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On Sunday, September 5, 2021, at 2:29 a.m., a Cleveland Police supervisor came in contact with a single vehicle crash that had just occurred involving a silver Ford F150 at the 600 Block of North Ocoee Street.  Attempts were made by first responders to extricate the vehicle’s two male occupants; however, medical personnel were soon able to determine that both the driver, identified as David Jenkins, age 49, and passenger, Christopher Jacobi, age 49, were deceased. 

Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears that the truck was traveling north on North Ocoee, left the roadway on the right hand side and struck a large tree. The Cleveland Police Department’s Traffic Division have stated that this crash is still under investigation. 

From WRCB Channel 3…

The tributes are pouring in for David Jenkins, the 49-year-old owner of Jenkins Restaurant and Deli. 

Jenkins, 49, died early Sunday morning in a single-car crash on North Ocoee Street in Cleveland. A social media post from the deli he owned confirmed his friend, 49-year-old Christopher Jacobi, also died in the accident.

Tammy Swallows Varnell, a friend of the family and customer at the deli, said he was loved by everyone that met him. He was a very generous man and would do anything for you.

Cleveland Police said the truck the duo was driving in swerved right and hit a large tree. It’s not clear who was driving, but when emergency crews arrived to the scene, they said the duo had already died.

A Facebook post written by the deli called the death a “tragic accident” and asked for privacy. That post already has more than 900 comments and hundreds of shares honoring his life.

The posts point out his contagious smile that would always appear on his face. His friends, family and customers say he had a great laugh and was a tremendous friend.

A memorial grows where the duo lived their final moments and on the door of Jenkins Restaurant and Deli.

The community he touched remains speechless over the death of a man they say was loved by everyone who met him and made the world a happier, funnier place.

Cleveland Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. The owners of the deli say funeral services are still being arranged.

From NewsChannel 9…

CHI Memorial and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced today they have reached a new three-year agreement. A press release says the new contract allows BlueCross members with commercial and Medicare Advantage plans to use services at CHI Memorial, CHI Memorial Medical Group, and The Chattanooga Heart Institute on an in-network basis.

The two parties have been negotiating for the past several months on a new contract. The new agreement enables BlueCross and CHI Memorial to move forward together in serving members and patients, providing peace of mind during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

CHI Memorial and BlueCross leaders expressed appreciation for the patience and support of their customers and community members as they worked through the negotiations.

Patients can continue using CHI Memorial, CHI Memorial Medical Group, and The Chattanooga Heart Institute for services on an in-network basis without interruption of coverage.