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Local News for Wednesday, June 23rd

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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

An Athens, Tennessee, city school principal was arrested for boating under the influence on Polk County’s Parksville Lake a couple of weekends ago and entered a conditional guilty plea in general sessions court last week that could allow her record to be cleared.

Ingleside Elementary School Principal Jill Lynne Swafford last week entered a conditional guilty plea to charges of BUI and reckless operation stemming from an arrest by a state wildlife official, according to Polk County General Sessions Court records. Swafford declined to comment when contacted Tuesday.

According to a warrant affidavit filed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Swafford, 54, of Benton, Tennessee, was at the helm of a pontoon boat on Parksville Lake on Saturday, June 12, when TWRA officer Matthew Hammons made contact with her around 6:30 p.m. just outside the Lake Ocoee Marina.

Parksville Lake is the part of the reservoir nearest the Ocoee Dam on the west end of the Ocoee River Gorge in the Cherokee National Forest.

He asked Swafford to don a life jacket and board the TWRA vessel for sobriety tests on which “she performed poorly,” he states. She was taken to the Polk County Justice Center, where she was booked on the charges and released on a $1,500 bond the next morning.

According to General Sessions Court records from June 16, Swafford entered a conditional guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Booklynn Townsend to the BUI and reckless operation charges. Townsend suspended sentences on the charges but ordered a $250 fine be paid on each count. Swafford’s boating privileges were revoked for a year, records state.

Officials in the Polk County General Sessions Court office said Swafford has paid the $500 in fines in full and is required to stay out of trouble for a year in order for the charges to be dismissed from her record. If those terms are violated within that period, the guilty plea is reinstated with a sentence handed down on the original charges.

From NewsChannel 9…

The Hamilton County Health Department is warning of possible exposure to COVID-19 at an Ooltewah restaurant as recently as today. Local doctors tell us this sends a clear message that the pandemic is not over.

Earlier on Tuesday, Local Goat said that four employees who worked together had tested positive for the virus, but the Health Department has since stated that seven employees were COVID-positive.

According to the Health Department, potential exposure to others happened during a more than 2-week period of time beginning June 7 through June 22.

On their Facebook page, Local Goat announced Tuesday that it would be closing through Friday due to the employee outbreak.

From WRCB Channel 3…

A newly-announced expansion will utilize the former Alstom building with a $160 million investment and bring 300 new jobs to Chattanooga.

NOVONIX develops materials for lithium-ion batteries used for electric vehicles.

NOVONIX established its anode materials business, PUREgraphite, in March 2017 to develop and commercialize ultra-long-life, high-performance anode material for the lithium-ion battery market, specifically for electric vehicles and similar storage applications, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

The company plans to purchase the former Alstom building and retrofit it for their needs, and will be the company’s second facility in Chattanooga.

The approximately 400,000 square-foot plant will accommodate a planned 8,000tonne per year production operation and will join the existing operations located at 353 Corporate Place where the company has been since 2019.

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