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Local News for Friday, April 23rd

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A sad note in the news today.

Sharon Taylor, wife of Scott Taylor, CEO of  Bank of Cleveland, has passed away. Mrs. Taylor was 65 years old and died at her home Wednesday afternoon. Sharon and Scott are the parents of Clint and Clark Taylor, both Cleveland businessmen. Sharon was active in this community. We feel a  personal sense of loss  here at the radio station, because she was a long time volunteer with our annual Empty Stocking Fund.  One of the founders of  the Empty Stocking  Fund was her father in law, the late Bobby Taylor, also founder of  the Bank of Cleveland.   We offer sincere condolences to the Taylor family and her extended family at Bank of Cleveland. Arrangements are now being finalized and will be announced later by Fike-Randolph Funeral Home.

From NewsChannel 9…

A Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy was arrested Thursday after a crash on Interstate 75.

According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Chattanooga Police arrested and charged deputy Nicholas Monroe with the following:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Implied consent law
  • Driving on roadways laned for traffic
  • Driver to exercise due care

Monroe is a 5-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, and is currently assigned to the patrol division.

HCSO says Monroe was off-duty at the time of the crash, which they say happened on I-75 near mile marker two. The sheriff’s office says Monroe’s was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

Deputy Monroe has been placed on paid administrative leave as an internal investigation gets underway.

From WRCB Channel 3…

A Chattanooga man is facing 50 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to an affidavit obtained by Channel 3, an investigator was assigned a sexual exploitation case from a deputy in New York on June 15, 2020.

On March 16, 2020, the deputy received a complaint from an adult male that his daughter was being sexually exploited by an unknown male.

The deputy got a download of the suspect’s Facebook and Snapchat accounts, finding that the suspect was sexually exploiting several females between ages 14 and 17 nationwide.

In most of the conversations, the user gave a specific phone number with a 951 area code to several victims.

The deputy sent a subpoena to AT&T for information and obtained records showing the user being Cadairyan Watt, 25, who lives at a residence on Windsor Street in Chattanooga.

In February 2021, a Knox County detective reported a 17-year-old victim came forward about Watt exploiting her over Snapchat.

The suspect gave the victims two phone numbers: one with a 706 area code and one with a 209 area code.

A warrant was obtained for both numbers and it was found that they were registered to Watt and a majority of the cell tower pings showed his location in the area of his Windsor Street residence.

Watt was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the Chattanooga Police Department.

Watt is due in court on April 27.

In news today…

Over 400 walkers and runners met on Lee University’s campus last Saturday for the 65 Roses 5K race, held annually to raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Fourteen year-old Owen Clemons took first place with his overall time of 17:08, averaging 5:31 a mile. Micah Smart came in second at 17:30, running a 5:38 average mile.

Becky Rader was the overall winner for the women’s division, taking 13th place with a time of 19:38. Estella Clemons was the 16th overall and the second female, coming in at exactly 20 minutes.

Also in news today…

The labor statistics for March are in.The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Tennessee was 5%, up from 4.9% in January, and up from 4.0% one year ago.

Moving closer to home, in Bradley County the unemployment rate was 5.1%, up from 4.6% in February, and up from 4.5% one year ago. McMinn County was at 5.3%, up from 4.9% in February, and up from 4.8% one year ago. Meigs County was at 6.2%, up from 6.1% in February, and up from 6.1% one year ago. Polk County’s unemployment rate was at 5.2%, up from 5% in February, and up from 5% one year ago. Rhea County was at 6.6%, up from 6.3% in February, and the same as one year ago. Hamilton County’s unemployment rate was 4.8%, up from 4.5% in February, and up from 4.1% one year ago.