mapShooting reported on Cowart Street

Chattanooga police are looking for leads in the case of a person who was shot in the head early Sunday morning near the Bella Vita restaurant on Cowart Street.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of Cowart Street at 3:20 a.m., where they found Reuben Simpson, 35, unresponsive and with a gunshot wound to the head, according to a news release. Doctors reported his injuries are not life-threatening, the release stated.

Bella Vita staff provided information about the victim and a suspect, both of whom they said had been at the restaurant. Police detained one man, but released him after determining he was not involved in the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information related to this incident to call 423-698-2525.


3rd District candidate to speak

Geoffery Suhmer Smith will be the guest when the Tea Party of Southeast Tennessee holds its monthly meeting Tuesday.

According to a news release, Smith is going to challenge incumbent Chuck Fleischmann in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District seat. The release said Smith has an MBA in public administration and was in the U.S. Army.

The meeting will include discussion of local issues as well, the release stated. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Bradley County Courthouse, 155 Broad St. in Cleveland.

Lee Chorale to present spring concert

The Lee University Chorale spring concert is set for 7:30 p.m. March 21 in Pangle Hall.

William R. Green, dean of the School of Music, will conduct the 26-voice select ensemble in a program including the music of Josef Rheinberger, J.S. Bach, and dynamic American composers John Wykoff, René Clausen and Eric Whitacre.

Lee's Chorale is known for the breadth of its repertoire, which ranges from sacred classical works and spirituals to vibrant cultural pieces.

The concert is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call 423-614-8240.


Ex-firefighter charged in abuse

A former Tennessee firefighter has been charged in a sexual abuse case involving a child.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 37-year-old David Wilber was arrested Friday on three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.

A TBI news release said investigators found the child was sexually abused on several occasions between August 2014 and August 2015.

Portland Mayor Ken Wilber, who is David Wilber's uncle, said in the news release his nephew resigned from the Portland fire department last week.

Sumner County Jail records show David Wilber was released on bond.