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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer spoke about the "impending funding crisis" in transportation in Bradley County on Wednesday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County’s proposed $33.7 million 2014-15 budget — which includes a 2 percent raise for full-time employees, a 1.6 increase in revenues and expenditures and no property tax increase — is now official.

McDONALD, Tenn. — Small­-breed dogs seized last month from a McDonald puppy mill are now finding homes locally and abroad.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Several traffic signal projects are under way throughout Bradley County that afffect key traffic corridors and emergency responders.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It was going to be "a trip of a lifetime," but it ended in tragedy.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — An estimated 10 cars per minute arrive during dismissal period at Hopewell Elementary school, creating congestion every school-day afternoon.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Transportation has proposed changes to improve traffic flow and vehicle capacity of the exit ramps at the Interstate 75 interchange at 25th Street and Georgetown Road.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The auction contracts for 62.54 acres of land that previously served as Hardwick Field, Cleveland's oldest airport, have been approved by the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County's fire districts have changed to account for three fire stations — on Georgetown Road, Minnis Road and Dalton Pike — that began operations last summer.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Dan Howell and J. Adam Lowe, the Republican contenders for state House District 22, differentiated themselves mostly by their qualifications rather than their stated beliefs and positions on issues in a public debate Thursday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley County Board of Education has agreed not to appeal a judge's order to rehire a teacher who was dismissed in 2012.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Just over 100 small-breed dogs seized from a McDonald, Tenn., puppy mill operation may be on their way to adoption organizations in another week or so, representatives of the Humane Society of the United States say.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Bradley County's proposed $33.7 million budget for 2014-15 has seen only tweaks so far, but it has generated much discussion among commissioners about possible cuts to departmental travel expenses.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Raider Dome came crashing down in the predawn hours Monday as part of demolition to make way for Cleveland High School's new gymnasium.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Raider Dome came crashing down in the predawn hours Monday as part of demolition to make way for Cleveland High Schools’ new gymnasium.

McDONALD, Tenn. — A 911 call gave the first hint that countless numbers of dogs were living in squalor on a breeder's property.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A recent performance evaluation given to Johnny McDaniel, director of Bradley County Schools, revealed a great disparity in opinions by members of the county school board.

McDONALD, Tenn. – A 56-year-old woman is free on bond after her arrest on one count of cruelty to animals after more than 240 dogs were discovered Wednesday morning at a McDonald home, according to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

CLEVELAND — Discussions about right-of-way acquisitions related to proposed improvements to state Route 60 along Georgetown Road still are months away, according to state transportation officials.

McDONALD, Tenn. — More than 240 dogs, mainly beagles and smaller breeds, were discovered in "wretched" conditions at a southern Bradley County home Wednesday morning by deputies answering a call about a "verbal domestic" situation, sheriff's officials and animal rights personnel said.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Beth Foster, a prominent figure of the local no-kill animal movement, will resign July 1 from her role as media/development director for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bradley County.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The message was clearly stated at a recent Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce industrial appreciation event: Tennessee is experiencing a "manufacturing renaissance" but still needs to increase the number of skilled laborers.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The auction of 62.54 acres of property formerly known as Hardwick Field fell nearly $750,000 short of the land's appraised value of $1.785 million, with Check Into Cash CEO Allan Jones purchasing most of the old airfield.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County Schools has proposed to allocate $559,736 to long-term capital projects through the elimination of five teaching positions and keeping general fund reserves to a minimum in the 2014-15 budget.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — This morning's auction of 62.54 acres of property formerly known as Hardwick Field here fell nearly $750,000 short of the land’s appraised value of $1.785 million, with Check Into Cash CEO Allan Jones taking most of the old airfield.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A 2 percent salary increase for full-time employees is among highlights of Bradley County’s proposed 2014-15 budget, a plan that requests no tax hikes but calls for growing the general fund and projects minimal growth in revenues and expenses.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Where there's vapor, there might as well be smoke, the Bradley County Commission decided.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County has become the first municipality in Tennessee to ban the use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor-generating products within all buildings owned or leased by the county.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Mosby Park pool is undergoing a comprehensive makeover that includes improvements to restrooms and reconstruction of the pool itself. The work, however, is behind schedule.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The installation of new signs warning of the low clearance at the Inman Street railroad underpass seems to be paying off since they were installed 10 months ago, city officials said.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The 62.54 acres of property formerly known as Hardwick Field, Cleveland's oldest airport, is going up for auction Thursday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A couple of drainage projects are either underway or on the table in and around Cleveland's historic district.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland officials are looking for ways to improve traffic safety at the crossway between Ocoee Street and Eighth Street, next to a collection of the city's monuments and a site of frequent accidents.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland leaders have postponed talking about the possible closure of the city's animal shelter until they can meet with their Bradley County counterparts.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — On Tuesday the Cleveland City Council is expected to continue its discussion on whether to close the city's animal shelter and turn to a private shelter already serving Bradley County.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Questions about how much money Bradley County Schools should allocate to capital expenses have delayed approval of the system's proposed $69.3 million budget for 2014-15.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County Fire & Rescue officials say the department's firefighting training center is about to take things to another level.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County officials are considering increasing startup funding for a proposed workhouse facility from $15,000 to $35,000.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A number of e-cigarette vendors on Monday shared their concerns about the scope of proposed restrictions on increasingly popular "vaping" devices in Bradley County.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley County Commission is preparing to consider imposing restrictions on the smoking of e-cigarettes on county properties where tobacco use now is prohibited.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Six Cleveland firefighters have received recognition for saving lives in the lead-up to the fire department's third annual open house on Saturday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland is a step closer to adopting Interstate Gateway Corridor overlay zones for areas around the city's three exits from Interstate 75.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is in the homestretch of building its newest nuclear reactor — and the first new nuclear unit to be built in three decades.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Cleveland City Council is considering closing the doors of the municipal animal shelter and relying on a private shelter that Bradley County began using in March.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley County Sheriff's Office says a Thursday afternoon fracas at GOAL Academy resulted in a trip to the hospital and charges filed in Juvenile Court against a 16-year-old special-needs student.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Under a pilot program, Cleveland City Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to all its 5,200 students next year.

Residents of Bradley, McMinn, Polk and Monroe counties overwhelmingly voted for new leadership in the 10th Judicial District Attorney's Office, rejecting a protege of the current DA in favor of a private-practice attorney who campaigned on a platform of equal justice for all.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Raider Dome, Cleveland High School's 50-year-old landmark, is scheduled to come down over the summer.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Cleveland City Board of Education will review contractor bids Monday for the demolition of Cleveland High School's Raider Dome.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Smartphone technology will simplify the traffic citation process for Cleveland police officers in the near future.

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