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From NewsChannel 9…

A Bradley County woman is fighting for her freedom, according to her attorney, Bill Speek.

Miranda Cheatham was sentenced to 18 years in prison back in 2019 after being found guilty in the Halloween 2016 murder of her husband, James ‘Tooter’ Cheatham.

But last year, her attorney claimed he obtained a recording that indicates the victim’s sister was having an affair with District Attorney General Steve Crump, saying that the recording “casts serious doubts on the validity and honesty of the prosecution in the case.”

A motion Speek filed says the recording captures Danna Cheatham, James’ sister, threatening to blackmail Crump to prosecute the case and make a conviction.

Since then, two separate judges have recused themselves from the case.

Speek says the hearing to overturn the conviction will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday in Bradley County Juvenile court.

D.A. Crump will take the stand as a witness in this case.

In news today…

WRCB-TV shares Tom Tolar’s announcement that he will retire after 40 years of service to the company on January 9, 2022. Tolar will retire as Chief Operating Officer of WRCB-TV’s parent company, Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. He began his career with Sarkes Tarzian as General Manager of WATI Radio in Indianapolis and was President/General Manager of WRCB-TV in Chattanooga for 35 years. Tolar has served as President of Sarkes Tarzian Television and Chief Operating Officer for the past three years.

Tolar has been with WRCB-TV/Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. since 1981.

An announcement about Tolar’s replacement as Chief Operating Officer will be made soon.

From NewsChannel 9…

21 boating under the influence arrests were made over the July 4th weekend, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports.

The BUI arrests marked an increase from the 11 recorded last year. 13 of this year’s BUI arrests over the holiday weekend were in Middle Tennessee.

Agents reported no boating-related deaths and six serious injury boating incidents statewide from July 2-5. The TWRA also investigated seven reports of property damage during that timeframe.