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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press..
Authorities in Bradley County, Monday showed excerpts of video from two county deputies’ body-worn cameras taken Friday during an encounter with a 53-year-old man at a home on Spring Branch Road that ended with deadly gunfire.
The welfare check-gone-wrong ended in the shooting death of Michael Anthony Frederick. Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson said deputies tried their best, encouraging Frederick to get help from medical officials after he’d allegedly made statements that he wanted to hurt himself.
“While trying to de-escalate the situation, they attempted to convince him to go to the hospital to seek treatment for over 15 minutes,” Lawson said Monday, reading from a prepared statement. “During the conversation, Mr. Frederick suddenly brandished a handgun and advanced toward the deputies, pointing the firearm at them. They then discharged their separate service weapons, fatally wounding Mr. Frederick.”
The investigation will now be led by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, he said.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office also will conduct a review “of the entire situation,” Lawson said.
Lawson said anyone threatening an officer should expect that officer to resist in defense.
The shooting incident took place about 6 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of Short Branch Road in southwest Bradley County’s McDonald community.
In news today…
Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4 holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 2 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
According to AAA, more than 47 million Americans will travel for the holiday, and 91% of them will drive to their destination. This will be the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record, trailing only 2019.
Motorists will still encounter some long-term lane closures on construction projects. While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on-site in zones, and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
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Bradley County Schools is pleased to announce two new principal roles. Both Michigan Avenue and North Lee Elementary Schools will have new leaders at the helm as we enter into a new school year. Mrs. Ruthie Panni will assume the role at Michigan Avenue and Mrs. Lori Riad will lead North Lee Elementary.
Mrs. Ruthie Panni comes to Michigan Avenue Elementary from a long standing career in Hamilton County. She most recently served as principal of DuPont Elementary school.
Mrs. Riad has been in education for over 19 years with nine of those years in Bradley County Schools. She has been a classroom teacher across grade bands as well as most recently an Instructional Coach at Taylor Elementary.
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The Cleveland City Council met on Monday covering several items of business. During the meeting, six new officers were sworn into the Cleveland Police Department. Officers Cole Barnes, Mary Ledford, Cody Malone, Lucas Broling, Marlon Nelson and Zachary Rush were all officially sworn into the police force. Councilwoman McKenzie requested a project study for a roundabout at the intersection of Georgetown Road and Westside Drive, as well as a project study into a sidewalk in that area. Also passed during the meeting was a resolution to apply for a Cops Grant Application. If awarded, the federal government would pay 75% of a new police officer’s salary for three years, opening an extra job at the Cleveland Police Department.
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The Bradley County Commission met on Monday covering several items of business. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis reported that approximately 62,000 have had at minimum one shot of their COVID-19 vaccine. He also presented several items to be voted on the agenda next week, including: latest budget version, fixed certified tax rate resolution, fixed certified fire tax levy, budget appropriations, and non-profit funding resolutions. He also presented three resolutions for the Sheriff’s Office: $37,000 budgeted bid for front entrance repairs, $108,000 contract to sign, budgeted and bid to upgrade perimeter cameras, and an interlocal deal with the City of Cleveland to allow the city access to the county’s records management service.