Popular eatery hit with four violations, but nearly aces follow-up inspection
Popular eatery hit with four violations, but nearly aces follow-up inspection

There were no failures in this week's Restaurant Report Card, but three Chattanooga area restaurants and one North Georgia hotel pool dipped well below the "A" mark.

No failures, however raw food cross-contamination raise concerns
No failures, however raw food cross-contamination raise concerns

There were no failures to report this week. In fact, we found ten perfect scores.

Bacon and hot dogs not a good combo for one local restaurant
Bacon and hot dogs not a good combo for one local restaurant

A lot of high scores across the Tennessee Valley but health inspectors say a few places need a refresher on food refrigeration.

No failures this week, but bare hands and corn not a healthy mix
No failures this week, but bare hands and corn not a healthy mix

An employee was spotted touching ready-to-eat corn with bare hands

Local restaurants score low, but quickly learn from previous mistakes
Local restaurants score low, but quickly learn from previous mistakes

A popular downtown Chattanooga location failed its initial report, but a re-inspection shows they made the necessary improvements.

One failing score given in this week's Restaurant Report Card
One failing score given in this week's Restaurant Report Card

Plenty of upper 90 scores with a few 100s, but there is one failing score.

Don’t put that there; inspectors find moonshine inside cooler
Don’t put that there; inspectors find moonshine inside cooler

Safe food handling techniques appear to be this week's theme.

One restaurant in need of 'spring training' scores a 64
One restaurant in need of 'spring training' scores a 64

During this first weekend of Spring, many of you may want to ditch the house and eat out.

Lack of paper towels and too much ice for the ice cream shop led to low scores
Lack of paper towels and too much ice for the ice cream shop led to low scores

There were more than 30 perfect scores across the Tennessee Valley and  18 of those are in Hamilton County. Although we didn't find any failing scores there were a few low scores this week.

Evidence of rodents and dirty surfaces lead to low score
Evidence of rodents and dirty surfaces lead to low score

There were no failures this week however one restaurant in Hamilton County lost points due to several violations.

UPDATE: Taco shop in Dalton closed after scoring low for several violations
UPDATE: Taco shop in Dalton closed after scoring low for several violations

There are no failures in Hamilton County, a taco restaurant in Whitfield County had some issues during their last inspection. 

Burgers with bare hands, no gold star for the 'Golden Arches'
Burgers with bare hands, no gold star for the 'Golden Arches'

They may have Golden Arches but this week a popular restaurant chain did not receive a gold star during its health inspection.

Forgiveness is the name of the game
Forgiveness is the name of the game

One Catoosa County hibachi restaurant failed its last inspection, but in just a week, they made adjustments and improved their score to an "A."

Raw eggs at room temperature and pests in hotels room
Raw eggs at room temperature and pests in hotels room

There were no failures this week however lack of skills in the cleaning department and not following general rules led to some low scores.

Dirty hands, dirty food prep surfaces fail two popular eateries
Dirty hands, dirty food prep surfaces fail two popular eateries

With two eateries that were given failing scores this week, the good news is the 13 restaurants that earned perfect scores.

North Georgia restaurant fails second inspection in two months
North Georgia restaurant fails second inspection in two months

Kobe Hibachi Sushi was shut down in November after scoring a 31 on their health inspection.

New year, old habits: Fort Oglethorpe restaurant fails... again
New year, old habits: Fort Oglethorpe restaurant fails... again

Five restaurants (and their hard-working crews) earned perfect scores this week.

Dirty pool and lack of hairnets lower scores
Dirty pool and lack of hairnets lower scores

With 11 perfect scores, it seems like a great week to dine out!

Black mold-like substance found on drink nozzles gives one restaurant a score of 56
Black mold-like substance found on drink nozzles gives one restaurant a score of 56

If you're thinking about eating out this weekend, health inspectors say one restaurant could use a lesson in basic food safety training.

Hand-washing and contamination violations trip up several restaurants
Hand-washing and contamination violations trip up several restaurants

The lowest score of the week came from Hamilton County, with a 79.

Georgia restaurant reopens weeks after failure, voluntarily closing
Georgia restaurant reopens weeks after failure, voluntarily closing

There is good news if you want to splurge a little and eat out this weekend.

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.

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