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Here is your Cleveland, Tenn. | Bradley County, Tenn. news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland: From WRCB Channel 3… A man was killed

Here is your Cleveland, Tenn. | Bradley County, Tenn. news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland:

From WRCB Channel 3…

A man was killed in a shooting that happened on 3rd Street SE in Cleveland Thursday afternoon, police said.

According to the Cleveland Police Department, officers responded to reports of a gunshot at 1017 3rd Street SE and when they arrived at the scene, a male with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound was found.

The department said officers administered first aid to the victim, who police identify as 24-year-old Brandon Stamey, but he was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

According to the department, the shooting appears to be a targeted incident and warrants for first degree murder have been issued for 28-year-old Michael Leon Sims.

Police describe Sims as a Black male who is 6’4″ tall and around 300 pounds.

If you know where to find Sims, please call 911.

Also from WRCB Channel 3…

The sponsor of Tennessee’s new law requiring businesses and government facilities to post signs if they let transgender people use the bathrooms of their choice now says owners and officials who refuse could face up to six months in jail — a penalty that went unmentioned during legislative hearings and debate.

The question of who would do the enforcing remains murky as well.

Republican Rep. Tim Rudd, who sponsored the bathroom sign bill, said a class B misdemeanor could apply to those who won’t post the signs within 30 days of being warned they’re breaking the law. That seems to contradict what Rudd told fellow lawmakers in March. He said then that the bill version that would become law “does not provide any fines or penalties at this point.”

He has since argued that he was telling the truth because while the bill itself was silent about any penalty, it was inserted into a chapter of existing building code law that already penalizes a number of violations. This law broadly defines such violations as a class B misdemeanor for non-compliance with such things as smoke alarm requirements and air conditioning regulations. Such crimes are punishable by the jail time and a $500 maximum fine. 

The Tennessee law, approved with nearly all Republicans in both chambers in favor and almost all Democrats opposed, was signed by Gov. Bill Lee on May 17. It’s one of five new state laws this year that have drawn backlash from LGBTQ advocates, including the Human Rights Campaign, which decried the sign mandate as discriminatory and “offensive and humiliating.” The American Civil Liberties Union is recruiting businesses as possible plaintiffs in a likely lawsuit. The requirement begins July 1.

And finally…

The labor statistics for April are in. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Tennessee was 5%, down from 5.1% in March, and down from 15.8% one year ago.

Moving closer to home, in Bradley County the unemployment rate was 4.1%, down from 5.1% in March, and down from 13.8% one year ago. McMinn County was at 4.7%, down from 5.4% in March, and down from 18.8% one year ago. Meigs County was at 5.3%, down from 6.2% in March, and down from 19.6% one year ago. Polk County’s unemployment rate was at 4.2%, down from 5.3% in March, and down from 13.9% one year ago. Rhea County was at 5.1%, down from 6.5% in March, and down from 27.1% one year ago. Hamilton County’s unemployment rate was 4.3%, down from 4.8% in March, and down from 15.5% one year ago.