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From WRCB Channel 3…

Traffic on North Lee Highway in Cleveland is flowing again after a deadly two-car crash on Monday evening. Police in Cleveland are working to determine the cause of the crash that killed an infant and left three others injured.

The accident happened around 6:54 Monday evening when a white Nissan Morano traveling south on Keith Street collided with a Toyota Corolla that was heading eastbound. 

There was one adult inside the Nissan. In the Toyota, there were two adults and a two-and-a-half-month-old baby.  

Unfortunately the two and a half-month-old baby was declared deceased at the hospital.

The investigation is off to a slow start with no clear witness accounts to back up investigators’ findings.

Nurses from a nearby urgent care were the first on the scene trying to render aid, but they didn’t see the actual crash when it happened. No other witnesses or drivers were on the scene when police arrived. 

Authorities tell Channel 3 with those involved experiencing memory problems trying to recount how it all happened, investigators are seeking the public’s help in getting answers.

Cleveland PD is using social media to try and get drivers or bystanders who may have been in the area to reach out and share what they know. The department is also asking nearby businesses with exterior cameras to share security footage. 

West said criminal charges are a possibility pending the outcome of the investigation. Police in Cleveland are asking anyone who saw the crash happen to reach out to them by calling 423-476-1121. 

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, officials are urging drivers to use extra precaution behind the wheel.

Also from WRCB Channel 3…

The extra federal unemployment aid offered amid the COVID-19 pandemic will end in Tennessee on Saturday, including the end of $300 weekly additional payments.

Tennessee is among dozens of states that have stopped accepting the $300 benefit. Republican leaders say it’s necessary because job openings are going unfilled, and are pointing people to job-finding resources offered throughout the state.

Several other federal pandemic-times offerings will end in Tennessee as well, including eligibility for the self-employed, gig workers and part-time workers; an extension of benefits once regular benefits have been exhausted; and an additional $100 for certain people with mixed earnings.

Tennessee reinstated job search requirements for unemployment in October, mandating three weekly job searches to stay eligible.

Meanwhile, the state has continued to accept billions of dollars in other federal assistance through COVID-19 relief packages approved in Washington.

From WRCB Channel 3…

A long slate of new Tennessee laws will kick in today, ranging from allowing most adults to carry handguns without clearing a background check or training to requiring certain medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions.

July 1 also starts a new fiscal year, with the spending plan for this year hovering around $42.6 billion.

Here is a look at some of the new laws that begin today.

CONCEALED CARRY: Under the new law, adults 21 and older and military members between 18 and 20 will be allowed to open or concealed carry handguns without a permit, joining nearly 20 other states that have enacted similar measures.

FETAL REMAINS: Certain medical providers will be required to dispose of fetal remains from surgical abortions by cremation or burial and cover the costs of the disposal. The measure states that the pregnant woman “has a right to determine” the method and location for the final disposal of the fetal remains if desired, but if she picks a different location she would have to shoulder some cost.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: After pushing for several years, Gov. Bill Lee’s administration was able to pass two measures designed to divert some people away from state prisons and increase resources for those leaving prisons. The new laws will provide alternatives to incarceration for some nonviolent offenders and will also tweak rules that currently require judges to send parolees back to prison for minor violations.

TRUTH IN SENTENCING: Starting Thursday, certain violent or sexual offenders must serve all of their sentence imposed by a judge or jury. Offenders may still be able to earn credits, but only use them to security classification or earn privileges — not reduce sentences.

FOOD AND SALES TAX HOLIDAY: Tennesseans will have see three sales tax holidays under the budget passed by the General Assembly. This includes the traditional three-day weekend for back-to-school supplies between July 31 and Aug. 1, as well as a week-long break on food tax starting July 31 through Aug. 5 and a year-long sales-tax break on gun safety equipment that ends June 30, 2022.