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Cleveland Police are looking for a 48-year-old woman they say assaulted a 74-year-old man who was her roommate. The man eventually had to be flown to Erlanger to treat bleeding in his brain.
A release says the man showed up at a Cleveland Fire Department station on South Ocoee Street with noticeable cuts on top of his head, and one on his toe. The man told authorities he had been assaulted about three hours earlier.
The man told police his roommate, Devon Beckham, attacked him while he was asleep. He said he had been working to get her evicted from his home on the 100 block of 6th Street SW.
Officers went to the residence, and Beckham was not inside. A police report says an officer spotted a broken lamp on the floor beside the bed, along with shards of glass on the bed.
Officers tried to contact Beckham by phone, but were unsuccessful.
Beckham faces aggravated domestic assault charges.
If you know where Beckham is, call Cleveland Police at (423) 476-7511.
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Tim Siniard reports: Now that Thanksgiving 2021 is in the rearview mirror, it’s beginning to look a little like Christmas in the City with Spirit, with MainStreet Cleveland planning a weekend of yuletide events in historic downtown.
Last year, Cleveland’s downtown Christmas tree lighting event was canceled due to rainy weather. The news was followed by calling off the annual Christmas parade after a surge in COVID-19 cases developed in the region.
But Cleveland’s downtown Christmas festivities are back.
Kicking off the merry season will be the Community Tree Lighting, which is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, on the steps of the Old Post Office on Broad Street, where Christmas greetings will be given by Cleveland Mayor Emeritus Tom Rowland and Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis.
The choir from Westmore Church of God will launch the event with festive and heartwarming songs of the season.
There will also be a special visit by Santa Claus to help light the tree.
Once the tree is lit, Christmas on the Square at the Courthouse Plaza will continue with more Christmas cheer and caroling by Westmore Church of God, Broad Street United Methodist and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School’s Elementary Choir.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, the annual Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. and travels through historic downtown.
The parade will feature many beautiful Christmas-themed floats.
For those who cannot attend the event, a Facebook Live broadcast of the parade may be viewed on WCLE Mix 104.1’s Facebook page.
The parade departs from Bradley Central High School, travels north on South Lee Highway to Third Street, north on Ocoee Street, around the monument, south on Broad Street, continues to Inman Street, and back to South Lee Highway and the school.
In news today…
State Rep. Dan Howell, announced he will seek re-election in 2022 to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
Strengthening economic development, keeping taxes low, improving education, protecting the Second Amendment and expanding public transportation are among his top priorities, Howell said.
Howell, a former broadcast journalist, was appointed to fill a vacancy for the 22nd House District seat in 2013 and was elected to represent the district by popular vote in 2014.
Since then, he has been a powerful advocate for his district. Howell cosponsored legislation to expand broadband internet services to underserved rural areas of Tennessee. He fought to save tourism in Southeast Tennessee by sponsoring legislation that created the Ocoee River Recreation and Economic Development Fund.
Most recently, Howell voted in support of legislation that made Tennessee the first state in the nation to pass a comprehensive Covid-19 protection bill that pushes back against President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional federal mandates. Howell, along with the Republican supermajority, voted to protect Tennesseans’ right to earn a living by banning employers from requiring proof of vaccination as well as vaccine passports. The legislation prohibits health care providers from vaccinating a minor child for Covid-19 without a parent’s permission. It also bans any government agency or health care provider from prioritizing monoclonal antibodies to any group.
Howell currently serves as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice and Calendar and Rules committees for the House.