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Monday, February 26th

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Monday, February 26th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

Topping our news today, from the Cleveland Daily Banner…

A search warrant executed at a Bradley County residence yielded an estimated $23,000 in illegal drugs.

According to a news release, the Drug Enforcement Unit at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office recently served the search warrant after information was developed about illegal drug transactions.

Upon executing the search warrant, detectives seized 8.5 ounces of methamphetamine with an estimated potential street value of approximately $23,000. In addition, detectives also seized $1,100 in currency. This major seizure resulted in additional investigations regarding other illegal drug distribution.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

The Community First Awards Committee received approximately 75 nominations seeking to honor individuals across nine categories. Nominations were judged based on the nominees’ extraordinary commitment of time, talent or treasure to the community. There were a total of nine winners for the individual categories.

The categories and winners are as follows:

• Arts: Connie Gatlin, artistic director, Cleveland City Ballet/writer/storyteller, Cleveland.

• Business: Roger Pickett, president/owner, MurMaid Mattress Inc., Cleveland

• Education: Carmen Choat, secondary supervisor, Meigs County High Schools, Decatur

• Healthcare: Dr. William “Bill” Johnson, chief medical officer, Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland

• Nonprofit Leadership: Matt Ryerson, president and CEO, United Way, Cleveland

• Philanthropy: Rodney and Margot Fitzgerald
(Rodney Fitzgerald) retired, dean, Cleveland State Community and former director public information, After-School Program and Cleveland Public Education Foundation, Cleveland City Schools, Cleveland; Margot Fitzgerald) retired, National Projects manager, Rosetta Stone, Cleveland

• Public Service: Mike Bell, senator, Riceville

• Student Leadership: Kenzi Morgan , student, Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater

• Volunteer Service: Kelvin Bishop, CPA / Financial advisor, Cleveland

The committee met recently following a review of all the nomination materials. They voted on their top candidates for each category, as well as the one person who will be identified as the Community First Person of the Year. The Person of the Year will not be revealed until the Community First Gala on April 5.

This year’s event will also include a special recognition of Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and his years of service to the Cleveland community.

The Community First Awards Gala is presented by Cleveland State Community College. The premier sponsor for the event is the First Tennessee Foundation.

Dinner will be provided, as well as a special dinner performance by an Ensemble of The Cleveland Orchestra of Tennessee under the direction of Sarah Pearson, conductor.  Dress for the evening is black tie optional.

To purchase a ticket or for information on corporate sponsorship, contact Cindy Dawson at 423-614-8703 or visit mycs.cc/communityfirstaward

All proceeds from the event will go to the CSCC Foundation Capital Campaign.

From WRCB Channel 3…

Hamilton Place Mall opened regular hours Sunday following what Chattanooga Police are calling an aggravated riot that took place Saturday night.

Chattanooga Police said that ‘no shots’ were fired after reviewing security video. According to Police, they initially received a call about a large fight where a male displayed a firearm and reported that shots were fired. Police say the decision was made by the department to evacuate the mall based on the information they had received from the call.  

Police conducted a search to ensure the security of the area. Security video was reviewed and officers were able to confirm that a fight had taken place inside the mall and a gun was displayed. Police said witnesses told them that several people shouted “gun! he has a gun!” This caused people inside the mall to panic.

The gun was located outside in the parking lot. Police were able to connect it to the fight inside the mall. At least one juvenile was injured and taken to a local hospital with minor, non-life threatening injuries they received from falling to the ground. Members of the Violent Crimes Bureau are still investigating.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the incident Saturday or have any information call them at 423-689-2525. You can remain anonymous.

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.