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Now that Bradley County’s commission is no longer requesting an investigation into Hilcrest cemetery, there’s a sense of relief at the memorial.
Monday we spoke with Hilcrest employee Mark McGuire who says they were elated to hear the news and are proud of their improved conditions.
But, the county is still concerned about a few minor maintenance issues and is putting together a team to help clean the memorials.
While there is no longer an investigation into Hillcrest Cemetery, several maintenance issues still remain at Fort Hill Cemetery.
Previously at Fort Hill we noticed broken fences, sunken headstones, overgrowth and several other maintenance issues.
On Monday we found a group of maintenance workers at the cemetery taking a look at headstones. They told us they are working to fix issues there in the coming weeks.
Currently, there are two portions of Fort Hill Cemetery: one privately owned and one managed by the county.
The Bradley County Commission only requested an investigation for the privately owned section, even though there appears to be issues at both the county and private property.
In news today…
The Bradley County Commission met on Monday, covering several items of business. The Walker Valley High School Beta Club was congratulated for finishing 2nd at the state competition in Nashville. It was also noted that the tire cleanup project at Exit 20 is temporarily on hold while two organizations clear out what they already took for the county. The Charleston Commission has invited the community to the Charleston Christmas Festival at Charleston Park, which will be held on Saturday, November 27th from 1 until 7PM. As a reminder, county offices will be closed November 25th and 26th.
An Erlanger Lifeforce special operations manager has been charged in an alleged murder plot.
Jerry McDonald, 49, was charged with solicitation of murder.
Police were initially advised that an off-duty officer was at 328 Cherokee Blvd. with someone who said their life was in danger. McDonald gave his address as 328 Cherokee Blvd.
The off-duty officer said she had viewed several text messages that led her to believe her life was in danger.
She said she had found McDonald passed out drunk that morning and she was using his cellphone to call in to his work to say he would not be there that afternoon. That is when she saw the text messages that police said were to another female, Vanessa Nelson, 39.
The woman who found the text messages told police she had been married to McDonald for the past two years but had known him for 20 years.
She said in all the time she had known him she had never heard him even joke about the type of material that was in the text messages.
She said she feared for her life and was unsure what McDonald was capable of.
A detective said, “Upon looking at the messages I found Mr. McDonald’s requests to Ms. Nelson to kill Victim 1. I further found that Mr. McDonald states what financial benefits the two of them would get if Victim 1 was killed.”
Erlanger Lifeforce has removed information about McDonald from its website.