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Tuesday, April 25th

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Tuesday, April 25th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

Our top story today…

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Cleveland Police Department are aware that several media reports are reporting a feud between the two agencies. Both agencies have an obligation to address issues which creates high liability.

The incidences regarding the intake of arrestees with medical needs beyond the capacity of on-site medical providers are concerns with jails across the state of Tennessee and abroad. On April 5, 2017 both agencies made the decision to meet when learning that there was a conflict with Bradley County Correctional Facility’s intake process for arrestees. Administrations from both agencies and the Bradley County attorney had a productive meeting that resulted in the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office reviewing policies and procedures which governed the intake of arrestees.

According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigations’ “2016 Crime Report”, an estimated 6,231 arrests occurred between both agencies last year. The problems with the intake of arrestees were promptly addressed between both agencies, and no other incidences have occurred since the April 5th meeting. The disagreements were simply caused by both agencies following separate policies and procedures, and those discrepancies have been dealt with to alleviate further problems.

For the past several years, Bradley County Sheriff Office’s and Cleveland Police Department’s relationship have been the best in history. The disagreements regarding the intake of arrestees are isolated incidents that don’t define the relationship between both agencies.

Both agencies will continue to work closely together to address the public safety needs of the Cleveland / Bradley County community. It’s important the public realizes this issue has only led to better communication between both agencies, and hasn’t affected the close relationship that has been established for quite some time.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Traffic was halted on Interstate 75 at the Bradley County and McMinn County line after a barge on the Hiwassee River got loose and became a potential hazard to the bridge spanning the waterway.

The incident occurred during the intense weather in the area late Saturday evening, sometime around 9 p.m.  Troy Spence, Bradley County Emergency Management Agency director, said that the barge broke loose and “blew upriver to Olin.” He said that when the wind died down, the barge then began to drift downriver toward the bridge.
Lt. John Harmon of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said along with the THP being requested for traffic control, the U.S. Coast Guard was also notified.

Olin Chlor Alkali released the following information to the media:

“(Saturday) evening during a heavy storm, an empty barge that is owned by another company but stored at Olin’s dock got loose on the Hiwassee River in Charleston. We continue to work with state and local authorities on this situation.”

No injuries were reported from the incident, and an investigation into what occurred to cause the barge to get loose from the dock is continuing.

Also from The Banner…

Bart Borden, vice president of Cleveland Utilities’ Electric Division, provided an update from his department to members of the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities in its most recent gathering.

One of the Electric Division’s ongoing projects is the installation of a transmission line to the Spring Branch Industrial Park along Harriman Road. Borden said the steel transmission and distribution poles are expected to be delivered the fourth week of May, and construction will continue from that point.

Board members were also informed of two traffic lighting projects.

There have been signal timing changes at the Paul Huff Parkway/Peerless Road traffic signal.

The utility’s signal coordinator has changed the timing plan at the intersection between 4 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The new plan will provide a longer green time to Peerless Road northbound, while maintaining proper maintenance and flow along Paul Huff Parkway.

There has been another signal timing change on Paul Huff Parkway at Mouse Creek Road. The signal coordinator has changed the timing plan between 5:20 and 6:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Also, the midday plan for Saturday and Sunday has been altered. All changes provide additional green time to the eastbound left turn lane turning north onto Mouse Creek Road.

Borden added changes were made after it was observed that these intersections have heavy traffic during these peak time periods.

This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting our website, mymix1041.com, powered by Pioneer Credit. From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.