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JOE FRUGAL: Walgreens Labor Day Deals

2 hours 15 min ago
Take advantage of Walgreen's annual Labor Day sale.
Today, you can get Lay's or Doritos for $1.99, three 12-packs of Coca-Cola products for $10, and Chex Mix or Bugles snacks for 99-cents.

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Also, today is an any colored straw day at Kangaroo Express.  That means you can get a free Roo Cup refill if you show the cashier your straw.

Family speaks about the death of 3-year-old Soddy-Daisy boy

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:53pm
SODDY-DAISY, TN (WDEF-TV) A family members said he doesn't believe three-year-old, Dakota Arndt drowned in a bathtub as a report indicated, but he believe Dakota was abused by the mother's boyfriend while she was gone.

"No human being can hurt a child like that and still be human inside," said Dakota's cousin Terry Leffew. "You've got to be a monster."

Leffew's was full of anger and tried to wrap his mind around what happened is his lovable little cousin.

"How you can take a beautiful three-year-old child, sweet always smiling always happy," he said.

On August 27, three-year-old Dakota Arndt reportedly drowned in a bath tub while under supervision of his mother's boyfriend, Justin Dale Bradley, who was arrested and charged with Criminal Homicide of the three-year-old.

Leffew, said he does not believe what Bradley told him.

"He gave me a story that he had woke Dakota up put him in the bathtub, and went outside to bring Dakota's puppies in. He said when he came back in there he found Dakota lifeless in the tub."

Laffew added that what he saw in the hospital was something completely different.

"He had knots and bruises on his head a body."

An autopsy of Dakota's body is underway and that will determine the exact cause of death, but it won't bring any peace of mind this his grieving family.

"How you could hurt a child like that, beat a child until he dies."

The family told News 12 that Dakota's organs were donated and say in the wake of this tragedy he has already saved three lives.

5 injured in car accident on Highway 27

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:24pm
SODDY-DAISY, TN (WDEF) Five people were injured in a car accident on Highway 27.

This happened around noon on Sunday, when a vehicle pulled out from Dayton Pike in front of a vehicle travelling north bound on Highway 27, causing the two vehicles to collide.

One of the injured was flown by life force to Erlanger Medical, while the other four were transported by ambulance.

We are still waiting to find out their conditions.

UPDATE: Man Charged in Drowning Death of 3-year-old in Soddy Daisy

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 8:46pm
(WDEF) The Hamilton County Sheriff's office charges a 24-year-old man for a child's death in Soddy Daisy.
     Officials charged 24-year-old Justin Dale Bradley with Criminal Homicide.
     This is after deputies responded to 10710 Jenkins Circle in Soddy Daisy on Wednesday.
     They found three-year-old Dakota James Arndt drowned in the bathtub.
     Officials began C-P-R immediately and then rushed him to T-C Thompson Children's Hospital where he was placed in intensive care.
     Arndt was pronounced brain dead yesterday morning.
     Officials say Bradley was Arndt's mother's boyfriend.

East Ridge Fire Department Boasts New ISO Rating

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:50pm
(WDEF)  The City of East Ridge can now boast a fire department that's among the top two percent in the nation.
     Fire Chief Mike Williams made the announcement this week during the City Council meeting.
     The city now boasts an Insurance Service Office rating of two.
     The scale ranges from one to 10, with one being the best.
     Insurance companies calculate rates based upon the ISO rating.
     The new rating goes into affect December first.

Hamilton County Detectives Investigate Child Death in Soddy Daisy

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:37pm
(WDEF)      The Hamilton County Sheriff's office investigates a child death in Soddy Daisy.
     Officials responded to 10710 Jenkins Circle in Soddy Daisy this past Wednesday.
     A three-year-old boy named Dakota James Arndt drowned in the bathtub.
     Officials began CPR immediately and then rushed him to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital where he was placed in intensive care.
     Authorities were notified Saturday morning Ardnt is brain dead.
     Detectives and officials with child protective services are investigating.

Authorities investigate death of 3-year-old boy

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:40pm
SODDY DAISY, TN(WDEF) The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee on a report of a three-year-old boy having drowned in the bath tub on August 27.

Deputies arrived on scene and immediately took over C.P.R. until Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services arrived, who then took over the life saving efforts.

The boy, Dakota James Arndt, was transported to Children’s Hospital where he was placed in intensive care. On August 29, Dakota had been pronounced brain dead.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division along with Child Protective Services are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the child’s death.