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In news today…

On Saturday, April 3rd, at 3:20 a.m., Cleveland Police responded to a crash with injuries on Westland Drive near Lupton Drive.  Officers found a Hyundai Santa Fe down an embankment, in a ditch and on its top. The single male occupant in the vehicle, identified as Xavier Hetiback, 52, was extricated by fire department personnel. He was transported to Tennova ER by Bradley County EMS where he was pronounced dead. It is unclear at this time if speed or any impairment contributed to the crash, which is  still under investigation. 

From WRCB Channel 3…

Erlanger Health System will host a hiring event Saturday, April 10, for experienced RNs and LPNs, as well as May RN and LPN graduates.

The hiring event will take place at Erlanger East Hospital, located at 1751 Gunbarrel Road, from 11:00am until 2:00pm in the lobby or terrace of the Patient Tower located at Entrance A, depending on the weather.

There will be on-the-spot interviews with hiring managers.

Sign-on bonuses are available for certain areas. Recent or upcoming graduates can find out more about Erlanger’s Certified Nurse Residency Program at the event.

Masking and social distancing at the event is required. A virtual event option is also available for participants. For more information about the event or to schedule a virtual interview, email nursing@erlanger.org. For all available career openings at Erlanger, please visit Erlanger.org/careers.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press..

Tennessee government’s founders in 1796 didn’t see much of a place for “ministers of the Gospel” and “priests” when it came to their serving in the state’s General Assembly, even inserting a provision in the first Tennessee Constitution specifically banning them from doing so.

But now, nearly a half century after the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978 struck down the state constitution’s Article IX Section 1 ban in a case brought by the Rev. Paul McDaniel of Chattanooga, modern-day lawmakers hope to put before voters in 2022 an amendment to delete the now-toothless 225-year-old relic.

Their vehicle is Senate Joint Resolution 55. Sponsored by Sen. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, a social conservative, the resolution is scheduled to come up Monday in the Senate for the first of three readings in the current 112th General Assembly. After the third reading it will requires a two-thirds majority vote before going to the House for consideration.

The resolution is widely expected to pass both chambers given the votes it received in the prior 111th General Assembly, where it needed only a simple majority. If approved by both chambers this year, it would then be placed on the 2022 ballot where it would require a majority of voters in the governor’s race for it to pass and take effect.

In news today…

The Bradley County Commission met on Monday, covering several items of business. During the meeting, it was noted that school board member Dr. Jeff Lovingood had a heart attack Sunday evening and heart surgery on Monday. The doctor said the surgery went well, and Dr. Lovingood was in recovery at the time of the meeting. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis noted that COVID-19 numbers were coming back down, hospitalizations were lower, and that vaccine numbers are up. He said many more locations will be offering the vaccine soon. Commissioner Milan Blake gave a report on the landfill project, stating that he talked with TDEC about them performing monitoring of the landfill. TDEC has sent a letter in response which was entered into the minutes.