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Local News for Friday, June 23rd

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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

The Erlanger Health System Board of Trustees voted Thursday to offer board chair Jim Coleman the vacant position of health system president and CEO.

Coleman was offered a one-year, $650,000 contract and would replace former CEO Dr. Will Jackson, who left Erlanger on June 10.

Trustee John Germ presented the proposal at a public board meeting Thursday.

Coleman, who stepped out of the meeting during the discussion, said upon his return that he was “honored and humbled” to be offered the job.

If he accepts, Coleman would take over as CEO on July 11.

In news today…

​​The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is excited to share two recent promotions from within for Lisa Fain and Aaron Weatherford.

In her former role, Fain served as the director of Existing Industries for more than 13 years. As the vice president of Operations, Fain will oversee organizational structure and procedures, finance, small business programming, and the popular Leadership Cleveland program.

Weatherford will now serve as the director of Communications & Marketing. Responsible for all Chamber communication efforts, including website and social media platforms, Weatherford will also continue the promotion of Chamber members in a variety of ways, including the hosting of the monthly Chamber Coffees and ribbon cuttings. Weatherford shifts from his former role of 13 years as the Membership Director.

Fain and Weatherford will continue their service to the Cleveland and Bradley County community through Chamber work, which equal nearly 30 years combined service.

Also in news today…

On Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced he will appoint David Rausch to serve a second term as Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), effective July 1. Director Rausch’s term will expire June 30, 2028.

Director Rausch has served as Director of the TBI since 2018. Rausch is a U. S. Army veteran with more than three decades of law enforcement experience, including 25 years with the Knoxville Police Department. His career with the Knoxville Police Department includes service on the SWAT Team and seven years as the Chief of Police. 

Also in news today…

The labor statistics for May are in. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Tennessee was 3.3%, the same as in April, and down from 4.6% one year ago.

Moving closer to home, in Bradley County the unemployment rate was 3.4%, up from 3% in April, and down from 4% one year ago. McMinn County was at 3.8%, up from 3.4% in April, and down from 4.6% one year ago. Meigs County was at 4%, up from 3.6% in April, and down from 4.7% one year ago. Polk County’s unemployment rate was at 3.6%, up from 3.2% in April, and down from 4.1% one year ago. Rhea County was at 4%, up from 3.5% in April, and down from 4.8% one year ago. Hamilton County’s unemployment rate was 3.3%, up from 3% in April, and down from 3.9% one year ago.