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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.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Highlights of Cleveland's proposed 2014-15 budget include a $6 million general fund draw toward construction of a new gym at Cleveland High School and 3.5 percent merit pay increases for city and utility employees.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The creation of a special "Inman Street East Zoning District" has been added to the Cleveland Municipal Code as a way to encourage redevelopment along the city's eastern gateway.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The city's Hardwick Field will be up for auction June 5, subject to approval by the Federal Aviation Authority, according to the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Cleveland City Board of Education is offering to scale back plans for Cleveland High School's new gymnasium in an effort to shave $1 million off the estimated $12 million in projected costs.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley County Commission has taken exception to criticism that its initiative to seek animal shelter services through private means instead of contracting with the Cleveland Animal Shelter is forcing Cleveland taxpayers to actually fund two shelter operations.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Significant shortfalls in local property and sales tax revenues have forced Cleveland City Schools to wrestle with "painful" reductions, including shelving the possibility of a general salary increase, in its 2014-15 budget.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Contractors interested in knocking down the Raider Dome will gather for a pre-bid meeting today at Cleveland High School.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County Schools is moving forward with legal measures to secure a disputed $720,000 in previously distributed liquor tax revenues that it says Cleveland owes the county school system.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Duke needed a visit from a Bradley County deputy like he needed a hole in the head.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County Schools is moving forward with legal measures to secure a disputed $720,000 in previously distributed liquor tax revenues that it says is owed the county school system by Cleveland.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- A decadelong dream reached a major milestone Thursday when city leaders officially opened Kimball Park's Chester Blevins Sports Complex.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Members of the Bradley County Board of Education want to consider starting a major "program of savings" of at least $2 million a year to fund the estimated $14 million renovation of Lake Forest Middle School.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Cleveland Animal Shelter's board is recommending changes in an effort to improve accountability with rescue groups that work with the shelter.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley County Schools system has been awarded a $4.5 million federal grant to coordinate education and work and career opportunities.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Capt. W.G. Campbell, a 22-year veteran of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, has been appointed its interim deputy chief.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — More than 200 cyclists pedaled from Bradley Central High School to scenic country roads as part of Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland's fifth annual Bike to Build on Saturday morning.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Three out of seven of the Bradley County Commission's two-seat district races will be settled in the Republican primary.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Cleveland Bradley County Public Library is getting a major technology upgrade intended to improve service levels to patrons and increase inventory accuracy.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bradley County has a new director for its Johnson Boulevard animal shelter.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The purchase of some Volunteer Energy Cooperative property may be part of a solution to relieve Hopewell Elementary traffic, which heavily congests Freewill and Georgetown roads in the mornings and afternoons.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland Utilities has proposed to implement an electric billing rate adjustment of 0.37 percent to correct a “disconnect” between wholesale and retail power rates.

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