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From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Monday, January 29th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz. Topping our news t

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Monday, January 29th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

Topping our news today…

At approximately 12:38 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, the Bradley County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from 372 Belleview Drive southeast reporting a burglary in progress. Deputies responding to the call observed a white male inside the residence armed with a handgun. The subject barricaded himself inside a back room of the house. The Sheriff’s office SWAT team was called to the scene and was able to subdue the subject.  Sheriff Eric Watson praised their efforts in being able to bring the incident to a successful conclusion approximately two hours after the initial call was made. Watson identified the subject as Michael Hersheal Long, 63, of 372 Bellview Drive. Long was taken to a hospital by ambulance for a check up. At this time charges are pending.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Bradley County Schools officials are still considering how they will respond to a controversy over a Christian prayer being broadcast at a local school football game.

Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash described the district’s current course of action in a statement to the Cleveland Daily Banner on Friday.

“The Bradley County Board of Education is currently seeking advice from legal counsel, lawmakers, and groups specializing in religious freedom and liberty issues regarding the letter received from the Freedom from Religion Foundation on Jan. 19, 2018,” Cash said.

“It is the responsibility of the director of Schools and the Bradley County School Board to be sure our students’ free speech rights are protected. While the Bradley County School Board is seeking the advice of several groups concerning this complicated issue and exploring all options, no decisions have been made.”

The controversy began after a complaint was made over a student being allowed to say a prayer over the loudspeaker to help start a Bradley Central High School football game.

The anonymous complainant, who self-identifies as a Bradley County Schools employee, reached out to an advocacy organization called the Freedom From Religion Foundation with this concern.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

When he delivers his final State of the State address tonight, Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to reflect on Tennessee’s strides in areas such as education and job growth during his tenure while looking ahead to new initiatives like his $30 million plan to combat the state’s opioid epidemic as well as helping more students complete college.

This is the term-limited Republican’s eighth and last address, an annual public rite in which governors set forth their priorities before a televised joint convention of the General Assembly.

In just under a year from now, Haslam will be out of office after having governed with the help of a Republican-controlled Legislature, the first time that’s happened since Tennessee’s post-Civil War Reconstruction days.

Haslam will address the state House and Senate at 7 p.m. The event will be streamed online.

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.

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