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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of phone scammers hitting the community.
Some of the phone scammers are calling to convince members of the community that they have missed jury duty and are requesting payment in order to avoid being arrested.
Other scammers have claimed to be an officer from a local police department calling to request donations for fallen families.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office says it’s important to remember not to provide scammers with personal information or any methods of payment. Official requests for personal information and fine notices will be sent by mail before a phone call.
They encourage Bradley County residents to use caller protection apps like Hiya, Truecaller, or RoboKiller.
Allen Mincey reports: The Charleston city budget for fiscal 2022-23 looks to have a new police officer included ⏤ a welcome addition, Police Chief Johnny Stokes said.
Charleston City Commissioners late Tuesday approved on first reading the budget for the next fiscal year. The budget requires a second reading at 5 p.m. June 28 before gaining final approval..
Stokes said a new police officer is more than justified.
Stokes said that with it also approaching summer, boaters ⏤ he counted 125 trucks one day ⏤ are flocking to the Charleston River Park to launch their boats into the Hiwassee River.
The Charleston Police Department now has three officers — Stokes, David Spandau and Jody Musselwhite. At a budget work session, Stokes was asked if he would look for a seasoned veteran officer, or one fresh from the academy.
Stokes said he would not choose the candidate based on age but on the best candidate and fit for the department.
Tennessee State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, on Wednesday touted improvements in the state’s standardized test scores, which indicated that student proficiency in English and math regained ground after dipping at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tennessee Department of Education released state-level results on Tuesday for the 2022 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. According to the data, 36% of Tennessee students either exceeded or met grade-level expectations in English language arts, up from 29% in 2021 and 35% in 2019.
Math scores also saw an improvement, with 30% of students meeting or exceeding expectations in 2022 compared to 25% in 2021. However, a larger proportion, 37%, reached that threshold in 2019 and in 2018, with 33%.
With the pandemic spurring a reliance on remote education, Watson said, officials were concerned about the amount of learning loss students would experience while outside the classroom, particularly in reading and math.
Watson said focused efforts by the state, such as summer reading labs, were among the factors that played a role in the recovery. Tennessee also funneled a significant amount of federal dollars into education, he said.
The Tennessee Department of Education projects that the district will get $397 million in fiscal year 2024, $47 million more than it is receiving this academic year.