WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 7-19-2023


A house fire Tuesday morning displaced its residents in Lafayette, according to the fire department.  The house was in the Skyline Heights community.  The Lafayette Fire Department said they could see heavy smoke and flames when they arrived on scene.  Firefighters also said they had the fire under control in seven minutes.  No one was injured or at home at the time of the fire, the fire department said.  The American Red Cross is now helping those who became displaced from the fire.  Authorities are investigating to determine the cause of the fire as well.

The Walker County Detention Center reported four felony arrests on Monday.  27-year-old Trevor Kain Deboard was booked on charges of possession of a schedule II with intent to distribute.  View the complete arrest report online at Discover Walker.com.

A Code Orange air quality was issued yesterday for much of North Georgia.  Chattanooga was issued a Code Red.  A big part of the air quality stems from the Canadian wildfires that have been burning for weeks.  The poor air quality is not good for some people including those with lung disease, asthma.  It’s not good for young children or the elderly or anyone that is routinely active outdoors for six or more hours per day.

The Biden administration is promising nearly $40 billion in student loan forgiveness in a plan that could give relief to thousands of borrowers.  The U.S. Department of Education is now providing a state-by-state breakdown that says Georgia could see more than $2 billion.  According to the figures released Tuesday, in Georgia there are 38,590 borrowers who will qualify to receive $2.13 billion in forgiveness.