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From Local 3 News…

The Hamilton County Health Department has confirmed three positive Monkeypox cases in the area. The Health Department is currently conducting case investigations to alert close contacts who might have been exposed to the virus while the patients were infectious.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body. Illness may last up to 4 weeks. Cases of Monkeypox have rarely been reported in the United States, primarily associated with travel to endemic areas of the world. However, since early May 2022, multiple clusters of Monkeypox have been identified around the world.

Monkeypox transmission occurs mainly through direct physical contact from a person with monkeypox or by touching objects, fabrics, and surfaces used by someone with the virus. It can also spread through contact with respiratory secretions.

The Health Department says that if you begin to develop symptoms or think you have been exposed to someone who is positive for monkeypox, please contact your doctor or primary care physician for help getting tested. If you test positive for monkeypox, the CDC has isolation guidelines.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Grant Bromley reports: After 50 days of waiting to begin development of a luxury RV park, Billy Thomas’ rezoning of the rumored Indian burial ground on his property has the green light.

Commissioners voted 8-4 in favor of Thomas’ rezoning request Monday, Aug. 1.

Initially recommended by the Planning Commission for rezoning from Forestry/Agricultural/Residential to the new R-4 residential mobile home and travel trailer district, Thomas’ property is the first zoned for R-4 in Bradley County.

On June 13, County Commissioner Charlotte Peak said Thomas’ property along the Hiwassee River could be the site of an Indian burial ground, as bones and arrowheads had been collected there in the past. A vote was delayed until a determination could be made by the state on the claims’ validity.

The study came back with nothing solid, but noted there is a potential for Native American graves because of the history of the surrounding land. To rule out that potential, Thomas hired Cumberland Applied Research Associates to do an extensive deep dig of his property, and that firm also found no remains or artifacts.

Also highly anticipated was a decision on Cleveland’s proposed annexation of 23.4 acres of Bradley County land and portions of the adjoining roads.

The County Commission voted to approve it 8-4 with Commissioners Mike Hughes,  Alford, Crye and Thompson voting no.

The 23.4 acres of land will have two subdivisions — one with 59 townhomes, and the other with 38 single-family homes. The city’s service agreement says 100% of services such as sewer, emergency services and road care for this land would be taken on by the city of Cleveland.

The county is projected to gain $2,320,000 over 20 years in county property revenue by agreeing to the annexation.

Citizens who live in the area have expressed concern the annexation will bring too much traffic to their already narrow roads, and several commissioners have noted the strain the additional students may put on county schools.

From Fox 17 Nashville…

Voters can begin casting ballots Thursday in Tennessee’s Aug. 4 primary election as candidates compete to win their party’s nomination for governor, Congress and state legislative seats.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee is running unopposed in the GOP primary as he seeks a second term, marking the first time in nearly 30 years an incumbent governor has had no primary opponent. Meanwhile, three Democratic candidates are hoping to win their party’s nomination. Those three are physician Jason Martin, Memphis councilmember JB Smiley Jr. and community advocate Carnita Atwater.

Meanwhile, five out of Tennessee’s nine congressional members are running unopposed in the primary: U.S. House Reps. Diana Harshbarger, Tim Burchett, Scott DesJarlais, John Rose and Mark Green are all running unopposed.

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis, and Republican Congressmen David Kustoff and Chuck Fleischmann face opponents in the primary.

In the Republican-supermajority Legislature, all of Tennessee’s 99 state House seats are up for election this year. There are currently 15 open seats, with the majority of them being held by Republicans. Twenty-one seats feature contested Republican primaries and nine include contested Democratic primaries.

In the Senate, 17 of 33 seats are on the ballot, four with contested GOP primaries and two with contested Democratic races. Three departing senators leave open seats: Republicans Brian Kelsey and Mike Bell, and Democrat Brenda Gilmore. Kelsey is facing a federal indictment on charges that he violated federal campaign finance laws during his failed 2016 congressional campaign.

All five seats on Tennessee’s Supreme Court are up for an eight-year retention election in the August primary. They are Jeff Bivins, Sarah Campbell, Sharon Lee, Holly Kirby and Roger Page. They are all expected to clear the vote.