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Monday, July 2nd

Here is today’s news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland:

Topping our news today…

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will have zero tolerance for D.U.I.s and distracted driving, but will help assist thousands in celebrating the nation’s 242nd birthday in a safe and family-friendly way.

The BCSO’s D.A.R.E. Program, which has educated hundreds of Bradley County young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, will be the official sponsors of the annual fireworks display on Waterlevel Highway (Highway 64) – a tradition started and kept alive by County Commissioner Howard Thompson for 31 years.

The event, centered in front of Thompson’s Flea Market, has drawn more than 15,000 and the crowd grows every year.

Watson also emphasized that while the BCSO will be at the fireworks show, the roads of Bradley County will be saturated with patrol searching for those who choose to endanger others by a selfish decision to attempt to drive while intoxicated or who might take advantage of the holiday to participate in any other types of illegal activities.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Those wishing to observe Independence Day with loud pops and bright explosions of color can do so in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Mount Olive Ministries and Cleveland City government are once again teaming up to host the annual “Freedom Celebration” fireworks display.

These fireworks are being launched from Perry Stone Ministries, off Paul Huff Parkway, beginning at 9:30 p.m. The 30-minute show will be visible in the skies near the Bradley Square Mall, which closes at 7 p.m. and welcomes people to watch from their parking lot.

The event is sponsored by Cleveland Ford and will also feature a broadcast on Mix 104.1. The fireworks will be synchronized to patriotic music playing on the station during the event.

Also from The Banner…

Five Bradley County schools will have new principals at their helms as teachers and students alike get ready for the 2018-19 school year.

Developments such as the retirements of two local principals created a domino effect which led to multiple leadership changes district-wide.

New principals were recently named at Hopewell Elementary, Ocoee Middle, Taylor Elementary, Valley View Elementary and Waterville Community Elementary.

Hopewell will be led by Elizabeth Kaylor, who has been serving as principal of Taylor Elementary since 2013. She takes over for former principal Tim Riggs, who retired this summer. Kaylor has held a variety of instructional roles since she was first hired by Bradley County Schools in 1996.

Taylor Elementary is set to welcome Erica Shamblin as its new principal. Shamblin taught at Charleston Elementary for several years before moving to her most recent role as the assistant principal of Calhoun Elementary in McMinn County.

Ocoee Middle will be led by Corey Limburg, who is taking over for recently retired Principal Ron Spangler. Limburg had served as principal of Valley View Elementary since 2014, following several years teaching at the Valley View, Michigan Avenue and Waterville Community elementary schools.

Valley View’s new principal will be Jeremy Jones. He transferred from Walker Valley High School, where he was a math teacher and administrator of the Medicine & Business Academy. His experience includes some 10 years of teaching, including seven at Ocoee Middle.

Waterville Community Elementary will continue to be led by Dr. Heather Hayes, who officially became the school’s principal in May after having taken on the role of interim principal earlier in the 2017-18 year. She previously served as the school’s dean of students, a role which will now be filled by Holly Dare.

From WRCB Channel 3…

More than 150 new Tennessee laws go into effect on July 1, 2018.

That includes dozens of laws impacting every area of state and local government. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • HB0222 Driver Licenses – As enacted, requires a person to establish proof of United States citizenship; lawful permanent resident status; or, in the case of a temporary driver license, a specified period of authorized stay in the United States, if the person, for purposes of obtaining a Tennessee driver license, presents a driver license from another state that issues driver licenses to illegal aliens.
  • HB1939 Firearms and Ammunition – As enacted, allows county commissioner in the actual discharge of the commissioner’s duties who has a valid handgun carry permit to carry in buildings in which county commission meetings are held, but not in room in which judicial proceeding in progress; not applicable to member of legislative body of metropolitan government.
  • HB2024 Criminal Procedure – As enacted, revises and makes permanent and applicable statewide the Knox County pilot project that allows indigent criminal defendants to pay their court costs and litigation taxes through the performance of public service.
  • HB2330 Students – As enacted, prohibits the use of corporal punishment against a student with a disability who has an IEP or a Section 504 plan, with certain exceptions.
  • SB2030 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee Stolen Valor Act”. It makes wearing military medals that aren’t your own a criminal impersonation.


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