Cleveland

Cleveland

March 28th, 2014 in Fyi2014

Location: Central Bradley County

Size: 33 square miles. The entire county has 338 square miles.

Population (2012 Census estimate): 42,386

County population (2012 Census estimate): 101,134

Year founded: 1837

Official Nickname: "The City with Spirit."

Sister City: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mayor: Tom Rowland

Type of government: City council/manager. Five council members elected by districts. Mayor and two council members elected at large. Council appoints city manager.

Schools: Arnold Memorial, Blythe-Bower, Mayfield, Ernest L. Ross, George R. Stewart elementaries, Donald P. Yates Primary, Cleveland Middle, Cleveland High, Cleveland State Community College and Lee University. A new elementary is planned for a site that has been purchased on Georgetown Road.

Attractions: MainStreet Cruise-in, fourth Saturdays, April-October. Evening Shade, free concerts every Friday in May at Johnston Park. Apple Festival, Oct. 18-19, 2014. Halloween Block Party, Oct. 31, 2014, downtown Cleveland.

New facilities: Cleveland Regional Jetport, located on Dry Valley Road, became operational in January 2013.

Wellness: Greenway (four miles and growing)

Traditions: Farmers markets downtown and on Peerless Road

Major event: In February 2009, German chemical company Wacker announced a new plant, now a $1.8 billion investment.

Fun facts: History enthusiasts conduct a tour each October at Fort Hill Cemetery. Lee University's Lee Singers choir performed at President Barack Obama's second inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013.

Famous landmarks: Craigmiles Family Mausoleum is located at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church. Bronze statue of Revolutionary War hero Colonel Benjamin Cleveland is at First Street Square. The Museum Center at Five Points is on Inman Street.

Famous residents: William Breuer, author; Anthony Burger, pianist; Doyle Dykes, guitarist; Phil Driscoll, trumpet player; John Dye, actor; Paul Huff, World War II Medal of Honor recipient; Phil Stacey, "American Idol" contestant; Todd Starnes, Fox News radio commentator; Steve Sloan, University of Alabama and Atlanta Falcons football coach; Lou Fitzgerald, baseball player, manager, recruiter in the majors and minors.

"This place has always felt like home." -- Bill Pickel, who moved to Cleveland as a teenager 30 years ago and works in the Information Technology Department at Check Into Cash