Bird memorial service planned for 4 p.m. today
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 04, 2014 | 782 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A memorial service set for 4 p.m. today at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will be held in the Bradley County Criminal Courtroom if inclement weather is present, according to Sheriff Jim Ruth.

Chief Deputy Wayne Bird passed away in Florida last Friday and was buried Monday.

Officials planned a small memorial for the Bird family and expected to hold the service outdoors at the BCSO side of the Bradley County Judicial Complex.

Heavy rains have forced officials to set up a possible alternative site.

Bird took medical leave just three weeks ago after discovering he had an aggressive form of melanoma, a cancer which had spread and affected major organs in his body.

Bird was 71.

The family held a private service Monday in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

- Auto repair parts were reported taken from a Harrison Pike address.

According to a report filed by deputy Jasper McDonald of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, James Mizell said someone took two Lexus S300 fenders, three doors, a 2006 Chevrolet deck lid and a Kawasaki Vulcan fuel tank.

The property was valued at $2,700.

The property had been stored in a lot behind his business, according to Mizell.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol personnel will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning next weekend.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.