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On Friday just before 3PM, the Cleveland Police Department responded to a crash with injuries in the 1300 block of Harrison Pike. Three vehicles were involved in the crash.
It appeared that one vehicle crossed over the center line and struck two vehicles.
The driver of one vehicle was transported to Tennova, treated, and released. The driver of a second vehicles was transported to Erlanger with significant injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was transported to Tennova and flown by Life Force to Erlanger, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Beverly Bird, age 71, of Cleveland, was the driver of the third vehicle who succumbed to her injuries at Erlanger.
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Autumn Hughes reports two resolutions related to Interstate 75 that will be considered this evening at the The Bradley County Commission’s voting session. Both were introduced during last week’s work session.
The first resolution, presented by Commissioner Dennis Epperson, encourages the Tennessee Department of Transportation to expand I-75 to six lanes from Exit 20 to Exit 33. According to the resolution, TDOT released plans to increase I-75 from four lanes to six lanes on opposite ends of Bradley County, with the first phase to extend from the Hamilton County line to Exit 20 near the Spring Branch Industrial Park. TDOT also plans to expand to six lanes from Exit 33 north to the McMinn County line.
The estimated cost for the widening project is $29.3 million.
The second resolution, presented by Commissioner Kevin Raper, encourages TDOT and the Governor’s Office to fund, design and construct an exit at Harrison Pike in Cleveland. Raper said an exit at Harrison Pike would add convenience for travelers and quicker access for emergency vehicles, as well as accommodate growth.
The Bradley County Commission will meet in a voting session at 7 p.m. Monday at the Bradley County Schools central office.
You can also watch the meeting via Facebook live on our Facebook page, Mix 104-1 WCLE.
From the Tennesseean…
The nationwide ACT exam experienced a security breach, causing the cancellation of tests in Tennessee and in some districts nationwide.
Tennessee is most impacted by the breach because it is the only state to offer a statewide retake program, said Ed Colby, ACT spokesman.
The first of three opportunities for Tennessee high school seniors to retake the test was scheduled for Tuesday, with that exam date canceled. Colby said the compromise in the testing process is under investigation.
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen notified districts on Thursday of the cancellation and forwarded an email Friday morning from ACT’s Chief Operating Officer Janet Godwin to districts that said the nonprofit canceled the test date “to ensure the exam is fair and valid.”
Godwin’s email says districts will be able to use Oct. 16 as the initial test date, with Oct. 30 as another option.
It’s unclear how many Tennessee districts are affected by the cancellation, Colby said.
Any tests administered prior to Oct. 16 will not be scored, according to Godwin’s email