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On Sunday morning around 10:20 AM, a Bradley County EMS ambulance was involved in an accident.

The unit was responding to a call when the driver lost control of the vehicle on Inman St near the Oasis Gas Station and struck part of the building.

Both the driver and passenger were injured. One was transported to Erlanger, and the other to Tennova. Both are in stable condition.

The unit was not transporting a patient at the time, and no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

We ask for your thoughts and prayers for the two injured EMS employees.

From Local 3 News…

Joker’s Law has officially passed both the house and the senate and now only awaits Governor Lee’s signature. The bill was created to make harsher punishments for someone who injures a police dog.

This came about in September when a Bradley County K9 was shot while chasing after car theft suspects.

Sheriff Steve Lawson is proud of Bradley County and the entire community for all the hard work and effort they put in to make this a law. He says they were able to get the best out of a very bad situation.

The bill was led by State Sen. Mark Hall of Cleveland. He drafted legislation to enhance the penalties for injury or death to a police, fire, or search and rescue dog to a Class B felony. It was then downgraded to a Class D felony, which Sheriff Lawson says is still in progress.

It leaves room for the DA to enhance the charge if the dog dies based on the value of the dog.

Sheriff Lawson says he’s proud for these legal changes to have started in Bradley County.

If Governor Bill Lee’s signs it, the law will go into effect July 1st.

Also from Local 3 News…

A community effort to make sure our environment is clean rallied together this weekend in Cleveland, Tennessee by removing a ton of tires from a dumpsite.

An affiliate of the nationwide non-profit organization “Keep America Beautiful” in Cleveland and Bradley County helped to make that possible.

On Saturday a group of volunteers cleaned over a thousand illegally dumped tires at the detention pond at the Cherokee Gateway dumpsite, organizers said.

Volunteers have been cleaning up the detention pond off exit 20 since November.