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Early voting for the August 4th State and Federal Primary & State and County General Election begins today and runs through Saturday, July 30th.
In Bradley County, early voting will be open Monday-Friday from 9AM until 6PM and Saturdays from 9AM until 4PM. You may vote early at the Bradley County Election Commission office downtown, at Bradley Square Mall in the former Bath & Body Works location, or at Planet Fitness on APD-40. During early voting, you may vote at any one of the three locations. If you wait until election day to vote, you will need to vote at your assigned polling location.
In other Tennessee counties, voters may find their early voting and Election Day hours, polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more with the GoVoteTN app or online at GoVoteTN.gov. The GoVoteTN app is a free download in the App Store or Google Play.
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Tim Siniard reports: A Bradley County grand jury has indicted a Cleveland man on several charges, including attempted first-degree murder in connection to an incident in which he allegedly caused a woman to “reasonably fear imminent bodily injury by the use or display of a deadly weapon,” according to a record obtained by the Cleveland Daily Banner.
Bobby Joe McConathy, 51, was arrested July 8, transported to the Bradley County Jail and released on a $100,000 bond.
Other charges listed in the indictment include aggravated assault, possession of a deadly weapon by a convicted felon, false imprisonment and interference with emergency calls.
The incident occurred in May, according to the document.
The indictment stated McConathy “did unlawfully and intentionally with premeditation attempt to commit the offense of first degree-murder” of the victim.
Additionally, other charges claim McConathy prevented “another individual from placing a telephone call to 911” or “from requesting assistance in an emergency from law enforcement, a medical facility or other agency … .”
The indictment also stated McConathy “unlawfully” and “knowingly” confined or removed the victim’s “liberty,” which is “against the peace and dignity of the state of Tennessee.”
From NewsChannel 9…
Rising COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County have prompted Erlanger hospital to reinstate a mask mandate for all staff, patients and visitors at all its area hospitals.
Erlanger spokeswoman Blaine Kelley said out of an abundance of caution and due to the rising COVID-19 positivity rates in the community, Erlanger has decided to require face masks in all areas of our facilities. Patient, staff and visitor safety is our priority, as such we must consider the community COVID rates and be proactive to prevent the spread of COVID.
Shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak began, in early 2020, Erlanger and other area hospitals imposed a mask mandate, and restricted visitors for a short time.
When nationwide guidelines for masks changed somewhat in the spring of 2021, Erlanger and other hospitals announced they would keep their mask policy in place.
But as cases waned, Erlanger relaxed those rules, though they remained in place for clinical areas, COVID-19 patients or suspected COVID-19 patients. The mask requirement for other people and other areas of Erlanger was removed on May 6th of this year.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Hamilton County and throughout the area.