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From WRCB Channel 3…

At a time when the omicron variant of the coronavirus is surging, Tennessee health officials say they will no longer provide daily COVID-19 data releases starting this week.

The Tennessee Department of Health will release weekly updates each Wednesday. The data will include the previous Sunday through Saturday period, news outlets reported.

Dr. Lisa Piercey, the state’s health commissioner, said the decision will enable the department to incorporate COVID-19 monitoring with the department’s pre-pandemic priorities, such as addressing drug overdose deaths.

Piercey said the number of reported virus cases are becoming less accurate due to an increase in at-home testing. She said no matter what the data shows, safety measures such as getting COVID-19 vaccinations, wearing masks and isolating when sick should continue.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Autumn Hughes reports: For its first meeting in two weeks, the Bradley County Commission is stepping lightly into 2022: There are no agenda items for Tuesday night’s voting session.

However, the meeting agenda does include a report from Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and reports from commissioners, as well as announcements and opportunities for anyone in the audience to bring items before commissioners.

Commission meetings normally are held at 7 p.m. on the first and fourth Mondays, and noon on the second and third Mondays. However, the Dec. 27 meeting was canceled, and the Jan. 3 meeting was pushed to Jan. 4 because county offices were closed Monday in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Commissioners last met in voting session Dec. 20.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Hamilton County Register of Deeds Marc Gravitt will run for a second term in the May primary election, he announced Monday.

The East Ridge Republican was first elected in 2018 and is so far the only candidate to file campaign paperwork for the seat and return his qualifying petitions to the Hamilton County Election Commission, according to its website.

The Republican said his priority if re-elected would be to finish scanning and indexing the county’s oldest records — which date back to 1796 — so they are available online.

There are approximately 1,400 books remaining, each of which ranges from 700 to 1,000 pages, he said.

The register of deeds office is responsible for recording documents such as deeds, mortgages and marriage settlements, according to the county’s website.