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More than 2 years after the incident, the City of Chattanooga has settled with a Bradley County couple after a Chattanooga Police officer injured them at a traffic stop.
In the case of Rachel Lovingood, and husband Jeffrey Lovingood v. Mark M. Pollard, Officer, Chattanooga Police Department and City of Chattanooga, the city has agreed to pay them $250,000.
The settlement was announced during the city council meeting on Tuesday, October 12th.
The original lawsuit asked for $300,000.
Jeffrey and Rachel Lovingood say in the lawsuit the incident happened on April 27th of last year, at the 7100 block of Shallowford Road in Chattanooga.
They say Rachel was a passenger in the right back seat of their 2017 Toyota Highlander while Jeffrey was driving east, and were stopped in traffic.
The lawsuit says Chattanooga Police officer Mark Pollard was driving behind them in his patrol vehicle, and did not stop when they did. The Lovingoods say Officer Pollard “suddenly and without warning, failed to slow and stop his vehicle and/or failed to remain at a complete stop thereby striking the Plaintiffs violently in the rear and knocking Plaintiff Rachel Lovingood about her vehicle.”
The lawsuit says Pollard’s police vehicle was damaged so badly that it needed to be towed away from the scene.
The lawsuit concludes that Officer Pollard acted negligently, did not drive in a prudent manner, didn’t yield the right of way, followed too closely, failed to stop, and failed to keep his vehicle under control.
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
Also in news today…
Lee’s Master of Business Administration program received recognition as one of the best MBA degrees in Tennessee, according to a University HQ ranking. Lee was ranked #18 out of over 100 college and university campuses in the state that offer MBA degrees.
Lee’s 32-credit-hour MBA program utilizes experiential learning to equip students to apply values-based theory to actual business problems. The flexible, hybrid program allows students to take classes on campus or online and achieve the MBA in just 20 months.
The program is led by faculty who have served as executive vice presidents of major manufacturers, advisors to governments, managers for major hospitals, senior bank vice presidents, military commandants, college accreditation board chairmen, financial consultants, securities and actuarial analysts, accountants, tax attorneys, and more.
Lee’s MBA program began in the fall of 2013. It has also been recognized for Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report.
More information on Lee’s MBA program can be found at https://www.leeuniversity.edu/academics/graduate/mba/, by calling 423-614-8694, or emailing email@example.com.