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Local News for Friday, May 20th

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An update to the story we brought you on Thursday, from the Chattanoogan…

An election challenge by Sabrena Smedley in the Republican county mayor primary claims that “rampant cross-over voting by the Democratic Left in numbers never seen before” won the election for Weston Wamp.

Her challenge with the state Republican Party Primary Board in Nashville says, “Considering Weston Wamp received 14,428 votes, but there were 1,698 illegitimate crossover votes by bona fide Democrats, in subtracting same from his total, he would have 12,730 as compared to Sabrena Smedley’s total of 14,112.” 

Meanwhile, Matt Hullander, who finished third in the race, said, “I was asked to join Sabrena in the effort to contest the outcome of the election. I did so to support the process to make sure we have fair elections. This is her fight, not mine. I trust the process and the outcome. I’ve moved past May 3 and look forward to the future.”

In news today…

The close of a school year always brings change. Bradley County Schools has several internal changes to announce for the 2022-2023 school year. 

After 34 years in Bradley County Schools, Angie Gill, Director of Testing and Accountability, is retiring. We would like to congratulate Denny Collins who will use his strengths to step into this role. 

Congratulations to Rene` Diamond, who will be moving into the High School Curriculum and Instructional Coordinator role. 

Elizabeth Kaylor, current principal of Hopewell Elementary, will be moving into the role of Elementary Supervisor. Elizabeth has extensive experience in elementary education and curriculum development. 

Bradley County Schools receives millions of dollars in grant funding to better serve our students. Melissa Presswood who currently serves as the Gear Up Coordinator at Bradley Central has many years of experience in the grant world and will be moving to Central Office as the Grants Writer-Director. 

Bradley County Schools and Dr. Cash is saying goodbye to Mrs. Patty Phillips, long-time BCS employee and Administrative Assistant to the Director of Schools. We wish Patty the best in retirement and will greatly miss her moving forward. Stepping into the role as Executive Assistant to the Director of Schools is Mrs. Maranda Reffner. 

Also in news today…

On Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) released the following actions and guidance regarding the nationwide infant formula shortage. 

Tennessee families impacted by the infant formula shortage are encouraged to use the following resources:

  • Read guidance about formula substitution and warnings about altering formula
  • Call your local foodbank to ask if they have infant formula in stock
  • Check your formula’s lot code to see if it was affected by the recall
  • Find a list of formula substitutions for your child
  • Families who qualify for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) can find additional resources