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Wednesday, August 16th

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Wednesday, August 16th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

Topping our news today, from WRCB Channel 3…

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a woman had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Cleveland.  

TBI Agents say that the wife of a Bradley County deputy, Deanna O’Daniel, died at Tennova Hospital due to her injuries.

The Bradley County deputy was at the house when the shooting happened.

An autopsy will be performed in Chattanooga. TBI Agents continue to gather all relevant information, interviews, and evidence, and will submit investigative findings to the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration.

In news today…

Nonprofit regional blood center Blood Assurance announced that Elder’s Ace Hardware is its August #BAChampion community partner. A #BAChampion is a community partner who has committed to raising awareness within their community through various special events dedicated to education and blood collection.

Through the #BAChampion initiative, Blood Assurance unites with businesses and organizations to further educate the community on the importance of blood donations. The #BAChampion title is given to an organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of the constant need for blood donations within their community.

Elder’s Ace Hardware was founded in 1969 when Elder Glenn and three partners opened their first store outside of the Chattanooga city limits. Elder’s Ace Hardware has 20 locations throughout East Tennessee and North Georgia. These locations include nine stores in Chattanooga, one store in Cleveland, four stores in North Georgia and six stores in Knoxville.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a #BAChampion, please contact the Blood Assurance marketing department at (423) 752-5926 or visit bloodassurance.org/bachampion-2017. For the latest Blood Assurance news and updates, follow @BloodAssurance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

A big issue at Monday’s Cleveland City Council meeting was the attempt to provide assistance to the Cleveland Amateur Radio Club.

Club President Steve Weber was at Monday’s meeting, and had sent the council a letter from the club. The radio club has a 20-year lease from the city on property along Johnson Boulevard, where the club building is located. The club has grown in its 37 years, and is considering expansion of the building.

A prospective donor of construction funds is urging the club to secure ownership of the property, before approval of funding. Club officers are asking the city to transfer the property to assure these funds.

City Attorney John Kimball pointed out city policy denies the ability to give away property, except to another governmental entity. Policy and the city charter could be amended, but that would take some time.

Council members appear in agreement, with a little disagreement from Councilman Bill Estes on the language of the current lease, that they would like to assist the club.

Another issue is that Bradley County Emergency Management Agency has a communications tower on the property, and Director Troy Spence wants to maintain that property and accessibility. He agreed that the radio club is a huge benefit to local emergency responders, and has worked well with the EMA.

Kimball pointed out that the lease with the radio club, which expires in 2032, can be renewed, or the property will be put out to bid. Estes says this language ties the city’s hands in what it can do with the property, and he would like to see it changed so the city continues to control the property.

There is not just the radio club and communications tower on the property. It is more than 12 acres, which includes the city’s old landfill.

The mayor and council urged Weber to see if the proposed donor would consider a long-term lease on the property, with the option of renewal. This lease, because it is not exclusive, could perhaps be 40 years.

Weber and the council will continue to discuss the options.

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.