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Dozens of local agencies report to Gatlinburg to help fight devastating fires

CHATTANOOGA (Tenn.) — Many drivers stop on the scenic highway connecting Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg to soak in the scenery.

Tuesday, that area looks very different, according to Captain Matthew Mundall, who spoke with NewsChannel 9's Kelsey Bagwell by phone during a short break from fighting the blaze.

"It was kind of surreal driving on the little road between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. There was fire burning on both sides of the road," says Mundall of the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department. 

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Bus driver charged in deadly crash to make first court appearance

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Johnthony Walker, the school bus driver charged in connection with the November 21st school bus crash on Talley Road that left 6 children dead and several others injured, makes his first appearance in a Hamilton County courtroom on Tuesday morning.

Go here to watch the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Walker is charged with six counts of vehicular homicide. He has been in jail on a $107,500 bond since the day of the crash.

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LaFayette Christmas parade set for Dec. 2

Residents will have plenty to do in LaFayette when the second annual Christmas Carnival in the parking lot of The Real Deal Home Store follows the city's "Old Fashion Christmas Parade" on Friday, Dec. 2.

According to carnival organizer and Real Deal owner Jim Powell, area businesses have organized the event.

"Everything is free," Powell said of the event. "We want to give our community and children more to do."

Last year's Christmas Carnival was met with around 400 children that attended the event, Powell said.

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Erlanger pediatrician shares what she experienced in hours following fatal bus crash

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A pediatrician at Erlanger shared her account of what it was like inside the hospital following the fatal school bus crash that claimed the lives of five children Monday. 

In a post to her Facebook page, Joani Lea Jack explained what she saw in the hours following the deadly crash.

The post reads, in part, "All we can do is be there for each other... be present in the pain... work and serve and love and grieve together."

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Six confirmed fatalities after school bus crashes into home on Talley Road


Hamilton County Interim Superintendent Dr. Kirk Kelly plans to hold a 7 a.m. news conference Tuesday morning at Woodmore Elementary. Go here for the latest.


Chattanooga Police have confirmed with NewsChannel 9 that there are several people dead following a School Bus crash on Talley Road. 

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Toby Keith to headline Riverbend 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Friends of the Festival announced early Monday morning that country music superstar Toby Keith will have the Coke Stage all to himself on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 9pm. 

Friends of the Festival says the familiar maxim of the triple threat – singer, songwriter, musician – doesn't begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era's most complete self-directed hit makers. 

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Boil water notice issued for Fort Oglethorpe customers after presence of e.coli found

FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. — The city of Fort Oglethorpe has issued a boil water notice for all residents after the presence of e-coli was identified. That city news release says on Wednesday, e.coli bacteria were found on November 16th. That bacteria can make people sick. 

City officials say all water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled for at least a full minute, and left to cool before using.

The city says it's taking steps to expand flushing systems of the water distribution system and has increased sampling to keep an eye out for more presence of the bacteria.

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White Christmas has stunning opening weekend at The Colonnade

Storyteller Productions' presentation of Irving Berlin's, "White Christmas" enjoyed a crowd-pleasing opening weekend at The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold to kick off the holiday season.

Final weekend performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. and matinees are Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2:30 p.m.

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Life with Gracie: Georgia man makes good on promise, donates $400,000 to help children


RINGGOLD — As he has done for the past 30 years, Johnny Jennings loaded up his 2008 Dodge truck last Thursday with discarded paper and cardboardand headed to the Chattanooga Recycling Center.

He arrived just 15 minutes later and unloaded his take with the promise of a check he’d collect and deposit for delivery to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home.

But Mr. Johnny, who’s 85, was hardly done. He would load his truck two more times that day, returning to the recycling center as often as needed.

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Lookout Mountain homeowners evacuated during wildfire may return home Tuesday

Georgia Forestry spokesperson Seth Hawkins says those who live in the Lookout Highlands subdivision will likely be able to return home on Tuesday.

Sunday, 60 homes in the Lookout Highlands subdivision were evacuated.

"Firemen were spraying water hoses on houses on cars, because you know we had some fires 10-15 feet from some of the homes," Hawkins said.

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