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Here is your Cleveland, Tenn. | Bradley County, Tenn. news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland: From Local 3 News… A judge has de

Here is your Cleveland, Tenn. | Bradley County, Tenn. news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland:

From Local 3 News…

A judge has decided to send a man accused of videoing girls in the Cleveland Middle School locker room to the grand jury.

Christopher Scholl appeared in court on April 28, 2022 and two Cleveland Police Department Detectives took the stand.

Detectives said after reviewing evidence, the initial incident Christopher Schroll was arrested for wasn’t the first time he has recorded females at Cleveland Middle School.

On March 15, Cleveland Police officers responded to the middle school after students found a spy camera that looked like a phone charger in the locker room.

Cleveland Police said 30 girls were filmed.

Detectives said Schroll put the camera in there on Monday, took it home to review it, put it back on Tuesday, then it was found.

Cleveland Police Department Detective Landolt has since examined the memory card. He said he has the ability to see what was on it at the time and what has been deleted, including images from last year.

Detectives said Schroll put the camerea in the locker room because he had received complaints of bullying.

Authorities asked the school principal if Schroll had brought any of the concerns to them and were told he hadn’t.

The judge said a jury can decide the intent of the placement of the camera. He’s bound over the case to the grand jury.

Christopher Schroll faces two counts of aggravated attempted unlawful photography of a minor. His report back date for his arraignment is June 27, 2022.

Mix 104-1 had LIVE coverage of Thursday’s hearing, which can be viewed online at MixTV.TV.

From NewsChannel 9…

Thursday the new state formula for funding Tennessee’s multibillion-dollar K-12 education system, the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement Act, was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly.

The General Assembly neared the end of the approval Wednesday, with the state House and Senate each passing versions of the plan.

The bill states that schools will receive a base dollar amount of $6,860 per student with options to increase that amount depending on the student’s location and needs under a matrix known as “unique learning needs.” For example, schools with students with dyslexia or a disability would receive more funding — as well as those students in small districts or where poverty is concentrated, calculated using an algorithm outlined in the legislation.

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has said schools could receive as much as $15,600 per student depending on how many “unique learning needs” a student meets.

Gov. Lee is currently expected to sign off on giving $750 million more annually to fund the new education formula starting in 2023-2024.

In news today…

Nearly 8,000 Bradley Countians voted during the 2-week early voting period. 1,188 voters made the last day, Thursday, the biggest day of early voting. The final opportunity to vote in the May 3rd primary will be election day, Tuesday. 

There were 7,891 total early votes. 4,587 were Bradley county votes, 3,304 were city votes. District number two had 1644 voters to lead the districts. District one had 1,529. The top precincts were EL Ross with 980, Prospect with 864, and the Senior Center had 796.

From Fox 17 Nashville…

Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday announced Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey’s departure from state government to enter the private sector, effective May 31.

The governor is expected to name a successor in the coming weeks.

Dr. Piercey joined the Lee Administration in January 2019.

From Local 3 News…

Volkswagen is exploring a second vehicle assembly plant in Chattanooga according to a German online publication.

The report in Manager Magazin, which cites unnamed sources, says the facility could be built near the existing plant in Chattanooga and attributes that to VW CEO Herbert Diess.

The move, if fully realized in the future, could double the production to up to 600,000 vehicles per year.

The report also says that the new plant could be built right next to the current Chattanooga factory, and was confirmed by unnamed stakeholders.

In May 2022, VW’s new Battery Engineering Lab (BEL) in Chattanooga will begin operations to test and validate batteries for all Volkswagen electric models in the American marketplace.

Volkswagen is expected to begin phasing out gasoline-powered vehicles in favor of electric ones.