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In news today…

Dr. Russell Dyer, Director of Cleveland City Schools, is seeking input from the Cleveland City Schools’ community as part of the search for the next Principal of Cleveland High School. With the transition of current Cleveland High School Principal, Autumn O’Bryan, into the role of Director of Academics for the 2022-2023 school year, Cleveland City Schools has begun the process of taking applications and selecting a new principal to lead Cleveland High School.

As part of the process, Cleveland City Schools is asking the community to share their thoughts on the qualities that are important in the selection of the next Cleveland High School Principal. Educators, students, parents, community leaders, business and industry leaders, and alumni are encouraged to provide their input into the selection criteria and to share their thoughts on the hiring process. This input and feedback on the screening and selection can be shared through the now open community survey. Please go to clv.city/chsprincipal to fill out the survey.

Cleveland City Schools plans to have the new Principal of Cleveland High School selected and fully in place by July 1, 2022.

From NewsChannel 9…

The Bradley County Criminal Court Clerk confirms that Gabriel Nathaniel Black and Tristin Dale Palmer were arrested on new charges this week, in the wake of a Grand Jury indictment.

The indictment describes Black and Palmer kidnapping the child, binding him with handcuffs, and forcing him to perform physical activities against his will at gunpoint. 

Black and Palmer now both face these charges, according to the indictment:

  • Conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping
  • Conspiracy to commit aggravated child abuse
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

The woman charged with asking the men to ‘work him out”, Dawn Renee Williams, does not face any additional charges from those she was charged with last year. She’s charged with facilitating kidnapping and aggravated child abuse.

From Fox 17 Nashville…

Two Tennessee lawmakers are proposing legislation which would allow parents who disagree with COVID-19 protocols in their school districts to remove their child from the school and use a voucher to attend the school of their choosing.

SB1647/HB1671 was filed this week in the Tennessee General Assembly by Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville-D9) and Representative Michael G. Curcio (R-Dickson-D69). The bill would create school vouchers to be funded by local municipalities and the state for parents who believe their child was impacted by certain COVID-19 protocols in their district.

The vouchers would be available to students in districts where they were not offered 180 days in class due to the pandemic or where a mask mandate was imposed. Students who were refused exemption from the mask mandate would also be included. The bill would not cover those who were not exempt due to a mask mandate imposed from executive, court, public health, or other legal order.

From WRCB Channel 3…

On Tuesday, Bonnaroo revealed the list of artists scheduled to perform at the multi-day event in Manchester June 16-19.

Headliners include Machine Gun Kelly, Stevie Nicks, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roddy Ricch, Tool, The Chicks, Herbie Hancock and Ludacris, to name a few.

The 2021 event was canceled because of the excessive rains from what were the remnants of Hurricane Ida, reports NBC affiliate WSMV. That marked the second year the event was canceled; the 2020 festival became another event victim to COVID-19.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Thursday at Noon CT.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Bradley County would be united within the same congressional district for the first time in a decade under a political redistricting plan being finalized by Tennessee legislative Republicans.

State House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, the Senate Republican speaker, confirmed the intent Tuesday as the 112th General Assembly convened for its 2022 session, where state and congressional redistricting are a top focus for the GOP-led legislature.

The entire county for decades was part of the 3rd Congressional District, held then and now by U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah. But in 2012 redistricting, Republicans divided Bradley between Fleischmann and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Sherwood.

The splitting of Bradley during 2012 redistricting was an effort by Republicans to put DesJarlais in a district where he was less known and more vulnerable to a GOP primary challenge. It was done to help then-state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville — an ally of the Senate’s then-speaker, Ron Ramsey — as Tracy mounted a challenge of DesJarlais.

In news today…

The Cleveland City Council met on Monday covering several items of business. Councilwoman McKenzie discussed the dumping of tires in her district, and the low amount of enforcement that can be done to stop it. The Mayor gave her verbiage that she can prepare a resolution to be sent to Nashville requesting consideration for increasing penalties for tire dumping. Motions were made and approved to purchase a street sweeper for Public Works as well as the purchase of a 100 foot ladder truck for the fire department.