Low score forces one restaurant to close its doors to address violations
Low score forces one restaurant to close its doors to address violations

We're less than a week from Thanksgiving and if you plan to take a break from the kitchen or if you are looking ahead for a quick holiday meal there are a few low scores you should know about.

Raw meat dripping into salad dressing and lack of handwashing drops score for one eatery
Raw meat dripping into salad dressing and lack of handwashing drops score for one eatery

The lowest score was close to failure and some training is needed for the staff.

Unsafe food storage temperatures drop scores for several restaurants
Unsafe food storage temperatures drop scores for several restaurants

Nearly 70 restaurants were visited by health department inspectors; here's what they found.

Where's the exterminator? Possible bed bugs cause failing score
Where's the exterminator? Possible bed bugs cause failing score

One motel fell short of the passing line, failing this week. Another had a corrected score.

Grab a hair restraint! Bare hands and dirty equipment lowers scores
Grab a hair restraint! Bare hands and dirty equipment lowers scores

With majority of the scores in the 90s, you do not need to worry about going out to eat this week.

Rodents, improper food storage temperatures plague several Georgia restaurants
Rodents, improper food storage temperatures plague several Georgia restaurants

Improper hot and cold food storage temperatures and evidence of roaches and rodents were some of this week's violations.

Take-away message: wash those hands
Take-away message: wash those hands

Inspectors were hard at work this week keeping diners safe, with a staggering number of restaurants inspected.

Rodent droppings and raw food stored over ready-to-eat food lead this week's list of violations
Rodent droppings and raw food stored over ready-to-eat food lead this week's list of violations

This week brought a wide variety of violations and one of the lowest scores seen in weeks.

'Clean' dishes that really weren't and hand washing problems drag down scores
'Clean' dishes that really weren't and hand washing problems drag down scores

Overall, many of the restaurants and facilities inspected across the Tennessee Valley did very well this week, with many scores in the high 90's.

Doors and gravy: small issues add up for 3 local spots
Doors and gravy: small issues add up for 3 local spots

Good news is that there are no failures to report -- all restaurants came in with strong scores.

Taco spot reopens, doughnut shop "doughs" not have working sinks
Taco spot reopens, doughnut shop "doughs" not have working sinks

Good news this week -- a restaurant closed by the local health department has been approved to reopen after their most recent inspection.

One North Georgia restaurant fails after follow-up inspection
One North Georgia restaurant fails after follow-up inspection

The good news is that 16 restaurants across the Tennessee Valley earned perfect scores.

No paper towels and a dirty dishwasher lowers score for one restaurant
No paper towels and a dirty dishwasher lowers score for one restaurant

It was a heavy week for inspections, but a few restaurants had some slight work to do before earning a higher score.

Rodent bait stored next to food earns a failing score
Rodent bait stored next to food earns a failing score

One eatery failed this week for a number of reasons.

More than two dozen perfect scores this week, sushi restaurant fails
More than two dozen perfect scores this week, sushi restaurant fails

It was a busy week for inspectors across the Tennessee Valley, with 14 restaurants across the board earning a perfect score.

Roaches and flies a common theme this week
Roaches and flies a common theme this week

Inspectors found several restaurants with evidence of insects, specifically flies and roaches.

Dirty kitchen items prove troublesome for several restaurants this week
Dirty kitchen items prove troublesome for several restaurants this week

Employees' lack of food safety knowledge lowers score for one restaurant in Hamilton County.

Cook uses bare hands to check cooked chicken's temperature; evidence of rats found
Cook uses bare hands to check cooked chicken's temperature; evidence of rats found

Three restaurants in Dalton have some cleaning up to do.

Raw beef stored at incorrect temperatures knocks down one score
Raw beef stored at incorrect temperatures knocks down one score

Dirty surfaces and incorrectly stored food knocked down scores for several restaurants.

Dead cockroaches and moldy food equal a failing score
Dead cockroaches and moldy food equal a failing score

But two restaurants, both in Georgia, were given failing scores.

Lack of hand-washing, spilled garbage and flies hit one eatery
Lack of hand-washing, spilled garbage and flies hit one eatery

Safe food handling techniques continue to be an issue for several restaurants.

Time for a summer cleaning, safety training in some local spots
Time for a summer cleaning, safety training in some local spots

It was a light week for inspections with Hamilton County Health Department working on Riverbend.  The lowest score this week comes from Georgia.

One restaurant put on notice to clean up or be closed
One restaurant put on notice to clean up or be closed

This week, there are several perfect scores, but there is one failure to report. 

Bare hands used on ready-to-eat food
Bare hands used on ready-to-eat food

No failures to report this week, but there are some restaurants around the Tennessee Valley that could do some cleaning up.

Roaches on walls and lack of hand washing fail one Chattanooga restaurant
Roaches on walls and lack of hand washing fail one Chattanooga restaurant

Health department inspectors visited dozens of local eateries, checking for violations and areas of concern.

Salads now safe, but kitchens still need cleaning in some restaurants
Salads now safe, but kitchens still need cleaning in some restaurants

The week's common thread: cleaning and sanitation.

Inspectors address romaine lettuce E. Coli scare with restaurants during their rounds
Inspectors address romaine lettuce E. Coli scare with restaurants during their rounds

This week, the inspectors discussed the E coli scare with romaine lettuce with restaurants.

Good week for restaurants in the Tennessee Valley
Good week for restaurants in the Tennessee Valley

It's high scores for several Tennessee Valley restaurants with no failures to report.

Two popular restaurants fail inspection this week
Two popular restaurants fail inspection this week

Two local eateries failed this week, with the primary reason centering upon how raw foods were being thawed.

Lack of hand washing and unsafe meat thawing lead this week's violations
Lack of hand washing and unsafe meat thawing lead this week's violations

A few restaurants came close to failing this week, with familiar violations: staff not properly washing their hands, lack of food safety knowledge and unsafe thawing of frozen meat. 

Clean dishes stored on dirty dishes and dirty floors fail one local eatery
Clean dishes stored on dirty dishes and dirty floors fail one local eatery

One local restaurant earned a failing score for restaurant inspectors this week for a variety of infractions. Several others were cited for various food handling problems

Improper hand washing and bare-handed food contact lead to lower scores
Improper hand washing and bare-handed food contact lead to lower scores

It was another busy week for health department restaurant inspectors.

Lack of food safety knowledge common thread this week
Lack of food safety knowledge common thread this week

There were no failures to report in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Raw food at room temps, dirty floors and unwashed hands lead list of violations
Raw food at room temps, dirty floors and unwashed hands lead list of violations

Inspectors gave 16 perfect scores of 100 in Hamilton County and 8 perfect scores in Georgia.

Spoiled food, no paper towels cause problems for buffet
Spoiled food, no paper towels cause problems for buffet

This week, most restaurants came in with strong scores, but one spot had to do some cleaning up before the weekend. 

Barehands used on ready-to-eat food, dirty kitchens and raw eggs stored over produce found
Barehands used on ready-to-eat food, dirty kitchens and raw eggs stored over produce found

Nearly two dozen establishments earned perfect scores this week by health department inspectors.

Insects, incorrect food storage temps, and food stored on floor
Insects, incorrect food storage temps, and food stored on floor

All is not perfect in the dining world; a few places will need to refocus food safety efforts on training and cleanliness.

'Clean' utensils stored in pan with food debris and a hammer
'Clean' utensils stored in pan with food debris and a hammer

Safe food handling techniques and procedures continue to plague a few establishments.

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

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

Workers not changing gloves, wiping face while preparing food
Workers not changing gloves, wiping face while preparing food

Thirteen eateries earned a perfect score of 100.

Local spot cleans up after mildew, sink issues
Local spot cleans up after mildew, sink issues

Ice ice baby: ice machine causes local spot to clean up after inspector's visit. 

Roach found in cooler, food left out and uncovered hands
Roach found in cooler, food left out and uncovered hands

Even with a staggering 25 restaurants in the Tennessee Valley earning perfect scores, a small number of others have issues.

It's a good week to dine out in the Tennessee Valley
It's a good week to dine out in the Tennessee Valley

This week Hamilton County Health Department inspectors visited early twenty restaurants, with three of them earning perfect scores of 100.

Restaurant inspectors award six perfect scores to finish out 2017
Restaurant inspectors award six perfect scores to finish out 2017

Before they ring in 2018, restaurant inspectors are capping off the year with scores for more than 20 Tennessee Valley eateries. 

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