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From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Autumn Hughes reports: Bradley County Commissioner Erica Davis spoke publicly Monday about her arrest last week, reading from a written statement during the noon work session of the Bradley County Commission.
During the portion of the meeting during which commissioners give reports on their districts and/or committee updates, Davis made the following statement:
No one commented after Davis’ statement, and Chairman Johnny Mull called on the next commissioner in line to give his district report.
Davis was arrested for domestic assault following an alleged incident at her home last Wednesday night.
Also from The Banner…
Autumn Hughes reports: Bradley County’s 2019-20 budget process took another step forward Monday, with the presentation of the school system and Road Department budgets to the County Commission.
Susan Willcut, the school system’s finance director, presented the $70 million budget to commissioners. It includes step raises for teachers and 2% “across the board” raises for all salaried employees. Contracted bus drivers will also get 2% pay increases.
The bulk of the coming year’s budget — 82% — will be for salaries and benefits. Contract services, which includes pay for bus drivers, accounts for 7%. The budget also sets aside $1,750,000 for capital outlay, including $250,000 for technology refresh programs, as well as various building-related needs.
Bradley County Road Superintendent Sandra Knight said she appreciates being able to delay her budget presentation until she had a better idea of state and federal funding. As presented, the budget request shows $9,457,053 in total available funds and $8,749,856 in total expenditures and transfers.
Knight said the request includes a 3% raise for employees. She said last year $80,000 was removed from the Road Department budget that “knocked their employees out of their raise.”
From the Chattanoogan…
A 22-year-old climber is in critical condition after a fall from Sunset Rock on Lookout Mountain on Tuesday night.
He was taken to Erlanger Hospital in critical condition.
Authorities said he fell about 30 feet.
Those at the scene said the climber was apparently with a rescue squad himself and was practicing climbing when a peg that had been hammered into a crack came loose.