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Today is Election Day in Bradley County as well as statewide, for the state and federal primary and county general election. Polls are open today from 8AM to 8PM, at the 17 Bradley County precincts. For those who did not vote early, you will need to make sure you vote today, at your assigned polling location.
In the Tennessee State Governor race, Governor Bill Lee is running unopposed in the Republican Primary. Democrats Carnita Atwater, Jason Martin, and JB Smiley Jr. are competing for the Democratic position on the November 8th balllot.
For Tennessee Senate District 1, Republican candidates Mark Hall and J. Adam Lowe are contending for the Republican spot on the ballot.
Tennessee House of Representatives District 24 has Israel David Farless, Kevin D. Raper, Rex Wagner, and Troy Weathers contending for the Republican ballot spot.
In the local general election, Marsha McKenzie and Nolan Tippens are contending for Cleveland City Council District 1, with Cleveland City School Board District 5 a race between Republican Allan Jones and Democratic candidate Jodi Riggins.
Mix 104-1 and MixTV.tv will have LIVE election coverage this evening beginning at 7PM on-air and online, presented by the Logan-Thompson Law Firm.
On Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security invited Tennesseans to get ready for the new school year by downloading the SafeTN app.
Governor Lee said every Tennesseean has an active role to play in ensuring school safety, and that starts with downloading the Safe TN app. As students return to school this month, the SafeTN app is an easy way for parents and guardians to quickly and confidentially report safety concerns.
The SafeTN app gives every Tennessean a direct line for confidentially reporting suspicious or concerning activity within schools. Concerns and tips are vetted by law enforcement 24/7 to address circumstances like:
- Violence or assault
- Threats of violence or a planned attack
- Physical injury or harm to self or others
In the coming weeks, the Lee administration will share data and next steps for the Governor’s recent executive order to enhance school safety throughout Tennessee. Additional resources will be provided to parents, schools and law enforcement throughout the fall.
The Rhea County Sheriff’s Department says a man who was indicted on almost two dozen sex crime charges has been arrested.
Charles Keller was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on 22 charges including five counts of statutory rape and five counts of incest.
Investigators say the charges against Keller stem from sex crimes committed against a child between the ages of 12 and 14.
Keller was arrested on Wednesday and is being held in the Rhea County Jail.