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Local News for Friday, March 11th

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From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Tim Siniard reports: A preliminary hearing for a Cleveland woman, who was arrested last month after she allegedly refused to leave a local doctor’s office when told masks were required, is set for April 14.

Jessica Hedgcock, 35, appeared in the Bradley County Sessions Court on Thursday, March 10, and learned next month’s hearing will decide whether her case proceeds to a grand jury.

On Feb. 4, Hedgcock was arrested and charged by the Cleveland Police Department with criminal trespassing at Cleveland Imaging on Chambliss Avenue after she refused the leave the premises, as well as sign a citation for trespassing.

During Thursday’s court appearance, she told Judge Sheridan Randolph she was not represented by an attorney. Representing herself legally, she requested a “trial by jury.”

While Judge Randolph said it was Hedgcock’s option to obtain legal representation, he suggested she continue her search for an attorney who will take her case.

In news today…

The labor statistics for January are in. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Tennessee was 4%, up from 3.9% in December, and down from 5.6% one year ago.

Moving closer to home, in Bradley County the unemployment rate was 4%, up from 3% in December, and down from 5.3% one year ago. McMinn County was at 4%, up from 3.4% in December, and down from 5.5% one year ago. Meigs County was at 4.4%, up from 3.5% in December, and down from 6.5% one year ago. Polk County’s unemployment rate was at 3.7%, up from 3.1% in December, and down from 5.3% one year ago. Rhea County was at 4.2%, up from 3.5% in December, and down from 6.5% one year ago. Hamilton County’s unemployment rate was 3.9%, up from 2.9% in December, and down from 5.2% one year ago.