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Sewage study indicates thousands more COVID-19 cases in Chattanooga than reported

Sewage study indicates thousands more COVID-19 cases in Chattanooga than reported

A study last month of Hamilton County's wastewater for evidence of infections is showing thousands more cases in the community than publicly reported.The data — part of an ongoing study of the coronavirus in sewage — reported 8,200 cases of in the county on July 21, a time when the Hamilton County Health Department reported 4,461 confirmed cases.The information from July 21 is the fifth data point in the city's ongoing sampling of wastewater, showing varying levels of cases in the community. On May 18, the company doing the study, Boston-based Biobot Analytics, reported 1,700 cases in . On...

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Bill Hagerty, Marquita Bradshaw to compete for Tennessee U.S. Senate seat

Bill Hagerty, Marquita Bradshaw to compete for Tennessee U.S. Senate seat

This story was updated Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 12:35 p.m. with more information.NASHVILLE — Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan , a Republican from Gallatin, and Marquita Bradshaw, a Democrat from Memphis, will face off in November in a race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.Hagerty was strongly backed by President Donald Trump and won his fiercely contested nomination battle with Nashville trauma surgeon .Bradshaw was one of two Black women running. She was followed by Nashville attorney Robin Kimbrough, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and Iraq...

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Cleveland, Tennessee, woman seeks to overturn murder conviction over DA's alleged affair

Cleveland, Tennessee, woman seeks to overturn murder conviction over DA's alleged affair

Tenth Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump has been accused of withholding evidence in a 2018 murder trial in order to hide an alleged affair for which he was purportedly being blackmailed into securing a conviction, according to a motion filed in Bradley County Criminal Court on Friday.The motion, filed by attorney Bill Speek, professes to detail a recording of a conversation between the siblings of James Cheatham, who was shot and .Cheatham's wife, , was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison, the Cleveland Daily Banner reported at the time.Miranda...

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Chairman's COVID-19 'red zone' demand of Tennessee governor brings praise, criticism

Chairman's COVID-19 'red zone' demand of Tennessee governor brings praise, criticism

NASHVILLE — A Democratic U.S. House panel chairman's that Gov. Bill Lee and three other Republican governors begin following private guidance from the White House Coronavirus Task Force to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and also provide him the recommendations has two Tennessee congressmen taking opposing sides.U.S. Rep. Mark Green, a Tennessee Republican and physician, fired off a letter this week objecting to the directive from U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, chairman of the recently created Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, who had demanded the information on Wednesday.In...

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Survey reveals plummet in Tennesseans', Georgians' and Alabamians' positive views of governors' COVID-19 responses

Survey reveals plummet in Tennesseans', Georgians' and Alabamians' positive views of governors' COVID-19 responses

NASHVILLE — As cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue rising in their states, Tennessee Gov. and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp are seeing substantial drops in how constituents view their handling of the pandemic.That's one of the findings in a new 44-state survey conducted by researchers at Harvard, Northeastern, Northwestern and Rutgers universities under their Consortium for Understanding the Public's Policy Preferences Across States program.More than 19,000 adults nationwide were surveyed online from July 10-26. The poll found President Donald Trump had a 32% positive approval rating for...

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EPB to provide internet for Hamilton County Schools students at no charge for low-income families

EPB to provide internet for Hamilton County Schools students at no charge for low-income families

Students in Hamilton County Schools who receive free or reduced price lunches will soon receive free high-speed internet at no cost to their families.This initiative, called HCS EdConnect, was announced at a news conference on Wednesday, at a critical juncture when schools are deciding whether to hold in-person or remote learning amid a growing global .According to Chattanooga Mayor , the city is the first in the country to "bridge the digital divide" in education by providing free internet to all students in need. Internet connectivity has been a key issue for educators who don't want...

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The Center for Mindful Living will close its location on Main Street and move online to weather coronavirus pandemic

The Center for Mindful Living will close its location on Main Street and move online to weather coronavirus pandemic

The Center for Mindful Living will give up its physical space on Main Street and move its programming online as it tries to navigate the devastating effects of a global pandemic."We are lucky that we had a landlord that understood the predicament we were in," said Stephanie Wilkins, executive director of the center, which opened in 2013. "We have taken a huge hit in our revenue, and having a significant lease payment each month, we can't do it anymore."The has been closed to in-person meetings and classes since coronavirus cases emerged locally in March, and the recent escalation in the...

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Tennessee native gives Team Penske sweep of IndyCar weekend in Iowa

Tennessee native gives Team Penske sweep of IndyCar weekend in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa — Josef Newgarden was seething Friday after a fifth-place finish in the first of two IndyCar races on back-to-back nights at Iowa Speedway, insisting he had the best car and it was merely misfortune that cost him the win.The two-time series champion left nothing to chance Saturday.Newgarden started from the pole position and led nearly wire-to-wire to win, giving team owner Roger Penske a sweep of the two IndyCar races after Simon Pagenaud's victory Friday. It also gave Team Penske its fourth victory across three series this weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series race still to come...

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Hamilton County hospitals see record-high COVID-19 patients

Hamilton County hospitals see record-high COVID-19 patients

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Hamilton County hit new records repeatedly this past week — including a single-day spike to 114 Thursday — as the county continues to face the most severe outbreak of the global pandemic so far.People in the hospital with the virus, a key metric for understanding the severity of the outbreak, have trended upward in the county since the beginning of the month and are now higher than during the early part of June, which was .The record high for hospitalizations has been broken four times this week, following other and . However, the total number of...

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Leaked White House document: Tennessee among 18 states needing to reinstate strict COVID-19 measures

Leaked White House document: Tennessee among 18 states needing to reinstate strict COVID-19 measures

Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia are among 18 states the White House Coronavirus Task Force considers in the "red zone" for the COVID-19 outbreak and should reinstate stricter guidelines to stop the spread, a document states.The task force document, dated July 14 and made public Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity, details the recent increase of cases in counties across the country and recommendations for local officials.Coronavirus infections have surged in Hamilton County in recent weeks, with the county averaging 108 new cases a day in the past week. However, the local spike is...

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Hart: With Joe Biden, Dems try to prove just any idiot can beat Trump

Hart: With Joe Biden, Dems try to prove just any idiot can beat Trump

With press agents CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, et al., Joe Biden has somehow been able to hide in his basement and still rise in the polls. The less you see of him, the better for him. Biden says he is the agent of change needed in D.C. to fix all the problems of the past. In reality, after spending his entire adult life in Washington politics — more than 40 years — his fingerprints are on most of the problems of the past.The other reason he has been locked away, with only one tightly controlled news conference in 90 days, is his apparent dementia. Biden says he is "taking cognitive tests...

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Tennessee congressional candidate threatened after calling Grundy County a 'hotbed of white supremacy'

Tennessee congressional candidate threatened after calling Grundy County a 'hotbed of white supremacy'

NASHVILLE — A candidate running in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District Democratic primary says he was the target of a death threat after calling Grundy County a "hotbed of white supremacy" following a July 4th parade at which Confederate battle flags were flown.In his July 5 tweet after the Independence Day event in Tracy City, Tennessee, Chris Hale tweeted that Grundy is "one of the poorest areas in the nation. It's also sadly a hotbed of white supremacy."Hale also called the Confederate flag "traitorous and racist to the gospel of Jesus Christ" in a subsequent tweet that same day and...

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Hamilton County issues face mask mandate, punishable by $50 fine, as COVID-19 cases continue to increase

Hamilton County issues face mask mandate, punishable by $50 fine, as COVID-19 cases continue to increase

This story was updated at 4:39 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020, with more information.People in Hamilton County will soon be required to wear a face covering or mask in public to help curb the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Jim Coppinger said during a media briefing on Monday.Starting Friday,  could be accused of a Class C misdemeanor offense, with penalties ranging from a $50 fine up to 30 days in jail.The order by the Hamilton County Health Department, at the direction of Coppinger, requires masks or facial coverings be worn over the mouth and nose "at all times when indoors in all public and...

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Chattanooga area businesses prepare to make masks mandatory amid coronavirus

Chattanooga area businesses prepare to make masks mandatory amid coronavirus

Signs are going up and business owners are bracing for awkward conversations with customers under an executive order that requires face coverings in most public places in Hamilton County beginning Friday."In a way, it's clear what the county's asking, and in a way there are so many exceptions that what's not clear is exactly how we interface with our customers," said Tom Glenn, president of Elder's Ace Hardware, which has 22 stores, including eight in Hamilton County. "We anticipate that some customers will decline, and that's where we run into complications."Multiple exceptions to the mask...

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Cleveland pastor says he got COVID-19, gave up counting Church of God members infected

Cleveland pastor says he got COVID-19, gave up counting Church of God members infected

In his first interview since Westmore Church of God became the focus of a regional outbreak of COVID-19, the church's lead pastor Kelvin Page said the church should have taken masks more seriously as a precaution and that the church is no longer tracking the number of confirmed cases in the congregation.During an interview with Mix 104.1 WCLE in Cleveland on Thursday, Page said his church followed strong standards to keep people safe, including seat spacing and encouraging social distancing, but the ."It slipped in on us," Page said. "It came in through the music ministry. It's nobody's...

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Florida police officer suspended for pushing kneeling woman

Florida police officer suspended for pushing kneeling woman

FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Fort Lauderdale police suspended an officer after showed he pushed a kneeling black woman to the ground during  over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, escalating a clash where bottles were thrown and tear gas was fired.Also in Fort Lauderdale, the state attorney's office fired a prosecutor Monday for calling demonstrators "animals" at the zoo in a quickly deleted Facebook post.In the officer's case, colleagues quickly pushed him away from the woman and down the street Sunday. Police and city officials said it happened as a peaceful demonstration...

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Hello and welcome: Robot waiters to the rescue amid virus

Hello and welcome: Robot waiters to the rescue amid virus

RENESSE, Netherlands (AP) — You can always count on a robot for perfect timing.When Shaosong Hu saw robotic waiters serving food in China last fall, he knew exactly what he wanted for his restaurant in the Dutch beachside town of Renesse. He just didn't have a clue how useful they would prove.The coronavirus pandemic has turned a whimsical idea into perhaps a window into a dystopian future where a human touch may make people cringe with fear, and a waiter clearing the table sends a customer tense with stress — only to be relieved by a soothing brush with plastic."They came in just ahead of...

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Fox News reporter attacked, chased from demonstration

Fox News reporter attacked, chased from demonstration

NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News reporter was pummeled and chased by protesters who had gathered outside the White House early Saturday as part of nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd.For several journalists across the country, the demonstrations were taking an ominous, dangerous turn.A television reporter in Columbia, S.C., was hurt by a thrown rock Saturday and a journalist in Minneapolis was shot in the thigh by a rubber bullet. A television news photographer in Pittsburgh said he was beaten by demonstrators, and police in Louisville, Kentucky, apologized after an officer...

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Trump strikes China over coronavirus, Hong Kong and student visas

Trump strikes China over coronavirus, Hong Kong and student visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong's special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government, escalating tensions with China that have surged during the coronavirus pandemic.Trump has been over what he has portrayed as an inadequate response to the initial outbreak of the coronavirus in China's Wuhan province late last year.The president said in a White House announcement that Chinese officials "ignored" their...

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Hamilton County reports record 27 COVID-19 hospitalizations, signaling outbreak is worsening

Hamilton County reports record 27 COVID-19 hospitalizations, signaling outbreak is worsening

The number of people hospitalized and in the intensive care unit in Hamilton County with COVID-19 is  during the  pandemic.Data from the Hamilton County Health Department released Thursday revealed there are now 27 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, including 13 people in intensive care.The number of people hospitalized has been in the double digits since May 8. Because Chattanooga is a regional hub for medical care, hospitalization data can include residents from outside Hamilton County.The health department also reported 71 new people with COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county total to...

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As Tennessee lawmakers return to state Capitol, GOP-led Senate, House divided

As Tennessee lawmakers return to state Capitol, GOP-led Senate, House divided

NASHVILLE — As Tennessee lawmakers trickle back to the state Capitol Tuesday to resume their session, the primary order of business is grappling with a projected coronavirus-created state revenue shortfall that will dictate spending cuts in both the current budget and the new one taking effect July 1.But that's not all the 99 House members and 33 senators in the GOP-dominated General Assembly are wrestling with.Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, the Republican Senate speaker from Oak Ridge, and House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, are divided over the extent of personal health-safety protocols...

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Stun-gunned elderly woman will get settlement from Chatsworth, Georgia

Stun-gunned elderly woman will get settlement from Chatsworth, Georgia

The city of Chatsworth, Georgia, has agreed to pay , $150,000 in a settlement.The settlement also requires every patrol officer in the Chatsworth Police Department to be equipped with body cameras. The stun gun incident and eventual arrest of Al-Bishara happened in August 2018. Al-Bishara was picking leaves with a steak knife from a field behind the local Boys & Girls Club across the street from her house. Her grandchildren said she wanted to garnish a salad. After a worker at the Boys & Girls Club called 911, reporting a mysterious, knife-wielding woman, Chatsworth Police Chief Josh...

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Sohn: Gov. Bill Lee's 'trends' aren't convincing as he moves too quickly to reopen Tennessee amid COVID-19 crisis

Sohn: Gov. Bill Lee's 'trends' aren't convincing as he moves too quickly to reopen Tennessee amid COVID-19 crisis

Minutes after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee began his Friday news conference to talk about his plan for a "slow, measured, stepped approach to from its three-week stay-at-home order, The number of America's COVID-19 deaths edged past 50,000.Asked by reporters what would happen if new cases of the novel coronavirus rise next week after businesses reopen, the governor said state officials will be watching "the data — the same data" they watched a month ago before installing safer-at-home and, on April 2, stay-at-home orders. Lee and state health commissioner, Lisa Piercey, said they will continue...

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Volkswagen Chattanooga extends shutdown amid coronavirus outbreak

Volkswagen Chattanooga extends shutdown amid coronavirus outbreak

This story was updated Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 8:15 p.m. with more information.Volkswagen Chattanooga May 3 as officials had earlier projected.Company officials said Wednesday that they'll evaluate the plant's supplier base, market demand, and the status of the COVID-19 outbreak before setting a new date.The factory suspended production March 21 prior to stay-at-home mandates from state and local government out of what officials termed an abundance of caution.Volkswagen employees and production contractors received full pay and benefits for a total of three additional weeks of...

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Many Chattanooga area restaurants choose not to reopen amid coronavirus pandemic

Many Chattanooga area restaurants choose not to reopen amid coronavirus pandemic

Many restaurant owners in our area are living by the adage that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should or will.While governors in Georgia and Tennessee have declared that restaurants can begin to reopen amid the global pandemic, many owners have chosen to wait for several reasons, including the health of their customers and employees and the lack of restaurant and safety supplies.They are also unclear whether bringing back workers who have been furloughed and are receiving unemployment makes sense."It's just not as easy as opening your front door," said Cherita Adams at...

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