Only Democrat On Bradley County Ballot Wins; Jodi Riggins Defeats Businessman Allan Jones; Marsha McKenzie Wins Full Term On Cleveland City Council

Thursday, August 4, 2022
Jodi Riggins
Jodi Riggins

The only Democrat on the ballot in Bradley County won over Cleveland businessman Allan Jones for the District 5 seat on the Cleveland School Board in the voting on Thursday.

Jodi Riggins, a 71-year-old award-winning healthcare worker, won 715 to 596. 

Mr. Jones had hit the condition of the Cleveland Schools and said he would bring a number of improvements.

Ms. Riggins helped launch the Good Samaritan Clinic in Cleveland and was honored by the General Assembly for her community accomplishments.

Unopposed for Cleveland School Board were at large Matthew Coleman, District 3 Andy Lay and District 4 Peggy Pesterfield.

Marsha McKenzie defeated Nolan Tippens 242-56 in the District 1 contest for the Cleveland City Council.

Ms. McKenzie was appointed to the City Council Feb. 10, 2021, following the death of her husband, Councilman Charlie McKenzie. 

Bill Estes was unopposed in District 2 and Ken Webb had no opposition for the at large seat.

Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks, a former state legislator, won another term as mayor unopposed.

 

Marsha McKenzie
Marsha McKenzie

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Breaking News

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A man on Rotary Drive told police his ex-girlfriend had moved out and had contacted him regarding retrieving her possessions. The woman requested her items be placed “outside on the porch”. The man agreed and placed the items outside near his mailbox. The man showed police the text conversation between the two of them. The text showed the man telling the woman when the items were ... (click for more)

Tennessee Supreme Court Selects Jonathan Skrmetti As Attorney General

The Tennessee Supreme Court has selected Jonathan Skrmetti to serve as the state’s next Attorney General and Reporter. From 2018 to late 2021, attorney Skrmetti was the chief deputy attorney general in the Attorney General’s Office, where he managed approximately 160 attorneys in 15 litigating divisions and served as a negotiator in the $26 billion multi-state opioid settlement. ... (click for more)

Opinion

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Athens and Tennessee lost a great friend and a long-time public servant when Larry Wallace passed away Saturday afternoon. The 1962 McMinn County High School graduate started his lifetime law enforcement career with the Athens Police Department in 1964. He joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1967 and was appointed as a special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of ... (click for more)

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When Alabama football coach Nick Saban described last year’s season as a “rebuilding effort,” it triggered a lot of good-natured laughter throughout college sports. After all, the Crimson Tide just won 13 games and the SEC championship game before losing the national title game to Georgia. As if to underscore such greatness, this year’s Alabama team has just been chosen by the AFCA ... (click for more)

Sports

Hash Leads UTC Soccer To Win Over MTSU

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