From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Tuesday, April 4th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.
Topping our news today…
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has learned a date for a jury trial has been set by the United States Federal District Court. Sheriff Eric Watson gave the following official statement:
“The shooting incident from July 18, 2015 that led to the death of Allan White was definitely a tragic event, and we continue to extend our condolences to his family.
It has been an on-going practice for our agency to immediately notify the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and to have an independent law-enforcement agency conduct an investigation during any officer-involved shootings. Those same procedures were followed during the officer-involved shooting of Mr. White.
The 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations look into the death of Allan White, in which they found Deputy Tiffany Oakley’s actions were justified. Additionally, the case was presented to the Bradley County Grand Jury who found Deputy Oakley was not criminally responsible for the death of Allan White.
It’s quite common for any incident that results in an officer-involved shooting to lead to a civil litigation. This matter has been set for trial which I believe at the conclusion will render the same findings of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and Bradley County Grand Jury, and determine Dep. Oakley isn’t civilly liable for his death.
I solicit prayers for Deputy Oakley as she continues to deal with the events which occurred approximately two years ago. Our agency will continue to provide support and offer her resources as she continues to deal with that horrific event.”
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Lee University baseball’s Military Appreciation Day is just around the corner.
The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, and include a doubleheader between the Flames and Union University at 2 and 5 p.m.
Proceed from the fifth annual Military Appreciation Day will go toward Disabled American Veterans local chapter 25.
According to Flames head baseball coach Mark Brew, it is the team’s goal to raise $10,000 for the local DAV at this year’s event.
Last year, the Flames raised $8,500 to go toward the repair, renovation, operation and maintenance of the local Veterans Cemetery in Fort Hill Cemetery. Funds from previous Military Appreciation Days have also gone toward the proposed Veterans Memorial Park and the Bradley County Veterans Honor Guard.
Prior to Saturday, the community will have a number of other opportunities to show their support for the event.
On Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dos Bros will donate 30 percent of food purchases if you mention the Military Appreciation Day event. Then on Thursday, both Zaxby’s locations will be donating 10 percent of their sales from 5 to 8 p.m. The Flames will also be doing a live radio show on Talk 101-3 The Buzz from 5 to 7 p.m. from the 25th Street Zaxby’s.
Military Appreciation Day T-Shirts are still being sold for $10 at the Cleveland Daily Banner, the Bank of Cleveland downtown location and through the university and Brew. In memory of or honor of flags will be available at the game, with a suggested donation of $5.
On Saturday, the gates will open at 1 p.m. and veterans and active military are asked to check-in at the main gate, which is located directly behind the bleachers, to receive some special gifts.
Also in news today…
Sheriff Eric Watson is warning citizens to be on the lookout for scams due to the recent Bradley County hail storm.
Watson stated, “Those hit by storms can suffer again when scammers target families, businesses, and communities working to recover from the damage. Steer clear of scams by learning the warning signs, and any suspected fraud should be immediately reported to law-enforcement.
The majority of Bradley County contractors, tree removal companies, and vehicle repair shops are reputable businesses. Additionally, most of our local merchants pitch in to help their communities recover from severe weather. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous scammers travel to areas that have been hit by natural disasters just to take advantage of those who have suffered a loss”.
Sheriff Watson encourages residents to report scams and frauds to his office.
To avoid scams that follow storms:
- Put safety first. If you need to evacuate on short notice, for example due to flooding, don’t risk your safety by gathering your personal items. After the storm has passed, do not attempt to move downed power lines or attempt dangerous repairs on your own.
- Take important financial documents with you if you evacuate, including insurance policies, mortgage documents, an inventory of the contents of your home, and any bills to pay. Also take your insurance agent’s phone number with you.
- If the storm damages your property, contact your insurance company. Some insurance companies require an adjuster’s approval before work can be done. Take pictures and videos of the damage, if possible. Cover holes in your roof or walls with a tarp to prevent additional damage if you can do so safely.
- Don’t pay for work up front. Inspect the work and make sure you’re satisfied before you pay. A small down payment may be required for some projects, but don’t pay anything without getting a written contract. Avoid paying with cash; use a check or a credit card instead.
- Beware of any contractor who tries to rush you or comes to your home to solicit work. If an offer is only good now or never, find someone else to do the work. Seek recommendations from friends, neighbors, co-workers and others who have had work done on their homes.
- Get three written estimates, if possible, and compare bids. Check credentials and contact the Better Business Bureau to learn about any complaints against the contractor. Ask to get the contractor’s certificate of insurance directly from their insurance company, not from the contractor. Before work begins, get a written contract detailing all work to be performed, costs, and a projected completion date.
- For car repairs, shop around and compare written estimates. On major jobs, get a second opinion. If the mechanic recommends replacing parts, ask for the old parts back. You may get credit on some parts if the mechanic wants to keep them.
- Beware of charity scams that use disasters to make phony pleas for donations sound legitimate. If a caller refuses to answer your questions about the charity, offers to come to pick up a donation in person, or calls you and asks for a credit card, bank account or Social Security number, more than likely it’s a scam.
“Scammers will take any opportunity to take your hard-earned money. If you think someone is using this storm and its aftermath to try to rip you off, it’s important to immediately report it so nobody else becomes a victim of the scam”, Watson advised.
This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting mymix1041.com, powered by Pioneer Credit. From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.