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Toddler Killed in Soddy Daisy

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Justin Bradley is behind bars, charged in the death of 3-year-old Dakota Arndt. Officers were called to a Soddy Daisy home on Tuesday night about a boy who possibly drowned in a bath tub. Doctor's pronounced Dakota brain dead on Friday, but Monday doctors say his injuries, including bruising and dislocated shoulder weren't consistent with a drowning. More>>

A Mother's Memorial

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Turning tragedy into education. Three years ago, 25-year-old Kevin Yates was killed in a wrong-way crash by a drunk driver. Now, his family is on a mission to make sure their story is heard. More>>

Raising the Minimum Wage

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While many celebrate the American worker on Labor Day with cook-outs and family time, they day is also a reminder of the on-going minimum wage debate. Labor Day began in the early 1900s, partially in response to worker strikes in Northern cities. The employees wanted more representation and higher wages. More>>

Two Teens & Dalton Man Laid to Rest

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Now an update on a sad story we brought you last week. Two teens and a Dalton City worker are laid to rest following a horrific crash in Murray County on Thursday. Troopers say the driver of the pickup truck carrying four teens, lost control, and ran over 57-year-old Bryan Bartley as he was cutting grass. Three of those teens and Bartley died. More>>

USPS Truck Accident

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One residence in Hamilton County got a special delivery they weren't expecting. A woman working for the United States Postal Service was attempting to deliver a package on the 900 block of Wynsor Drive. She leaned out to put the package in the mailbox, when she accidentally fell out. More>>

EPB May Owe City of Chattanooga Thousands

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The latest report says EPB owes the City of Chattanooga thousands of dollars. It's the latest development in the so called "green light" audit. More>>

Tunnel Hill Pot Bust

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Wednesday morning, a young man quickly goes from a traffic violation to a drug trafficking charge, and it was all caught on the dashcam. More>>

Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure

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A Dalton man is arrested Tuesday on felony indecent exposure charges. Police tracked down, Edwin Fulkerson after they pieced together information from victims. More>>

Two Arrested in Cleveland Church Burglaries

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Police have arrested a second suspect in the recent church burglaries in Cleveland. More>>

The Meaning Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

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But families living with loved ones that have ALS want you to know the meaning behind the challenge is much more. More>>

There's a New Nail Polish With a Special Purpose

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There's a new nail polish that alerts women to date rape drugs. Four North Carolina State University students came up with the idea, mainly because they want to both protect and empower women. More>>

Cleveland Officer Reinstated

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Cleveland City Council members voted to reinstate a police lieutenant who was fired earlier this month. The lieutenant was let go after he failed a drug test. More>>

Student Brings BB Gun to Football Game

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A Sequatchie County High School student has been expelled for a year after police say he brought a BB gun to Friday's football game. The 17-year-old told police he brought the plastic BB gun to the game in self-defense after being threatened by another student. School board officials say having a BB gun is against school rules and it falls under their zero tolerance policy. More>>

The District 4 Race is Over

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Senator Jim Tracy officially conceded to US Representative Scot Desjarlais Monday, after his 38 vote loss in the Republican primary for Tennessee's 4th Congressional District. More>>

Skyy Mims in Court

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The woman at the center of a high profile homicide investigation was arraigned Monday. Aspiring model and singer Skyy Mims pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and armed robbery. More>>

Teen Finds Lafayette Woman Dead Inside Home

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Police say a maintenance worker went to the woman's home on Friday to fix the water in her apartment. He says he sent his teenage son back over the next day to make sure everything was okay. That's when they says the teen found the woman lying in a pool of blood. More>>

Why Tracking System Didn't Prevent Car Theft

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We're talking to a woman who took all precautions to make sure her car and her valuables were safe. She installed a tracking system in her car. We tell you why it did not work. More>>

What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

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Well have you ever thought about what you want to do before you die? St. Marks Methodist Church wants you to show what that is. More>>

A Fresh Start for Marion Co. Football

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Marion County is moving forward after a scandalous end to the football season last year. More>>

Heavy Winds Damage Dozens of Homes

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Residents just North of our viewing area are picking up from the heavy damage caused by Wednesday's severe thunderstorms. More>>

Man Protects Family from Armed Burglar

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A father wins the fight after an armed burglar goes after his kids. More>>

Votes Finally in for District 4 Congressional Race

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Jim Tracy has five days to challenge the results of the district four congressional race. More>>

Severe Weather Across Eastern Tennessee

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Severe weather strikes in and around the FOX61 viewing area. The storm knocked out power lines, took out trees, and ever destroyed people's homes. Some of the hardest hit areas are McMinn County and Loudon County. More>>

Several Cleveland Churches Robbed

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Several Cleveland churches are working to replace missing items after burglars hit this week. North Cleveland Baptist is one of three churches targeted in the break-ins. Church administrators say someone broke in through a window and ransacked the daycare facility. Wednesday, the director tells us the suspect didn't get away with much, but hopes that whoever committed the crime gets the help that they need. Investigators have released a picture of a possible suspect. If you recognize him, cal... More>>

Hit & Run Driver in Court

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Randy and Evan Bidwell sat intently in Hamilton Court, Wednesday. Just a few feet away, the driver accused of hitting Evan and leaving him in the street. His arm now in a sling, paralyzed, and facing amputation. The 17-year-old's life changed last year on August 13th along South Moore Road. The Ooltewah High Schooler left home on his motorcycle about 8:30 that night. Bidwell says, "He was maybe three or four miles from the house, driving up South Moore Road and the gentleman in question came ... More>>

Who's to Blame For Dead Fish in Chickamauga Creek?

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In April of 2013, Chattanooga' Waste Resources division was give 250-million dollars to make improvements to its treatment facilities. One of the pumps on the list, off Juandale Trail in East Chattanooga, malfunctioned before crews were able to replace it. Failure in the pump's control system led to sewage backup resulting in a major fish kill. The Waste Resource division is claiming responsibility for the incident. More>>

Noise Ordinance Passes City Council Unanimously

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A hotly debated ordinance passes on it's first vote at Chattanooga City Council. Members voted unanimously Tuesday to push through the proposed sound ordinance, establishing an "amplified music district", where businesses with specialized permits can play music at higher decibel levels at certain times. Next week, it'll go before council for its final reading. More>>

Trouble at Bradley Co. SPCA

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The fight for animal welfare in Bradley County just got complicated. Tuesday night, SPCA president Betty Gravelle fired animal shelter director Bobbi Anderson for insubordination. The county commissioner didn't agree and will now resign from the board. In question is its open in-take policy and capacity to hold animals. One commissioner says he's unsure how the shelter can move forward. The shelter is now being run by only one paid employee and volunteers. More>>

Hundreds Rally in Memphis in Solidarity with Ferguson

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In Memphis, hundreds of demonstrators rally in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri, after the police shooting of an unarmed teen. Nearly 300 peaceful protesters lined thirteen street corners Monday evening. Their message, simple and concise, a show of support against police violence everywhere. These demonstrators say the men and women in blue need to form better relations with their citizens. One mother says she understands what Michael Brown's parents are going through. She says her son, 20-... More>>

UPDATE: Who Cleans Up After a Fatal Crash?

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A chilling story that begs the question, who's in charge of cleaning up what's left of a fatal crash scene? More>>

School Crossing Guard Struck By Car

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A school crossing guard is recovering after she was struck by a car Monday morning. That's according to police who tell us Noelle Bittle, an employee of the Chattanooga Police Department, has a broken arm and several cuts on her body and face.Police say Bittle was directing traffic outside Lookout Valley Elementary School when the accident happened. The driver of the car told police he didn't see the crossing guard until it was too late, and he was unable to stop. Though police haven't said i... More>>

Body of Missing Military Wife Found

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The search for a missing woman from Tennessee ended this weekend in California. The story of a young, married, pregnant military wife made national headlines. The body of Erin Corwin has been discovered. The woman was living on a military base in Southern California when she went missing in late June. Officials say she was found in a 140 foot mine shaft outside of Joshua Tree National Park in California on Saturday. Corwin was allegedly having an affair with Marine Corporal Brandon Lee, and m... More>>

Woman Wanted for Credit Card Fraud

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A woman is wanted for credit card fraud in Hamilton County She did not use a card, but used the numbers on what appears to be a reprogrammed bank card. Anyone who may have information can contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. More>>

Man Fatally Shot in McMinn County

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Inglewood Package store on HWY 411 was the center of a four decade old business gone sour. More>>

Fire Department Called to Sir Goony's

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A popular children's play place in evacuated Sunday afternoon lunch time. More>>

Westview Vandal Damages Hospital

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More charges are on the way for a suspect accused of vandalizing Chattanooga's Westview Elementary School. Early Tuesday morning, deputies arrested 22-year-old Aaron Roden for vandalizing the school. Thursday, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department says shortly after being admitted to Erlanger Medical Center for evaluation, Roden once again became destructive. When a deputy guard tried to step in, they say Roden reportedly went after him too.We;re told that officer is off work, but those ch... More>>

Victim's Friend Reacts to Killer's Scheduled Execution

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A murder victim's best friend believes the man convicted is getting what he deserves. Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall, was convicted of killing his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend, Traci Crozier. In 1991, she was sitting in the front seat of her car when hall set it on fire.The state has set Hall's execution date for January 12th, 2016.Thursday, Crozier's best friend told us that even the death penalty doesn't feel like enough. "In my opinion, lethal injection wouldn't be good enough for him... More>>

Major Water Leak in Pikeville

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Some residents in Bledsoe County say they're being left high and dry. That's because more than 175 homes in and around Pikeville have little or no water.Pikeville Mayor Phillip Cagle says somewhere along the 25-mile water line, rocks damaged a pipe causing it to leak, but officials don't know where exactly the leak is coming from. Neighbors say this isn't the first time it's happened and they're demanding answers from city officials.Three days. That's how long folks like Richard Burke say the... More>>

The Dangers in Detergent Pods

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Easton Hatfield is 2-years-old. His mother says on Monday, he burst open a laundry detergent pod and the chemicals inside got in his eyes.Tabby Hatfield says her son climbed on top of the washing machine, that's where kept the pods. She says she read the side of the box and then picked up her son and rinsed his eyes with water. Later she and her husband took him to the hospital.This is not the first time we've heard of an accident involving detergent pods. Last year, a Florida infant died aft... More>>

Investigation into Riverview Park Sex Criminal

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911 calls and witness interviews have raised concerns about a possible sex criminal in North Chattanooga.A young mother was on a play date with her 18-month-old baby and toddler Monday morning. She was with several other mothers at River View park in North Chattanooga, never imagining what was to happen next. A man walked into the park and straight towards the bathroom.A witness says, "He didn't look like he belonged there. So it made me pay attention to how long he was in the bathroom."The p... More>>

ATM Robbery Suspect Arrested

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Deputies arrest one armed robbery suspect and are still on the look out for a second man. Catoosa County and east Ridge Police say on August 3rd, Allen Green followed a woman through an ATM, bumped her car from behind, followed her a short distance, then robbed her at gunpoint.Green is facing multiple charges and awaiting extradition to Catoosa County. Police are still searching for a second suspect. More>>

Community Shows Support After Westview Vandalism

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We know more about the man suspected of vandalizing Westview Elementary School. Ten gays ago, Roden was arrested for aggravated assault after stabbing someone in a fight outside of a Chattanooga condo. He's been arrested nine other times in the past three years with charges ranging from vandalism to DUI.Maintenance crews worked late Tuesday night to clean up the 60 thousand dollars worth of damage to the school.In response to yesterday's vandalism, students, parents, and faculty participates ... More>>

Dalton Police Officer Saves Baby's Life

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To neighbors on Foster Street, Dalton Police Officer Michael Houck is a hero. Houck was finishing up paperwork for a minor wreck when he says a woman frantically ran up to him, yelling in Spanish. He says he didn't get the gist of what was happening, until one of the drivers translated.A 7-month-old baby was choking. He says he ran down the street where he met the baby's mother, frantic in her front yard. That's when instinct kicked in. As it turns out, the baby is going to be okay. But the s... More>>

New Amendments to Sound Ordinance

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The debate included how to define what is "too loud," and the appropriate decibel level maximum for an area in Chattanooga now designated as the "downtown amplified music district." That district includes Track 29, one of many businesses hoping the city council will allow concerts to continue at the current volume.Many residents have complained about the noise, and have asked the City Council to implement a new policy. Council Chairman Chip Henderson proposed that a sound boundary be extended... More>>

District 5 Congressional Race Remains Undecided

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And the election for Tennessee's 5th congressional district remains undecided. More>>

Russel Blevins' Cold Case

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Two years ago, Tuesday, Russel Blevins was found dead inside his Kingston, TN home which had also been robbed. No one has ever been arrested in the case.Tuesday, on the two year anniversary of his death, his family still wants to know who is responsible.The family is offering a 10 thousand dollar reward for information that leads to solving this case. More>>

Two Robbery Suspects in Custody

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Two men are in jail following armed robberies in downtown Chattanooga. Rodrick Smith and Kevin Perkins are suspected of demanding money from the Marriott on Chestnut Street, but left after the clerk couldn't open the register. Then about 20 minutes later, police say a second robbery involving the two suspects occurred at the McDonald's on East 3rd Street.Deputies identified the car they were driving and cornered Smith and Perkins in a parking lot, where they were taken into custody. They're c... More>>

Robin Williams Dead at 63

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Oscar Winner and Comedian Robin Williams dies at 63. William's publicist issued a statement Monday saying the actor had been battling severe depression. According to a press release issued by the Marin County coroner's office, his death is presumed to be "suicide due to asphyxia." More>>

Drivers, Move Over

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The tragic accident involving Tony Stewart has people talking about the safety of those who get out of their cars near speeding traffic on a daily basis. Highway patrolmen, police officers, even those of us who've had car trouble and have to pullover. It's a good time to talk about the "Move Over" law.Many people are tweeting their photos, from Governor Haslam, to Titans players, and the families of troopers, showing who they're moving over for. A video of trooper Rodney Redmon shows he was h... More>>

Missing Army Veteran

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Investigators are looking for a missing person. Mark Strange is an army veteran last seen several days ago near ITT in Eastgate.He's 5'10" and weighs 200 pounds and drives a green Mitsubishi Galant with Tennessee license plate F-788-5X. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chattanooga Police Department. More>>

Shark Week in Full Swing at Tennessee Aquarium

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Shark Week is in full swing. It's the week of programming on the Discovery Channel dedicated to raising awareness and respect for the kings of the ocean.Despite being hundreds of miles from the nearest coastline, people in Chattanooga are admiring some sharks up close. The Tennessee Aquarium has two types of sharks: a sandbar shark, native to the Chesapeake Bay near Maryland, and the sand tiger shark, found in the Florida Keys.They are the main attraction to many who come to the aquarium to l... More>>

No Charges Filed Against Tony Stewart So Far

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Police say NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed Ward Saturday night. It was during a dirt track race in upstate New York. More>>

Steampunk Expo Comes to Chattanooga

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A pretty unusual event was in town this weekend. The Steampunk Expo and Gothic Convention. More>>

Career Magnet Academy Opens in Tennessee

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Tennessee gets a new kind of school. More>>

Stolen Public Funds Still Uncollected

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Nearly one million dollars of stolen public funds is still uncollected by the Tennessee counties that were victimized. More>>

Decatur Co. Candidates Use Bobo Case as Platform

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In the Decatur County sheriff's race, the case for murdered nursing student Holly Bobo became a major political platform used in campaigns across the entire county. More>>

Hamilton Co. Deputy Retires

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As so many candidates are looking to take office, a deputy in Hamilton County who had been placed on leave is back and he's decided to retire. More>>

The Race for District 4

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In total, there are nine candidates vying for the Fourth Congressional District Seat. Seven are Republican, one is democrat, and another is independent. But there's two candidates that have taken center stage.Running for a third term, Republican Incumbent Scott DesJarlais. Running against him, Shelbyville State Senator, Jim Tracy.The winner in Thursday's primary will square off against Tennessee democratic activist, Linda Sherrell, in the November election. More>>

Recent String of Shootings in Chattanooga

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Another eruption of violence in Chattanooga. Starting on Monday night, an 18 and 20 year old were shot on Harrison Pike. Then Tuesday night, a 19 year old takes a bullet ot the forearm on North Orchard Knob Avenue. And then Wednesday morning along East 14th Street, three teens were shot. They were 16, 18, and 19 years old.This demographic is one of the most at-risk for violence according to police. "Young males are the people who are suffering from and engaging in violence. It's not unique to... More>>

Publix Opens on Northshore

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There was a huge line outside of the new Publix supermarket on North Market. Some people had been waiting outside for 45 minutes before our crew even arrived at 6:30AM Wednesday morning. Those first 50 shoppers were given a free bag of groceries, at a $25 value. More>>

No Distracted Driving Campaign Kicks Off

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A teen texter and the sheriff's deputy that he hit head on, kicked off their no distracted driving campaign Wednesday.In the coming weeks, 17-year-old, Nick Austin and Deputy Randy Gabrel will be speaking together at schools and events in McMinn County. They met Wednesday morning to announce their campaign to encourage people about the dangers of texting while driving.The 17-year-old says he's still regretful for sending the text that could've led to tragedy. "I made a huge mistake that I cou... More>>

Miracle League Coming to Chattanooga

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Miracle League is an organization that gives children with special needs a chance to play ball and be a part of a team. Athletes with disabilities use the special field that consists of rubber turf with painted bases. With the Miracle League, everyone wins, there are always home runs and there's always a "buddy" to get you from point A to point B.Whitfield County opened theirs in September of 2012 and has had immense success the past two years. But to this day, there isn't a single Miracle Le... More>>

Man Rescued From Fire on Daisy Street

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A Chattanooga man is being treated at the Augusta Burn Center after his duplex goes up in flames. Firefighters pulled 66-year-old Allen Smith from the back of his Daisy Street duplex shortly after midnight. The front porch was engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Smith was unconscious when two firefighters pulled him to safety.Smith was initially taken to Erlanger Hospital. He has since been transported to Augusta with critical injuries. Investigators don't know what caused the fire, and th... More>>

What to Know Before Using Your Debit Card

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A nationwide security breach at P.F. Chang's, which includes the Hamilton Place location here in Chattanooga, has people wanting to know more before using a debit card.Here's the biggest difference between debit and credit cards: Debit cards are a direct link to your money and your account, credit cards are not.Advisers suggest limiting your debit card use while whopping online, pumping gas, at outdoor ATMs, and at restaurants.But banks tell us they're constantly watching and monitoring your ... More>>

Grand Jury Recalled to Clarity Calhoun Teens' Charges

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Three suspects involved in the Calhoun investigation are now re-indicted after the court mixed up their charges.Last month, a Gilmer County grand jury indicted three former Calhoun High School students accused of sexual assault. Andrew Haynes, Fields Chapman, and Avery Johnson were indicted on several charges, but details of the reasoning behind those counts raised a red flag for the defense attorneys.Jesse Vaughn, Johnson's Attorney, says, “The one thing that we noticed in particular is that... More>>

James Brady Dies at 73

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Former press secretary James Brady dies at the age of 73. Brady survived a bullet wound to the head during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan. He went on to lead a gun control campaign that resulted in a federal law bearing his name. The White House press room is named in his honor.Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary, says, "And even after he was wounded in that attack on the president, was somebody who showed his patriotism and commitment to the country by being very ou... More>>

School Safety is on Every Parent's Mind

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Back to school isn't just lesson plans and teachers shopping for supplies anymore. It's being prepared for anything. All emergencies, even a shooting.There have been 74 school shootings since the shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children, and 6 adults dead, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. That includes all school shootings, criminal activity, suicide, and accidental shootings.“It encourages teachers and school administrators to be proactive. To know exactly what th... More>>

Man Seriously Injured in Pocket Wilderness

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A man is seriously injured and still waiting to be rescued after falling more than ten feet at the pocket wilderness.Hamilton County emergency responders say the call came in at 3:30PM Monday afternoon from the foot of Mowbray Mountain. Fire officials say the 28-year-old man was swinging from a rope about 10-12 feet in the air. He was attempting to drop into water below, but missed, hitting rocks instead.According to Hamilton County EMS, he has serious injuries from the fall. "The difficulty ... More>>

P.F. Chang's Security Breach Effects Chattanooga

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P.F. Chang's says its Chattanooga restaurant is one of several across the country that has had its customer's credit card information stolen.In a letter posted online, P.F. Chang's management says data may have been stolen from certain credit and debit cards at 33 different locations across the U.S. One of them is at Hamilton Place mall.The restaurant confirmed last month that data from a number of credit and debit cards were stolen. They say the potentially stolen data includes the credit ca... More>>

Exploring English as a Second Language Classes in Chattanooga

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There are nearly forty million immigrants, both documented and undocumented, in the United States. With immigration to America on the rise, many of the people moving here can't communicate in English. More>>

Fatal Car Accident on Amnicola Hwy

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A fatal car accident overnight on Amnicola highway. More>>

Community Remembers Two Month Old Levi

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A toddler with local ties who died two months ago is remembered this weekend. More>>

Soddy Daisy Home Fire Sends Two to Hospital

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A late night fire in Soddy Daisy sends two people to the hospital. More>>

Highway Dedicated to Fallen Firefighter

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For close friends and family of a fallen firefighter, driving highway 58, they'll now see a testament to his legacy. A portion of it is now named after Shane Daughetee, who died doing what her loved. He passed away in January 2007 after falling through the floor of a burning Harrison home.Mayor Jim Coppinger, firefighters, and Shane's close friends and family gathered Thursday morning alongside a stretch of highway 58 to dedicate "Shane M. Daughtetee Memorial Highway". More>>

Repairs to be Made at Grundy Co. Jail

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A state inspector has signed off on repairs made at the Grundy County jail. Last week we told you how taxpayers are shelling out thousands to fix code violations at the jail and to house inmates at other facilities. They were displaced after two inmates tinkered with an electrical outlet and got shocked. A fire marshal was called in and found things weren't up to code. Now we know an inspector has signed off on electrical repairs made at the jail. The report says another inspection will be ne... More>>

A Robbery in Broad Daylight

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A robbery in broad daylight. And the man who robbed a Collegedale credit union is still on the loose. Police say the man walked into the bank with a note saying he had a gun and wanted money. Although employees say they never saw a gun, Police are still considering this an armed robbery. Police say to be on the look out for a white man, with red hair, in his late twenties. He is considered to be armed and dangerous. More>>

TBI Captures Most Wanted Fugitive

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A Tennessee top-ten most wanted fugitive is once again in jail tonight. The TBI says Nathan McCollum removed his GPS monitor on July 13th after being let go from a drug treatment program in Alabama. The next day, police found his monitor here in Chattanooga.He was wanted for violation of probation for attempted aggravated kidnapping, among other charges. Federal agents located McCollum in Morristown early Thursday morning. He was taken to Sevier County jail and is being held without bond. More>>

New Emergency Room in Dunlap

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Imagine someone you love needing emergency care, but the nearest hospital was more than half an hour away. Residents in the Sequatchie Valley knew that feeling all too well, until Wednesday, when a new, 24-hour emergency room opened in Dunlap. Understandably, residents are feeling relieved.Wednesday, we spoke with a medical professional who says the hospital is important for Sequatchie County, which received very low health ratings compared to other counties in Tennessee. "It makes me feel gr... More>>

Could Diversity Help CPD Fight Crime?

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Here's a question some are posing. Could more black officers cut down on black on black crime in Chattanooga? Some residents are saying yes.Wednesday we found out there's a shortage of African American officers on the Chattanooga Police force. An open records request revealed that only 80 black officers are employed on the force of 448. There's also only one black detective working in the major crimes division.A retired Chattanooga Police detective told us more black officers may help police ... More>>

Three TN Supreme Court Justices Up for Reinstatement

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The election of Tennessee Supreme Court Justices usually doesn't get much notice, but this year, three of them are up for reinstatement. And they're facing strong opposition from a group looking to have all three replaced. Justice Sharon Lee was in Chattanooga Wednesday greeting early voters. Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justice Cornelia Clark are also up for retention. Voters will choose to keep or replace each judge. The group Tennessee Forum has pumped money into TV ads labeling the justice... More>>

Public Hearing on Noise Ordinance

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Chattanoogans are speaking out about the city's latest proposed noise ordinance. Tuesday night, city leaders made sure their voices were heard. The whole controversy started when popular music venue, Track 29, challenged the city and it's current ordinance for being too quiet. For weeks we've heard from both sides. Some say the new noise levels proposed are outrageous, while others say it's what the city needs.The City Council chamber was filled with signs. People holding them are pushing for... More>>

Victim Faces Accused Rapist in Court

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Robert Bradshaw is accused of raping a woman in his home over a week ago. Tuesday, that woman described the graphic incident in court. After hearing arguments from both sides, Judge David Bales made his ruling. More>>

Overdoses Now No. 1 Killer in Tennessee

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Drug overdoses are once again the leading cause of death in Tennessee, but the state health department is hoping a new law will reverse the trend. The state health department says drug overdoses killed eleven hundred sixty-six people last year. By comparison, one thousand and eight people died in motor vehicle accidents last year and 405 were victims of homicides, but a new law gives Tennesseans access to a life-saving drug. More>>

This Weekend is Tax Free Weekend

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Here's a look at when and where you can shop tax free. More>>

Bradley Co. No Kill Shelter Gets Temporary Help

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Board members call an emergency meeting three days after Bradley County's no kill shelter stops accepting animals as a form of protest. More>>

Hidden Bathroom Camera Suspect Speaks Out

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A Chattanooga man at the center of a hidden bathroom camera investigation explains why he did it. More>>

Chattanooga Choo Choo Unveils Renovation Plans

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Major renovations are on the way to a historical American attraction that is based in Chattanooga. More>>

Child Attacked By Dog

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A child is out of the hospital after a dog attack traumatized him over the weekend. More>>

Arrest Made in Hidden Camera Case

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Chattanooga police say 21-year-old Justin Jamar Wilson is behind bars tonight. According to police, he is the man who placed a hidden camera inside the men's restroom at the Chattanooga Billiards Club. More>>

Friends Hold Fundraiser for Missing Woman's Children

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Friends of a Hermitage mother who has been missing for more than two months now, held a fundraiser this weekend to raise money for the woman's two children. More>>

Tennessee Patrol Officers Test GPS Monitor Devices

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Over the weekend, nine patrol officers in Tennessee are wearing GPS monitoring devices. More>>

Cleveland Family Searching for Answers

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A Cleveland community is searching for answers in the death of a 17-month-old child. More>>

Dade County Tax Hike

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Property owners in Dade County, Georgia could soon face a huge tax increase. Commission members say they haven't raised property taxes in a few years. This was to give residents dealing with damaging storms a break. Now, it's time to catch up and the commission is raising property taxes by more than 44%. Chairman Ted Rumley says there's no other way to address the problem, "We've got to take care of business. We've got to step up and take care of county business."The revenue will go toward th... More>>

Common Core Breakdown

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It's one of the most highly debated topics of the decade. The manner in which we educate our children will no doubt influence the direction and future of our country. Even as parents go back-to-school shopping, many are still confused as to what the program entails for young minds.What advocates say it could accomplish and what those who oppose believe it could take away from our children, FOX61's Lauren St. Germain breaks down the fundamentals of the common core.Tennessee Governor Bill Hasla... More>>

Police Seize 1,300 Packages of Synthetic Marijuana

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Manufacturers want you to think synthetic marijuana is a safe and more readily available alternative to the real thing, but police tell us, it's anything but.Now a Georgia father is hoping to send a strong message to anyone who wants to hear. Dyer says, "If they've tried it and they can hear me, count themselves lucky."For Lance Dyer, his 14-year-old son Dakota was not one of the lucky ones. Dyer, "At 11:46 my son made his last text message to his girlfriend. It looked like a binary code. It ... More>>

Mom Charged After Leaving Children in Hot Car

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A Chattanooga mother is charged with child abuse and neglect after she left four children locked inside a car. Tiara Jenkins was arrested Monday. According to the report, Jenkins left her two children and her sister's two children in a black sedan with the windows up.They were all under the age of four and the outside temperature was in the upper 80s. Jenkins was back at her car before police got there. She told the officer she was inside the Hamilton County Courthouse picking up documents be... More>>

EPB Reassures Residents

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Concerns over EPB's billing of the City of Chattanooga has some residents asking, How do I know my home bill is accurate?There are more than 26 thousand street lights in the City of Chattanooga. Those lights are billed based on the number of hours they're illuminated. 16% of the city's street lights have not been updated to the new high energy lighting, these lights have been misclassified and accounted for, for several years.It has customers wanting to know how their bills are regulated. Joh... More>>

Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Rape

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Police arrested 27-year-old Robert Bradshaw Monday morning. Court records say the victim and the suspect knew each other. The victim says Bradshaw told her he was a US Marine and would kill er if she didn't follow his instructions.The victim reported the assault two days later, after claiming Bradshaw strangled her and forced her to have sex with him at his house.Rape victim advocates say people are often afraid to report sexual assaults if they've been threatened, "If there is a person in a ... More>>

Spy Camera Found in Local Bar's Bathroom

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A disturbing possibility of a digital peeping tom. The reports of a so called spy pen being found in a local bathroom. More>>

Three Bradley Co. Churches Burglarized

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A church is burglarized and now an elder of one of those churches is speaking out. More>>

City Council Discusses Chattanooga Noise Ordinance

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The City Council met Tuesday evening and touched on a number of key issues, one of them being the noise ordinance which has been a topic for downtown businesses. More>>

Police Release Sketch of Home Invasion Suspect

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In Catoosa County, deputies release a sketch of one of the men thought to be at the center of a home invasion. More>>

Coca-Cola's Chattanooga History and Expansion

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Before the bottle, and Chattanooga, Coca-Cola was just a fountain drink born in Atlanta. Two Chattanooga lawyers, Benjamin Thomas and Joseph Whitehead, got the idea to put it in a bottle. Asa Candler, the President of the Coca-Cola Company thought the idea was a bust, "Because in those days bottling was kind of a back alley operation, and he'd built a good name for coca-cola."After some convincing, Asa finally sold them the rights to bottle Coca-Cola for one dollar. And so the Chattanooga Coc... More>>

Tennessee Primary Elections Heat Up

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Early voting has already begun for the Tennessee State primary. Election day is about three weeks away. Monday night, the three candidates in the third congressional district met in a public forum at UTC.Incumbent Chuck Fleischmann and challenger Weston Wamp are in a hotly contested race for the Republican nomination.Many issues came to the table including Medicaid, the Chickamauga Locke, and the nation's debt. One thing the Republican Candidates agreed on is the Chickamauga Locke is a fundam... More>>

Common Core in Tennessee

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The program mandates that students from grades 3 to 8 read and solve math problems at a much more intense level. It's being done in other states, but has become controversial, because critics say it gives away control over education decisions. Local educators agree, the way students were taught had to change. "Now, we're moving to the point where students are really having to think critically and ask those deep questions and be able to explain what they mean for getting to an answer or make a... More>>

HWY 153 Accident Sparks Questions About Intersection

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A busy intersection is under scrutiny after a fatal accident last week. City Engineers are now compiling an accident history after realizing more than 77 collisions have occurred in the last three years. Isabela Smith and her brother Kenny are lucky to be sitting on their family's front porch after surviving a deadly accident on highway 153. Chattanooga police investigators say the family's Dodge Caravan was headed South on 153 when it collided with a Ford Fusion that was crossing the busy hi... More>>

Two Killed in Weekend Motorcycle Crash

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Police say speed may have led to a fatal motorcycle crash over the weekend. Authorities say Robert Dunn and Jason Steiner were killed after their motorcycles collided then slammed into telephone poles. The accident happened Sunday night on Rossville Boulevard. Police haven't confirmed if the men were drag racing or driving recklessly, but witnesses told police the bikers were riding at a high rate of speed. Many people say the local biking community has lost two great people. "Their attitudes... More>>

Two-Motorcycle Crash Claims At Least One Life

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Sunday night, crews cleared the scene of a two-motorcycle accident on East 29th Street near Rossville Boulevard. The crashed happened around 7:30pm. Both motorcycles somehow left the roadway, each hitting separate power poles. The first driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The second driver was listed in critical condition Sunday night. More>>

Two Escape In Monroe County

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Police in Monroe County are on the lookout for two state inmates who allegedly stole a vehicle and escaped during a trustee work detail. Tony Carroll was in jail on charges of theft, vandalism, auto burglary and destruction of valuable papers. Ricky Burnette was charged with driving on a suspended license, manufacture of schedule two drugs, paraphernalia and violation of parole. Both men were trustees in good standing.
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Aquarium Welcomes New Baby Penguin

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Penguins are cute enough, but imagine a baby penguin. At the Tennessee Aquarium, Chaos and Merlin are the proud parents of a bouncing baby macaroni penguin. Meet this cute little ball of feathers, the first chick in the 2014 season. More>>

Teaching the Importance of Water Conservation

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Did you know that only three percent of the earth's water is drinkable? That's why water conservation took center stage at Coolidge Park on Sunday. The four-day event was created to educate the public about water conservation and quality.
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Beer Board Cracks Down On Over Serving

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A North Shore restaurant will not be allowed to sell beer after city officials accuse them of over-serving customers. That six-day suspension is for the Big Chill Grill. But they are not the only ones on the Chattanooga Beer Wrecker Board's radar. At Thursday night's meeting The Big Chill was given two three-day suspensions after the board found them in violation of city code.
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Malaysia Airlines Passenger Plane Down in Ukraine

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US Officials are working to determine who brought down a Malaysia Airlines flight over hostile territory in Ukraine.The commercial passenger plane was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it fell from the sky. Polo Sandoval is following details from Washington where officials say a missile took down the jet.Malaysia Airlines flight 17 took off from Amsterdam shortly after noon local time, but it never reached its final destination of Kuala Lumpur. The plane was shot down over Eastern Uk... More>>

Arrest Made in 4th of July Murder

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Family members say Tyler Womack was murdered while doing a good deed. The army veteran was murdered on Independence Day while changing a neighbors tire. Thursday, TBI Investigators arrested three people in connection with that murder. Thomas Odum, Martha Thompson, and Amanda Britnell are behind bars and charged with felony murder and aggravated burglary.Womack's family tells us the arrests come as a relief. "I wanted God to lay it heavy on their hearts. It just breaks my heart that I don't ha... More>>

VW Welcome Center Coming to Downtown Chattanooga

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Volkswagen is teaming up with Chattanooga and Hamilton county to build a new downtown facility. A 12 million dollar welcome center should be ready by July 2016.Mayor Andy Berke says he wants to further integrate the VW brand within the city. He says by creating the VW welcome center, Chattanoogans and visitors will see VW and Chattanooga together.It had been originally planned to be built by the I-75 exit near the Volkswagen plant at the Enterprise South Industrial Park, but officials are now... More>>

Police Offer Advice After Ringgold Home Invasion

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Two thieves posing as delivery men remain on the loose and Thursday deputies said be cautious when you open your front door.Deputies say the owner of a home on Grant Drive opened the door to find a man asking her to sign for a package. She signed for it, then thieves reportedly held her at gunpoint, tied her down, then ransacked her home.Deputies believe the same two men are likely responsible for a burglary at a nearby home earlier this week."First look and see if there's a Fedex or UPS type... More>>

Man Survives Collision With Tractor Trailer

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As we know, many times seatbelts save lives. But Wednesday morning, one man narrowly escapes death when he slams into the back of a tractor trailer. Brandon Evans was driving to work in his Honda Accord when the trailer pulled out in front of him. Evans quickly removed his seatbelt and ducked as low as her could. When the car hit the trailer, it cut it nearly in half, essentially making the Accord a convertible.Evans says, ”I'm thankful, praise the lord that I'm here.”No charges have been fil... More>>

Catoosa Co. Police Search for Home Invasion Suspects

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The Catoosa County Sheriff's office is asking for your help finding two suspected burglars. The first burglary occurred at noon on Monday in Rossville. The second incident was a mid-morning home invasion in Ringgold.A woman says she heard the door-bell and saw a man on the front porch holding a package. She signed for the package which the man put down. The woman says when he stood up, he was holding a pistol and another armed man appeared on her porch. The first suspect is described as a bla... More>>

Track29 Wants Noise Ordinance Changed

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Track29 says Chattanooga's noise ordinance is hurting their business and now they're petitioning city council for a change. The concert venue says Chattanooga has one of the quietest noise ordinances in the country.We took a look at the city's charter, learning that Chattanooga's current noise ordinance does not allow anything above 50 decibels. But even normal conversation measures 15 decibels higher than that.One Chattanooga audiologist says there could be one possible solution. Megan Johns... More>>

Fred Fletcher Talks About Violence Reduction Initiative

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Chattanooga's new police chief Fred Fletcher says no dollar amount is too much to help save lives in our city. This after city council members voted to award Hope for the Inner City 290 thousand dollars to assist with the violence reduction initiative. "If we can save one life, I'm not going to push a price tag on that."That's Chief Fletcher's reaction after the non-profit Hope for the Inner City was awarded nearly 300 thousand dollars to help reduce crime in Chattanooga. That money comes str... More>>

Vandals Cause Damage at Collegedale Academy

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Collegedale Police say the vandals caused anywhere between seven to ten thousand dollars at Collegedale Academy. Understandably, school officials say the crime was senseless and disheartening.Travis Crawford, Assistant Principal, "It's disheartening. You come out and you see that kind of damage and you wonder, you know, what are people doing?"Pictures provided by the Collegedale Police Department show just how much damage the vandals did. Detective Brandon Allen, Collegedale PD, says, "A park... More>>

Chattanooga City Hall at Center of Silent Protest

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The council was adorned in green as dozens from one local senior center stood united in front of city government. The whole controversy is surrounding the Eastgate Senior Center. For years, the City of Chattanooga has been allowed to operate the center free of rent. But recently, new mall management told them they needed to pay 15 thousand dollars or move.Now, senior center members are taking their concerns to the people that represent them, City Council. Connie Griggs, "Could they stand, the... More>>

Cleveland Grieves Death of Judge Bill Moss

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The flags in Cleveland are at half staff for several days in honor of Judge Bill Moss. More>>

City Council Awards Local Group With Thousands to Fight Crime

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The Chattanooga City Council has voted to award a local organization hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fight crime. Hope for the Inner city was chosen as the city's top pick to help with its violence Reduction Initiative. At Tuesday's meeting, they were awarded 290 thousand dollars from the Chattanooga Police Department's budget.Hope for the Inner city tells us they plan to use the funds to hire people for emergency response, mentoring, and job training. Paul Greene says, "As folks ste... More>>

Update: Bessie Smith Theft Suspect in Court

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The man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Bessie Smith Cultural Center made his first court appearance Tuesday morning.35-year-old Torrey Hines is charged with burglary, theft over 50 thousand dollars, and vandalism. The charges come from a break in at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center back on June 10th. Hines is accused of breaking into the center and stealing about 60 thousand dollars from a desk drawer.Hines had been hired by the cultural center to provide janitorial service... More>>

Volkswagen Announces Chattanooga Will Build New SUV

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The city's biggest economic news in six years. Stephan Gruhsem says, "I would like to announce that our new SUV is going to be built in Chattanooga."With those words, Volkswagen cemented a 600 million dollar investment in the Scenic City. And with that investment comes prosperity and it's not just about job creation for Volkswagen employees. It's about the thousands of other jobs projected outside the plant.The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce predicts about 3,600 new jobs with a payroll of ar... More>>

A Look at the VW Crossblue

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The new Crossblue SUV was made specifically for the North American market. Dale Smith, at Village Volkswagen of Chattanooga, says it has everything the American family wants; room to haul around a lot of people, with 3 rows of seating, space for outdoor gear, and lots of power.The mid-size SUV will come in several options, including a conventional gas engine and an electric diesel engine. They say the new SUV probably wont be on their lot until the beginning of 2017.The Crossblue will cost be... More>>

Was UAW Local 42 Announcement Timing a Coincidence?

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Is it a coincidence that the SUV announcement comes four days after the UAW Local 42 announced opening an office here? Well the UAW Brass say absolutely not.Secretary-Treasurer, Gary Casteel, says Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers reached a consensus of when the Local 42 would open. Casteel says the local would operate worker to worker in recruiting. He added they would not seek another vote, but go with a grassroots movement.Casteel says ultimately the local 42 wants to get a seat at th... More>>

Tennessee Politicians in Germany for SUV Announcement

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Unlike six years ago, Monday's news came from Volkswagen's hometown in Wolfsberg, Germany. Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Bob Corker, and Mayors Andy Berke and Jim Coppinger were in Europe Monday as contracts were signed and the announcement was made.In addition to the Volkswagen investment, the state of Tennessee will provide 168 million dollars for site development and infrastructure, as well as an additional 12 million for employee training.Production of the Crossblue will begin in the last... More>>

One Tennessee Program Helps Woman Keep Her Home

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A local mother is back on her feet, thanks to a program called Keep My Tennessee Home. More>>

3 Shootings in Chattanooga Sunday

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Three shootings overnight, none of them fatal, but they happened within an hour of each other. More>>

Muralist Wants to Add Art to Collegedale Greenways

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A Collegedale man wants to change the community through art and he needs your help. More>>

Fire Fighters Save Dogs From Burning Homes

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Fire fighters save three dogs from a burning home that caught fire just after the family leaves for vacation. More>>

UAW Forms Local 42 Union with Volkswagen Workers

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The UAW is forming a union in Chattanooga to represent the workers at Volkswagen. Under UAW rules, a local union can organize with just 15 signatures from employees. Thursday at a news conference more than 20 VW Employees signed on as charter members.The next step will be electing officers and then attempting to sign up more members. They need half of the employees, plus one to be a fully formed union. Gary Casteel, UAW secretary-treasurer, says, "We'll be involved every step of the way. We w... More>>

Update on Athens Murder

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It's been a week since a man was murdered in Athens, with no arrest. His family is still looking for justice.Investigators say 20-year-old Tyler Womack was gunned down just years away from his home on County Road 172. Family members say he drove his grandmother's car to his neighbor's house to put air in her tires. Minutes later, Womack's grandmother heard a gunshot and later found him dead.Womack's mother says an arrest will help the family find closure. "He never got married, he never had a... More>>

One Year Anniversary of South Pittsburg Flood

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Although it's been sunny this week, one year ago Thursday, a small town in Marion county was the scene of a devastating flood. That town is South Pittsburg.The storm brought massive downpours of rain and left the small city in ruins. Kerry Hoefer says, ”So I think all within thirty minutes time, it probably rose out here about two and a half feet in the street.”Mud marks on the wall beside Stevarino's Italian Eatery Pub are just one reminder of what happened. "Once it was coming in the front... More>>

Foust Street Murder Victim Identified

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The man who was murdered on Foust Street early Thursday morning has been identified. Police say 22-year-old Dominic Wright was shot and killed on the porch of a vacant house at about 3:45 Thursday morning.People who live nearby say they heard one gun shot, then seconds later they heard four more.Police chief Fred Fletcher says it's "highly likely" this shooting is part of gang violence in the area, and reaffirmed his commitment to keeping the community safe. "What we're tired of is people bei... More>>

Shooting at TN National Guard Armory

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One person is dead after a shooting Wednesday at a National Guard Armory in Lobelville, TN. A man hunt is underway for the man police say is responsible. The Mayor of the city, located just West of Nashville, says the suspect is still at large. Authorities are apparently using K9 units in the search for him. Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville said air med has been sent to the scene. More>>

Woman Killed Backing Truck Out of Driveway

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Dalton police are questioning whether it was human error or mechanical problems that caused a fatal freak accident Tuesday night. Investigators say 55-year-old Barbara Jean Eoff was leaving the house on Lance Street After visiting a friend.She backed down this driveway in her 1999 Chevy pickup, fell out, and got run over and killed by her own truck. The vehicle crashed into some trees nearby. Officers say it's a tragic situation. Bruce Frazier of the Dalton police Dept says, ”We aren't sure e... More>>

MFG Chemical Victim Identified

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He'll do anything for anybody. Those are the words spoken by the wife of a Dalton man critically injured by a chemical reaction earlier this week. It's the story we first brought you on Monday...Family members say Jason Jeffers was the man burned during a chemical reaction at MFG Chemical in Dalton. During our interview this afternoon, his wife, Robin couldn't refrain from crying as she sits next to her husband who is now recovering in a hospital bed more than one hundred miles away from home... More>>

Family Follows Burglars Until Police Arrest

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Two Burglary Suspects are arrested after brave actions of three family members. Police say brothers Andrew and Anthony Santora stole a dirt bike and a 4-wheeler from a barn outside of a family's home on Martha Avenue in East Ridge.A 12-year-old girl reportedly saw the burglary from inside the house then called her parents. While heading home, her parents spotted the burglars and decided to follow them while communicating with the police. After a 10-minute pursuit, police captured the two men ... More>>

MFG Chemical Has History of Safety Concerns

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As we reported yesterday, one worker at a Dalton chemical company is in the hospital. He was burned internally from breathing toxic fumes after an accident at the plant. This happened Monday at MFG Chemical Plant in Northwest Georgia. We don't know the worker's name or condition, but we're told OSHA is how investigating the accidental release of gas.The company also had a disastrous chemical reaction 10 years ago, resulting in more than 150 people being treated for inhaling toxic fumes. We du... More>>

Woman Robs Convenience Store on Horseback

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Police says a DeKalb County woman stole a horse and then tried to rob a gas station convenience store while intoxicated. It's not just the alleged thievery that's unusual, it's what police say she used as her getaway car, or should we say animal, and the state she was in when she reportedly did it.A gas station outside the small Alabama town of Fyffe is the talk of the town. Tiffany Hale, "It's been weird. It's been a big ordeal."The day after the fourth of July, Hale says she noticed a custo... More>>

Raising the Rent on a Local Senior Center

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The city of Chattanooga says that they've never had to pay for their Eastgate senior facility. But now they've been asked to fork over $180,000 a year in rent.Many senior citizens attend the Eastgate center because it offers them activity and social opportunity that they wouldn't otherwise have. 68-year-old Connie Briggs is one of those people. But soon, that's all going to change.Eastgate Mall has let the city of Chattanooga house this senior center inside the mall completely free of rent. B... More>>

Bringing Healthy Options to Hamilton Co. Food Deserts

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A recently released report shows that more Tennesseans are missing out on adequate portions of daily fruits and vegetables. That's according to the CDC, who says more than 74% of residents are eating unhealthy.That's why this food truck, called the Mobile Food Market, stops at several Chattanooga neighborhoods. The truck is funded by several local organizations and sells healthy foods in areas where people have little or no access to grocery stores.Diondra Pointer, who uses the truck, says, "... More>>

Teens Indicted on Assault & Sexual Battery Charges

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Three boys from North Georgia are facing severe charges. And, now, the small community is speaking out about what happened during a wild after-prom party.A Gilmer County grand jury has indicted three Calhoun High School graduates, Fields Chapman, Andrew Haynes and Damon Avery Johnson with aggravated assault and sexual battery, both felony charges. Chapman and Haynes were also charged with sodomy. These charges are the result of a wild after-prom party, where close to twenty-five high school s... More>>

Chemical Reaction at Dalton Plant

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This morning, two people were hospitalized after an uncontrolled reaction at MFG Chemicals in Dalton. Police say employees were mixing chemicals in a reactor and one of them did not close the lid in time. The reaction boiled over giving off a vapor that seeped outside. People in surrounding areas were temporarily advised to stay indoors.One of the workers was taken to Hamilton Medical Center, the other to Wellstar Cobb County Hospital with severe burns to the eyes and throat.Tammy Shelton say... More>>

Missing Man Discovered Dead, Believed to Be a Homicide

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There is new information surfacing about a missing man discovered dead over the weekend. Saturday night, police found 65-year-old Steven Bell's body under a bridge in the Chattanooga Creek. Now, initial reports from the medical examiner's office reveal there are signs of foul play and CPD is treating his death as a homicide.Neighbors don't know how long Bell had been missing. His home was unlocked with his wheelchair still inside. Benny Watkins has lived next door to Bell for 38 years. After ... More>>

New Agreement Reached for Police Pension Pay

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Chattanooga Mayor, Andy Berke, says he has reached a new agreement with the Police Department over pension pay. Berke signed a memorandum of understanding with local police groups that allocates $950,000 to fix the police pay structure in his operating budget for this year.Mayor Andy Berke says, "What I heard from people most of all is they not only want fairness, they want predictability. It enhances morale and ensures that we are doing right by our employees."The agreement also states that ... More>>

Updated on Georgia Hot Car Case

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An update on the case of Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia man accused of killing his son by leaving him in a sweltering SUV. Charges have not been filed against his wife, Leanna Harris, although to legal observers, her behavior is odd bordering on suspicious.Police testifying on Thursday that the couple had money problems and that they'd both done internet searches on child deaths in hot cars. In court, she showed almost no reaction to the lurid details of her husband's alleged sexting the day... More>>

Knoxville Fireworks Stand Goes Up in Flames

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Explosive video, as a fireworks stand in Knoxville goes up in flames. More>>

Fireworks Sales Up This Year

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One local fireworks store had a much better holiday weekend. With the great weather and the Fourth falling on a Friday, sales boomed. More>>

Missing Man Found Dead

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Still no word on how a missing man died this past weekend. More>>

The True Meaning of Independence Day

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As the grills are cooling off and the booms of fireworks are fading away, we're able to reflect on the true meaning of Independence Day. More>>

Man Electrocuted On Chicken Farm

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A man is killed on the job, while delivering grain to a chicken farm in Etowah. The tragic accident happened after his truck made contact with a power line. More>>

City Council Suing Over Ballot Wording

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Chattanooga city council has announced that they are suing the Hamilton County Election Commission over a ballot question. Last year, Chattanooga's city council approved an ordinance to extend benefits to same-sex couples and domestic partners. But, a group in opposition held a petition drive to put the ordinance up for a public vote. In November, Hamilton County's election commission approved this wording of the referendum for the August ballot.
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Fireworks Difficult For Vets With PTSD

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To many, lighting fireworks is a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. But to those who fought to keep our country free every day, it's a painful reminder of what they've had to overcome. According to the VA, eleven to twenty percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars experience PTSD. And for Ringgold U.S. Army veteran Charles Ayars, hearing fireworks on the Fourth of July only bring back painful reminders of what he experienced overseas.
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Two Fatal Crashes in Area

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Speed may have caused a deadly wreck in Harrison. Police got the call just before nine last night. The Hamilton County sheriff's office says the driver of a 2014 Audi appeared to be speeding when they lost control and hit a tree in the 6000 block of Champion Road. Both the driver and passenger died at the scene. Police haven't released the names of the victims.
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Inmate On The Loose

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Police are searching for an escaped inmate from Jackson County. Earlier today, Jackson County jail inmate Nathan Thomas Clark walked away from a work detail at Stevenson City Park. Clark is described as a 38-year-old, white male with brown hair and brown eyes, six feet tall, weighing approximately 165 pounds. He was last seen in the Stevenson Park area wearing orange jail clothing. Anyone seeing him should not approach him and should contact the Jackson County sheriff's office. More>>

Lawsuit Addresses Domestic Partner Ballot Measure

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The Chattanooga city council says they'll present the Hamilton County election commission with a lawsuit. And it all has to do with the wording of a controversial voter initiative that's on the August ballot. The whole fight is over the domestic partnership ordinance. Last year, the Chattanooga city council voted to allow the partners of city employees in domestic partnerships to get equal benefits. City voters will decide on whether that plan should go ahead on August 7th. But an issue with ... More>>

Man Admits To Arson, Suicide Attempt

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A Hixson man admits to setting his house on fire, claiming he was having marriage issues and wanted to kill himself. Fifty-four-year-old Walter Marks told investigators he wanted to "come clean" about what happened to his home on June 17th. Marks was living with a female psychic reader. They refer to their relationship as a common-law marriage. According to court records, Marks told investigators that he set the fire, then took a handful of pills. In addition to being depressed, he told fire ... More>>

Guns Stolen from Pawn Shop

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Chattanooga police are searching for the person or people who stole thousands of dollars worth of firearms early this morning. Les Cantrell is the owner of Les's Pawn Shop off Highway 58 in Chattanooga. He says someone broke the side window glass, crawled through a small space and went straight for the guns in his shop. Surveillance video shows movement in the store around 2:15am. In the surveillance video, one can see in the bottom left, a person removes a cloth from the case, then grabs the... More>>

Estranged Boyfriend Accused Of Murdering Wife and Mother

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39-year-old Crystal Ostrum thought she was safe, but early Sunday morning, police say Jeremy Richie ignored a judge's orders and killed her. More>>

Man Claiming Home Invasion Charged with Murder

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A Murphy, North Carolina man was charged with murder on Monday night.
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Clerk Shot in Gas Station Robbery

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Chattanooga police are working to find the person who shot a gas station clerk and took off with cash on Monday night. More>>

Community Takes a Stand Against Crime

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One Chattanooga community is standing together in an effort to fight crime.
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Murder in Soddy-Daisy Trailer Park

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A murder in Soddy-Daisy is giving authorities more questions than answers.
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Weekend Fire Woes

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Two fires caused trouble in Chattanooga this weekend. One Chattanooga family is blaming a faulty fire hydrant for extra damage to their home. Meanwhile, fire breaks out overnight at Foodworks in North Shore. More>>

8th Annual Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

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 Hundreds of athletes descended on the Scenic City this weekend for the 8th Annual Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon. More>>

Beloved Pastor Gives Final Sermon

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After 48 years of preaching, a local pastor gave his final sermon on Sunday morning. More>>

Ringgold Teen Hit, Killed By Train

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Investigators are trying to determine why a Ringgold teenager was on train tracks where he was killed Wednesday night. 17-year-old Christian Hall was struck and killed around 10PM. Investigators still aren't sure what happened.The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office says it happened on the tracks through downtown Ringgold. Christian lived in a nearby house on Depot Street. Why he was on the railroad is on the minds of many, in the community he's left behind.The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office is ... More>>

Chattanooga Police Work to Decrease Violent Crimes

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All the violent action in the streets this week has some Chattanoogans doing a double take. Police have handled eight shootings in seven days. But recent numbers from Police show shootings are down 20%. Residents say that's a matter of perception.The Police Chief says they are investigating all of the shootings over the week. The latest victims are 41-year-old Charles james Kind who was found dead on Bennett Avenue and 32-year-old Cedric Mikes who died on South Terrace, Wednesday morning. More>>

New Information in Bessie Smith Burglary

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A crime of opportunity. That's what city leaders are considering the recent theft from the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Torrey Hines admitted to stealing more than $40,000 the night of the Bessie Smith Strut. Hines was an employee at the center. We learned Thursday from the police affidavit, that the money was being kept in a desk drawer locked with a single key. That key was kept in an unlocked safe in the same office.Moses Freeman, District 8 City Councilman says, "I cannot imagine why any... More>>

Political Heavyweight, Howard Baker, Dies at 88

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Tennessee has lost one of it's political heavyweights. Former state senator Howard Baker, a key figure in the Watergate Investigation, has died at the age of 88. Baker, who also served as the Chief of Staff during the Ronald Reagan administration, died at his home Thursday from complications of a stroke.Senator Lamar Alexander called Baker a true example of a public servant saying, "Howard Baker was Tennessee's favorite senator. One of our finest national leader. For me he was an indispensabl... More>>

Police Chief Fred Fletcher's First Day on the Job

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Wednesday was Fred Fletcher's first day on the job as Chattanooga's new Chief of Police.Although Chief Fletcher spent two decades protecting citizens in Texas, his first day on duty in Chattanooga kept him busy. More>>

Tax Payers Paying for Cleveland Luxury Jetport

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Luxury with a 42 million dollar price tag on your taxpayer dime. That's what a new report out Wednesday is calling the swanky Cleveland Regional Jetport. It has a fireplace, water feature, spacious lounges and more for private pilots and passengers.But the Beacon Center's Pork Report says its wasted taxpayer dollars, because most people can't use it. With the Chattanooga Airport 30 miles away, they say it's "government gone wild." The Jetport director says jet fuel sales to the state and fede... More>>

Read 20 Book Patrol Encourages Reading

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Reading doesn't always have to be homework. That's the message state and local officials are working on the summer. Tennessee First lady, Chrissy Haslam, partnered with Chattanooga Police to visit youth and family development centers, Wednesday. They're promoting the Read 20 Book Patrol. Several officers helped Haslam hand out books to young readers. The kids interests ranged from princess stories to Martin Luther King. The first lady says its proven that low literacy rates directly related t... More>>

Defending the Donuts Against City Hall

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Controversy erupted after a downtown Chattanooga bakery owner is asked to cover up a mural of flying donuts. Many of you protested and petitioned to keep the mural as is and Tuesday night, the city says they are willing to listen.The business owner responsible for the mural, Barbara Davis of Koch's Bakery says it's only an expression of art, but the city says it's advertising adn violates parts of the city's sign ordinance. Now this business is at the center of a protest, as many of you fight... More>>

Coolidge Park Fountains to Re-Open

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Visitors to Coolidge Park looking to splash around in the popular fountain won't be shut out for much longer. The closed sign has been in place for over a week now at the park's hot spot because of an unknown malfunction, but city workers say they made progress in their repairs Tuesday afternoon. They climbed down into the maintenance bunker to inspect the source of the malfunction. Park officials say they are waiting on a specific part and the fountain should be up and running sometime on We... More>>

Teenager Dies in Police Chase

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A 16-year-old from Cleveland is dead and his grandmother is blaming law enforcement. Once Ruth Johnson realized her grandson stole her car, she called 911. Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators say Brady County Deputies were in an active chase when the teen hit a telephone pole on Michigan Avenue. Tyler Johnson died in that crash. Ruth says the chase should never have happened. Tyler's grandmother tells us, "I had told them, he didn't drive, that's the first time the kid has been on the road... More>>

Chattanooga City Budget Proposal Passes

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After a wee's delay, the Chattanooga City Council unanimously passed the mayor's proposed budget, Tuesday. Mayor Berke proposed his 216 million dollar budget on may 27th. "Budgeting for outcomes" was the term used for this particular plan. This means the city's funding will be based on its performance in several key areas. Over 700 thousand dollars was added to improve the roads in Chattanooga. Also the city is funding a federal prosecutor to go after gang leaders. More>>

Student Shot After Private Concert

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A University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student is recovering after being shot outside his home. Early Monday morning, 19-year-old, Kyle Worley says he was cleaning up after a private concert at his home. As he walked into the backyard, he heard strange noises coming from the shed. After shouting for someone to identify themselves, two men stepped out from the shadows. One bullet missed Worley and the other hit him in the shoulder. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the... More>>

Bessie Smith Robber Turns Himself In

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Police make an arrest in the theft of thousands of dollars from the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. It happened just after the Bessie Smith Strut, during the Riverbend Festival.Police say 35-year-old, Torrey Lamar Hines, turned himself in Monday. He's charged with burglary, vandalism, and theft over 50-thousand-dollars. More>>

New Jobs Coming to Ringgold

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A Catoosa County industry is getting a shot in the arm to help boost the economic recovery. One of Georgia's largest companies announced it's expanding, and that means millions of dollars invested and the creation of new jobs.It's all happening in the small town of Ringgold, GA. Shaw Industries says the first step is to restore an old facility that used to operate as a rug distributor and add new state of the art technology. But it's not just about restoring a dilapidated building, it's about... More>>

Manhunt Ends With Bradley Co. Hero

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The Cleveland manhunt ended with 20-year-old David Jason Goode knocked on the door of a black belt master instructor. Goode was on the run. He had two warrants out for aggravated assault. He came to the home of Bettie Howard. Her son, Mark, was over visiting. They knew of the manhunt, and recognized Goode when he arrived. Mark was prepared.Howard says he was able to get Goode onto the ground until police arrived, because of his training and background in martial arts. Goode was later booked i... More>>

Shooting in Orchard Knob

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Chattanooga Police are searching for two suspects in an armed carjacking and shooting Saturday night. More>>

Controversial Donut Mural Increases Shops Business

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The donut shop at the center of a controversial mural downtown is seeing a big boost in business. More>>

One Chattanooga Homeless Shelter is Without A/C

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Having your air conditioner break is never fun, but when a homeless shelter's breaks, a whole new set of problems arise. More>>

What to Do When Lightning Strikes

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When thunder roars, go indoors. It's a tried and true warning, especially during the summer months. Sunday marked the beginning of lightning safety awareness week. More>>

Atlanta Man Charged with Murder After Leaving Child in Car

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Police in Cobb County, GA, say 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris was supposed to drop his 22-month-old son off at daycare yesterday morning. Instead he went to work, apparently forgetting the child was still strapped in his car seat on a day when temperatures reached into the low 90s.Officers say when Harris left work, he noticed his son in the back and tried to perform CPR, but the boy was dead. Harris is being held without bond on charges of murder and cruelty to children. This child's death i... More>>

Could Stick Figure Families on Cars Be Dangerous?

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The bumper stickers you put on the back of your car could put your child in danger. That's the warning from child advocacy experts lately. They say having too much information tacked on the back of your car can attract child predators. And while you may think that just having a stick figure family on your car wouldn't pose much of a threat, it can be just enough to lure a little kind into the hands of a stranger.Parking passes hanging from your rear view mirror can also tip off a criminal to ... More>>

Pedestrian Hit and Killed on I-75

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One person is dead after an accident on I-75 in Catoosa County. Investigators tell us, an 18-wheeler hit a pedestrian just before exit 345 near Ringgold. Details are limited, but authorities say the truck was coming from the weigh station when the accident happened. The victim's car was also found along the side of the road. Police say the driver of the truck was shaken up by the accident, and it is not clear if charges will be filed. More>>

Sidewalks Could Have Prevented Man's Injuries

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A Man struck by a car while walking home says one thing could have prevented his near tragic accident: sidewalks. Thursday we spoke exclusively with Alton Park resident, Quentis Bonner. He spent nearly two months in a coma and now has a broken leg and minor brain damage. Bonner was walking down Workman Road when he was hit. Now, city officials tell us they plan to add more sidewalks on that road by the end of the year. Bonner says, "I hate for someone to have to go through what I went through... More>>

Man Crashes Into Dalton Car Dealership

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First responders believe a medical emergency caused the man to lose control of his van and crashed into a Dalton car dealership. Witnesses say an elderly man suffered a stroke at some point while driving down Walnut Ave. Just after 2PM that driver hit another car, cutting across five lanes of traffic. The van finally came to a stop after crashing into a group of brand new Nissans. Joey Kelley, Executive Manager Pye Nissan says, “One piled into the next one and that was the only thing that sto... More>>

Bridge Over Chickamauga Dam Closes for Repairs

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The Thrasher Bridge over TVA's Chickamauga Dam will close Thursday evening for repairs and will remain closed until Monday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will close the bridge to work on expansion joints. It will be closed from 8PM Thursday to 6AM Monday. Southbound travelers will be redirected to DuPont Parkway, Northbound drivers will take Amnicola Highway. Additional work will be done to ensure continued safety for years to come. More>>

Park Ranger Fired for Dancing on the Job

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Dance like no one is watching. It's a popular term many of you have heard, but for one Chattanooga Park Ranger, his freedom of expression landed him without a job. This after he's caught on camera, dancing on the job at Coolidge Park.Melissa Parsons says she couldn't believe what she saw, when Deryl Nelson started dancing in uniform. She says she has no problem seeing people have a little fun, but not on the job and certainly not in a public safety role.However, Lonnie Stinnett says, "I thoug... More>>

Two Charged in Dalton Woman's Death

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Two people are now charged in a Dalton woman's death. Dalton City Police are charging David Bastin and Francis Leming, both of Calhoun, GA in connection with the death of 24-year-old Haley Stanley of Dalton. Police believe the two suspects drove Stanley to the VFW on East Line Street. It's there they believe Stanley was alive and in obvious distress when Bastin and Leming abandoned her without any regard for her safety or well-being.Stanley was found inside her vehicle and pronounced dead at ... More>>

Hamilton Co. Judge Weighs in on Domestic Violence

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A Hamilton County judge weighs in on domestic violence following several recent murders. Within the last month, at least four women in our area have been killed, all somehow linked to domestic violence. Thursday we sat down with sessions court judge Lila Statom. In the past, Judge Statom has prosecuted thousands of domestic violence cases while working as a child abuse lawyer. Statom says seeing how children are affected hurts the most. She says it is important to always report cases of domes... More>>

Conflict Arises Over Two Dozen Rescued Dogs

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A fight breaks out over two dozen dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill at a McDonald home. That fight pitted a rescue organization on one hand. the other? The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.The whole dispute was questioning if those few dozen dogs were removed properly from the home. In the end, the rescue group won. The story has gotten widespread coverage this past week. More than two hundred dogs removed from a Bradley County home. The owner, Rebecca Vanmeter, is charg... More>>

Six registered Sex Offenders Caught at Riverbend

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Riverbend is known as a family friendly event, however, this year, six registered sex offenders were caught violating parole. During the week of Riverbend, a compliance check for sex offenders was conducted by Friends of the Festival, supported by law enforcement. Tennessee law says convicted sex offenders are not allowed to attend functions located in a park. The Riverbend Festival is located inside of Rivepark, so sex offenders are not permitted. The arrests were made by the Chattanooga Pol... More>>

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