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On Tuesday, a tip was turned in to the Cleveland High School administration indicating a student may have illegal drugs in their car. Cleveland High Schools’ school resource officers were notified and the Cleveland Police Department’s drug dog was dispatched. A small amount of illegal drugs was located in the vehicle along with a handgun. The student made no threats to or against anyone and the handgun and illegal narcotics were confiscated by the Cleveland Police Department. The student was taken into police custody and discipline will follow all Cleveland City Schools policies for these types of infractions. A school lockdown was not needed today since the handgun was found in the car and never entered the building.

From WRCB Channel 3…

The University of Tennessee system will not require its students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The board approved the rule Tuesday that doesn’t include COVID-19 and flu shots among the student inoculations required at its campuses statewide.

The decision is a reversal after the board approved an emergency rule last summer requiring vaccinations against the flu and COVID-19, when shots became available. University General Counsel Ryan Stinnett said the board approved a permanent rule in November requiring COVID-19 and flu shots, on the condition that President Randy Boyd would seek board approval before moving forward with requiring those two shots.

Stinnett said Boyd in January decided the university would not require the student COVID-19 vaccinations and instead would strongly recommend them.

For other inoculations that are required, students can still claim exemptions for online-only studies, religious objections and medical reasons.

Required vaccinations include measles, mumps and rubella, chicken pox, meningococcal disease, hepatitis B and certain others primarily for students in the health sciences.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Erlanger Health System posted its fifth consecutive quarter with a positive income from operations despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and an industrywide struggle to bring patient numbers back to pre-pandemic levels.

Erlanger’s net income from operations for the quarter that ran from January through March was around $8.15 million, compared to a budgeted income of about $7.98 million and prior year income of $4.2 million, according to the hospital’s latest financial report released Monday.

The health system outperformed the budget despite admissions falling nearly 28% below budget and 11.4% under the prior year.

Erlanger CEO Will Jackson said during the board’s budget and finance committee meeting Monday that the hospital was able to keep on its streak of positive financial performance due to expense management and growth in outpatient services. Although admissions were lower than projected, March 2021 saw more admissions than any month in the past calendar year.

Erlanger’s income included $5.2 million in federal relief funds given to hospitals to offset costs of the pandemic.

It’s unlikely that any more funds will be allocated unless the pandemic takes an extreme turn for the worse.