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Opens in whitfield county next week as they continue to be a hot spot.

How you can schedule a time to get vaccinated is coming up.

After a long battle with covid-19, the blue ridge police chief is on the road to recovery.

We'll have the latest on his condition coming up.

"news 12 now this morning.

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Welcome back to news 12 this morning.

We'll get to all those stories in a moment..

Buf first a look at the weather with chip === and now... your time saver traffic report... the number of americans filing for jobless aid surged to your new morning and welcome to file down this morning we are glad to writing you're going to need some heavier coats for today, tomorrow and sunday whic the past ... cold breeze today and tomorrow to a slightly lesser degree on sunday.

There's waves shapes up this morning ... precipitation were looking at now is basically pretty light in nature and i think it's going t be all out of the area by eight or 9 o'clock morning so at least that's around one we should see quit clearing plenty of sunshin rolling back in the forecast of the dog situation ... much much better.

The we've seen for the past three or four days 130 warmer here in chattanooga earlier this morning we were 20 warmer cigna number, shrinkers is colder air is coming back from the west as far as the regional temperatures are considered 34 dunlap colemont 3637 in winchester, only a couple degrees above freezing i murphy later on this afternoon.

Highs will be in the upper 40s announce how we may hit 54 a while late night tonight this scattered snow showers begin will see that continuing throug the first half of the day on saturday.

Half an inch accumulation good could be things may legally be a grassy area, sort of situation on the roadways, but so much accumulation, but they will select will have more about seven-day forecast coming up in just a moment right now with timesaver traffic ... .

Here's bad ... friday morning not saying good morning to you as well.

The required right now in the traffic and are not a whole lot going on in, get going on at the prodding morning and sunday 6 o'clock hour.

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Matter fact w are in excellent shape in and out of downtown nashville, knoxville or atlanta this morning.

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From th mermaid mattress traffic center at the old news 12 mail this morningalmost one-million in th week of 2021, up by almost 25 percent from the week before.

Yesterday, president elect joe biden unveiled an aggressive relief package he hopes to push through as soon as he takes office.

Debra alfarone has the latest from washington dc as we cover the nation.

) less than a week before he is formally sworn into office, president-elect joe biden briefed the nation on his nearly 2 trillion-dollar stimulus plan... designed to both combat the coronavirus pandemic and boost the economy.

"the crisis of deep human suffering is in plain sight and there's no time to waste.

We have to act and we have to act now."

The proposal comes as covid deaths in the u-s are nearing 400- thousand.

More than 23-thousand died in just the last week alone, the deadliest week of the pandemic so far.

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''the emptiness of the loss of life is compounded by the loss of our way of life.'' effectively, half of the plan's 1 point 9 trillion-dollar price tag will take the form of direct relief to the american people, including an increase in unemployment insurance, an expanded child tax credit, and another round of stimulus checks this time worth fourteen-hundred dollars.

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"i know what i just described will not come cheaply.

But failing to do so will cost us dearly."

The proposal also includes 440 billion dollars for helping communities and small businesses...and aims to bump up the minimum wage to 15-dollars an hour.

"no one working 40 hours a week should still be below the poverty line.

That's what it means."

Biden also has 160 billion earmarked for a national vaccination program.

He's scheduled to unveil, today, plans to deliver 100 million shots in the first 100 days of his presidency.

Debra alfarone, cbs news, washington.

Here in the tennessee valley - the blue ridge police chief is now at a rehab facility after stint with covid and a long hospital stay.

Chief johnny scearce was initially in the hospital for covid, but shortly after he went home to rehab he had to go back for treatment of a collapsed lung.

He was on three forms of life support and stayed in the hospital for 94 days until he was moved to a rehab facility on thursday.

His wife, brenda believes the ecmo machine and god helped saved his life.

"he's got a purpose.

He was on three forms of life support and a lot of people don't come off of one form and it was just like it gave him the time he needed for his body, his whole body to start healing."

While he was in the hospital scearce won a commission race.

Reservations for covid-19 vaccinations in whitfield county begin this morning at 7.

Vaccinations start at 10 monday morning at the dalton convention center.

They will be by appointment only for residents 65 and older.

Links to make an appoinment will be posted to the city of dalton facebook page, whitfield county facebook page, and dalton g-a dot gov.

Certfied medical personnel will begin administering the vaccine through drive through.

Their goal is to vaccinate 600 people.

Whitfield county commissioners have repealed a mask mandate for county buildings, less than a month after it went into effect.

This happened in their first commission meeting without, now former, commission chairman lynn "lotter" laughter.

She tried repeatedly to institute a mask mandate while in office.

"i don't know how any other commissioners can look at any of rogers' family in the face, since he died with covid.

I don't understand mark gibson, whose father died of covid just a few weeks ago, so i don't know how those commissioners can look any of rogers's family or any of mark's family in the face and not keep at least a recommendation to wear a mask."

Laughter says this is a big step back for whitfield county and its safety.

Hamilton county added 228 new cases of covid-19 on thursday.

One more person has died, bringing the county' death toll to 323.

Their is some good news though, the total number of active cases has gone down slightly to a little more than 4,100.

That's still far too many for hamilton county schools resume traditional learning.

Students will continue to learn remotely through at least next week.

The number of covid patients in the hospital and i-c-u has also dropped a little bit.

As vaccinations continue across the u.s., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots.

Grocery delivery service instacart announced thursday it will provide a $25 stipend to workers who get the shots.

Instacart employs around 5 hundred thousand gig workers in the u.s. dollar general will provide four hours' worth of extra pay to workers who get vaccinated.

Other companies, like target and albertsons, say they're not giving bonuses for vaccines, but are trying to ensure their workers get access to the shot a-s-a-p.

In community news - more people than ever signed up for the salvation army angel tree program in 2020.

A record-breaking 5,611 children and senior adults registered for the program from the chattanooga and cleveland areas.

It's something the army was expecting because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"i think, yeah it had a tremendous impact on everybody this year people lost income they lost security and there were just a lot more people in need."

Covid also impacted their red kettle campaign with less ringers and kettles.

The salvation army raised around 100-thousand dollars less than the previous year.

Now for the forecast, here's chip chapman.

W forecast is going to morning say this, we could cultivate more about that.

After looking hullc weather window in it.

You will see some freezing fog.

This picture comes to us from david ride we have freezing fog.

What through four days earlier this week, don't worry about that today.

Couple patches of fog, but it's not very widespread but certainly not as cold so we don't have the freezing ... part of this ... situation anyway nice picture.

People come in and something you would like to see her the hullc weather window you shoot it you send it.

Patrick will have the update.

The updated hullco weather window each weeknight o prime news at seven when you watch an advisory winter weathe watch riley county northward to across the kentucky order that will last until 9 o'clock ... tonight ... otherwise were going to be looking at cloudy skies.

Continuing periods of light rainfall this morning tomorrow morning.

That's got to be kind of a different sort of situation.

While the accumulations will be like ... probably will not be writing for much of the area.

43 in tellico.

460 in dalton cleveland at 45 and the windchill ... minor in some areas with the wins later on today as a continued increase will definitely get your attention 430, 65% humidity, 29.73 on the barometer, which is dropping additional rainfall amounts over the next 36 hours or so, again, are not going to be all that excessive ... force.

The snowfall potential was concerned ... will have more on that in just moment, mid to upper 30s in new york and chicago.

We are tied with the 430 reading of dallas is only slightly below the 45 ... out in las vegas.

There's a very low pressure helping generate a lot of moisture.

It's all getting dumped back in the bitterly cold air see tracking east as we had through the weekend and the bulk of the weekend just to be cloudy, breezy and cold.

I did a 50 that's here in town, away from the city probably will not get that warm and then as we headed to the overnight time.

Scattere snow showers picking up these will increase as we have throughout the morning hours tomorrow, especially up in the higher elevations so you can see a decent accumulation up into the mountains otherwise go to be breezy and cool tomorrow.

Only around 40 minutes only here in town.

We won't stay there for long.

Either is returning a bit cooler as we get into saturday night and sunday morning.

She has a brain after tomorrow course roles in for next wednesday in thursday.

This could be a little unsettled.

Th last through friday night early saturday morning next week will have moral meds seven-day forecast coming up right after 49 this afternoon.

30 tonight 4 tomorrow ... breezy, both today and tomorrow lingering showers come to an en fairly quickly.

You will see that again popping up ... first half of the day on saturday 48 by monday and the ... 40 on tuesday watching news 12 now this morning.

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Our "science guy," jason lindsey, shows us how to create a mega cloud by using some super cold ice and hot water.

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Two of tennessee's best high school wrestling teams went head to head on thursday.

And the lady vols honor the late great pat summit.

Rick nyman has a look at sunrise sports from the gatorade sports desk when we come back.

As we head to the break, here's a live look from our c-h-i memorial camera in downtown chattanooga from the e-p-b fiber optics weather cam network.

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Our satellite and radar composite loop sure a lot of cloud cover.

We don't really have a whole lotta rainfall.

Bu what we do have is very light i nature and spores.

The entry precept is concert as well it t the north folks in grundy county on the to the tennessee kentucky line or under a winter weather advisory about in effec until eight or 9 o'clock and i'm glad you got 34 and i'm glad you got 3442 and fort payne 43 in cleveland and ellijay 35 over him.

Murphy at least a visibility situation is a whole lot better than it has been just about every morning ... this week we may hit 50 here in town ... later on today probably won't stay at 50 foot long ... early morning tomorrow lower to middle 30s here comes the snow shower activity then you can see half an inch or so on some of the grassy areas.

It's also not a cause for some slick streets and then we get into tomorrow afternoon.

I spray not in 40 ... for many of us and they won't 44.

A good part of the area in the northern tier ... of our viewing area.

It looks like the weekend itself basically is, cloudy and cold, especially as we get into tomorrow breezy conditions agai high of 40 only 46 on sunday does start to warm up a little bit for ... monday and tuesday of the it is 6:25 your watching news 12 now this morning ... could cause a spike in opioid overdoses.

We'll show you how to spot an overdose coming up.

Chattanooga is becoming a hot spot for human trafficking.

Why one organization says the pandemic has made it even worse.

Now from the epb weather center, your storm team 12 right now forecast.

Welcome back to news 12 this morning.

We'll get to all those stories in a moment..

Buf first a look at the weather with chip === and now... your time saver traffic report... washington is preparing for a scaled down inauguration on morning and while i'll be down this morning ... writing to everybody ... .

We can still be colder little clout what chloe and i do think we ... probably will see at least some degree of snowfall accumulation tomorrow in the mountains.

You ... we are gonna be looking at temperature certainly cold enough to support that.

As far as what we have.

This morning, most of this is coming to an en, we can see a lot of sunshine today, believe it or not, no fog 7 mile visibility ranger downtown.

What better than the freezing fog.

We've had ... for a good part of the week nurturing degrees warmer here i town that we were 24 hours ago.

17 ... down in birmingham 43 right now and again highs today only hitting the upper 40s and even colder tomorrow will have more about seven-day forecast coming up in just a moment right now with timesaver traffic ... .

Here's matt ... friday morning, barring the drive in or out of downtown this morning as we remain active still and delete the 630 hours on this friday morning, all goo as well.

The nashville, knoxville, birmingham or atlant travel issues on the interstate as a matter fact only 20 on this friday morning, all good as well.

The nashville, knoxville, birmingham or atlanta travel issues on the interstates as a matter fact only 23 minutes right now from the likes of tha i 75 in the downtown chattanooga.

If you're at it ever jasper the 28 minute from jasper into downtown live look at 75 at ringgold road near the state line were found on the right side of screen.

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Register now for again january 9 senate estate that you you from the mermaid matters traffi center that fields need 12 now this morningwednesday with warnf potential violence.

Thousands of national guard troops from around the country are headed to dc to help keep the peace.

Meanwhile lawmakers are also preparing to focus on president trump's impeachment trial.

Cbs's debra alfarone is on capitol hill as we cover the nation pkg these national guard members left peoria, illinois on thursday.headed for the nation's capital.

"it's definitely a lot different than what my friends are doing."

Bridget wood is a freshman at illinois state university.

"you get excited to do it but you also get nervous because you never know exactly what to expect."

Following the deadly attack on the u-s capitol, the f-b-i is warning of more potential violence in the coming days.

"we are seeing an extensive amount of concerning online chatter."

As a precaution, president-elect joe biden.known to travel on amtrack between delaware and washington for decades as a senator.has scrapped plans to take the train to his inauguration.

"the national guard is playing a vital role here."

About 21-thousand troops will be stationed in d-c for wednesday's event.vice president mike pence thanked those already in place.

"we're going to swear in a new president and a new vice president and we're going to move our nation forward."

Inside the capital lawmakers must work out the details of president trump's trial following his impeachment by the house.

Senators say it won't start on inauguration day.

"that's joe biden's day."

At least 17 republicans would have to join all 50 democrats for a conviction.

I believe this president violated his oath of office and i believe there must be consequences to that.

/ i don't think it rises to an impeachable offense by any stretch more than 100 rioters have been arrested, and officials have identified twice as many suspects.

Debra alfarone, cbs news, washington.

The secret service is closing the national mall for the inauguration, effectively shutting hundreds of thousands of people out of the event.

In crime news - a 12 year old boy is in custody accused of stabbing a 12 year old girl to death.

Officers were called to eastwood drive around 2:45 thursday afternoon.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers detained the boy.

Based on interviews and other evidence, he was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Police are not releasing any names.

The investigation continues.

If you have any information on this case, contact chattanooga police.

A soddy-daisy man is in jail charged with criminal homicide in the death of a 6-month-old baby girl.

The crime happened last september.

Twenty nine year old seth jones had told officers the baby fell off a couch, but after an autopsy, the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

The baby suffered injuries to her head and spine.

Jones later told officers he tossed the baby across the room in frustration.

He is being held at silverdale on a 620-thousand dollar bond.

A local rescue organization says chattanooga is a hub for human trafficking.

You can blame that on our location along a major interstate system.

Loves arm outreach helps trafficking victims find a safe way out.

They believe the pandemic has only made the problem worse.

"we cant put a stamp on what a trafficking victim look like or what a person looks like that may be trapped in trafficking prostitution or addictive behaviors.

We are humans and we all look alike.

But there are pockets of high activity in this city."

January is human trafficking prevention month.

For information about how to volunteer with loves arm, head over to our website, wdef dot com.

Data from the tennessee department of health suggests the distribution of the second coronavirus relief package may result in a spike in opioid overdoses.

Opioid overdoses spiked over 30 percent statewide during the months of the covid-19 shutdowns and first round of stimulus checks.

If you have any unwanted prescription medicine, you are urged to properly dispose of it by using the counties drop off boxes or drug deactivation pouches.

Here are the signs of an overdose: "what can happen when an individual starts to overdose is : pinpoint pupils, labored breathing, very shallow breathing, skin turns blue, nails turn blue, they may be unconscious or they may even throw up."

The county does offer prevention resources, including narcan training.

The siskin children's institute received a 10- thousand dollar grant from the truist foundation on thursday.

They will use the money to enhance sanitaztion.

This will allow them to better protect patients, students, and staff from covid-19.

Siskin president and ceo derek bullard said the grant is vital to their safety efforts.

As you're heading out to work or school this morning, make sure to grab a bagel to celebrate national bagel day!

Dunkin' is using this day to help fight against food insecurity.

They're donating a total of 18 boxes of bagels and 12 boxes of coffee to 4 different organizations.

2 of those are right here in the tennessee valley.

The chattanooga area food bank and the boys and girls club of the tennessee valley will receive breakfast this morning compliments of dunkin.

Now for the forecast, here's chip chapman.

T ... when sims have for our golfers forecasting rings.

The morning came and we are looking at a chili starts.

Temperatures will get a little bit warmer today but were still most of us, at least in just under the ... green mark 43 or downtown this morning's golfers forecast brought to you by brainerd enbrel makers every day we chec on a different course in and around the area.

As we do every friday we salute and thank her sponsoring courses see things drying out sunshine returning for the afternoon.

We will cooler again pies only into the upper 40s ... may be hitting 50 will have moral met seven-day forecast after we play through this 10 breezy and colder again tomorrow some snowfall possible, likely for some folks in the first half of the day on saturday.

Tomorrow's high only around 40 ... .

Tomorrow's high only around 40460 on sunday you're watching news 12 now, this morning when we come back will have a chat with her friend tom benson ... with thom benson from the tn aquarium.

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You have the re-movies actually more than that.

That's a 99 ... you were ready to safely welcom folks back to the sick imacs but we also know that there's a lot of folks i don't have the time to chattanooga right now so we got virtual theater that we can bring to you via our website, and a great partnership with giant screen also got seven movies.

Some are some of the highlights that we had summer films were never shown or and these are great giant screen adventures that will take you virtual trips around ... what we expand with wonders of the arctic yet okay if you ever thought about going to the north, old ir the polar bears and some really amazing animals such as our wall we got that in this wonders arctic, which really takes the high arctic ocean and all the animals of the habitat of their giant icebergs plus if you never heard of the greenland ice shark.

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Today's pretty good to see a lot of afternoon sunshine later on tonight if you overnight flooring so get on the water it off of ... this time hit that overwater today shortly after 230 this afternoon.

Over the next seven days where you see some flurrie beginning overnight tonight.

These will last through the first half of the day on saturday.

Otherwise, breezy, cooler, higher 40 ... , higher 40460 on sunday.

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-- and disneyland has to end their annual pass program.

Diane king hall has those stories in this morning's moneywatch report.

Stocks dropped on thursday.

The dow was down 68 points.

The nasdaq fell 16.

The s&p500 lost 14.

President-elect joe biden is calling on congress to pass his own coronavirus relief package.

The 'american rescue plan' is a 1-point-9 trillion dollar bill that raises the federal minimum wage to 15- dollars-an-hour, more than double the current rate.

The bill also includes a 14- hundred-dollar stimulus check and increases extra unemployment benefits by 400- dollars a week.

/ some companies are incentivizing their employees to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Dollar general will pay its workers an extra four hours of pay after they get the shots.

Trader joe's is offering two hours per dose.

And instacart is giving employees a flat fee of 25- dollars.

Meanwhile american airlines is planning to provide the vaccine at airport hubs for its workers when it becomes more available.

/ california's disneyland is ending its annual passports program.

Due to covid-19 restrictions disney fans haven't been able to visit the happiest place on earth for most of the past year.

The company did say it is developing new membership offerings.

Disneyland has turned into a mass vaccination site, with thousands lining up for their first shots this week.

/ and that's your cbs moneywatch report.

For more head to cbs moneywatch.com.

At the cbs broadcast center, i'm diane king hall.

In coronavirus news - the blue ridge police chief is now at a rehab facility after stint with covid and a long hospital stay.

Chief johnny scearce was initially in the hospital for covid, but shortly after he went home to rehab he had to go back for treatment of a collapsed lung.

He was on three forms of life support and stayed in the hospital for 94 days until he was moved to a rehab facility on thursday.

His wife, brenda believes the ecmo machine and god helped saved his life.

"he's got a purpose.

He was on three forms of life support and a lot of people don't come off of one form and it was just like it gave him the time he needed for his body, his whole body to start healing."

While he was in the hospital scearce won a commission race.

Reservations for covid-19 vaccinations in whitfield county begin this morning at 7.

Vaccinations start at 10 monday morning at the dalton convention center.

They will be by appointment only for residents 65 and older.

Links to make an appoinment will be posted to the city of dalton facebook page, whitfield county facebook page, and dalton g-a dot gov.

Certfied medical personnel will begin administering the vaccine through drive through.

Their goal is to vaccinate 600 people.

Whitfield county commissioners have repealed a mask mandate for county buildings, less than a month after it went into effect.

This happened in their first commission meeting without, now former, commission chairman lynn "lotter" laughter.

She tried repeatedly to institute a mask mandate while in office.

"i don't know how any other commissioners can look at any of rogers' family in the face, since he died with covid.

I don't understand mark gibson, whose father died of covid just a few weeks ago, so i don't know how those commissioners can look any of rogers's family or any of mark's family in the face and not keep at least a recommendation to wear a mask."

Laughter says this is a big step back for whitfield county and its safety.

Chip will have a final check on the forecast, plus we'll see what's happening out on the roads when we come back.

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Thanks very much breezy conditions today and tomorrow ... .

After we get rid of the white shower activity were looking at this morning and will set out here will see quick clearing ... lots of afternoon sunshine eyes in the upper 40s maybe hitting 50 or next night, right around 30 and then tomorrow reason conditions again ... maybe half an inch of white snowfall.

Depending upon your location and a high only around 40 ... most of that accumulation will be on the grassy areas but for slick roadways ... .

Sunday is 46 and ml king day on monday ... eyes 48 ... and as we got 43 right nowcapit.

Of who you might be wondering.

None other than dolly parton.

A state representative proposed the statue earlier this week.

If commissioned, it will face the historic ryman auditorium, a music venue where she's played throughout her career.

It would be paid for by the "dolly parton fund," which woul include gifts, grants and other donations.

The public would have a say in the design.

State rep john mark windle says the purpose is to recognize all she's contributed to the state.

And that list goes on for a while.

More on the forecast at noon.

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Another update on what's going on tomorrow morning as i know you have a say and i'll see you back here

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