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Local News for Thursday, May 19th

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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Hamilton County Commission Chairwoman Sabrena Smedley is contesting the results of this month’s Republican primary election for mayor.

Smedley confirmed to the Chattanooga Times Free Press via text that she is asking for another look at the results of the election, which she lost by 300 votes to Weston Wamp.

Wednesday was the deadline for concerns to be raised with the state Republican Party. Smedley is contending the results of the GOP primary were thrown by the participation of Democrats in the GOP primary.

Before the votes were certified by the Hamilton County Election Commission on Friday, a number of residents complained about their perception that Democrats participated in the GOP primary.

In response, Wamp told the Times Free Press on Friday, that he won in precincts across the county, including many traditional GOP strongholds.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Tim Siniard reports: A tract of land near Exit 20 off Interstate 75 in Cleveland will gain approximately 2,400 residents when a planned 975-home subdivision on Stone Lake Road is completed.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission approved an ordinance to annex the 238-acre tract, where the Chattanooga-based Assurance Land Development LLC will construct the residential development.

According to Planning Commission documents, approximately 20% of the residences will be attached townhomes. Homes are expected to sell for $325,000.

The subdivision, yet to be named, is listed as the “Brymer Creek” project, according to project design firm Ragan-Smith.

In news today…

Cleveland High School has announced its 9th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Brad Benton, Class of 1980, Owner, Baskin Robbins
  • Lawrence Armstrong, Class of 1985, President, NAACP
  • Dr. Sara Fletcher Collona, Class of 1998, Oncology Specialist
  • Dr. Jeff Elliott, Class of 1989, Chief of Staff, Cleveland City Schools
  • Robby Markham, Class of 2009, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Tucker Tipton, Class of 2009, Captain, U. S. Air Force
  • David Tucker, Class of 1999, Digital Strategist / Software Developer

It is the mission of the Alumni Hall of Fame to recognize graduates of Cleveland High School who have high levels of achievement in their field of endeavor and who make significant contributions to that field. These honored alumni are people who exemplify the tradition of excellence fostered at Cleveland High School.

The community is invited to a ceremony recognizing their accomplishments on September 9th at 9:00 in the Raider Arena.

In news today…

​​Recently, two sixteen-year-old juveniles were charged with the offense of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. The District Attorney’s Office for the 10th Judicial District has requested the detention of the juveniles for this conduct.   They are scheduled for a detention hearing on May, 19, 2022 in the Juvenile Court of Bradley County Tennessee.

Numerous citizens have requested that the DA’s office begin the process to “transfer” the juveniles to Criminal Court so that they may be prosecuted as an adult for the killing of the dog known as “Angel.”  Tennessee law allows the transfer of juvenile cases to Criminal Court only under specific and limited circumstances found at Tennessee Code Annotated section 37-1-134 and Rule of Juvenile Procedure number 208.  Recently, the transfer of juveniles to criminal court to be tried as adults was restricted by the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018.

Tennessee law does not allow for a Juvenile Judge to transfer any sixteen-year-old to Criminal Court for the offense of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, and the DA’s office will not be allowed to seek transfer.  Because the DA’s office cannot pursue a transfer of these juveniles to Criminal Court for prosecution as an adult, they will continue to oppose their release from juvenile detention.  The DA’s office will seek all remedies allowed by law in this case. We at the District Attorney’s Office will continue to pursue justice in this case for the community and the dog known as “Angel.” 

Also in news today…

Brittany Katz, owner of Terra Running Company and Cleveland Coffee & Market, was named the Mel Bedwell Small Businessperson of the Year by the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. Katz became the 29th recipient of the award at today’s small business luncheon, held annually by the Chamber.

The Mel Bedwell Small Businessperson of the Year award is given in memoriam of Mel Bedwell, remembered for his energy, determination, ingenuity, honesty, enthusiasm and loyalty.

Upon moving to Cleveland, Katz founded Terra Running Company, originally located on Georgetown Road, in 2016 with her former business partner. Katz soon went solo in her venture and made bold changes that paid off.

Terra Running Company specializes in fitting customers in the correct athletic and orthotic footwear for them. The running store also hosts many large running events, such as the Cleveland Half Marathon, and offers race timing and management.