Thursday , 22 March 2018

Tuesday, March 6th

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Tuesday, March 6th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

The number of calls to Bradley County Emergency Services continues to rise, highlighting a need for more EMS personnel and vehicles to serve the community.

Meeting with the Bradley County Commission’s Emergency Services Committee on Friday, EMS Director Shawn Fairbanks discussed the call volume as well as staffing, equipment and infrastructure needs.

Fairbanks said in the past 20 years, the call volume has increased by 120 percent.

In January 2018, there were 149 fire calls and 1,970 EMS calls in Bradley County. Fairbanks said the department averages 2,300 calls per month.

He discussed staffing options, including adopting a 24/48 schedule, with employee working a 24-hour shift then being off duty for 48 hours. He told the committee he supports going to a 24/48 schedule with currently enough staff to run nine trucks.

Also from The Banner…

Two Bradley County lawmakers are encouraged by proposed legislation making its way through committee in the state House of Representatives that will better protect victims of domestic abuse.

Called “Safe at Home,” the new program — if approved by both branches of the Tennessee General Assembly — will help victims of violence, and their children, “… to take back their lives by preventing an abuser from locating them through public records searches and inflicting additional harm,” according to state Reps. Kevin Brooks and Dan Howell.

“Safe at Home” provides victims with a government-managed substitute address, such as post office box, for both themselves and their children. Participants can request that other nongovernmental entities, such as their employers and other private businesses, use this address as well.

The bill — if passed — will make communities safer by reducing crime for all Tennessee residents.

From NewsChannel 9…

While Dalton High School may not be part of the Whitfield County school system, Superintendent Judy Gilreath says last week’s incident, when a high school teacher shot through a window, still hits close to home.

That’s why she asked Mike Ewton, the assistant Superintendent of Operations, to make a presentation of current school safety plans.

According to Ewton’s presentation, each school in the school system has an assigned detective from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office as well as a school resource officer (SRO). Each of those officers have access to school buildings, and, throughout the system. there are 925 cameras in schools and administrative buildings. Ewton says as far as an emergency response plan during an emergency goes, that’s something that’s always changing.

This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting our website, From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.