that the fair will not happen because of Covid. “The limited availability of vendors, volunteers, and public sanitation and safety equipment, coupled with vendors’ ongoing concerns for public health, have […]

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