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Local News for Friday, May 27th

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From the Chattanoogan…

The Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee will hear two election challenges from Hamilton County, including one for the county mayor race, by Zoom on Friday night.

Sabrena Smedley is challenging the county mayor contest on grounds of many cross-over votes by Democrats that she said helped Weston Wamp win.

The Hamilton County Election Commission has certified Mr. Wamp as the winner.

Cindy Fain has also challenged the District 6 School Board race, citing “illegal  Democratic crossover voters.” 

In news today…

Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System (VBHCS) was awarded a 21-month SAMHSA grant to place seven co-responders in law enforcement departments around middle and east Tennessee. Currently, co-responders are not 24/7. Co-responder schedules vary by location as law enforcement provides statistics of when they receive the most mental health calls for service to better utilize these clinicians during peak times. 

The co-responders will assist their specific law enforcement agency in responding to individuals in the community having a mental health crisis to provide de-escalation, assessment, resources, and linkage to services. The combined expertise of the responder and law enforcement will allow for increased safety and on-scene evaluation to help individuals obtain the most appropriate level of care while avoiding unnecessary emergency department admissions and offering an alternative to incarceration for crimes related to their mental illness.

Luke Hannah is the newest member to join Volunteer’s co-response program and will be the co-responder embedded with Cleveland Police Department. Prior to joining VBH, Luke worked for Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center, providing substance abuse counseling for individuals struggling with Opioid Use Disorder. 

Also in news today…

The labor statistics for April are in. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Tennessee was 3.2%, the same as in March, and down from 6% one year ago.

Moving closer to home, in Bradley County the unemployment rate was 3%, the same as in March, and down from 3.9% one year ago. McMinn County was at 3.4%, down from 3.3% in March, and down from 4.5% one year ago. Meigs County was at 3.6%, the same as in March, and down from 4.9% one year ago. Polk County’s unemployment rate was at 3.2%, up from 3.1% in March, and down from 4.1% one year ago. Rhea County was at 3.5%, up from 3.4% in March, and down from 4.6% one year ago. Hamilton County’s unemployment rate was 3%, up from 2.8% in March, and down from 4% one year ago.