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Local News for Monday, August 15th

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In news today…

On Saturday, at around 2:00 a.m., deputies from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Zion Hill Road after multiple gunshots were fired toward the home from outside. At least six adults and one child were reported to be in the home at the time of the shooting. One adult female was injured as a result of the gunfire. The injury is believed to be non-life threatening. She was transported to the hospital by E.M.S. Deputies on scene discovered several bullet holes on the exterior wall and one window of the home.

No further information will be released, as this incident remains under investigation. 

Also in news today…

The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association has chosen Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson, out of 95 county sheriffs, as the recipient of the Sheriff of The Year Award for the State of Tennessee. According to the TSA, this comes as Sheriff Lawson has been very active with the Sheriff’s Association and has been instrumental in some key legislation, including the contracting of third-party mental health transports to alleviate deputy tasking and Joker’s Law. Past recipients of this award, along with the Sheriff’s Association Board of Directors, make the selection each year.

In news today…

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce has hired Zach Brooks to lead in the Investor Development director position.

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber has accepted the application of Zach Brooks to lead the efforts of Chamber membership growth as the Investor Development director. His role will include growing the Chamber’s membership base and working side-by-side with the existing membership to provide them the tools and knowledge to grow their brand through Chamber benefits. He will also provide them opportunities to become more engaged in the community they serve.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Grant Bromley reports: Wait times at hospitals may not just cost lives, but Bradley County taxpayers as well.

To counter long wait times, the Bradley County Emergency Services Committee has recommended the County Commission approve billing hospitals for their extended use of county ambulances ⏤ something Tennova says was not made clear in their discussion with the county.

Tennova is the committee’s case study, and its first proposed bill comes to $30,000 for a series of ambulance wait times that exceeded 30 minutes from the past month.

A copy of a report given to the Banner lists Bradley County ambulance wait times at Tennova from July 18-31. In that two-week period, there were 77 instances of Bradley County ambulances being held at Tennova for 30 minutes or longer before a patient was taken inside the hospital.

The most dramatic wait times both occurred on July 25 and lasted about 2½ hours each.

Fire Chief Shawn Fairbanks said, “Discussions with [Tennova] were that after 30 minutes with no movement from ambulance stretcher to hospital stretcher that a $300 charge would incur. Then every hour after that, another $300.”