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In state news…
Heavy rains across Tennessee flooded homes and roads, prompting officials to rescue dozens of people from houses, apartments and vehicles.
Nashville Metro Police said four bodies were found in the aftermath.
A flash flood emergency was declared overnight by the National Weather Service in Nashville for the city, as well as Brentwood, Franklin and Mt. Juliet.
Crews rescued 130 people, including about 15 people who were rescued after being trapped in an apartment complex from a mudslide that compromised the building.
Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake also said an officer on his way home was hospitalized after his vehicle was caught in floodwaters. The officer got out of the car and was found clinging to a tree when he was rescued.
As of Sunday, the officer is still recovering in the hospital.
In news today..
Adam Lewis, a 20-year Cleveland resident whose professional career spans roles in management and communications, has been named executive assistant to Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis.
Named to the position Friday, Lewis succeeds Dr. Lindsay Hathcock Jr., who left the long-term assignment last month to accept a position with the Tennessee Department of Health.
The duties of the executive assistant cover a wide range of issues. Primarily, the roles include handling public communications for the mayor’s office, attending meetings or events on the mayor’s behalf, media and public information requests for the Bradley County Emergency Management Agency, and coordinating all information technology needs for county personnel.
Lewis will assume his new responsibilities starting today.
Autumn Hughes reports: Mike Griffin, president and CEO of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, has been named recipient of the 2021 William F. Johnson Sr. United Way Community Service Award.
The award was presented Friday as part of United Way of the Ocoee Region’s Virtual Annual Meeting, being presented via video throughout the week, on the United Way’s Facebook page.
Stephanie Linkous, president and CEO of the local United Way, and Matt Jenne, a longtime United Way volunteer and board member — and last year’s community service award recipient — presented the award to Griffin. They surprised him during a meeting at the Chamber office.
As part of United Way’s Virtual Annual Meeting, the recipient of the 2021 Lt. Col. Jim Tucker Award — Ruthie Forgey — was announced Tuesday; Deanna Hitch, recipient of the 2021 Charlotte Thorogood Woman of Impact Award, was announced Thursday.
The videos from throughout the week may be viewed on the United Way of the Ocoee Region’s Facebook page.