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Melissa Blair, the woman accused of the statutory rapes of several underage students who attend McMinn Central High School, had her first appearance in McMinn County Criminal Court Monday morning.
It was her arraignment, and we’re told Blair entered a not guilty plea.
Earlier this month, a McMinn County Grand Jury indicted the 38-year-old Blair on charges that include solicitation of a person under age 18, 18 counts of statutory rape, aggravated statutory rape, 4 counts of patronizing prostitution, and forfeiture of personal property. She was arrested and later posted her $100,000 bail.
In news today…
The Bradley County Commission met on Monday covering several items of business. Local real estate appraiser Mike Williamson expressed concerns about an area of 138 acres near Taylor Elementary School that is being planned to rezone to R2. He is requesting that the property be looked at more closely prior to approval. Commissioner Crye noted there are more issues with tire dumping on Sheffey Lane and Hooper Gap Road. Commissioner Winters gave an update on the Highway 60 project and some interactions he had with Simpson Construction who is on the project. There have been some issues with communication but those have been worked on to resolve a small mudslide into one of the subdivisions in the area after recent rains. He spoke very positively about his interactions and communication with both Simpson and TDOT.
Cool Runnings Express, the company who hired a truck driver convicted for the deaths of six people on Interstate 75 near Ooltewah in 2015, has made its final civil settlement with the victims.
A judge still needs to approve the settlement.
Cool Runnings agreed to pay minor Ansley Close $9,999.00.
4 years ago, a jury found driver Benjamin Brewer guilty of six counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication, four counts of reckless aggravated assault, DUI and speeding.
Prosecutors said Brewer failed a drug test immediately after the crash.