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State Rep. Mike Carter, who represented the Ooltewah and eastern parts of Hamilton County (District 29) has died after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 67.
Carter, who was also an attorney and a businessman, served as a Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge from 1997 to 2005. He was active in Republican politics for many years.
He was first elected to the State House in 2012, and was re-elected for a fifth two-year term last November with no opposition.
In the summer of 2020, he was hospitalized with COVID-19, and while recovering from that illness, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He continued to serve in the state legislature until his condition worsened.
He is survived by his wife Joan, and two sons. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed into law a “bathroom bill” that allows public schools to be sued if officials allow transgender students, teachers and staff to use multi-person bathrooms, locker rooms or changing facilities that don’t match the gender listed on their birth certificates.
The governor’s action on Friday drew immediate condemnation from LGBTQ leaders who denounced him and lawmakers who passed the measure.
House Bill 1233 / Senate Bill 1367 requires schools to make “reasonable accommodations” for transgender students by providing them alternative facilities such as single-occupant or faculty restrooms.
The law specifies that the accommodations cannot include access to “a restroom or changing facility that is designated for use by members of the opposite sex.” And it defines sex as “a person’s immutable biological sex as determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday it has begun looking into a use of force complaint after video surfaced on social media that appears to show an inmate being struck repeatedly by a Monroe County corrections officer in jail.
Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones said in a statement Friday afternoon he was alerted about the 2017 video being posted on social media Thursday by a woman who came to visit an inmate.
The video shows the officer push the male inmate, whose hands appear to be inside his shirt, in the chest and then back toward a wall. The inmate goes down and the officer hits the inmate repeatedly.
Several other officers are present. They walk toward the inmate, and one then turns and covers up the camera that’s been filming the incident.
In news today…
Dr. Russell Dyer, Director of Cleveland City Schools, is excited to announce that Dr. Leneda Laing, current Principal of Cleveland Middle School, will be transitioning to the role of Supervisor of Secondary Education for the 2021-2022 school year.
Dr. Laing is in her eighteenth year with Cleveland City Schools and has served for the past five years as Principal of Cleveland Middle School culminating with being named the Tennessee Department of Education Principal of the Year for 2020-2021. Prior to her time as Principal of Cleveland Middle School, Laing spent four years as an assistant principal and nine years as a teacher at the school.
Cleveland City Schools will immediately begin the process to fill the position of Principal at Cleveland Middle School. Qualified applicants may apply at clv.city/careers.