Thursday , 21 March 2019

Tuesday, April 17th

Here is today’s news on, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland:

Topping our news today…

Nearly 900 more people have voted early in this election than at this point in the last comparable election of 2014. Bradley County Director of Elections Fran Green reports that 679 people voted on Monday. Early voting continues through April 26th at the three early voting sites — the Bradley County Election Commission, Bradley Square Mall, and Food City on McGrady Drive off APD-40.

From NewsChannel 9…

What came in as a kidnapping call to authorities in Cleveland quickly became a drug bust Sunday night.

A spokesperson for the Cleveland Police Department told NewsChannel 9 Sunday night that a woman entered the Orbit Express gas station on Paul Huff Parkway and told the clerk she was being held against her will just before 10 P.M.

Police say when they arrived, they found a woman in a state of paranoia.

After searching the vehicle she was travelling in with another man, police say they found drugs including Crystal Meth.

The woman has been arrested for public intoxication.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Legislation toughening laws on welfare fraud and Tennessee lawmakers’ nod to Sunday liquor sales by package stores and grocers may have dominated the headlines from Nashville last week, but two members of Bradley County’s delegation agree on the significance of a few others.

Among them are legislative actions to help combat the opioid epidemic, changes in adoption regulations, and stronger defenses for veterans against identity theft.

In another action, state lawmakers passed a measure that promotes high-paying jobs in Tennessee. House Bill 1917 continues the Go Build Tennessee Program through 2024.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland), who represents the 24th Legislative District, and state Rep. Dan Howell (R-Georgetown), who represents District 22, stressed the significance of legislative action involving the opioid epidemic, adoption and Tennessee veterans who are falling victim to identity thieves.

Also from The Banner…

The Lee University Wind Ensemble will close out its spring concert series with a performance this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center.  

The evening will be conducted by Dr. David R. Holsinger and will feature music by Gaspar Cassado, Alfred Reed, Jess Langston Turner, Charles Wiley, and Luigi Zaninelli, along with music from the conductor’s favorite march composer, John Phillip Sousa.

The concert will also include a time to recognize senior members of the group that will graduate in May or July.  

The concert is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.  

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Two physicians from Cleveland have admitted to cheating the military’s health care program, TRICARE, out of more than $65 million by writing thousands of expensive, unnecessary prescriptions to patients they never examined.

In a San Diego federal court last week, Dr. Carl Lindblad and Dr. Susan Vergot pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud for their operations at Choice MD, a walk-in clinic on Candies Creek Ridge Road.

The two doctors worked with a team of co-conspirators to obtain patient information from TRICARE-enrolled Marines and their families — mostly from the San Diego area — and write prescriptions for costly, custom-made drugs to these individuals, according to a news release from the Southern California U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jimmy and Ashley Collins, the owners of Choice MD, were indicted in March 2018 on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and illegal payments of remunerations. That case remains pending.