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Brian Armstrong joined the News 12 Now team in October 2020.

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COVID vaccine given at Memorial Hospital

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- The first wave of Pfizer COVID vaccines were administered at Memorial Hospital Thursday. Infectious disease Doctor Mark Anderson was the first to receive the vaccination. He said getting the vaccination is a humbling experience. "I have a great…

Alstom new entrance hopes to improve traffic flow

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- Starting Wednesday, you should see less traffic in front of the Alstom COVID-19 testing site. The Heath Department will start using a new entrance directly across from the Southeast Tennessee development district. Heath department Administrator Becky Barnes said…

CDC Christmas travel recommendation

Heath Departments are already encouraging people not to travel for the Christmas holidays after millions traveled for Thanksgiving. Amanda Goodhard with the southeast regional office of the department of health said it’s too early to say if the rise in…

Carbon Monoxide poisoning

CLEVELAND, Tennessee- Two Cleveland residents were still be treated at a hospital Monday after coming in contact with carbon monoxide poisoning on Sunday. Bradley county emergency services were called to a house for a man suffering from an apparent stroke…

Firefighter PPE safety

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- As well reported Thursday, firefighters might not receive the first wave of the COVID Vaccine.  "We lean heavy on safety as a whole because of the nature of the business we're in," said Chief Phil Hyman. "Firefighters are…

Firefighters hoping to have early access to vaccine

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- Firefighters might not be included in the first round of COVID vaccines. The CDC's immunization advisory panel voted Tuesday to first give the COVID-19 vaccine to Professions in tier one such as healthcare workers "We’ve had 45 Firefighters who…

Agencies predict evictions to rise after the new year

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- COVID has been an equally opportunity destroyer. President of the community Foundation of Northwest Georgia David Aft said housing and homelessness were already problems before the pandemic and COVID's impact has just exacerbated the problem. "As the courts open…

Black Friday crowds way down

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- 2020 has been a year like no other so it only stands to reason that Black Friday would be a Black Friday unlike any other. Morning Crowds were way down compared to previous years. "Hasn’t been crowded and…

House fire in Chickamauga

CHICKAMAUGA, Georgia- There was a house fire in Chickamauga, Georgia this morning. Cpt. Chad Regal said the Walker Fire Department received a call about a house with flames billowing from the roof on Georgia 341. He said when crews arrived…

COVID’s impact on Thanksgiving travel plans

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year, but like everything else, it will look different this year due to COVID. AAA is forecasting a decrease in travel this year compared to previous years.…

“Drive By Gratefull” food drive

A Dalton organization is still giving out food this Thanksgiving despite COVID cancelling its annual Thanksgiving Day buffet. Last year, Believe Greater Dalton had its inaugural grateful community meal in Downtown Dalton. COVID made a buffet impossible this year, but…

Soddy-Daisy city manager voted out

SODDY-DAISY, Tennessee- Soddy-Daisy's city manager was removed Thursday after a 3 to 2 commissioners vote. Newly elected Commissioner Steven Everett was sworn in and shortly after accused, then city manager, Janince Cagle of using her position to drive down the…

Chattanooga housing market on the rise

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- Chattanooga housing prices have jumped more than 16% in the past year. Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors president Brandi Pearl Thompson said there are several reason the housing market has raised so much in Chattanooga. She said there…

Toilet paper shortage Déjà vu

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee- It’s Toilet paper shortage Deja Vu as people are leaving shelves bare as COVID cases go up. "Paper aisle was totally empty I even took pictures of it to send my wife because it was a joke," said…

Medicare Open Enrollment spam calls

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- "I hate it when those people call me they’re like the devil of the earth I hate them so much." Medicare open enrollment is open through December 7th and with that, comes Medicare spam calls. "My phone goes…

Future of legalized medical marijuana

HIXSON, Tennessee- Marijuana is still illegal in Tennessee, but in the past few weeks four more states have legalized it. Tennessee it’s not legal recreationally or medically. Senator Janice Bowling has called for the medical version to be legalized. Pharmacist…

Reconnect to Workforce partnership

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee-Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a partnership with Tennessee Reconnect and the Department of Labor and Workforce. "Obviously no one expected there to be a pandemic this year," said Justin Groenert. This partnership will allow people who are unemployed…

Unemployment numbers down

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- Unemployment benefits claims are the lowest they have been since March both across the country and in Tennessee. Director of Communications with the Tennessee Depart of Labor and Workforce Chris Cannon said in the last six weeks claims have…

College enrollment down

Dalton State is in a similar situation that most high education schools are in. Enrollment is down. Student affairs Vice President Jodi Johnson said even though  retention rate actually went up, freshman enrollment is down 3.5%, which is about what they…

Will people get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- As COVID-19 case surge across the area, there appears to be an end in sight, after Pfizer said the first round of its late stage trials could be up to 90% effective. But there is still a lot we…

COVID-19 Vaccine’s financial impact

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- As news of a potential COVID-19 vaccine comes out, Wall Street soared. "It helps you avoid the short term swings, the roller coaster ride, and it produces superior long-term returns as it has for 90 years," said Barnett and…

COVID-19 active cases explained

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee - There are currently 1207 active cases in Hamilton county. Dr. Paul Hendricks said a COVID-19 active case is a positive case still in isolation. A person is considered active usually for 10 days. "Before they come out…