CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Dozens of homeowners in the area around the old Whirlpool plant were panicked recently by an anonymous flyer that warned their property was going to be taken over by the city and the homes demolished.
“Make them explain why they think youir home(s) should be demolished,” the flyer stated.
The City Council today asked the Cleveland Police Department and the district attorney general’s office to investigate whether any laws have been broken and try to identify the nameless author.
“It is a cruel hoax on the citizens in our community,” Mayor Tom Rowland said.
But the panicked phone calls allowed city officials to speak directly with community residents about plans being made to redevelop the area in the future.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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 ...