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Randall Higgins

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley County Board of Education voted Tuesday to forward a $1.2 million grant request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an eight-classroom addition to Walker Valley High School.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- City Councilman Richard Banks wants his colleagues to reconsider their decision over a court ruling that upholds an agreement splitting local sales tax revenue between Cleveland and Bradley County.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Changes within the American Red Cross mean more volunteers can get to disaster scenes anywhere in East Tennessee more quickly.

Saturday was a day for people who live in Bradley County to celebrate their differences. Cleveland State Community College capped off its Multicultural Week with a fair that began with a parade of flags and spotlighted foods and information about the new residents' home countries.

Spring cleaning continued here Saturday with another Great American Cleanup event coordinated by Keep America Beautiful. The focus was Mouse Creek and the greenway that winds through Cleveland.

A Chattanooga construction company was awarded a $2.4 million contract Friday to build a terminal building. The terminal is for the new airport expected to open late this year in the Tasso community.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — As a city landscaping crew planted trees Tuesday along the newest section of the Cleveland/Bradley Greenway, some city officials were meeting alongside the trail to talk about what comes next.

CALHOUN, Tenn. -- Their grave markers read like an American history book with some of the pages missing.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- A downtown landmark, built in 1915 to showcase Model T Fords, is being converted into loft apartments.

Fake pot can be deadly, but it is legally available. That was one of the messages to organizations that offer second chances to teens with drug and alcohol problems and other family issues.

Her autism may attract attention first, but her art keeps the eyes focused. Grace Walker Goad, a Nashville 17-year-old, has artwork widely exhibited in the permanent collections of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and the Tennessee State Museum.

City and county workers have a new set of policies covering many kinds of threats they may face. The threats covered by the new, multipage policies include active shooter or someone armed inside a city building; bomb threats or attacks either by telephone, email or mail; severe or winter weather, bio-terrorist incidents or attacks and fires or explosions.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The city government staff was asked Monday to study possible incentives for businesses that use porous asphalt in their paving projects.

Garages and basements in Bradley County should have more storage space this morning. Hundreds of households took part Saturday in the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Tri-State Exhibition Center, organized by Keep America Beautiful Cleveland/Bradley County and Santek Environmental.

Some Cleveland High School teachers plan to build a sensory garden as a learning place for special-needs students. About half the estimated $8,000 needed has been raised by appeals to the community. Now the teachers will be asking fellow educators directly for contributions.

Hundreds of people stood in line Friday to preview today's big gun auction. More than 400 guns, plus some crossbows, go on auction this morning, compliments of the McMinn County Sheriff's Department.

Local voters now know who their candidates are for the August elections for Cleveland and Bradley County school boards, Cleveland City Council and Charleston City Commission. The deadline for qualifying as a candidate for the local, non-partisan races was Thursday at noon.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Amy Hicks and Daryl brought their new book to Blythe-Bower Elementary School on Wednesday to share what they learned from surviving tornadoes and other tough storms in life.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The children at Arnold Memorial Elementary School have made defeating cystic fibrosis one of their goals. "Some boys and girls have trouble just being able to breathe," said fifth-grader Norance Berry.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The athletic fields at Cleveland Middle School will be getting lights. The middle school opened in 2000 with football, track and baseball fields unlighted as a cost-saving measure.

Century-old foundations swept bare of all but moss hint at the history of the rural Tennessee village on the bank of the Ocoee River. Countless such communities have come and gone throughout the South. But Caney Creek was not like the others.

Saturday is one of Bradley County's biggest spring cleaning events of the year: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Last year, 792 households took part, collecting thousands of pounds of plastic, aluminum, newsprint and mixed paper, tires, batteries, glass, electronics, waste oil, unused lawn-care products and household cleaning supplies.

The city will add 2-foot shoulders on each side of Michigan Avenue Road to address safety concerns, officials said. Residents are worried about traffic safety now that Whirlpool is moving into the neighborhood.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Tennessee schools still have work to do but are well along in making needed changes, according to an official with of an education reform group

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Cleveland City Council voted 4-3 Monday to appeal a 1967 agreement with Bradley County on how local option sales tax revenue is shared.

A lot of work is going on now so kids and adults have places to play in Cleveland this summer. All four current recreation-related projects have a goal of being ready by June, said Patti Pettit, director of city parks and recreation.

Inspired by his high school criminal justice class, Zachery Gallegos asked his neighbors in a developing subdivision to form a Neighborhood Watch program. "Once we started talking about speeders and how little kids could get hurt, people said OK," the teen said.

Go look in the right hollows and the Appalachian life still can be found, say photographer Don Dudenbostel and writer Tom Jester. But there's not much left of it.

Was Bradley County Deputy Dallas Longwith mowing his lawn in his underwear? The former court officer says no. But the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office dismissed Longwith late last year for “conduct unbecoming an officer,” Major Jim Hodgson said Thursday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Amazon representatives presented 50 Kindle touch-screen electronic readers to the students at Bachman Academy on Wednesday.

Amazon representatives brought a gift today to students at Bachman Academy: 50 new Kindle touch-screen electronic readers.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — When meeting a future employer, scholarship provider or college admissions officer, seven first impressions about you will be made in the first 11 seconds.

Historical society members got a first look Sunday at floor plans that will transform a former bank building into the Hiwassee Heritage Center.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Tasso airport site will be a busy place this summer, members of the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority were told Friday.

Preparing a site at Hardwick Farms for a new elementary school would be about half a million dollars cheaper than preparing the existing airport at Hardwick Field for that use, a city staff study found.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Members of four Bradley County elected bodies met over lunch Wednesday to hash out how to pay for about $38 million in immediate schools needs.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Boys and Girls Club is using its share of a federal grant to take its programs beyond the walls of the clubs.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- City staff presented a proposed $220 million budget to the Cleveland City Council Monday that does not have any additional property tax.

For two decades, the Yarber family lived on a sprawling 20 acres off Leadmine Valley Road in Cleveland, Tenn. With two houses and two trailers on the property, the parents, siblings and children passed easily among one another’s homes and gathered every week for Sunday dinner.

When threatening weather became imminent March 2, children in many Hamilton and Bradley county schools filed into interior hallways and knelt with heads low and hands over the backs of their necks, just as they learned in drills.

Nearly 600 high school juniors came to Cleveland State Community College on Friday to learn about the college and the admissions process. The students, from Bradley Central, Walker Valley and Cleveland high schools, spent the day in sessions ranging from financing to choosing a major, resume writing and preparing for the ACT.

Advocates for a regional veterans' nursing home want to know why projects in Bradley and Montgomery counties lost ground last month on the Veterans Administration funding priority list.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Businesswoman Charlotte Peak Jones won the Republican primary race Tuesday to complete the last two years of a vacant Bradley County Commission term in District 4.

Businesswoman Charlotte Peak Jones won the Republican primary race Tuesday to complete the last two years of a vacant Bradley County Commission term in District 4.

Bradley County election officials said voter turnout for Super Tuesday was steady late this morning but lines were not long.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Cleveland High School's spring musical will be presented in the dining area this month because the theater is an empty shell.

City officials are asking for court permission to demolish an old house inside its Historic Preservation District. The 1920s-era house is one of two on a lot at 14th Street and Harle Avenue and is owned by Joe V. Williams.

People on Tacoma Drive woke up Saturday morning, and like many others across the Chattanooga region went to work. Volunteer crews assembled at the Bradley Baptist Association office to get directions on where their chain saws, backhoes and muscles were needed most.

Election ballots across rural Southeast Tennessee have a mix of contested local races and questions as voters head to polls Tuesday. Appointees in Bradley and Marion counties will defend their seats in Tuesday's primaries, while property assessors' seats will be contested on primary ballots in Bledsoe, Marion, McMinn, Meigs and Rhea counties.

For many who work in the central business district here, the morning routine includes a walk to the post office annex. Bankers, lawyers, businesses, charitable agencies and local government offices send somebody across Broad Street to empty their post office boxes.

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