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In news today…

The Bradley County Commission met on Tuesday covering several items of business. Commissioner Mason gave an update on TDOT Litter Grant numbers for December: 369 road miles were cleared, amounting to about 8,000 pounds of litter. Ten tickets and seven citations were issued for environmental issues. The 2022 road list and changes will be on the February 7th agenda. Also passed were resolutions appropriating $100,000 for affordable housing to The Caring Place and $100,000 to United Way of the Ocoee Region and their Ocoee Connection Program through the American Rescue Plan act. These allocations will focus on prevention of homelessness, housing for the homeless, and one-time assistance for families with housing needs.

In news today…

Cold temperatures and illnesses in area school systems have resulted in a number of systems being closed today. Locally, Cleveland City Schools will be closed today due to a high level of staff absences. Polk County schools are also closed today due to sickness. McMinn County Schools are closed today due to faculty and staff shortage. Rhea County Schools and Dayton City School are also closed today. With the potential for more winter weather in the coming days, stay tuned to Mix 104-1 or watch our Facebook page, Mix 104-1 WCLE on Facebook, for any closings and delays, part of our severe weather coverage presented by McIntire & Associates Insurance.

From Fox 17 Nashville…

An infectious disease expert in Tennessee says he is “cautiously optimistic” the current wave of COVID-19 infections from Omicron could transition from being pandemic to being endemic by the middle of February.

Dr. William Schaffner is an infectious disease expert with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is also the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). FOX 17 News spoke with Dr. Schaffner on the rising number of infections and hospitalizations among the vaccinated and unvaccinated reported from some Tennessee hospitals.

Hospitalization totals reported by the Williamson County Medical Center last week showed 42% of those hospitalized were fully vaccinated, though the report did not specify if those vaccinated had received a booster shot.

Dr. Schaffner says while the majority of individuals being hospitalized are unvaccinated, serious disease can occur among the vaccinated, especially those who are immunocompromised. 

While the omicron variant has been found to be more transmissible regardless of vaccination status, Dr. Schaffner says those unvaccinated still are at risk for greater disease. Among the vaccinated, underlying conditions and the number of conditions can also play a role in how sick an individual becomes. 

Dr. Schaffner explains boosters play a pivotal role in continuing your ability to fight against the disease.

The role of booster shots could become an annual recommendation as with influenza vaccines.

Dr. Schaffner says he is waiting to see how we come out of the current phase but by mid-February, the U.S. could move to an endemic phase if no new variant emerges.

In news today…

Bradley County Trustee Mike Smith has announced the Trustee’s Office recently received a very positive state audit for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.  The state audit was performed by the Division of County Audits of the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.

Tax processing clerks had another outstanding year servicing over 50,000 Bradley County and City of Charleston parcels with 100% accuracy.  This past fiscal year was the sixth year Bradley County worked with the City of Charleston to collect their property tax and it continues to be very successful.

The accounting division continues to operate at the highest level while monitoring over 245 million dollars of cash flow and 600 governmental accounts.  The excellent accuracy of the accounting division was again proven as they had another year with no year end adjustments required by the state auditors.  

Smith commented the processing and monitoring of senior citizen tax relief and tax freeze programs and the administration of numerous partial payment plans continue to be both efficient and effective.