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Local News for Thursday, December 16th

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From WRCB Channel 3…

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has announced a competitive 37% salary increase for new Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) correctional officers amid nationwide staffing challenges, effective Dec. 16.

The 37% salary increase for new TDOC correctional officers will raise annual starting pay to $44,500. Current security staff will receive a minimum 15% pay increase.

Additionally, TDOC provides a competitive benefits package including:

  • Insurance coverage and retirement benefits
  • Paid holidays and vacation
  • Tuition reimbursement and college degree programs
  • Equipment and uniforms provided
  • Overtime/compensatory time pay

TDOC will continue to offer a $5,000 hiring bonus and part-time opportunities for current or retired law enforcement to meet staffing needs.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Tim Siniard reports: Land for a new city park on Candies Lane, named in honor of the late Jim Sharp, who was a prominent Cleveland developer for many years, was donated to the city by the owner.

Cleveland City Councilman Tom Cassada made the announcement during the Cleveland City Council’s meeting  Monday.

In a unanimous vote, City Council members accepted the donation.

During the meeting, Cassada read a letter from Ron Barker, owner of the 1.5-acre parcel of land where the park will be located.

While Barker considered the sale of the property to the city from a “purely business standpoint,” after learning it was to be named for Sharp, he instead decided to donate the property to the city.

In the letter, Barker stated he and his wife were close friends with Sharp and his wife.

Cassada then asked for the $40,000 purchase price to be stricken from the contract between Barker and the city.

City Attorney John Kimball said the city will be contacting Barker’s attorney to draw up the legal documents for the transfer of property.

The City Council will hold a final vote on the transaction during its Jan. 10 meeting.

From WDEF Channel 12…

Officials say a Tennessee woman has been charged after the discovery of a newborn baby’s remains in a storage unit rented 27 years ago.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports a Coffee County grand jury indicted 62-year-old Melissa Sims McCann of Tullahoma last week on charges of abuse of a corpse and disposal of a corpse in violation of the law.

Prosecutor Craig Northcott says the charges stem from a report to police of remains found in a storage unit that had been auctioned.

Northcott says the unit allegedly had been rented by McCann since March 1994.

Court officials say McCann doesn’t yet have an attorney.