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Karen Hollis will be the new principal at Ooltewah High School. Previously, Hollis served as principal at Ooltewah Elementary School.
Hollis, a 33-year veteran of Hamilton County Schools, began her career as a teacher at Howard Elementary School where she taught for 13 years.
She moved into administration and served as the assistant principal at Hardy Elementary and principal at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary.
In 2011, Hollis became the elementary operations director for the district. She returned to principalship in 2019 at Ooltewah Elementary.
Hollis’ accomplishments include 2011 HCS Principal of the Year, and 2011 Tennessee Southeast Region Principal of the Year.
Autumn Hughes reports: Adding on to the Bradley County 911 Emergency Communications Center is one of three options to provide room for expansion and to better accommodate existing operations.
911 Center Director Sherri Maxfield reported the need for additional space to the board in February. At that time, the Facilities and Equipment Committee nominated Board Secretary Troy Maney, who serves as Bradley County Fire operations chief, as chairman of the committee looking into space issues, specifically office space issues.
Maxfield said the committee — Maney; Cleveland Fire Chief Ron Harrison, who serves as vice chairman; Charleston Police Chief Johnny Stokes; and Troy Spence, director of the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency — met several times, including with representatives from Cherokee Construction Co., which built the 911 Center 23 years ago.
The committee presented three options for consideration:
- Add on to the existing building. Maxfield said Cherokee Construction owner Leslie Montgomery said the only option is to expand the building toward the parking lot, which would involve relocating a vehicle storage shed and other items.
- EMA relocating to another facility. Maxfield said that would cause issues in finding a new location for EMA.
- Maintain the current 911 Center be used as a backup center and leave EMA in place — this would result in 911 operations moving to a new location.
A man has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, nearly two years after the Chattanooga crash that killed a young boy.
On the night of June 7, 2019, Chattanooga Police said Jason Orlando Ansley was going 62 mph in a 35 mph zone.
According to the Hamilton County D.A.’s Office, Ansley was caught on camera running a red light right at South Orchard Knob just before crashing into another vehicle at the intersection of South Kelly Street and East Main Street.
9-year-old Liam Haddock, who was in that other vehicle, was critically injured and pronounced brain dead two days later.
Police said Ansley fled the crash scene, later telling officers he had done so because he was afraid of going to jail for driving without a license.
Yesterday, Jason Ansley pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Criminal Court to charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
His plea agreement approved, Ansley was sentenced to serve six years behind bars, followed by two years probation for leaving the scene.