Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Sheriff Eric Watson took his oath of office Sunday afternoon and began his duties as the sheriff of Bradley County atmidnight. Officials were busy instituting changes Monday as the new sheriff began his new administration. According to the Cleveland Daily Banner.
During his speech after receiving his charge and oath, Watson mentioned he had increased deputy salaries effective atmidnight.
“A new direction and a new spirit,” were the words of Watson as he campaigned for the office. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Color Guard presented the flags and posted the colors for the ceremony.
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland emceed the ceremony at North Cleveland Church of God Sunday.
Former Sheriffs Tim Gobble, Robert Lawson and Dan Gilley led the charges to the command staff, deputies and Watson.

Much like his first days in office as state representative of the 22nd District, Watson made a bold statement to the deputies and audience.
“You will see what we will stand for during this administration,” Watson said.

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. The Chattanoogan.com reports Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body.Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 hours of a 96-hour DUI sentence when her child died. The mother earlier took out an order of protection against Bradley, and he was arrested for violating the order. Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division along with Child Protective Services are investigating the circumstances surrounding the child’s death. an order of protection against Bradley, and he was arrested for violating the order.

The Cleveland Daily Banner reports that Installation of solar panels accounted for three of the 10 adjustments or addition building permits approved in July for the city of Cleveland. Honda of Cleveland, Abra Auto Body and Toyota of Cleveland have been approved to install solar panels at the respective businesses.  Other addition permits included interior renovations to a State Farm office, expansion of Express Employment Professionals, the addition of a deck to a residential structure and other additions. Adjustment or addition building permits brought in $3,635 in permit fees and represented $772,671 in project value.Commercial permits for July represented $6 million in project value for 15 permits that brought in $17,460 in permit fees. This is compared to only four commercial building permits the previous month.

Funeral services will be Wednesday for a 41-year-old Meigs County woman who was killed Friday afternoon when another vehicle ran into her car on Highway 58 in Meigs County. Troopers said Klaresha Crass swerved her GMC truck into oncoming traffic to avoid a car waiting to turn left. She hit the Chevrolet occupied by the family of Tammy Renee England Whitted, of Decatur, head-on.Her husband, Ronald Whitted, was injured. Two children were not injured. Ms. Whitted and the children were not wearing seatbelts.