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Local News for Tuesday, April 26th

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In news today…

572 Bradley Countians voted early Monday, bringing the running total to 5,043. District 2 has moved past District 1 for the most votes with 1,063 to 1,021. EL Ross and Prospect are the leading precincts. 616 and 568 respectively. Early voting continues today and ends Thursday.

Also in news today…

During the night, the Bradley County 911 Center received numerous calls throughout the city and county in reference to possible auto burglaries. A caller stated that two black males wearing hoodies were walking through the neighborhood and looking into vehicles. A victim of an auto burglary confirmed their description and also stated that they were driving a dark colored SUV.

Around 4:45 am on April 25, 2022, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Brooks Edge Apartments on Adkisson Dr NE on another possible auto burglary in progress. 

Upon arrival, BCSO Deputy Eduardo Choate observed a black Ford Escape leaving the parking lot. Deputy Choate initiated a traffic stop and observed two black males wearing hoodies and masks occupying the vehicle. A check of the tag indicated the vehicle was stolen out of Chattanooga, TN. The vehicle suddenly sped away and Deputy Choate followed the vehicle as it continued to travel north towards Frontage Rd.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and back up units successfully completed a stop of the vehicle at the intersection of Frontage Rd/Lower River Rd. Both parties were taken into custody without any injuries.

The driver was identified as Deaveryone Smith (20 years old) out of Chattanooga, TN. The passenger was identified as a 15-year-old juvenile from Chattanooga, who is also currently on juvenile probation out of Hamilton County.

Mr. Smith is being charged with Auto Theft (Over 10k), Evading Arrest (Felony), Auto Burglary x4, Theft of Property x2, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Possession of Marijuana/Casual Exchange, and Driving on a Revoked License. He was transported to the Bradley County Jail and is being held without bond

The juvenile is being charged with Auto Theft (Over 10k), Auto Burglary x4, Theft of Property x2, Simple Possession of Marijuana/Casual Exchange, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to the Bradley County Juvenile Center.

From Fox17 Nashville…

A Tennessee bill lowering the age to obtain a handgun carry permit goes to the Senate after passing in the state’s House of Representatives.

HB1735/SB2291 is sponsored by Representative Chris Todd (R-Madison County-D73) and Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville-D9). The bill lowers from 21 to 18-years-old the minimum age required for a person to legally carry a handgun, both open or concealed.

18 would also be the minimum age requirement to obtain an enhanced, lifetime enhanced, and concealed carry permit. The bill also makes modifications to military servicemembers when obtaining handgun permits.

The bill passed the House on Thursday and will now go to the Senate for debate.

In news today…

The MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Fund at CHI Memorial Foundation has awarded 28 college scholarships totaling $85,000 to Chattanooga area students for the 2022-23 academic year.

The fund is a college scholarship program for children who have either lost a parent to breast cancer, have a parent who is a breast cancer survivor, or have a parent who is currently in treatment.  The organization was founded as an independent nonprofit in 2002 by MaryEllen Locher, a long-time news anchor and health reporter for WTVC in Chattanooga. Formerly known as the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation, it joined with CHI Memorial Foundation in January 2021.

Recipients in our local area are:

Braeden Wiggins, Cleveland High School senior, Volley for a Cure Scholarship

Katie Carden, Bradley Central High School graduate, attending Cleveland State Community College

Daniel Douglas, Cleveland High School senior, Wanda Weller Scholarship

Brileigh Hicks, Bradley Central High School graduate, attending UTK

Rachel Turner, Cleveland High School senior

Also in news today…

The Cleveland City Council met on Monday covering several items of business. A resolution was passed supporting the designation of certain streets within the city as a portion of United States Bike Route 21. The council presented a proclamation to honor Sherri Maxwell with her team of telecommunicators for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It was reported ver 1,000 people came to the Hot Slaw and Art Y’all Festival held on April 9th. There were over 70 artists and 20 musical acts on 4 different stages. The next Hot Slaw Festival date has been set for April 1st, 2023. Councilman Estes has advocated for the purchase of lease property on Inman Street because of numbers seen from the renovations of Blythe Oldfield. All council members spoke on the matter, with Councilman Cassada being unsure if he would support it. He instead proposed the idea of building a parking garage to fix parking problems in the city.

In news today…

The Bradley County Commission met on Monday covering several items of business. Tire cleanup at Exit 20 will take place this Saturday at 8:30AM. The Walker Valley High School Football team and Bradley Central Junior ROTC will both have students in attendance. There was discussion of the Mater Utility Plan, and a follow up with CTI Engineering for additional services as the county considers pursuing over $7 million in grant funding for continued work. The plan must be approved by TDEK by November in order to qualify.