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Tornado leaves path of damage in Northeastern Tennessee

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A tornado touched down in upper east Tennessee, in Claiborne County Sunday night demolishing several homes and a grocery store. More>>

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Panel discusses need for Mental Health Court in Hamilton County Video included

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Officials in Hamilton County are discussing a new initiative to keep people with serious mental illness out of jail.  More>>

Scammers in McMinn County using county officials' names

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In McMinn County another old scam resurfacing has the scammers impersonating law enforcement.
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Two athletes accomplish Turkey's first double wingsuit jump Video included

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The two athletes, one American and one Turkish, performed a dual wingsuit jump over Dark Canyon. More>>

New Georgia law could ensure local courts get their money

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A law, expected to be implemented in 2015, will allow state and local courts to draw unpaid fines from Georgians' state income tax returns. More>>

Man shot in knee on West 38th Street Video included

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A 22-year-old man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the knee.  More>>

Haslam sends letter to president about minors

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In a letter to President Barack Obama, Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied immigrant children in Tennessee.
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More attention to be focused on solving cold cases Video included

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There are 140 unsolved murders in Hamilton County, and some families have gone more than 40 years without answers.  More>>

Spy cam suspect talks to Channel 3 about arrest Video included

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The man arrested and accused of placing a spy cam in a men's restroom at a Chattanooga Business talks to Channel 3 about his arrest. Twenty-one-year-old Justin Wilson was arrested Friday.  More>>

UPDATE: Restroom spycam suspect arrested Video included

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The Chattanooga Police Department has arrested a suspect that allegedly planted a spy camera in public restrooms. More>>

Man stabbed to death in East Lake Courts, residents sick of violence Video included

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Chattanooga Police are investigating the 20th homicide on city streets this year, marking more homicides so far in 2014, than all of last year. More>>

Rhea County Sheriff's office warns citizens of scammers

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The Rhea County Sheriff’s Office tells Channel 3 scammers are calling Rhea County citizens telling them they missed jury duty More>>

'Damsel in Defense' kit includes items to protect women

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Enough is enough. That is the message from a woman who is working to get more self-defense products sold at college and high school campuses. More>>

UPDATE: Victim ID'ed in deadly stabbing in Chattanooga

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A 23-year-old Chattanooga man has died as result of a stab wound.
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Should Imagination Station's wooden fort be replaced? Video included

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For 22 years, Imagination Station's wooden fort has been a Collegedale icon. Kids who grew up there now bring their children to play on it.
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Chattanooga FC going to New York for NPSL title game

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On Monday, the National Premier Soccer League announced on Twitter that the Red Bulls Under-23 team and Chattanooga match will be played after the first team's match with the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.  More>>

UPDATE: Chattanooga Choo Choo announces $8 million expansion and renovation Video included

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Chattanooga officials announced a round of renovations around the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel and complex Monday morning. More>>

Hardwick Clothing turns 134-years-old Video included

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The oldest tailor manufacturing giant turned 134-years-old on Tuesday.  More>>

UPDATE: Members of biker gang shot; rival bikers charged with attempted murder

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Two members of a biker club in Athens were taken to the hospital early Saturday morning after an apparent shootout with a rival biker club.   More>>

Why one dad wants to ban play dates

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The play date has become as much a part of childhood as homework and sleepovers, with parents happy to arrange a set time when their children can socialize in a supervised and controlled setting. More>>

911 outage affects Cherokee County, NC

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A “major” outage by a telephone service provider in Cherokee, NC has left the area without 911 landlines for communication to the county’s Emergency Communications center. More>>

Verizon to throttle speeds for heavy users

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The change will affect the heaviest data users who fall into several categories at once. More>>

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Renowned Mentone Springs Hotel now only memories

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Since 130 years of history went up in flames in March, only memories and blackened stone stand testament to the former glory of the Mentone Springs Hotel, the "Grand Old Lady" of East Alabama. More>>

Lower-Income Students Getting Shut Out of Sports

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As the chairman of the department of tourism, recreation and sport management at the University of Florida, Michael Sagas had a pretty good idea what to expect when his daughter started playing travel soccer. More>>

Sales Tax Holiday this weekend for parents, students

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States allow purchases (with limitations) without collecting sales tax, easing the financial burden of parents. More>>

Red ruby alert: Major stores selling gems 'filled with glass'

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It's July, and if you have a birthday this month, the ruby is your birthstone. Rubies have been called the "king of gems," symbolizing strength, power and love.  More>>

Report: DNA links former Knox deputy to rapes of girl

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A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report is bolstering the state’s case against a former Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of repeatedly raping a girl over a two-year period. More>>

UPDATE: EF-3 tornado touched down in north TN

Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed 10 homes and damaged others, though there are no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries. More>>

UPDATE: Amincola Highway partially closed after chemical spill

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The spill should be cleared early this afternoon, according to a news release from Chattanooga State.

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Tennessee urges residents to vote early

With an especially long primary ballot, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is recommending that voters cast their ballots early. More>>

Reward offered in weekend car burglaries, vandalism at Cleveland Greenway

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The burglaries and vandalism occurred around the Cleveland Greenway and its parking areas, Stuart School and Perry’s Petals, according to a news release from the Cleveland Police Department. More>>

UPDATE: Lightning likely cause of morning house fire Video included

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Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in Hamilton County.
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Amazing weather settling in for a few days Video included

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The rain will be completely ending this morning. Behind the front, we will be cooler with much lower humidity. The high will reach 86 degrees.
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Cleveland couple celebrates 71 years of marriage Video included

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James and Ruth Meeks said " I do" in Murray County in 1943 when they were both young teenagers.  More>>

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Gun handbag: Chattanooga veteran develops business with UTC help

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The program, now in its third year, is free to all honorably discharged veterans. To be considered, applicants have to show they have the chops for being entrepreneurs and be pretty far along with their business plan. More>>

Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

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U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense. More>>

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

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When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.
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UGA linebacker Bellamy arrested for DUI

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Just days after Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor made headlines for his arrest on aggravated assault/domestic violence charges, the Bulldogs have had another defensive player land in jail.
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Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

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Family Dollar has struggled and has attempted to reinvigorate sales by lowering prices on almost 1,000 basic items. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. More>>

Tortoise an accomplice in alligator's zoo escape?

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An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. More>>

School supplies stolen from 6-year-old Video included

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Jayce Perez is about to start school at Spring Creek Elementary without the new supplies his mother worked hard to buy him.   More>>

Record soccer crowd sees CFC earn spot in national title game

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Record crowd for soccer turns out Saturday night at Chattanooga's Finley Stadium and the hometown team didn't disappoint the 8800 or so in the stands. More>>

Cleveland animal shelter needs more funding Video included

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No animals are being accepted at the Bradley County Animal Shelter after lack of funds and help has forced the group to turn some away. More>>

Cleveland man drowns in Polk Co.

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A 57-year- old Cleveland man drowned near Max Point in Polk County Saturday evening. More>>

Trial in salmonella outbreak to start in Georgia

Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 are set to go to trial this week in Georgia. More>>

Man threatens to blow up airport runway

Authorities say a Davidson County man has been arrested for threatening to blow up a runway at the Nashville International Airport. More>>

Court Strikes Down D.C. Ban on Carrying Guns in Public

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 A federal judge has struck down Washington D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home as unconstitutional. More>>

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Major remake would link Miller Park, Plaza and Patten Parkway

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The divide between Miller Plaza, the red-brick courtyard and attached pavilion in the core of Chattanooga's city center, and Miller Park is five lanes of traffic on M.L. King Boulevard. More>>

Man who died in 'NYPD Chokehold' arrest wasn't violent: Widow

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The widow of a New York City man who died this month in a videotaped confrontation with New York City police demanded justice on Saturday, saying the victim wasn't asking for trouble. More>>

GA police start enforcing 'slowpoke' driving law

Drivers going too slow on Georgia's roadways are starting to get warnings as police enforce a new law. More>>

Lawsuit: CHP Officer hit woman with "All the Strength He Had"

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The woman seen on a now-viral video being repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer said her dress was violently ripped to expose her bare buttocks as she told the officer “I didn’t do anything to you,” according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed last week and amended Friday. More>>

My Car's Been Recalled: Now What?

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 Due to the sheer number of vehicles recalled in the United States this year — more than 40 million — you very well may have a vehicle that is involved in some sort of safety-related service action. More>>

Hamas Calls For 24-Hour Truce After Israel Resumes Attacks

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 The militant group that rules the Gaza Strip asked for a cease-fire hours after Israel resumed attacks on the enclave. An Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner did not say if Israel would hold fire during, adding that troops would continue demolishing militant tunnels. More>>

Families seek out help for helping transgender children transition Video included

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Researchers are finding many people who identify as transgender start to struggle with gender identity at a young age. More>>

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Patients, doctors seek remedy for confusion over BCBS of TN's Network E

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Over the last seven months, shoppers in the new health insurance marketplace have become patients, using their new plans for the first time. More>>

Tennessee jail using art to assist inmates

Inmates at the Hamilton County Jail in Chattanooga have 90 minutes each Friday night to escape - in a figurative sense. More>>

Rookie QB says 'never fun to get punched' in face

Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger knows only too well the intensity of the Alabama-LSU rivalry. More>>

UPDATE: Crash blocks I-24 Eastbound lanes in Coffee County

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The accident happened around 5:00 p.m. Central time. The Westbound lanes are not affected. The roadway is expected to be re-opened by 7:00 p.m. Central time. More>>

Haslam sends letter to president about immigrant children

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied immigrant children in Tennessee. More>>

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Fee or free?: CHA, nonprofits have competing visions for James A. Henry building

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Art classes, mental health counseling, a clothing bank and job training could be provided in one location for low-income people on the Westside if the Chattanooga Housing Authority allows service providers to use its James A. Henry building rent free. More>>

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