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The Bradley County Commission met on Tuesday covering several items of business. An item was added to the minutes in regards to the gambling tax, which will be deposited into the general fund and only used for capital projects from a check written each year. This is an already-existing policy, and was being added to the minutes for documentation. A resolution was passed authorizing the Bradley County Mayor to execute a construction easement to the city of Cleveland along Dooley Street for a federal project for an amount of $300. A resolution was passed fixing the tax levy for Bradley County, as well as the tax levy for the Bradley County Fire District for the fiscal year, with no increases.
The man who is accused of attacking a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Sunday has surrendered to authorities.
Austin Gage McHone, 24, of Tracy City, turned himself in without incident, according to Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum.
McHone has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, Felony Evading.
Bond has not yet been set for McHone.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports there was a single boating-related fatal incident over the three-day July 4th holiday and Operation Dry Water weekend. The incident occurred Saturday evening on the Tennessee River in Decatur County.
The preliminary TWRA investigation reports that a 10-year-old female was on a tube being pulled by a pontoon boat when the outward motor contacted the tube and the girl. The incident remains under investigation by the TWRA.
There have been 16 boating-related fatalities on Tennessee waters in 2022 as compared to 13 the same time last year.
There was a serious injury incident involving two juveniles in the Holder Branch area of Ft. Loudon Lake near the Cove at Concord Park. A personal watercraft that was towing an inner tube with two juveniles onboard made contact into the side of an anchored pontoon boat. The TWRA also reported eight property damage incidents.
The TWRA reported 25 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests over the holiday weekend. There were nine arrests in TWRA Region III (Upper Cumberland, Chattanooga area), eight in TWRA Region IV (East Tennessee), seven in Region II (Middle Tennessee) and one in Region I (West Tennessee).
Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Operation Dry Water is held with the Independence Day holiday to give boating under the influence (BUI) enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season.