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From WRCB Channel 3…

After days of heavy rains, some from the system that left Waverly in Humphreys County flooded, and then the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Bonnaroo organizers say they have to cancel the 2021 edition of the music and arts festival.

Although this weekend’s weather looks outstanding, the venue is currently waterlogged in many areas. The ground is incredibly saturated on the tollbooth paths and campgrounds are flooded to the point that vehicles are unable to drive in or park safely.

The organizers encourage everyone to find ways to safely gather with their Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time. Current plans are to hold the festival in June 2022.

All tickets purchased through Front Gate Tickets will be refunded in as little as 30 days to the original method of payment.

In news today…

Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis has tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon. He has been self-isolating since he began having symptoms last Friday, August 27th. Mayor Davis will be working remotely from home for the remainder of his quarantine. He is experiencing mild symptoms and is consulting with his personal physician regarding further treatment. Please join us in prayer for Mayor Davis’ safe and speedy recovery.

From NewsChannel 9…

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) reported Monday that school districts in the state that are not allowing parents to opt out of their students wearing masks in class have the lowest cumulative case rates for children ages 0-18 years old.

Maps provided in the TDH report show the two counties in the state with the current lowest cumulative case rate are Shelby County and Metro Nashville.

These school districts are continuing to enforce their school masking policy with no opt-out option, regardless of Governor Bill Lee’s executive order allowing parents to not follow the guidelines of their local districts.

The report finds children in Tennessee make up 17.4 percent of cumulative cases, with most cases among those aged 14 to 18 years old.

From WRCB Channel 3…

On Tuesday, the two women who are facing charges of sexual battery in connection to the Baptiste Group appeared before a judge. However, their hearing was cut short. 

The two women, Randi Duarte and Florencia Guadalupe Renderos Morales appeared at the Hamilton County Courthouse. 

However, their court dates were both changed to January 11th, 2022.

Duarte’s attorney, Matt Brock, said a couple of reasons caused both preliminary hearings to be delayed until next year. First, one of them is pregnant, so for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the hearing was postponed. Also, Duarte’s actual attorney, Garth Best, could not appear due to quarantine needs. Brock said he is not worried about the date changing or the hearing being affected, despite the severity and widespread knowledge in Chattanooga about the case. 

Brock said he could not predict if the date could change again or if it will stay consistent.