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Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program rallied in front of the Federal Building in Chattanooga last month.

Local groups plan DACA informational event

CHATTANOOGA — A group of nonprofits, religious organizations and local attorneys will be hosting an information session about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy today, days after President Donald Trump announced his decision to rescind it.

The 6 p.m. event at Howard High School is a collaborative effort by the office of International Community Outreach at Chattanooga State, La Paz Chattanooga, Catholic charities and the Tennessee Imigrants and Refugees Rights Coalition, according to a news release.

Gladys Pineda-Loher, director of the International Community Outreach at Chattanooga State, released the statement, encouraging anyone with an interest in the event to attend.

"Over the last 5 years, I've seen how DACA has transformed the lives of local students, opening doors they never thought possible and giving them hope for a brighter future," she wrote in the statement.

"Our local DACA students are thriving — studying engineering, business, nursing, and education. But now, their future and their contributions are hanging in the balance."

Pineda-Loher said Trump's decision will have repercussions for years, forcing individuals out of schools and workplaces. She also called on Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and lamar Alexander to pass the Dream Act to allow those affected to remain.

She also stated she stands with those same individuals.

"While local immigrant students and myself are processing the recent announcement and wrestling with fear and anger, we will be ready to fight for their right to stay here," she wrote.

"From the tuition opportunity campaign to now, immigrant youth have inspired me to stand with them and advocate for policies that give them more opportunities. Not a day will go by that we won't work to pass the Dream Act."

 

Child injured in shooting

HIXSON — A 3-year-old child was injured in a shooting on the 7300 block of Valley Lane in Hixson, Tenn., according to a news release from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening Wednesday evening, according to the release.

The circumstances of the shooting were under investigation.

 

TV station back on air after Tuesday storm

WRCB Channel 3 returned to full broadcast Wednesday afternoon after being taken offline by Tuesday evening's powerful storm. The station was kicked off the air and lost power in the studio Tuesday at 4:40 p.m. when heavy wind and rain moved through the Chattanooga area.

Within a minute, generators restored power to equipment in the building, but there was one major problem: there was no video or audio transmission to viewers. Engineers and IT technicians worked for just over 20 hours to restore the broadcast, which resumed Wednesday after 1 p.m.

President and General Manager Tom Tolar said a piece of equipment used to transfer video from the studio to the transmitter had been wiped out sometime during the storm. The transmitter kept running, but there was no video coming through.

Not all viewers had to wait so long, Tolar said. WRCB restored audio and later video to Comcast customers after 8 p.m. Tuesday, and then to EPB customers after 11 p.m. AT&T U-verse customers received access through a fiber link on Wednesday. "It was a lengthy process," Tolar said. "The viewers have been really understanding, so even though it's been a very difficult time it's been very pleasing to know that people were treating us as well as we could expect."

 

New police chief appointed in Red Bank

Robert Simpson is the new chief of the Red Bank Police Department, Red Bank City Manager Randall Smith announced at the city commission's Sept. 5 meeting. Simpson replaces former Police Chief Tim Christol, whom Smith fired for undisclosed "personnel reasons" in May.

"Robert Simpson has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, ingenuity in developing programs, and has been task oriented in his prior roles," Smith said in a release. "He is an excellent, experienced law enforcement professional."

Immediately prior to his appointment in Red Bank, Simpson served as police chief for the city of South Pittsburg, Tenn., for just under two years. He previously retired from the Chattanooga Police Department, which he served for 28 years in several roles, including community relations and as a patrol officer. "Most of that time was as a supervisor, and I really got to enjoy leading officers," said Simpson after the Sept. 5 meeting, as to why he thinks he's a good fit for the role of police chief in Red Bank.

Simpson, who started in the position Aug. 30, said he plans to continue meeting the high standards set for state-accredited police departments, of which Red Bank is one of few, and make any necessary improvements based on further evaluation of the department.

 

Student struck by hit and run driver

OOLTEWAH — Late Wednesday afternoon, at approximately 4:20 p.m., an Ooltewah High School student working for a landscape company was struck by a hit and run driver while weed-eating a ditch near the 5958 block of Snow Hill Road. The student was flown from the area by LifeForce Helicopter to a local hospital, according to a news release.

The driver of the hit-and-run vehicle was apprehended shortly after the incident.

"No names are being released at this time as this is an active investigation and due to the fact it involves a juvenile," the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office release states. "The present condition of the student is not know at the time of this release."

 

Food bank to move distribution during Ironman

Chattanoogans in need of food from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank may have to travel a little farther on Saturday, Sept. 9 as the facility temporarily moves its USDA commodities distribution site to Chattanooga State Community College at 4501 Amnicola Highway from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The food bank distributes USDA commodities to Hamilton County residents once a quarter on a Saturday, but this year it falls on the same weekend as the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

The facility anticipates heavy traffic and is not able to close off streets due to Ironman, which resulted in the decision to move to better accommodate over 2,000 food insecure families registered to receive a food box, according to Scott Bruce, director of marketing and communications.

"We decided that we needed to move to better serve our clients and continue running a smooth 3 hour distribution," Bruce said.

The new site is less than four miles north of the food bank and recipients are asked to enter at the college through the main entrance. Food bank employees and volunteers will be onsite to direct traffic and move the three hour distribution along smoothly, according to a news release.

 

Man killed Monday after truck crashes into building

BIRCHWOOD, TENN. — A 63-year-old Birchwood, Tenn., man was killed Monday when his truck crashed into a building west of Dayton, Tenn., in Rhea County.

Larry P. Knam died at the scene Monday after his 2008 Ford F-150 left the road in a curve and struck a building, Trooper Lt. David Roark states in his report. The crash happened about 12:15 p.m. Monday near the intersections of Morgan Creek Road, Old Highway 30 and Ogden Road, just off of State Route 30.

Knam, who was traveling east on Ogden Road when the crash happened, was not wearing a seatbelt which could have made a difference in the outcome, Roark states in his report.

Authorities found no evidence that Knam was attempting to avoid a collision with any other vehicles. Roark said THP was made aware that Knam had a history of medical conditions. Tests are being performed to see if alcohol or drugs were involved, according to the report.

 

Mobile health coach to visit McMinn County

ATHENS, TENN. — CHI Memorial's mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings Wednesday at McMinn County Health Department.

"All women should have one screening mammogram between the ages of 35-40. After age 40, a screening mammogram is recommended every year," according to a news release from Memorial. "Any woman who meets these age guidelines and has not had a mammogram in the past 12 months may participate, with or without insurance."

The clinic will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Those with insurance must bring their insurance card and a photo ID, such as a driver's license. Those without insurance may qualify for financial assistance. Clinic patients will need to know their doctor's first and last name.

To schedule a screening, call 423-495-4040 or 866-591-2254. The McMinn County Health Department is located at 393 Showbarn Road in Athens, Tenn.

 

Tiger killed after running loose in Georgia neighborhood

STOCKBRIDGE, GA. — Police confirmed that a tiger that was running loose on a Georgia highway was shot and killed Wednesday.

Henry County Police Department Capt. Joey Smith told local news outlets that drivers reported seeing a tiger early Wednesday on the northbound lanes of I-75 in Stockbridge — about 20 miles southeast of Atlanta. Crews blocked off four lanes as they looked for the big cat.

Police responded to a nearby neighborhood shortly after 6 a.m. when residents reported seeing the tiger there. Smith said the Department of Natural Resources and Animal Control was en route when the tiger began chasing a dog. He said police then shot and killed the tiger.

The dog survived. Smith said the tiger appeared to be full-grown. It was unknown where the tiger came from.

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