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Listen to the Debate between Sheriff Jim Ruth & Eric Watson

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

 Last Wednesday was the first day for early voting and, according to Bradley County Election Office officials, it was a busy day for voters to cast their ballots in the upcomingMay 6 Primary elections. According to the Cleveland Daily Banner, the number of early voters subsided somewhat Thursday and the three early voting sites were closed Fridayin observance of the beginning of the Easter holiday weekend. According to Fran Green, Bradley County Elections administrator, 1,844 people had cast their ballots by closingSaturday. That is slightly higher compared to the 2010 elections that also held an Easter Good Friday holiday when 1,526 voters had taken advantage of early voting. Voters were able to cast their votes again on Saturday. Early voting is being held at Suite 103, in the Gallery at Sterling Pointe located at 2554 Dalton Pike, Bradley Square Mall and at the Bradley County Elections Office in the Courthouse Annex. The hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Early voting ends May 1.

Randy Tucker, former Girls Preparatory School headmaster, was killed Monday morning in an accident on I-75 in Bradley County. Mr. Tucker retired last year and was working as interim head of school at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tn.  The single-car accident happened just before 10 a.m. near mile marker 33. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Investigator, Tucker’s Porsche was going North when he went off the left shoulder, hit a guardrail and then flipped several times. He was rushed to Skyridge Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Tucker is survived by his wife Terri, son Trey, and daughter Taylor. The Interstate was closed to northbound traffic for several hours while officials handled the investigation into the fatal accident.

A federal judge on Monday afternoon sentenced a Cleveland man to 31 months less time than recommended by the prosecution on a child pornography case.  Judge Sandy Mattice sentenced Neil Mulder to serve 66 months – a departure down from the sentencing range of 78-97 months. Gianna Maio of the federal defender’s office asked 60 months, saying Mulder has turned his life around and was always a viewer and not a threat to molest children. Prosecutor Terra Bay, saying Mulder has been looking at child pornography dating back to 2002, and said he should get the maximum 97 months. After he serves his time, Mulder will be on supervised release for 10 years and he will not be allowed to be with children under 18. He will be on the Sex Offender Registry.