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Local News for Friday, September 17th

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From WRCB Channel 3…

A third employee at the migrant children facility in Chattanooga is facing Sexual Battery charges.

Twenty-two-year-old Rebeka Perez was arrested Tuesday. This comes two months after the last employee at the facility was charged.

Officials say the investigation into the Baptiste Group is still ongoing. The facility has had its license suspended since July 1, following the first criminal charges of an employee.

They continue to battle that suspension in court with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. It’s been denied twice and court documents show the state announced last month they are looking into license revocation.

Perez is due in court on November 23.

Also from WRCB Channel 3…

The jury has been selected in the case against Janet Hinds, the woman accused of hitting and killing a Chattanooga police officer in 2019. 

The jury is made up of 11 women and five men.

Hinds is accused of hitting and killing CPD Officer Nicholas Galinger on Hamill Road in February of 2019.

Her trial is set to begin on Monday, September 20.

In news today…

The Bradley County Board of Education met on Thursday, covering several items of business. It was voted to reappoint Chairman Troy Weathers and Vice-Chair Amanda Lee, as well as to appoint Vicki Beaty as Tennessee Legislative Network Representative. All votes passed 7-0. Beaty also accepted the request to continue as Policy Head for the Board. An update was given on the PIE Center: Leasing agreements are being worked on with various parties. Wright Brothers have started work on their portion of the building, and Center for Sports Medicine will begin soon. There have been some minor delays due to storms and inclement weather recently, but it is planned for site and landscaping work to be done mid-October. 

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Nearly 47 years after construction began on the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in Northwest Alabama, the Tennessee Valley Authority is giving up its construction permit for America’s biggest unfinished nuclear plant and abandoning any plans to complete the twin-reactor facility.

TVA notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week that it would not renew its regulatory permit at Bellefonte after a federal court agreed to cancel the proposed sale of the nuclear plant to an investment group that had hoped to complete the two boiling water reactors and operate the nuclear facility.

Former Chattanooga developer Franklin L. Haney, whose Nuclear Development LLC agreed to buy the Bellefonte plant five years ago, was unable to transfer the construction permit from TVA and a federal judge ruled last month that TVA could cancel the sale of Bellefonte to Haney’s group.

Giving up the construction permit at Bellefonte signals the end of any new nuclear plant construction at TVA with only seven of the 17 nuclear reactors the utility once planned to build ever completed.

Although Haney could still appeal the court ruling, TVA is moving to abandon the nuclear generation option at Bellefonte, at least using the two existing units TVA spent more than $5 billion to build over the past half century.