From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Friday, December 15th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.
Topping our news today…
The Bridge Director Reba Terry held a press conference Thursday to announce new app for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department and Cleveland Police Department, Tip 411. It’s a Service where people can anonymously communicate with law enforcement for non emergency situations such as neighborhood watch, bullying, drugs, etc. Sgt Evie West with Cleveland Police Talks about the app…
James Bradford, communications director for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department, also had a few words to say…
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
The case of a Bradley County commissioner and local pastor versus the county clerk appears to be headed for trial.
Commissioner Howard Thompson and Kinser Church of God Pastor Guinn Green filed the suit against County Clerk Donna Simpson, in her official capacity, to stop the issuance of marriage licenses for same sex couples.
Judge Mike Pemberton of Roane County presided over a special hearing Wednesday on a motion by attorney James Logan, representing Simpson, to issue a summary judgment in the case. A ruling in favor of the motion would have essentially ended the matter.
Thompson and Green have been working with activist attorney David Fowler, who has filed a similar suit in Williamson County.
Their argument has been that while the U.S. Supreme Court has the authority to allow same-sex marriages, it does not have the authority to order state legislatures to change state law.
Fowler contends the Supreme Court ruling essentially voided Tennessee’s marriage laws since those laws specifically define marriage as between a man and a woman, a definition which was also approved in a statewide referendum adding the wording in a state constitutional amendment.
Although Pemberton did not give a ruling from the bench on the motion for summary judgment, a preliminary trial date has been set for Feb. 20, should the motion be denied.
From the Chattanoogan…
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a report on Thursday detailing the nature and volume of reported firearms-related crime across the state over a four-year period.
The report “Firearm Violence in Tennessee: 2013-2016” utilizes data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). Among the report’s findings: From 2013 to 2016, firearm-related criminal offenses increased by 24.8% and the number of reported murders involving a firearm increased by 54.7% in the four-year study period.
The TBI embarked on this study, the first of its kind in Tennessee, to support efforts by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics to develop a number of national statistical studies to better understand a variety of crimes, including those involving firearms.
This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting our website, mymix1041.com. From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.