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In news today…

The Bradley County Commission met on Monday covering several items of business. During the meeting, Tennova CEO JT Barnhart was introduced and discussed meetings and conversations around the issues with hospital waits and staffing. Discussion about the ambulance wait times will continue gong forward. He also noted that there have been some leadership changes over recent months, and that the hospital will be working with local EMS to make adjustments. Discussion took place in regards to allowing first responders to wear uniform shorts. This is supposed to help more safely regulate body temperature, especially when first responders are working in extreme temperatures. Ultimately, no action was taken and it was sent back to those in charge of Fire and Rescue to decide.

Also in news today…

The Cleveland City Schools Board of Education met on Monday covering several items of business. During the meeting, outgoing board members were thanked for their time serving the school system, the friendships that have developed over the years, and all of the knowledge and experience that has been exchanged. Dawn Robinson was given her gavel as a gift for her service. About 20 retiring teachers and staff throughout the system were honored and thanked. New teachers and staff were also welcomed. Bus drivers are still needed, which has caused an expansion of parent responsibility zones. Training for new drivers takes 2-3 months, and as new drivers are added, parent responsibility zones will be reduced. 

In news today…

Multiple agencies including West Polk County Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Bradley County, Hiwassee Dam Police, Cooper Basin Fire, Wolf Creek Fire, Hamilton County Sheriff, Polk County Sheriff, and TWRA responded to Parksville Lake on Monday evening in response to a report of a missing boater. Drones and ROVs from two agencies were being used to attempt to locate the missing boater. No further information was available as of news time, but we will keep you up to date as this situation continues to unfold.

Also in news today…

The Bradley County Commission on Monday, Aug. 15, voted against Republic Services’ request to begin solidifying liquid waste at the county landfill.

The landfill vote, 11-3, against allowing solidification, comes after months of debates and delays after it was unclear which liquids Republic would be allowing for solidification. 

All of this came about after Republic stopped accepting municipal wastewater sludge from Cobb County Georgia — a market that made up 50% of the landfill’s revenue.

Neighbors of the landfill have complained for years of gaseous odors, presently monitored on the county’s Envirosuite, and many experienced an improvement in smell after the landfill stopped taking in sludge from Cobb County.

Issuing what some commissioners called an “ultimatum,” Republic’s management said they were prepared to bid on Cobb County’s sludge on Aug. 25 if the commission voted against liquid waste solidification.