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In news today…
The Bradley County Commission met on Monday covering several items of business. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis gave his update on COVID-19 in Bradley County, stating that hospitalizations were down, with only 405 active cases as of Friday. The Mayor discussed the county’s plans for use of the already received and yet to be received American Rescue Plan funds. Work is taking place with VEC and Twin Lakes and others on broadband grant opportunities. The county has received $10.5 million of the expected $21 million. He noted that there is the possibility of another $14 million coming next year which would be specifically for use with utilities grants for upgrades. It was also announced that household hazardous waste collection day is this Saturday from 8AM until noon at the Justice Center on Blythe Avenue.
Also in news today…
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” During October 15 – 29, BCSO will increase education and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide. The public is encouraged to participate by using #SlowDownTN on social media to help spread awareness.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has increased routine speed reductions, especially in school zones, and prioritized DUI enforcement, in order to lower the number of serious injury crashes in Bradley County. The deputies utilize speed trailers, radar, and observation techniques in problem areas. BCSO will also be monitoring highly traveled roadways in Bradley County, in order to combat speeding, reckless driving, and all other traffic offenses.
The State of Tennessee requires motorists to always exercise due care and maintain a safe speed while driving. Speed limits may vary depending on the county and road conditions; therefore, drivers must always pay attention and adhere to posted speed limits to ensure the safety of all roadway users.
For more information and resources about speeding, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/speeding
The city of Athens fired the chief of police on Monday morning and appointed an interim.
Lieutenant Fred Schultz of their special services division will be replacing the now former chief, Cliff Couch.
A statement from the city says Couch was provided an opportunity to resign but had not done so as of Monday morning and he was dismissed from his job.
Couch was appointed chief of police in September of 2017.
Channel 3 reached out to Couch for comment and received the following statement from his attorneys:
“While the news and sudden decision to terminate Chief Clifton Couch without warning and without explanation is shocking, it is not entirely unexpected due to the amount of retaliation and hostility Chief Couch has experienced from City Manager Seth Sumner over the last several months.
Chief Couch has dedicated his time and energy to this community in an effort to make the city of Athens a safe place to live and work and has enjoyed calling Athens his home.
On behalf of Chief Couch, attorneys Janie Varnell and Logan Davis of Davis & Hoss, P.C., state Chief Couch is appreciative of all of the support he has received from the many citizens of Athens who have already reached out and looks forward to telling his story at the appropriate time and venue.”