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In news today…

On Wednesday, at 9:58 a.m., Cleveland Police Department officers responded to Paul Huff Parkway and Mouse Creek Road on a motor vehicle crash involving a Ford F150 and a Chevy Silverado.  A preliminary investigation was conducted by responding officers and showed that the Ford F150 was eastbound on Paul Huff Parkway when it crossed the center turn lane and struck a silver, Chevy Silverado that was in the inside, westbound lane. Both drivers sustained serious injuries and were transported by ground and air to Erlanger Hospital. The drivers were the only occupants in each of the vehicles.

No other information can be released at this time.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

A powerful storm system developing in the southern plains Wednesday will be moving into the Chattanooga region today. 

Damaging winds, hail, flooding and a few tornadoes will all be possible as storms move northeast from Alabama, according to the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon. 

A few showers or an isolated storm could develop early Thursday morning but the main event will be later Thursday, according to our news partner WRCB Channel 3. As the system closes in, showers and storms will start popping up that could turn severe. Winds will be out of the South at 10 to 15 mph, but there will be stronger gusts, especially in the storms. 

The main event will be in the evening hours as the cold front approaches. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the region in an area that has a good potential for severe storms and tornadoes. Rainfall accumulation of at least 1 inch and possibly 3 to 4 inches is expected in isolated areas.

By 1 a.m. Friday, the worst of the weather will be leaving the area with no severe weather expected Friday and through the weekend. 

From WRCB Channel 3…

The Tennessee Department of Health has expanded both the eligible age groups and hours available for COVID-19 vaccines for 10 counties in the state’s southeastern region.

The region includes Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie Counties.

The 10 counties are now vaccinating people 16 and older. The local health departments offer COVID-19 vaccination by appointment.

To book your appointment, visit Vaccinate.tn.gov and click the blue “Proceed to COVID-19 questionnaire” button at the bottom of the page to start your registration. If you need help scheduling your vaccination, please call 866-442-5301.

Currently, the Moderna vaccine is currently authorized for ages 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for use in individuals 16 and older.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

The highly contagious U.K. variant of the coronavirus known as B.1.1.7 is now the predominant strain circulating throughout the Chattanooga region, according to Baylor School research scientists.

Several other variants of concern — California variants B.1.427 and B.1.429 and New York variant B.1.526 — were also recently detected in positive COVID-19 samples analyzed by scientists at Baylor’s Esoteric and Molecular Laboratory.

Baylor scientist Elizabeth Forrester said that B.1.1.7 began showing up in a majority of the lab’s positive samples about a week ago. The lab only tests a fraction of the area’s COVID-19 samples, but Forrester said the sample size is large enough that she’s confident that B.1.1.7 is now the most prevalent variant in the region.

In January, Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said that she expected B.1.1.7 to be the predominant strain in the state by March.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Hamilton County have begun trending up after reaching their lowest point since June on March 13, which was 34 inpatients, according to data from the Hamilton County Health Department. As of Wednesday, there were 63 inpatients — a trend that could be attributable to B.1.1.7, which was blamed for a dramatic rise in hospitalizations in the U.K.