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CALEB shares their vision for affordable housing at city council

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanoogans in action for Love, equality, and benevolence or CALEB voiced their concerns Tuesday night at City Council. Caleb presented their own housing plan for the city and came to city council to discuss what they called a housing crisis. Reverend Charlotte Williams with CALEB said, “We are here because we… ... Continue Reading

Driving Our Economy Forward: Clumpies Ice Cream at Howard

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Students at the Howard School are getting the scoop on business success from Clumpies Ice Cream. The business which started in Chattanooga in 1999 is giving back to the community by educating young adults on their business operations. Clumpies was originally founded by the son of a third-generation candy maker. Students… ... Continue Reading

Chattanooga police investigating after 2 shot on Fagan St.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga police say two people were shot on Fagan Street on Tuesday in what they believe to be the same incident. The shooting happened February 27 around 9:30 p.m. on the 4000 block of Fagan Street. CPD officers found a 62-year-old man who was shot and had injuries that were not… ... Continue Reading
Family still faces housing struggles 1 year after Budgetel eviction

Family still faces housing struggles 1 year after Budgetel eviction

An example of issues inside Monika Hill’s home. (Courtesy: Monika Hill) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Back in November 2022, hundreds of people who were staying long term at the Budgetel Inn and Suites in East Ridge were evicted overnight. We spoke with several residents in the aftermath of those evictions and how it affected their lives.… ... Continue Reading

TVA uses new way to generate solar energy in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – TVA selected the Chickamauga Dam as the location to show off their new Smart Flowers. “We got five solar panels or solar flowers right here at Chickamauga dam to showcase them to show the public. Solar can be beautiful, and it can be smart,” said Scott Feidler, TVA Spokesperson.   TVA identifies… ... Continue Reading
Bariatric patient ‘runs for past self’ in Erlanger Marathon

Bariatric patient ‘runs for past self’ in Erlanger Marathon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon is right around the corner on March 1. While each runner has a moral reason for wanting to take on the challenge, Tammy Bennett is one of the runners who has overcome many obstacles to get to this point after receiving bariatric surgery. “I was very fortunate I found… ... Continue Reading
City of Lafayette sees power outages, storm damage

City of Lafayette sees power outages, storm damage

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LAFAYETTE, Ga. (WDEF) — The City of Lafayette saw some intense storm damage in several areas on Wednesday.

The storms resulted in a power outage in the northern part of the city.

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The city said in a social media post that crews were on-site working to restore power at around 1 p.m.

Then at 3:20 p.m., they said crews would shut off the north circuit once again for about 15 minutes to make more repairs.

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Power lines were damaged near the Highway 27 Bypass, north of N. Main Street. City officials said multiple trees and power lines were down in this area.

Ramage Road, McCarter Road and Skyline Heights all had outages, according to the city.

There were also phone outages and internet outages at the utility building.

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Intersection temporarily closed in Dalton due to storm damage

Intersection temporarily closed in Dalton due to storm damage

UPDATE: The City of Dalton says their road crews have since repaired the damage. “The road crew that was there on the scene already, they were speculating that it might have been a lightning strike. Since then, there’s been some more speculation that it might have been caused by a water leak in that area,… ... Continue Reading
Intersection closed in Dalton due to storm damage

Intersection closed in Dalton due to storm damage

Waugh Road storm damage / City of Dalton DALTON, Ga. (WDEF) — Wednesday’s storms left road damage in Dalton, but road crews aren’t exactly sure about the cause. The City of Dalton has temporarily closed the intersection of Waugh Street and N. Boundary Street. An eastbound lane of Waugh Street is closed as well. The… ... Continue Reading
Commission approves MOU for South Broad Stadium

Commission approves MOU for South Broad Stadium

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The South Broad Stadium project is one step closer to groundbreaking. 

The Hamilton County Commission unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between themselves, the city of Chattanooga, and stadium developers Wednesday morning.

This follows the Chattanooga City Council approving the same MOU Tuesday night.

A rendering of the new South Broad Stadium. (Courtesy: South Broad Project)

The MOU approves a 32-million-dollar loan that city taxes will be liable for, while the county will be investing 15 million dollars into South Chattanooga schools including Howard.

The total project cost is now $115 million.

The commissioner for the district this stadium will be in, Joe Graham, said, “It’s going to help the community. It’s going to redevelop that community, it’s going to be the shot in the arm that community has needed for many years… Howard is already the biggest school we have in the district, and it’s growing, so it needs all we can get for it, and by re-negotiating the deal like the mayor’s staff did, this is a huge shot in the arm for Howard in many ways.”

The city’s Industrial Review Board and Stadium Authority Board will each have to hear and approve the MOU.

After that, the city and county will have to finalize with one last vote before groundbreaking can begin.

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26 to March 3

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26 to March 3

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26 to March 3.

Because eating disorders thrive in shame and isolation, they often go undetected.

Individuals who have access to and receive appropriate care often fully recover, yet many individuals suffering from eating disorders do not receive the treatment they need.

For this reason, advocacy and education through events such as Eating Disorders Awareness Week is often crucial for saving lives.

“So basically, eating disorders awareness week is about getting people in the know about the problem, and spreading awareness about eating disorders because there is a lot of misinformation out there.  People don’t know the facts or understand the severity of eating disorders and if you are struggling with them, we are in Chattanooga and you can reach out to us,” said Eddie Bramlett.

If you or a loved one are struggling with disordered eating habits, local help is available.

Focus Treatment Centers and other care facilities provide complimentary screenings to determine the appropriate level of care. Call 423-308-2560 to schedule a confidential assessment.

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26th – March 3rd

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26th – March 3rd

CHATTANOOGA,  Tenn. (WDEF)- Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26th – March 3rd Because eating disorders thrive in shame and isolation, they often go undetected Individuals who have access to and receive appropriate care often fully recover, yet many individuals suffering from eating disorders do not receive the treatment they need. For this reason, advocacy… ... Continue Reading

City Council adopts South Broad stadium MOU

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Memorandum of Understanding for the South Broad stadium plan was approved Tuesday night.

Last week at city council, the MOU was presented and had some key changes to the stadium plan.

Before city council could vote on the new MOU, they had to withdraw the original plan.

Jermaine Freeman with the city said last week, “What we are essentially asking the council to do here today is to withdraw the resolution that has been on your agenda for the past few weeks.”

This new MOU is now a plan that both the city and county support.

Cory Gearrin the Deputy County Mayor said, “I think that is a very fair position to hold. This is a collaborative effort that we have put a lot of time and energy in to both on the city and county side. I think that’s exactly right.”

One major point of change was the the amount of tax increment financing was decreased to $26 million. 

However, “It would only be payable from the city’s increment. That’s probably the biggest change from the last couple of months,” said Mark Mamantov, a bond lawyer.

The Sports Authority debt also increased.

“It would be an additional $5 million of debt issued by the sports authority that is being used to bridge that last $5 to 6 million gap,” said Mamantov.

The county will also be allocating funds to schools.

Gearrin said, “$10 million upfront and then $5 million over a subsequent four year period distributed to schools that are serviced by the TIF area.”

Some additional changes are that the lookouts will contribute $3 million upfront.

And the lookouts will now pay all opening expenses except parking revenue.

The county commission will vote Wednesday morning on the Memorandum of Understanding.

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Petition created against proposed Walker County rock quarry

Petition created against proposed Walker County rock quarry

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – Areas of far southern Walker County along Ridgeway Road have been historically quiet. However, neighbors are saying that this will all soon change.

One resident, Betsy Hibbett, said the peace and quiet vanished, “When we heard drilling a year ago.”

That drilling was the beginning of a rock quarry.

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The proposed rock quarry would sit on 700 acres surrounded by Ridgeway, Oakton and Lee Wilson Roads.

The area is roughly a five-minute drive from U.S. Highway 27 and Georgia State Highway 337, as it is in a fairly remote location south of Lafayette.

Right now, the proposed rock quarry is 700 acres of woods, however, there are various concerns.

Hibbett said, “These are narrow, windy, country roads, and having dump trucks travel on them, there’s no support for that… I don’t want a mine in my backyard, and where we are located, we are going to be looking directly at this mine, and hearing it, and our elevation is such that there’s no sound mitigation that’s going to be able to block that.”

She also mentioned potential pollution to the nearby Cane Creek and Chattooga Creek as another concern.

Owner of the proposed quarry, John Cross says they have met all requirements presented to them so far.

He says that the quarry will take many years to fully use the 700 acres and believes the road infrastructure is sufficient for truck traffic.

Cross said, “Our plan is to operate this facility without causing any damage to the creeks, or the neighbors.”

Hibbett has begun a petition that has already gained over 600 signatures, and says she hopes this changes how business is conducted in Walker County.

She said, “It’s just disappointing that we live in a county where the news seemed like it was hindered and wasn’t able to get out to residents. Now that I’ve created this petition and people are talking about it, they are calling me.”

We did reach out to members of the Walker County Commission and Planning Commission but have yet to hear back.

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East Ridge firefighters respond to Popeye’s after employees noticed smoke

East Ridge firefighters respond to Popeye’s after employees noticed smoke

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EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF)- Employees at the East Ridge Popeye’s had a scare Tuesday afternoon.

According to East Ridge Police, they called 911 reporting a fire shortly before 3 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they were able to determine an outdoor light fixture was emitting smoke.

A viewer saw firefighters using one of their engine ladders at one point and saw several first responders.

East Ridge firefighters remedied the issue and the restaurant was able to continue operating.

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Golden Apple Award: Jensen Floyd, Chickamauga Elementary

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (WDEF) – Teaching is in Jensen Floyd’s blood. She followed her father’s footsteps into the classroom, and students at Chickamauga Elementary are so happy that she did. So, we decided to give Mrs. Floyd a well-deserved Golden Apple Award. Jeff Sykes is the at principal at Chickamauga Elementary School. He says, “She is… ... Continue Reading
Dunlap ‘School Bus Blitz’ targets drivers ignoring stop signs

Dunlap ‘School Bus Blitz’ targets drivers ignoring stop signs

DUNLAP, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Dunlap Police Department and the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to conduct a School Bus Blitz. It’s a move by law enforcement to target those who ignore school bus stop signs. 

“My officer that is on the bus, whenever he sees someone blow through the school bus stop sign or not stopping at it, he calls out the tag number and a description of the vehicle,” said Dunlap Police Chief, Randy Philips. “The officers behind the bus will stop the vehicle and issue a citation.”

During school days, DPD has received numerous complaints from concerned bus drivers and parents. 

Chief Randy Philips with the Dunlap Police Department believes enforcing drivers to stop at a bus stop while children are crossing is important. 

“Kids are everything,” Phillips said. “Our kids are our future and without our kids we have no future. We want to make sure we keep our children safe.”

 According to the Children Safety Network, more than 60,000 child pedestrians are injured every year.  

Chief Phillips says the Police Department wants to bring awareness to bus stop signs.

“We did this two or three years ago and we had really good results with it,” said Phillips. “Everyone liked it, and we got good feedback. We want to do it again and see if we can have the same results.”

The Dunlap Police Department and Sequatchie Sheriff’s Office are asking folks to slow down, be aware of buses stopping and drive with caution. 

Chief Phillips hopes people understand the bus sign is not just a stop sign, it’s a child’s life. 

“People’s lives are busy and everybody’s always wide open. We just want to make sure that they slow down, watch for our children and make sure that our children are safe.” 

Those who fail to stop will be issues a $250 fine, as well as court cost.

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Chattanooga PD invites citizens to Community Police Academy

Chattanooga PD invites citizens to Community Police Academy

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police Department is inviting citizens to attend the Community Police Academy. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at how the department operates and train for the important work officers do each and every day. Driving simulator / CPD “They also have a chance to talk to officers and see demonstrations… ... Continue Reading

Child’s dirt bike stolen in Catoosa County

CATOOSA COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a child’s dirt bike that was recently stolen. They are asking for the public’s help in recovering the stolen bike. The sheriff’s office said someone stole it on February 24 between 7:30 and 10 a.m. at a Houston Valley Road residence. Missing… ... Continue Reading
Tennessee Aquarium summer camp sign-ups begin soon

Tennessee Aquarium summer camp sign-ups begin soon

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Tennessee Aquarium announced on Tuesday it is preparing to open sign-ups for summer camp.

The aquarium will open sign-ups to the general public on Monday, March 11.

Aquarium members can begin signing up early, on March 4.

There are several different camp options for various age groups. Those range from Pre-K to teens up to 16 years old.

See all camp options here. 

Campers Feed Stingrays In The Secret Reef Suring Summer Camp.

“Campers will explore the Aquarium, including going behind the scenes, interacting with animal care specialists, and encountering furry and scaly representatives from the Aquarium’s crew of Ambassador Animals,” the Aquarium explained.

Camp prices are as follows:

  • General camps: $252 Members/$280 non-Members
  • Specialty camps: $337.50 Members/$375 non-Members
  • Teen camp: $202.50 Members/$225 non-Members
  • Pre-K camp: $108 Members/$120 non-Members

Those who need financial assistance for camp can apply for camperships. Camperships are limited scholarships that cover 75 to 90% of each program fee for a single camp session.

To apply for a scholarship, apply by April 13. Those who are awarded scholarships will be notified by May 3.

General camps are available to children aged 5 to 12. These camps feature games, crafts and hands-on activities. Specialty Camps include three field trips and are for campers between the ages of 9 and 14.

Teen camps are mini camps that teach campers about using technology to understand the environmental world around them. Pre-K camps are also mini camps for children 4 to 5 years old. It features nature learning in an age-appropriate environment.

Most camps last one week, but there are mini-camp options as well that last about three days. Camps begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

The Aquarium will offer before- and after-care options which are $10 each.

 

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