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Woman with Down Syndrome asked to remove weight belt at Hixson gym because it was 'intimidating,' her sister said

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A Chattanooga woman posted on Facebook that a manager at Planet Fitness in Hixson asked her sister, who has Down Syndrome, to remove her weight belt because it was intimidating to other members. 

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Investigators working to determine cause of Saturday Hixson house fire

Photo Credit: Jeanni Highlander Photo Credit: Jeanni Highlander
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The fire happened around 2:30 am at a home in the 900 block of Wesley Drive in Hixson. 

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FIRST ON 3: Hamilton County superintendent re-stocks school central office

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Documents obtained by Channel 3 show a wave of recent hires by new Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson is resulting in the largest central office staff in years. 

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No injuries in East Lake house fire

Photo courtesy of the Chattanooga Fire Department. Photo courtesy of the Chattanooga Fire Department.
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Officials say firefighters found the fire at the back of the home and quickly got it under control.

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SCHOOL PATROL

Whitwell High School teacher arrested for statutory rape

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Sheriff Bo Burnett confirms the arrest of Whitwell High School teacher Joseph "Joey" Smith for statutory rape by an authority figure.

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Local scientists trying to keep southern tortoises alive Video included

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The gopher tortoise is known as a keystone species because so many other animals rely on its existence. This is why conservationists want to slow down its decline.

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Jimmy Kimmel blames Trump, Congress for school shooting

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Jimmy Kimmel opened his late night show by accusing President Donald Trump and congressional leaders of doing "worse than nothing" to stop mass shootings like the killings of 17 people by a teenager with an AR-15 assault weapon at a Florida high school. More>>

Sober living apartments open in Chattanooga for those recovering from addiction Video included

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The goal is to help those in the process of recovery stay on track.

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UPDATE: Hamilton County teachers will get early retirement option Video included

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School officials say it would be a short-term windfall for employees, with long-term savings for the school system.

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UPDATE: Local schools responding to threats following Florida shooting Video included

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Investigators say social media was used in many of those threats.

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What the Tech? Kids and smartphones Video included

Photo courtesy of "Wait Until 8th." Photo courtesy of "Wait Until 8th."
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It's a frequently asked, by fairly recent question: what's the best age to give a kid a smartphone?

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UPDATE: Owner of Brainerd Road Economy Inn responds to shutdown Video included

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Owner Janice Hixson says she was not notified of any problems with her hotel until the day it was shut down.

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Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

Nikolas Cruz Nikolas Cruz
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Authorities say Cruz, who was expelled from Stoneman Douglas last year for disciplinary reasons, walked into his former school with an AR-15 military-style carbine and opened fire.

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UPDATE: Special counsel Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in 2016 election

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The indictments — part of Mueller's ongoing investigation — are the first criminal indictments tied directly to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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New app makes it easier to make public works requests and report problems

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By downloading CHATT311, residents can submit reports, monitor a report's status and see other reports in the city at anytime and they're sent directly to the appropriate department. 

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Ram trucks recalled to fix problem with gear shifters

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Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 229,000 Ram trucks, mostly in North America, because they can be shifted out of park without a key in the ignition or a foot on the brake.      

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Nashville is a finalist for hosting NFL draft

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 A city for each year will be selected at the NFL meetings in May. 

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Golden Girls hot sauce; it's a real thing

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We all carry a torch for the ladies of "The Golden Girls," and some are taking that more literally than others. 

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3 juveniles arrested in Bradley County after threats made

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson. Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson.
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Two threats were made over the last day, Watson said in the Facebook live video.

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AL "Stand Your Ground" law move to state Senate

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The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a revision of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law to specify that deadly force can be used to defend someone in a church.     

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8 lenders that aren't serving people of color for home loans

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8 lenders that aren't serving people of color for home loans. More>>

Could a tip to the FBI have stopped the Florida shooting?

Family members embrace following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Wednesday. AP photo Family members embrace following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Wednesday. AP photo
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It was the latest attack to raise questions about whether people who once caught the attention of law enforcement should have remained on the FBI’s radar.

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Online public school Video included

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Whether it's for safety, health, or academic reasons, many families are finding themselves looking for alternatives to traditional public schooling

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Beating the flu with immunity boosters Video included

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Since so many grocery stores offer pre-cut packaged fresh fruits and veggies they are easy to prepare.

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Watch these shelter dogs beautifully transform when an officer sings to them

Chad Olds sings to the dogs in the Vance County Animal Shelter. Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter photo Chad Olds sings to the dogs in the Vance County Animal Shelter. Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter photo
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The first concerts went so well that plans are under way to make it a regular thing as part of the shelter's "enrichment" program.

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This is your brain on prayer and meditation

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While the reflective regions of the brain are activated, parts of the brain associated with taking action are inactivated.

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Dog food recalled over concerns about euthanasia drug

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The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals.      The company says it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet canned Gravy Train , Kibble 'N Bits , Skippy and Ol' Roy brands. It says it is investigating how the euthanasia drug pentobarbital got into its supply chain and is focusing on a single supplier of a minor ingredient used at one manufacturing fac...

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Florida said to have some of weakest gun laws in nation

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The latest mass shooting — which adds to a string of mass shootings committed in the U.S. with a semi-automatic rifle sometimes called assault-style weapons — raised questions among some about the accessibility of firearms like the AR-15.

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Raw foods not properly stored, improperly covered food lead this week's violations Video included

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But with all of the great scores earned this week, a few not-so-great scores were reported by inspectors.

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Teen accused of bringing gun to Atlanta-area high school

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The deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida led metro Atlanta high schools to heighten security.

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Bloody, drunk and chronically naked man hits pregnant nurse at north GA hospital

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An extremely intoxicated man provided a very busy night for the police at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

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Adults can now apply for tuition-free schooling, Tennessee Reconnect

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says applications are now being accepted for adults who want to enroll tuition-free this fall at a community college or technical college.

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Fire damages Lafayette home

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A fire damaged a Walker County home late Thursday night. According to officials the fire was on Shinbone Valley Road in Lafayette.  No one was injured, the person living inside the home was able to get out safely. Stay with Channel 3 as we work to learn more. 

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See something, Say something: Phone numbers to remember

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During tragedies like the school shooting that happened in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday emergency officials remind us if you see something, say something.

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UPDATE: One person airlifted after motorcycle crash in Harrison

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It happened in the 6400 block of Ramsey Road shortly after 8:00 p.m.

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EYE ON HEALTH

Heart disease: Don't ignore the warning signs Video included

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Eddie Reese enjoys running and he has always tried to stay active and healthy. But last September he remembers something unusual happening.

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