published Friday, March 4th, 2011

Cleveland hosts official Tennessee Arbor Day ceremony

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    State forestry officials, local community leaders and urban forest enthusiasts chatted at the pavilion on business man Allan Jones' Creek Ridge estate Friday before Tennessee's official Arbor Day observance began. Staff Photo by Randall Higgins

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — State forestry officials joined local leaders and urban forest advocates today for Tennessee’s official Arbor Day observance.

The ceremony was held at businessman Allan Jones’ Creek Ridge estate.

State Forester Steve Scott said Cleveland was chosen because it holds the first trifecta for Tennessee urban forest awards: Tree City USA for the 19th consecutive year, Treeline City USA for Cleveland Utility’s urban forest management and Tree Campus USA, for Cleveland State Community College.

All the awards were for 2010.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, announced at the end of the ceremony that Cleveland once again will be awarded the triple crown of urban forestry for 2011.

Cleveland Urban Forester Dan Hartman announced that the landmark green ash tree in the middle of Deer Park has died and is now a danger to kids on the playground around it. It will be replaced by a willow, he said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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