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Local News for Tuesday, March 30th

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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced Monday he will extend the countywide mask mandate through April 28 and then will lift the requirement.

During a Monday afternoon news conference, Coppinger said the mandate has always been temporary and will end on April 29.

Local leaders have applauded the county’s vaccination efforts. The Hamilton County Health Department has administered nearly 150,000 doses, according to the latest data from the department. The county is averaging more than 2,200 first-dose shots a day, according to the data published last week, which is near a record high.

On Friday, the Hamilton County Health Department announced all residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive vaccinations. The move made all adults in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia eligible for shots.

From NewsChannel 9…

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee says he has re-introduced the Mental Health Trust Fund to help K-12 families facing mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Lee stated during a media event on Monday the focus on mental health is also a personal one after having a daughter deal with the effects of depression. Gov. Lee’s proposal makes $250 million available to create mental health services for school-aged children.

In addition to the funds, the state will also solicit donations from the private sector. Gov. Lee said he believes it is “the right decision at the right time for our kids.” The fund would include services such as clinical service in schools, mental health awareness, suicide prevention and postvention strategies, trauma-informed programs, violence & bullying prevention, and the Project BASIC program which provides child development specialists in elementary schools.

More than 1 in 5 parents in the state say they are concerned about their child according to a Vanderbilt University study. The governor’s office also cited data showing mental illness the past year affecting Tennessee youth is about 300,000. The state also ranks 28th in overall mental health and 34th in overall young mental health according to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report by Mental Health America.

Also from NewsChannel 9…

Athens Police say a man died after being hit by a car on South White Street over the weekend.

Officers were dispatched to the area around 8 p.m. Saturday in reference to a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.

When they arrived, police said they found a McMinn County Deputy already rendering aid to the man in the middle of the street. Athens Fire Department and EMS also responded.

Unfortunately, the victim, Bryan Teasley, died on the scene.

According to police, witnesses told investigators that Teasley had walked out in front of the oncoming vehicle.

The driver remained on scene and cooperated with police.

This incident is under active investigation.