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From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Monday, December 18th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz. Topping our news

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Monday, December 18th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

Topping our news today…

At approximately 11:54 p.m. on Saturday, December 16th a call was received at the Cleveland / Bradley County 911 Center to report a stabbing at a residence on Leyland Drive in Charleston, TN. The caller indicated a male had been stabbed and another male had fled from the scene.

Upon arriving on the scene, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office personnel started searching the area and came in contact with a male at approximately 12:39 a.m. Deputy Corey Loftis and Charleston Police Department Jimmy Woody encountered the male on Billingsley Street in Charleston, TN, which resulted in a physical altercation. Fearing for their safety, Deputy Loftis fired his weapon hitting the male, and both officers immediately began life-saving measures until Bradley County E.M.S. arrived. The male was transported to Tennova Hospital where the male was pronounced deceased. The identity of the deceased male will be released at a later time, once next of kin has been notified.

The investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is the BCSO’s standard practice for any officer-involved shooting. In accordance with the agency’s General Orders, Deputy Corey Loftis will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Cody Judd, who pleaded to vehicular homicide in the traffic death of Ashlyn Lamberth, was given a six-year supervised probation sentence Friday. He was to serve 30 days in jail immediately following the sentencing hearing.

Judd had pleaded “no contest” to the vehicular homicide charge in August. It was in reference to the May 20, 2015, death of Lamberth in a wreck on North Lee Highway at Tasso Road.

Judd was  reportedly driving a logging truck north on U.S. Highway 11 (North Lee Highway) when he struck a vehicle driven by Lamberth, 17 at the time of the wreck, who had just graduated from Bradley Central High School. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near the intersection of North Lee Highway and Tasso Road.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, which investigated the accident, indicated Judd allegedly ran a red light at the intersection, hitting Lamberth’s car on the driver’s side.

Judd, who was 20 at the time of the wreck, also reportedly did not have a commercial driver’s license. This type of license, a Class B CDL, is required to drive a logging truck and other vehicles commercially in the state.

Officials said just after the accident that only someone age 21 or over is eligible for a CDL.

Also from The Banner…

Financial issues at The Caring Place have resulted in the change or elimination of  two of the administrative staff positions, including executive director.

Both Dr. Randy Howard, executive director, and Toni Miles, director of Organization Advancement, voluntarily resigned from the organization this past week.

Miles’ position will be absorbed into the remaining staff, while Corinne Freeman, director of social work with The Caring Place, will assume Howard’s duties on an interim basis.

The changes made, Howard said, are to safeguard the services they have always provided. There will be no change in providing those services. The Caring Place will continue to operate based on their motto of meeting needs with love.

Howard stated more than 1,000 families are assisted each month by The Caring Place, and there are 150 or so volunteers who help the organization. All of that is stable, and will continue at The Caring Place. These changes will secure that.

The Cleveland Daily Banner Reports…

The Bradley Cleveland Public Education has awarded $55,000 in grants to local teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

This year, the foundation awarded 20 grants — 18 team grants and two individual grants. All are expected to help local teachers purchase what they need to implement innovative projects in their classrooms.

Individual teachers in the Cleveland or Bradley County school systems could apply for grants of up to $1,000, while teams of two or more teachers could apply to receive up to $5,000.

Many of the grants awarded this year will fund projects which combine multiple academic disciplines. For example, a grant awarded to Mayfield Elementary involves both art and English, while a grant awarded to George R. Stuart Elementary and E.L. Ross Elementary will combine math and health.

From The Banner…

“This is a tangible expression of the love of God for these children and their families,” said WCLE host Steve Hartline as he watched more than 1,200 children stream into Ocoee Middle School for the Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Party Saturday.

They were there because Santa’s Workshop had opened a satellite branch at the school, which became the distribution hub for more than 10,000 packages destined for area children.

The “Santas” were the residents of Cleveland and Bradley County who stepped up this year in record numbers to make the annual Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Party the largest in the drive’s history.

The late Rev. M.E. Littlefield began what has become a tradition more than 70 years, WCLE’s Steve Hartline, said his grandfather would be amazed watching the more than 1,200 children come through the doors anticipating Christmas.

This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting our website, mymix1041.com. From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.