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Friday, May 12th

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Friday, May 12th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson released the following statement on Wednesday’s conviction of Jody Hughes: “Detective Brandon Edwards, who was the lead detective, and the additional detectives inside the Criminal Investigations Division who played a supporting role did an incredible job investigating this case. I want to commend District Attorney Steve Crump and his staff at the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for their tireless efforts of preparation, which includes working with our detectives to successfully prosecute this case.

I will continue to pray for the family of Tyler Worth as they continue to mourn their loved one. For the past several years this family has continuously relived the senseless murder of their loved one throughout the lengthy criminal justice process which ultimately led to the convictions of Jody Hughes.”’

Also related to this case, Mix 104-1 has learned that Mr. Hughes will appear for sentencing on August 4th.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Whitewater rafting, which has a tremendous impact on the economy of the Ocoee Region, recently saw an agreement reached with the Tennessee Valley Authority for continuation of water releases for rafting on the river. The 35-year agreement was scheduled to end in 2018, and there had been some apprehension concerning a contract renewal.

The outfitters and TVA had been negotiating for about five years, with the National Park Service also involved. This process was expedited last year with the state joined the talks.

A bill was passed in the General Assembly which provides TVA with a $11.8 million reimbursement for lost power revenue resulting from the federal agency’s release of water into the Ocoee River for the rafting businesses. There are 22 outfitters in the association.

In addition to the anticipation of the start of the new agreement, Jenkins emphasized outfitters are celebrating the start of a new rafting season on the Ocoee. “This weekend will be the first water release of the season for the upper section,” he said. Rafting on the middle section of the Ocoee began in March.

From the Chattanoogan…

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Wednesday thanked the General Assembly for its partnership in making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all citizens – both high school graduates and adults – the chance to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees and at no cost to taxpayers.

Building off the pioneering Tennessee Promise program, which provides high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees, the Tennessee Reconnect Act establishes a last-dollar scholarship for adults to attend a community college tuition-free. The legislation is on its way to the governor’s desk after being passed by the General Assembly.

Tennessee adults without a certificate can already attend Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology tuition-free under the current Reconnect program. The Tennessee Reconnect Act adds community colleges to the program, funded through the lottery for education account.

The Tennessee Reconnect Act is part of NextTennessee, Governor Haslam’s 2017 legislative agenda aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.

This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting our website, mymix1041.com, powered by Pioneer Credit. From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.

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