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Thursday, November 19th

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In news today…

The Bradley County Clerk’s office will be closing Friday, Nov. 20th at noon and remain closed until Nov. 30th, according to Bradley County Clerk Donna Simpson. The Clerk’s office is experiencing staffing issues due to the Covid-19 virus and they are taking this time to thoroughly clean the office and allow for staff quarantine. Simpson says the office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30th and apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. The office in the courthouse as well as the drive-thru on 17th Street will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30th. Regular office hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

From WDEF Channel 12…

A local man has pleaded guilty in a mail fraud scheme taking money from both homeowners and their insurance companies.

54 year old Benjamin Reichel entered his guilty plea in federal court.

Prosecutors say he operated Loss Recovery Specialists in Cleveland, which claimed to file insurance claims for people who had suffered property damage.

The scheme in question ran March of 2018 to June of 2019.

Prosecutors say Reichel charged the property owners for repairs and put the money in a trust account until the insurance paid off.

They say he then misused the funds in the account for personal and improper professional expenses.

Reichel agreed in his plea that the government could prove losses in the ragne between $550,000 and $1,500,000.

He has agreed to forfeit money and his home in Council Fire in Catoosa County as part of the settlement.

Reichel could get additional jail time when sentenced next spring.

From WSMV Nashville…

Tennessee is one of four states where Pfizer will test its vaccine delivery and distribution program. 

Pfizer chose Rhode Island, Texas, New Mexico and Tennessee to test their vaccine distribution plan. 

The states were chosen based on their differences in size, population diversity and immunization infrastructure. 

Reuters reports that being selected for the test delivery program does not mean Tennessee will get the vaccine before others. 

Pfizer still needs to receive FDA approval for the vaccine and plans to produce 100 million doses of the vaccine for the federal government.