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Cumberland County Commission Approves Trevor Kerley as County Fire Chief
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday November 22, 2016

At Monday nights meeting, the Cumberland County Commission approved the appointment of Trevor Kerley to the Cumberland County Fire Chief position on a 16-1 vote. 2nd District Commissioner Tom Isham voted no. 5th District Commissioner Jack Davis was absent from the meeting.

 
UPDATE: At least five dead in Chattanooga school bus crash, driver charged


UPDATE: At least five dead in Chattanooga school bus crash, driver charged
WVLT/WDEF Tuesday November 22, 2016

A Woodmore Elementary School bus carrying 35 students crashed outside a home on Talley Road in Chattanooga on Monday afternoon.

Officials say 23 children on the bus were rushed to Erlanger Hospital. One was transported to another local hospital. The Chattanooga Chief of Police confirmed Monday night that at least five passengers died as a result of the crash. The driver, identified as 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. More charges could come as the case proceeds to a Hamilton County grand jury. The woman inside the home is reported to be okay.

A representative with the Chattanooga Police Department said the school bus is partially wrapped around a tree. Police Chief Fletcher said in a press conference that investigators had heard the bus may have also hit some sort of utilities pole, but he could not confirm any specifics.

In a tweet, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke called the bus accident, "horrible."

According to WDEF, parents and family were asked to go to Woodmore Elementary.

The Chattanooga Police Chief told WDEF that the bus driver is cooperating in the investigation.

The Chattanooga Police Department addressed the media in a press conference Monday evening. Chief Fletcher said that they had been reached out to by non-profit agencies, TBI, the Tennessee Highway Patrol as well as federal agencies.

"Getting information to families is our absolute priority, right after taking care of the injured and hurting children," Chief Fletcher said.

Fletcher also said speed was "certainly" being investigated "very very strongly" as a factor in the crash.

According to tweets from the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday morning, the agency is also heading to Chattanooga to investigate the crash. The NTSB is planning a media briefing at 7:30 a.m. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

(Photo Johnthony Walker courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

 
Six Passengers Confirmed Dead in Chattanooga School Bus Crash


Six Passengers Confirmed Dead in Chattanooga School Bus Crash
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday November 22, 2016

Six passengers are confirmed dead after an elementary school bus crashed in Chattanooga on Monday. According to reports there were 35 students on board the bus carrying kids from kindergarten through 6th grade. At least 23 patients were taken to area hospitals by ambulances. The police department said the bus driver is cooperating in the investigation. (Photo courtesty Chattanooga Fire Dept. Facebook)

 


Cumb. Co. Students Off for Thanksgiving Nov. 23 25
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday November 22, 2016

Its a short week for students in Cumberland County. School will be out on Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25. Motorists are reminded to be on the alert for children at play this Thanksgiving Holiday.

 


High School Sports
Steve Tuesday November 22, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, CCHS will travel to Cleveland to take on Bradley Central and SMHS will visit Jamestown to battle York Institute. The Lady Panthers and Panthers games against the Dragons on Tuesday will air live on Mix 99.3 with coverage beginning at 5:55.

 

 
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