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Chattanooga Pride holds annual ‘Pride Parade and Festival’

Chattanooga Pride holds annual ‘Pride Parade and Festival’

Concluding what has been an eventful Pride Week for the 2022 Chattanooga Pride Board was a swamping turnout for their annual Pride Parade and Festival. Several LGBTQ plus community members and allies were more than willing to speak out about the controversial video showing of a local child participating in a ‘family friendly drag show’… ... Continue Reading
Weather Update: Sunday’s Forecast – October 2nd, 2022

Weather Update: Sunday’s Forecast – October 2nd, 2022

WDEF TV News 12 Weather:  More Sunshine, Not As Breezy For Your Sunday! Sunday: Lots of sunshine, not as breezy, and pleasant. Highs: mid 70’s. Winds: northerly at 5-10 MPH. Sunday Night: Mostly clear and cool. Lows: low 50’s. Winds: Light Monday: Lots of sunshine, dry, and pleasant. Highs: mid 70’s. Winds: Northeast at 3-5… ... Continue Reading
“Team Up for Kids” Boot Drive Raises Thousands for Shriner’s Hospital

“Team Up for Kids” Boot Drive Raises Thousands for Shriner’s Hospital

Whitfield County Firefighters and Dalton Shriners team up for the “Team Up for Kids” boot drive. DALTON, Ga. (WDEF)- The Whitfield County Fire Department and the Dalton Shrine Club came together today for a great cause. Around 50 personnel from the Whitfield County Fire Department along with Dalton Shriners stationed themselves at five locations in… ... Continue Reading
Electric Vehicle Festival Showcase Many Types of Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Festival Showcase Many Types of Electric Vehicles

An electric Mack Smith truck showcased at the Chattanooga Drive Electric Festival. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Electric vehicle enthusiasts gathered on Chattanooga’s west side today for a showcase of any kind of electric vehicle you can think of. The inaugural Chattanooga Drive Electric Festival was hosted by the Drive Electric Scenic City organization. Their goal is… ... Continue Reading

Local Businesses Accepting Donations for Ian Relief

  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- With the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian across the southeast, particularly in Florida, many are looking for ways to help hurricane victims. Two local businesses are teaming up to provide much needed relief. The Pins and Needles Quilt Shop along with Miller’s Ale House is accepting donations for hurricane relief. These… ... Continue Reading

Local 911 workers heading to Florida to help

NAPLES, Florida (WDEF) – We’ve seen power crews, emergency aide teams and the National Guard head south to help with the hurricane recovery. Now some local telecommunicators are making the trip. Six dispatchers for Hamilton County’s 911 system left for Naples, Florida on Friday. They will be joined by 16 other telecommunicators from around Tennessee.… ... Continue Reading

Police update on collision with dump truck in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Cleveland Police are offering more information today on the crash that killed a 20 year old on Thursday. The victim was Evan Stoops. Investigators say he was traveling north on Georgetown Road when he lost control of his car in the 3800 block near Paul Huff Parkway. The preliminary report says… ... Continue Reading
Ooltewah Elementary Honors Student With Rare Brain Disease

Ooltewah Elementary Honors Student With Rare Brain Disease

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (WDEF)- The scene at Ooltewah Elementary School was blue on Friday morning.

But the mood of Grayson Ledbetter was anything but blue.

The ten year old Ooltewah Elementary student is fighting the battle of a lifetime. Grayson is only one of less than 100 people around the world with Alexander’s Disease, which is a regressive brain disease of white matter in the brain. It affects his ability to walk and talk, causing him to lose those abilities over time. For Grayson’s family, this diagnosis was daunting as there’s not many people who know about the disease.

“Just to find support from other families or even physicians that have ever taken care of patients with Alexander’s Disease is difficult.”, Laura Ledbetter, Grayson’s mother said. “We have to travel out of town, we actually travel to Philadelphia (for care).”

This is why raising awareness of Alexander’s Disease and other forms of Leukodystrophy is so important for her and her’s family’s organization, Grayson’s Ladder.

Fortunately for Grayson, he enjoys his time at Ooltewah Elementary and the connections that he makes with his friends and teachers.

Principal Bethany Reynolds emphasized that, “We have a fantastic staff here at Ooltewah Elementary School. Grayson has tremendous support around him. We make intentional plans. But ultimately, it’s about building a culture of care, and he brings so much to our school. And our students respond so well, and they’re so loving, and caring. We have such a great positive culture here.”

Most importantly for Laura Ledbetter, Grayson’s smile is what keeps a beacon of hope alive despite his diagnosis.

“What he’s battling is really, really big. It’s really tough on him. But despite that, that smile on his face is always there. I think that’s the thing other people see and feel from him. That’s he just full of love and joy. I think we can all probably learn from him. Even though we are having a rough time, we can keep that smile on our faces.”

To learn more about Grayson’s Ladder and to help out with finding a cure for Alexander’s Disease, visit their website at https://graysonsladder.org/

 

 

 

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Governor Bill Lee addresses TN rape kit backlog

Governor Bill Lee addresses TN rape kit backlog

Earlier this month a Memphis woman, Eliza Fletcher,  was kidnapped and murdered on her morning jog. Cleotha Abston Henderson is the man accused of the brutal attack.

Police discovered Henderson was also linked to a rape case in 2021 by state forensic scientists.

This begs the question, just how many rape kits are left untested and how many predators are left on the streets because of it?

In response to nationwide criticism about Fletcher’s case, Governor Lee announced funding  for the TBI to add 25 new lab workers

State Representative Bo Watson is hopeful this funding will allow for faster prosecutions 

“The TBI lab to process their rape kits fast enough to allow for the appropriate rapid prosecution of criminals. There has been a backlog of rape kits for a number of years and while we’ve continued to invest, we just haven’t been able to make a big enough dent in that backlog,” said Watson

The Carmen Hutson with The Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults said there is a fairly recent system that allows survivors to track where their rape kits are in the system. 

“So basically it’s a system that survivors can track their exams. So what happens is once they come to the rape crisis center for the forensic medical exam, they are given a tracking number and that tracking number can be used to follow where the rape kid is in the system. So, for us, we notify law enforcement within 24 hours that a rape kit has been completed,” said Hutson.

The Partnership is available to talk 24/7. The organization will provide rape kits and arrange for them to be held until the survivor is ready to press charges. 

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Rhea County student killed in crash

EVENSVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – A Rhea County high school student died in a crash Thursday. It happened just south of Evensville on Back Valley Road at Payne Lane around 4 PM. Troopers say the Toyota Camry left the road and hit a tree. The driver was 18 year old Jackson Myers from Dayton. He was… ... Continue Reading

Teenage couple killed in wreck with 18 wheeler

DUNLAP, Tennessee (WDEF) – Two teenagers were killed in a crash Thursday night in the Sequatchie Valley. It happened around 9:30 PM on State Route 28 near John Burch Road in Dunlap. Troopers say a Jeep Patriot on John Burch Road failed to stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of an 18… ... Continue Reading

Teenager couple killed in wreck with 18 wheeler

DUNLAP, Tennessee (WDEF) – Two teenagers were killed in a crash Thursday night in the Sequatchie Valley. It happened around 9:30 PM on State Route 28 near John Burch Road in Dunlap. Troopers say a Jeep Patriot on John Burch Road failed to stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of an 18… ... Continue Reading

22 year old convicted of child molestation

RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) – A 22 year old has been convicted of child molestation in north Georgia. 22 year old Tyler McClenny was accused of molesting the 5 year old daughter of his girlfriend. The mother was at work at the time. During the trial, prosecutors said the little girl told her grandmother about the… ... Continue Reading

Police investigate a barbershop shooting on Brainerd Road

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police are investigating a shooting Friday morning on Brainerd Road. Police got the call about shots fired in the 5300 block before the bend just before noon. A witness tells us it happened at a barbershop there. They found evidence of a shooting, but a 34 year old male had already… ... Continue Reading
Weather Update: Saturday Afternoon’s Forecast – October 1st, 2022

Weather Update: Saturday Afternoon’s Forecast – October 1st, 2022

WDEF TV News 12 Weather:  Breezy, Dry Weekend; First Week of October Looks Much The Same Saturday: Early clouds, then mostly sunny. Dry. Moderately breezy at times. Highs: low/mid 70’s. Winds: North wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Saturday Evening: A few clouds. Cool. Dry. Less breezy. Lows: mid… ... Continue Reading
Weather Update: Saturday Morning’s Forecast – October 1st, 2022

Weather Update: Saturday Morning’s Forecast – October 1st, 2022

WDEF TV News 12 Weather:  Last Evening Of The Month Will Be Breezy & Dry Thanks To Ian’s Remnants Friday Evening: Varying clouds. Dry. Cool. Breezy at times. Lows: mid/high 50’s. Winds: northerly at 5-10 MPH, gusty early before diminishing. Saturday: Early clouds, then mostly sunny. Dry. Moderately breezy at times. Highs: low/mid 70’s. Winds:… ... Continue Reading
Weather Update: Friday Evening’s Forecast – September 30, 2022

Weather Update: Friday Evening’s Forecast – September 30, 2022

WDEF TV News 12 Weather:  Last Evening Of The Month Will Be Breezy & Dry Thanks To Ian’s Remnants Friday Evening: Varying clouds. Dry. Cool. Breezy at times. Lows: mid/high 50’s. Winds: northerly at 5-10 MPH, gusty early before diminishing. Saturday: Early clouds, then mostly sunny. Dry. Moderately breezy at times. Highs: low/mid 70’s. Winds:… ... Continue Reading
Weather Update: Friday’s Forecast – September 30, 2022

Weather Update: Friday’s Forecast – September 30, 2022

WDEF TV News 12 Weather:  Last Day Of The Month – Last Day Of Sunshine, Then More Clouds & Rain Thanks To Ian’s Remnants Friday: Sunny, dry and mild early. More clouds into afternoon. Scattered showers into evening. Highs: mid 70’s. Winds: North wind 5 to 10 mph early, becoming windier with gusts as high… ... Continue Reading

TECH BYTE: Business Cards Go Digital

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — If you’re in the market for new business cards, there’s no reason not to make it just as high tech as your other devices.

If your business card needs an upgrade, why not get a digital one?

That’s what Christian Thomas did.

“Ever since TikTok has been adding ads, some things are too interesting, you can’t pass up,” Thomas said.

That TikTok ad was for the website dot.cards.

It only cost Thomas $20 for a digital business card.

“You can’t customize it physically, but you can change whatever, when somebody either scans the QR code, or someone uses the RFID chip that’s in it, it goes to the same website, but I can customize what that website is,” he said.

Once you set up an account, you have several options for your card – from your e-mail and LinkedIn profile information, to your phone number and other social media accounts.

“There’s multiple accounts that I don’t even take advantage of because I don’t have those accounts, like Spotify. I don’t have Spotify, but I can see where it can come in handy,” Thomas said.

The physical card you carry with you is plastic like a credit card.

There are several colors you can choose from, or you can customize it more by putting your company’s name or logo on it.

And you actually have more options than just a card to keep in your wallet if you want to share your contact information.

“They also have other multiple options, not just cards – little stickers you can put on the back of your cell phone, because everybody has their cell phone that you can scan on that.”

Digital business cards also save space. You don’t have to worry about losing them.

“You don’t have to keep buying more and more and more. It’s the same thing, and if something on that card, or there’s something on your account, you can go and change it real easily.”

Thomas says these digital business cards are the easiest way to make connections – both personally and professionally.

“Why would I hand out something that I don’t keep in my pocket? You know, where I could just say, ‘Here, you want my information?’ You scan it. Easily it goes straight to your phone. That person forcefully has to do something with that in front of you, so they’re gonna save it anyways,” Thomas said.

You can get a digital business card like Christian’s here.

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Local organization returning to Ukraine to provide aid

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Members of Rescue 82, a local organization that provides aid and supplies to the victims of the war in Ukraine, gathered Thursday night to discuss their next humanitarian venture. They will be personally revisiting the war-torn country next month and need the community’s help. John 15:13 in The Bible says, “There is… ... Continue Reading