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Thursday, October 29th

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From NewsChannel 9…

The Meigs County school system and Tennessee Highway Patrol have released more information on the tragedy that claimed the lives of a young student and a bus driver, and injured seven others.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said that at 2:45 pm CST/3:45 pm EST Tuesday, a Service Electric utility vehicle was driving on Highway 58 in Decatur when the driver ran off the side of the road, over-corrected to get back on the road, and then lost control. THP says the vehicle went into oncoming traffic and crashed into Meigs County school bus #12-1.

A preliminary report Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant Bill Miller released Wednesday identified the bus driver as 53-year-old Lisa Dillard of Birchwood, Tennessee. THP says the other driver, Terry Trammell, was also injured. At this time, she faces no charges, and the THP says this remains an active investigation.

An update to the previous information we received now says a total of 32 people were on board the bus at the time of the crash, including Dillard. There was a mix of ages on the bus since it has cross routes from elementary, middle and high schools in Meigs County. Baker said the students were age 7 and up into high school.

Baker said of the other seven students who were injured in the deadly wreck, four students remained in the hospital as of Wednesday afternoon.

Students were on a remote learning day Wednesday, but the district’s crisis team went to Meigs South Elementary to speak to staff, bus drivers, and any students that wanted to come in and talk. He says additional counselors will be on site Thursday.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed they had opened a safety investigation into the crash.

From WRCB Channel 3…

Tennessee officials say the state has broken its record for early and absentee voting combined three days before early voting ends for the Nov. 3 election.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office says more than 1.8 million Tennesseans had voted as of the close of polls on Monday, already surpassing the previous record of nearly 1.7 million early and absentee ballots cast during the 2016 presidential election.

The final day of the 14-day early voting period is today. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and high interest in the presidential race, the state has seen about a 40% increase in votes cast so far compared to the same point during early voting in the 2016 election, according to state data.

Voters can find their early voting and Election Day hours, polling locations and more with the GoVoteTN app or online at GoVoteTN.com.

2,402 voted in Bradley County Wednesday on the next to last day of early voting in Tennessee. The last day of early voting is today from 9 AM until 6 PM at the three Bradley County early voting locations: Bradley Square Mall, the Bradley County Election Commission office, and the former BB&T Bank building on McGrady Drive. So far the all time record total for Bradley County voting stands at 34,507.

In news today…

Governor Bill Lee will be at Cleveland high school this afternoon to visit the schools jobs for Tennessee graduates.

This is the second time this year that the governor has visited Cleveland high school. We will have reports on the Governor’s visit on Mix 104.1 as well as on Mix TV.

Also in news today…

Mainstreet Cleveland’s Downtown Trick or Treat Stroll, a traditional style trick-or-treat is Friday, October 30 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, October 31 from 3-6 p.m.  Kids and families are invited to trick-or-treat throughout downtown at 40 local businesses, retailers, and restaurants for the Mars Wrigley candy giveaway.  Trick or Treaters will be greeted on the sidewalks, plus there will be street musicians, and a festive atmosphere. 

The long running Halloween block party was reimagined for 2020 due to safety precautions surrounding COVID19.  The two-day event will allow more social distancing and be spread out to include the Courthouse Square area, First Street Square, Museum Center, and the Old Woolen Mill.

Parents should be mindful that streets will remain open for this sidewalk event. It is the perfect time to wear a mask, which is highly recommended.  Persons distributing candy will be wearing masks and gloves. 

For a map of locations and more details visit Mainstreet Cleveland at www.mainstreetcleveland.com, or Mainstreet Cleveland on Facebook, or Instagram.