County Goes Under Tornado Warning As Frightening Storm Passes Through Around 10 PM; County Schools On 2-Hour Delay Tuesday Morning; Some Damage Reported Middle Valley Area

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hamilton County was under a tornado watch beginning Monday afternoon, then it switched to a warning shortly after 9 p.m.

Many took shelter as the city experienced heavy lightning and thunderstorms until after 10 p.m.

There were reports of damage at Daisy-Dallas Road, Hixson Pike and the Lakesite area.

There were reports of power lines down on Hale Road in the Middle Valley area, and trees reported down in the Soddy Daisy area. There were no reports of weather-related injuries.

In the Middle Valley area, the following damages were reported:
Wires down at N. Prairie at Hensley.
Wires and trees down at the 8100 block of Hale Road at Central Drive.
Tree down at the 200 block of Hale Road at Central Drive.
Tree down at the 1700 block of Hidden Harbor Road.
Wires down at Daisy Dallas and Dallas Lake Road. 

Power outages were centered in the Hixson-Northgate and Soddy Daisy areas.

Then at 10:18 p.m., radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing half-dollar-size hail and destructive winds in excess of 70 mph. These storms were located along a line extending from six miles south of Dayton to near South Cleveland and moving northeast at 45 mph.

There was another scare on Tuesday morning when Hamilton, Bradley and Meigs counties went on a tornado watch that extended until 7 a.m.

Due to the possibility of severe weather, Hamilton County Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Tuesday. School Aged Child Care will be closed in the morning. 

There was a tornado warning issued at 9:23 p.m. for Dade County, Ga. The storm was said to be proceeding at 35 mph southwest of Trenton.  

The bulk of the initial storm appeared to be just west of Chattanooga in the vicinity of Winchester and Tullahoma, Tn. There was a confirmed sighting of a tornado at Huntland, Tn., in Franklin County.

The possible severe weather earlier caused the county schools to cancel some activities.

School officials said, "Due to a chance of severe weather in our area late this afternoon and tonight, we are cancelling all after school activities. School Aged Child Care will close at the regular time this evening. As a precautionary measure, T-Cap testing slated to begin on Tuesday will be delayed until Wednesday. The regular testing schedule will begin on Wednesday.

"If school is delayed or cancelled for tomorrow we will inform you this evening or in the morning."

Bradley County School officials said, "Due to potential severe weather, all Bradley County Schools’ after-school activities are cancelled for Monday evening, April 28, 2014, including Bradley/Polk Adult Education."

Hamilton County Emergency Services will activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 5 p.m. "anticipating the severe weather coming in this evening."

Officials said, "Residents are encouraged to stay close to their local media outlets and take necessary precautions if the anticipated weather conditions materialize."
 



No Injuries Reported In Apartment Fire Friday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire in North Chattanooga shortly before  10 a.m.  on Friday.   When firefighters arrived at 316 Chambliss Street, light smoke was showing from the quadplex. Battalion Chief Chris Warren said the fire appears to have started on the backside of one of the apartments. Chief Warren said a neighbor was ... (click for more)

Latest Bradley County Arrest Report

Click  here  for the latest Bradley County arrest report. (click for more)

Managed Hunting Is Necessary In Maintaining A Stable Deer Population - And Response

I enjoy seeing the whitetail deer that we have in so many areas here in East Tennessee, but here in Hamilton County we have been approaching the maximum habitat sustainability in some places including the Enterprise South area. I make this statement due to the fact that I have seen up to 20 deer driving around in Hixson in one evening during the summer. I believe that TWRA is doing ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)

Baylor Wins State Volleyball Title

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – There were tears on both sides of the court at MTSU’s Murphy Center Thursday afternoon. There were tears of relief and joy for the Baylor Lady Red Raiders while the tears for the Briarcrest Lady Saints represented heartbreak and disappointment. Such is the case when two really good volleyball teams meet for the second straight year for a D-II Class AA ... (click for more)

Lanters Are Latest Sister Acts Leading Lady Flames Teams

When one looks back on the success of the Lee University women’s soccer program over the past 16 years, it is easy to see what sisters have provided. Records show the surge began in 2001 and continues today with senior Summer and freshman Anna Lanter (former Soddy Daisy High School standouts) helping spark the Lady Flames to a current 8-4 overall mark and 7-2 in the rugged Gulf ... (click for more)