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Cleveland Small Business Does Big Things with Industrial Manufactures


January 31, 2012
CLEVELAND- Small business really can do big things here in Cleveland. NorthAmerican Industrial Service Group, located on Olde Tasso Road, is showing Tennessee and the Southeast region just how productive a small business can be, by using some old fashioned hard work
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You're Invited to the Bill of Rights Banquet!

The 10th Annual Bill of Rights Banquet is to be held on Thursday, December 15th. The night will include dinner, guest speakers and conversation. Reservations must be received by December 3rd so follow the link below for more information!
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County Looks to Possible Charter Government

by Ashley Murphy

September 27, 2011
The Bradley County Commission has decided to look into making itself a charter government. Gary Hayes of CTAS (County Technical Assistance Service) was on hand for the work session to explain some of the technicalities. He started off by saying that not much is known about charter government in Tennessee, because only 2 counties currently have this form; Shelby County and Knox County.
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Commission Votes to Maintain Current Districting Method


Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Bradley County Commission met last night after a long Labor Day weekend to make some decisions regarding the the redistricting of the County Districts. Discussion has been going on for several weeks as whether to keep the districts as they are currently - 7 districts with 2 representatives per district, totaling 14 - or to increase the number of districts to 9. However, this option would decrease the number of representatives to 9, leaving only one per district.
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A Message From Chuck

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann issued a statement regarding the raising of the Debt Ceiling.
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Commission Declines Zoning Change for Matthew's
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
In a lengthy public hearing during last night's commission meeting, several people came to speak their opposition to an agenda item that would deny or grant Doug Matthews a zoning change for his property on Harris Creek Road from FAR to commercial, C-3. Matthews wished to use the property for storing parts and equipment for his business, Matthews' Pool and Spa. In addition, he wished to have employees park their cars here during work hours while they were out driving the company trucks.
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Zoning Appeal to Be Heard Next Week
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
During last night's meeting, the Bradley County Commission heard from Doug Matthew's, owner of Matthew's Pool and Spa. The business is physically located on Keith Street, but Matthew's stated that he is having issues with parking work trucks on his personal property. Matthew's wishes to park his business trucks on the property and meet his employees at this location in the mornings. This would entail the employees leaving their personal vehicles on the lot during the work day and then returning the work trucks at the end of the shift.
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Budget Appeals Dominate, Fire Decision Delayed Once Again
by Ashley Murphy

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Two separate budget appeals came before the commission last night, one of which caused a stir. Sheriff Jim Ruth presented an appeal for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office that included several changes to allow for a step-pay plan for employees within the Sheriff's Department. This included reducing some expenditures in other line items and increasing the General Fund by $56,164. Many of the commissioners didn't agree with this and didn't believe it was fair to other departments.
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Commission to Vote on Budget Appeals

by Ashley Murphy

Wednesday, July 29, 2011
The Bradley County Commission went into a lengthy discussion about budget appeals for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and the Election Commission. The Sheriff's Department wanted an alternative for the 1.6% pay increase going to the county employees. Sheriff Jim Ruth wanted to incorporate that into a step-pay plan for his department.
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Clean-up Continues; No Tax Increase for This Budget
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Mayor D. Gary Davis opened Monday night's Bradley County Commission meeting by proposing a resolution to commend all of those from the Bradley County Fire & Rescue, Sheriff's Department, Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Management Agency who volunteered their time during and after the tornadoes that swept through our county on April 27, 2011.
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Commissioners Concerned About Tornado Damaged Schools
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Last night's meeting of the Bradley County Commission began with Circuit Court Judge Mike Sharp. Sharp was on hand to swear in the newest member of the commission, Cliff Eason. Eason was selected by the commission as a whole as the best candidate to replace long standing 4th district commissioner Howard Thompson.
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Thompson Resigns; Storm Clean-Up Dominates Commission's Discussion
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
During last night's County Commission meeting, another shock was given to Bradley County. Commissioner Howard Thompson resigned as 4th District County Commissioner. According to Thompson, this was to be his last meeting.
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Local Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Events

Bradley County, Cleveland and Charleston will be having several events over the course of the next several months...and even years. These events are to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the involvement the area and landmarks had in the war at the time.

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Commission Considers Rezoning Requests
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Bradley County Commission held a quick work session last night, in which only rezoning requests were brought forth from the planning commission.
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Bradley County TEA Party to Hold Public Meeting

The Bradley County TEA Party will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30 PM in the Cleveland Public Library.
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Bradley County Being Influenced by Socialists?
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Bradley County Commission seemed to have a little controversy on their agenda Monday night. A resolution to adopt the BCC 2035 Strategic Plan was placed on the agenda for approval. However, not everyone was in agreement on the matter. The City of Cleveland had already approved the BCC 2035 Plan during an earlier meeting.
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Royal Oaks Still Displeased With Commission Action
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
During last night's Bradley County Commission meeting three Cleveland firefighters were recognized for running into a burning home to save and elderly gentleman who became trapped inside. Bradley County EMS workers were also acknowledged for their services once the firefighters returned outside with the man. Those commended for their efforts were Lt. Pete van Dusen, Shaun McAmis and Cody Hicks with the Cleveland Fire Department. Chris Painter, Joel Morrison and Jada Kersey were the honorees from the Bradley County EMS.
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Funding and Officer Safety a Big Concern
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
County Mayor D. Gary Davis opened last night's Bradley county Commission meeting by addressing Commissioner Mel Griffith's concern last week about volunteer firefighters. Davis said as of right now there are 82 total volunteer firefighters and gave statistics of the volunteers who turned out to fight a few recent fires. Each fire brought between 6 and 18 volunteer responders. Davis also added that 31 volunteers are currently in training and will be added to the roster once training is completed.
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Commissioner Wants Survey Given to Volunteer Firefighters
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
During last night's Bradley County Commission meeting, Mayor D. Gary Davis made a suggestion to the commission to offer the City of Cleveland an option to drop the current Sales Tax Referendum lawsuit and use the money toward the payment of bonds on industrial site property and the continued effort to gain more industrial site property.
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CAPITOL HILL REVIEW
from Rep. Eric Watson

On Wednesday [2/16/2011] myself and others unrevealed a comprehensive plan to combat illegal immigration in Tennessee. The plan calls for three distinct principles to address different areas of the law that need to be strengthened in order for private businesses and State and local law enforcement agencies to have the authority to effectively deal with illegal immigration.
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A New Voice Arising
By Cathy Kolb, Statewide President of Professional Educators of Tennessee.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ideas matter. In Tennessee, we have never been accused of failing to generate ideas. In education, the debate has often been stymied at both the local and state level. Suppression of ideas or free speech should not be the cornerstone of any child-focused education policy. That is why a new voice is arising for educators across the state, and where reasoned debate is welcome.
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Elkins Proposal for Alternate Study Declined
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

During Monday night's County Commission meeting, Mayor Gary Davis opened by recognizing the Bradley Central High School wrestling team for their win at the State Duels in Franklin, TN over the weekend. The win marked the Bears' 4th straight championship and bringing their total to 22 titles.
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Future of Fire Protection Still Not Settled
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Before holding the Bradley County Commission's last meeting of 2010, the Finance Committee met at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of fire protection. Legislative Assistant Amy Moore gathered numbers and included the various fire tax rates, costs, etc. for the three different scenarios: Merger, separate or contract. The numbers loosely looked at projected tax costs for the city, rural and fringe areas in all three scenarios. This is meant to help the commission try to decide overall what is the best route to go for Bradley County.
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Cell Tower Issue Postponed to January
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The City Planning Commission held a called meeting today that was supposed to cover the John Eldridge cell tower issue. Eldridge wishes to place a cell tower on a piece of property he owns at 17th Street. The property is already zoned commercial and is allowed to hold a cell tower, but many City Councilmen are opposed because it may botch their scenery.
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Commission Gives Habitat for Humanity a Break
by Ashley Murphy

Monday, December 20, 2010
Only two items were on the Bradley County Commission's agenda for today and one of those was taken off for further consideration. A resolution supporting development of a comprehensive plan and the applications for grant funding was deferred to the finance committee to gather more information and come back with a recommendation.
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City Focuses More on Budget Than County Safety
by Ashley Murphy

Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Bradley County Commission and Cleveland City Council held a meeting yesterday evening to openly discuss the issues with the fire service and to hopefully move forward with making a decision as to the future of the the two fire departments; separation, a merger or another contract. Commission Chair Louie Alford opened the floor after telling each representative to "look beyond all of our individual differences. Time to make these decisions - who your constituents elected to make these decisions - step up and make a decision we feel we can live with, both the city and county."
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Local Company Questions Permitting Process
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Cleveland City Council listened to the owner of a local concrete business during yesterdays meeting as he questioned the legality of the City Planning Department's "fast tracking" of permits for an out of state company to set up a concrete plant for the duration of the Whirlpool Plant project; a project for which they won the bid.
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Questions Surround Fire Options

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Bradley County Commission dedicated their work session yesterday afternoon to discuss the three options plaguing the fire protection services for the fringe area. City Manager Janice Casteel was also present for the meeting to join in on the discussion and to view the presentations that will hopefully help the county make a uniformed decision on the matter and represent the people of Bradley County as they were elected to do.
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BCC 2035 Plan Prepares for Growth
by Ashley Murphy

Friday, December 10, 2010
Growth isn't always good. That's why you need to make these plans to be prepared for what's coming. This is according to Greg Dale of McBride Dale Clarion, the company helping various planning departments in Bradley County, Cleveland and Charleston prepare for what the future holds up to the year 2035. The BCC2035 Project held a public meeting last night at the Museum Center to give an overview of the plan and listen to concerns that may have been brought forth.
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IDB Set to Issue Bonds for Olin
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
After a public hearing last week, the Industrial Development Board has decided to issue Olin Corporation Recovery Zone Facility Bonds in the amount up to $41 million. Doug Berry, Vice President of Economic Development reiterated that no tax dollars of any kind will go into the issuance of these bonds and the local, state and federal governments have no obligation once issued.
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Residents Disagree with Rezoning Request
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The first item on the regular agenda for the Bradley County Commission meeting was a rezoning request on Laguna Drive at I-75 from FAR to I-1-C (industrial commercial). The meeting entered into a public hearing and the commission met some residents who were in high opposition of the rezoning, because that meant a new distribution center on the property.
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While Off Topic, Mercury Pollution Highlights Public Hearing
by Ashley Murphy

Friday, December 3, 2010
A public hearing was held yesterday afternoon to obtain public comments about the Industrial Development Board issuing Olin Chemicals tax exempt recovery zone facility bonds, which could potentially total $41 million.

Olin's facility is located at 786 Lower River Road in Charleston, TN. The company is seeking these funds to do some reinvesting, which could potentially expand operations and create more jobs. Tisdale stated that there was no obligation of the county, city or state and the bonds are not paid with taxes. "No tax dollars are at risk," he said.
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1 Commissioner Gives City an Answer
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
After Legislative Assistant Amy Moore provided commissioners with the news of the City Council's proposal on the fire contract last night, Commissioner Howard Thompson made a proposal of his own; no contract whatsoever. Thompson wished to place on the agenda for the county's next voting session a motion to completely do away with the contract option all together and leave it to the remaining two options: a merger or a separation of the two departments.
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City Makes County an Offer for Fire Contract
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Cleveland City Council may ruffle some feathers with their latest proposal to the Bradley County Commission during their meeting yesterday afternoon. Councilman Richard banks made a motion to offer the county to enter into a 10 year contract beginning June 1, 2012. This contract would require the county to pay $1.5 million to the city for their services of the urban fringe area. The current amount is a little over $1.8 million. Throughout the course of this contract, the city and county would need to work together to look toward a merger at the end of the 10 year period.
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Confidentially Helps Secure Business for IDB
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
After the Bradley County Commission passed a resolution designating Bradley County as an economic recovery zone, the Industrial Development Board moved on with next steps to attempt to secure up to $41 million to help Olin Chemicals with a possible reinvestment project.
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County Designated as Economic Recovery Zone
by Ashley Murphy

Monday, November 15, 2010
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis called on Chamber of Commerce President Gary Farlow to make a short presentation. Farlow requested for commissioners to designate Bradley County as an economic recovery zone. This would be put forth in the form of a resolution in order make it official.
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Fire Topic Discussion Heats Up Again

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis opened the commission meeting with a discussion about the county's oldest cemetery, Fort Hill Cemetery. Several complaints have come in and there's nowhere to turn them to. At one time, there was Fort Hill Cemetery Board, but has slowly dissipated and hasn't met in some time.
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Council Authorizes Search for New School Site
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Dominating the City Council's meeting Monday afternoon, was a discussion surrounding land for possibly building a new city elementary school. Approximately 15 acres is needed to house a 72,500 square foot building. There seemed to be a lot of questions and doubts about how to make this happen.
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Commission Resolves Mental Evaluation Bill Issue
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Bradley County Commission met last night for a voting session, in which only one agenda item was up for vote. The mental health evaluation outstanding bills was the main topic of discussion with several commissioners throwing out various ideas on how to handle this unfunded mandate that the State of Tennessee has passed down to local governments.
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City Approves Bond for Cleveland Utilities
by Ashley Murphy

Monday, November 1, 2010
The City Council held the conclusion to last Monday's meeting earlier this morning to discuss the $8.75 million in bonds that the City of Cleveland will be taking out for Cleveland Utilities for various projects around the city.
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City and County Firefighters Want to be Separate
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Bradley County Commission received good news from Bill Methaney, whose company performed an audit on the Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Methaney said the center is in excellent financial shape and will not be requesting any funds form the county this year.

Joe Newcombe, administrator for Bradley Healthcare, was glad to present Mayor Gary Davis with a check for $8,650. This money will be used to purchase a ventilator for the ambulance service. It was requested during the budget process, but ultimately discarded due to lack of funding.
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City Opposes Verizon Cell Tower

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Representatives from Verizon came before the Cleveland City Council yesterday to discuss the matter of a new 80 foot monopole cellular tower near the Cleveland Historic District. The tower would be located at 699 17th Street, which is across the street from the designated historic district and adjacent to the greenway. The City Council is adamantly against the cell tower going up, citing letters from residents opposing the tower and many community organizations and boards opposing the tower, as well. In addition, some council members believe the tower would be an eyesore to the community.
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Commission quickly tackles their agenda
by Ashley Murphy

Monday, October 18, 2010
The Bradley County Commission met this morning and got right down to business with issues at hand. Commissioner Mark Hall brought forth a recommendation from the Insurance Committee to make no changes to the current employee insurance offerings.
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City and County Hold Joint Meeting
by Ashley Murphy

Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Cleveland City Council and Bradley County Commission met in a joint session Wednesday afternoon to discuss many aspects of the community and how to better it for the citizens.

The major concern of both government entities was the need to work together to serve the citizens and make Bradley County a better place to live. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said that these joint meetings started taking place about 12 years ago in order to better the relations between the city and county. While business between the two governments is better Davis said there are still times when "we have to agree to disagree."
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Council Not Being Fair to Residents?

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
A consent agenda item came before the City Council during their Monday meeting regarding a rezoning request by Dale Hughes for 4305 Ellis Circle NW. The property is currently zoned PUD7 and Hughes wishes it changed to Conditional CH. This would allow Hughes to place a billboard on the property for viewing from I75.

Councilman George Poe said he remembered, about 8 years ago, a lady he knew used to live on this property and had requested this same change years ago. Vice Mayor Avery Johnson stated that he also remembered a similar situation.
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BuyIt Bradley
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Bernadette Douglas presented the Bradley County Commission with a new incentive the Chamber of Commerce is offering in order to keep money flowing through Bradley County and Cleveland.

The new incentive is a gift card. Much like the CBL Malls gift card that Hamilton Place in Chattanooga offers, BuyIt Bradley cards can only be spent at local businesses around town. That list of businesses is expected to grow as the BuyIt card becomes wider known. Douglas said she hopes to see at least 75 participating businesses by the end of the year.
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Commission selects 7th District Constable
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
With Charlie McKenzie declining the offer of 7th District Constable to take his seat as 1st District City Councilman for the City of Cleveland, a vacancy was left for the Bradley County Commission to fill.

After the commission received two nominations, Ed Lewis and William Harris, Vice Chairman Mark Hall made a motion to accept Ed Lewis as the new 7th District Constable. The vote passed unanimously among the commissioners.
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Freedom rally held in Cleveland, TN

by Ashley Murphy

On Friday, October 1st, the Tea Party of Bradley County hosted a Celebrate Freedom Rally on Courthouse Square Downtown. While I was unable to stay throughout the duration - a 6 hour long rally - I was able to attend for a couple of hours and hear some amazing Bradley County youth and some inspirational singing.

After opening with the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation several young students throughout Bradley County shared their talents and their thoughts about where they believed America stood at this moment.

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Should Elected Officials Be Able to Serve on the Audit Committee?
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
During last night's Bradley County Commission meeting, Commissioner J. Adam Lowe questioned whether elected officials should be allowed to serve on the Audit Committee. This came from concerns that elected officials could hold a conflict of interest due to their direct work with county budgets.
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City Will Lose Johnston Park If It's Not Restored

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Lisa Ferguson, representing the Trustees of the Estate of Joe C. Stuart Trust, came to speak of several issues surrounding the Johnston Memorial Park in Downtown Cleveland. The Park was donated to the City of Cleveland in 1937 by Clyde Johnston Hardwick donated the park in honor of her parents, John Tucker and Mary Tipton Johnston.
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IDB Discusses New Whirlpool Location
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Industrial Development Board of Bradley County and the City of Cleveland met this morning at the Chamber of Commerce to discuss a variety of topics. The biggest discussion surrounding the new Whirlpool location off of Benton Pike.
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Fire Hall Compromise Finally Reached?
by Ashley Murphy

Monday, September 20, 2010
Mayor D. Gary Davis opened up today's meeting with a few clarification points regarding the discussion that has been surrounding the fire contract and the new fire hall location property. Davis stated that the commission actually did vote on a plan for the county fire department to go on their own by 2013 and not enlist the help of the city fire department anymore.
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City Council Ignores Residents Wishes?
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Cleveland City Council heard the wishes and complaints of several county residents regarding their property being part of a new annexation plan put forth by the city. One resident stated she had many concerns and she wanted to know what the benefits would be of her becoming a city resident instead of being part of the county. She was highly against the annexation and stated she did not want to be part of it, going so far as to asking whether the only way out was to pick up and sale her home. City Manager Janice Casteel stated that council will vote on it today.
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Heated Debate Surrounds Fire Contract
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
On the good news side, Chief Daniel Phillips and Deputy Chief Danny Yates came before the Bradley County Commission to openly thank the Bradley County Fire Department for their efforts and support during the devastating flood that overtook Nashville in May of this year.
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New Commissioners Attend First Meeting
by Ashley Murphy

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Newly elected Bradley County Commissioners attended their first meeting after a Labor Day holiday on Tuesday night. Those five new commissioners were Terry Caywood - 1st District, Jeff Morelock - 3rd District, Adam Lowe - 4th District, Robert Rominger - 6th District and Bill Winters - 7th District.
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Elected Officials Take Oath of Office
by Ashley Murphy

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This morning at 9:00 a.m. Bradley County held their public Oath of Office of Elected County Officials on the steps of the Bradley County Courthouse in Courthouse Plaza. Several family members, friends and residents came out to view the swearing-in ceremony.
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Commission Says Good-bye to 5 Commissioners

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday night's County Commission meeting was the last for five of the twelve commissioners. The recent election led to the departure of Commissioners Jim Smith, Lisa Stanbery and Michael Plumley. Commissioner Ben Atchley chose not to run for re-election and Willodyne Smith has been filling in for her husband, Roy Smith, who retired at the end of last year.
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Property Abandonment Still Big Concern
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Nicholas Lillios came before the City Council during their work session to present an offer. Lillios stated that he understands from reports there is "both a lack of available space in either governing bodies current facilities to hold the entire group and that there is a lack of funds for such facilities until which time the economy returns city income to higher levels." Leading him to propose to both the city and county to take a piece of property located on Church Street for 12 months rent-free in order to combine the Bradley County and Cleveland City Planning Departments.
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Commissioners Work Together to Form Plans

by Ashley Murphy

Monday, August 23, 2010
The Bradley County Commission held their annual retreat this past weekend close to home. At 8:30 Saturday morning, commissioners, new and old, gathered at a historic McDonald, TN farm, Bendabout Farm.
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Courthouse Deterioration Needs Attention

by Ashley Murphy

Monday, August 16, 2010
Bradley County Trustee came before the County Commssion today to give his annual department report. Smith stated that the Trustee's office still has plans to implement a 12-month payment plan for property taxes within the department. This will hopefully help many residents during these trying economic times. Unfortunately, the plan won't take effect until sometime between March 2011 and March 2012. Smith stated that the current 4-month payment plan would still be available for residents as an option for paying their property taxes.
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City May Take On Cost to Fix Detention Pond

by Ashley Murphy

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Several local road concerns were addressed during Monday's City Council Meeting. Residents have concerns about parking on Robin Hood Drive. Cars will park along the roadway with half of the vehicle on the pavement and the other half on the grass. It was determined by city staff that there is sufficient room to navigate around these parked cars. The roadway width is 19 feet and a standard vehicle lane for moving traffic is 10-12 feet wide.
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Commission Discusses Bedbugs and Security

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Commissioner Lisa Stanbery made notice of "growing problem" here in Bradley County; bedbugs. Stanbery was contacted by a local agency who have had multiple families turn to them for help due to bedbug infestations. Stanbery proposed there be a tracking system set in place for rental properties so that potential tenants could verify that their property was clean of an infestation.
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Still No Definite on Future of Old McDonald School
by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The first major discussion at Monday night's Bradley County Commission meeting revolved around a previous request by the McDonald Ruritan Club. The club requested that the commission extend the lease they currently hold over the buildings on the old McDonald School property and reimbursement of  $34,000. The Building and Land Committee came back with a recommendation to extend the land lease and all buildings on the land to a 99-year lease.
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LED Billboards Coming to Cleveland?

by Ashley Murphy

Thursday, July 29, 2010
On Wednesday, July 28th a City Planning Committee met to discuss the possibility of LED billboards coming to Cleveland. Factors to be addressed will include how long an image can be displayed, its brightness, how far apart the billboards can be, etc.
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Government Revisits Plans to Combine Planning Departments
by Ashley Murphy

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Keith Holloway opened Monday night's meeting with a recommendation not to combine the City and County Planning Departments. Holloway stated that it is in the best interest of both parties and the citizens. However, it would be more convenient for the people of Cleveland and Bradley County if the Planning Departments were housed in the same building. This would save a whole lot of back and forth running for services.
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Commission Approves to Appoint Judicial Commissioners
by Ashley Murphy

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Bradley County Commission had a quick voting session Monday morning. Two items made up the agenda and several road changes and appointments made up the consent agenda.
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Tasso Resident Claims Disrespect from Construction Workers
by Ashley Murphy

Monday, July 19, 2010
The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority held their regular monthly meeting on Friday, July 16, 2010. During this meeting the CMAA received updates about the various activities that were taking place around the new airport site.
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911 Center Growth and Community Growth High on List
by Jamie Ramirez

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The first item on the Cleveland City Council's agenda was a concern about trash along Wildwood Avenue. This was put forth by Pastor George Pulson from Big Spring Baptist Church speaking on behalf of Martha Griffin. Griffin had taken several pictures of the trash along Wildwood Avenue and obvious signs of property neglect. The pictures will be turned over to Code Enforcement and consideration will be taken on those properties the city would be able to take care of. Griffin also showed concern about residential property that has been unkempt. A lot of the businesses in the area have been shut down and the properties have been neglected either by those business owners or by the residents living in the area.
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Dr. Denning Announces Retirement/Projects Headline City Schools

by Jamie Ramirez

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Cleveland City Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 12, 2010. First was the reading of the agenda. After a vote on the movement of the regular agenda, the Director Updates were given by Dr. Rick Denning. Updates were given for the construction work being done at Stuart Elementary; lighting work and tile replacement will be finished by Friday July 16th.
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Warrant Writing to Be Turned Over to Detention Center?

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Court Clerk Gayla Miller opened the Bradley County Commission meeting this afternoon with a request to pass a resolution turning the duty of warrant writing over to the Bradley County Juvenile facilities. Miller stated that this is an action that needs to be done due to the time constraints on weekend writers and the amount they are being paid to do the job.
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Personal Electronic Devices Now Allowed In School

by Ashley Murphy

Friday, July 9, 2010
The Bradley County Board of Education met in their regular monthly meeting last night. Several good news reports across the county made Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel's list. Many teachers and students throughout the school districts were honored or recognized for their accomplishments.
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Commission Approves 2010-2011 Budget

by Ashley Murphy

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
After a quick appointment from Mayor D. Gary Davis, Commissioner Ben Atchley opened the meeting with a discussion about this year's budget. Atchley explained to the public how the budget is set up, beginning with department heads, who work out their own budget and submit them separately. Once submitted to the Mayor, the Mayor and Finance Director Lynn Burns make a proposal.
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Council Hears Airport Budget Update

by Jamie Ramirez

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
During Monday's City Council meeting David Kelley came before the councilmen and councilwoman to request the expansion of the Family Resource Center at the old Blythe Elementary School. Currently there are other programs taking up the space at the old school such as Boys and Girls Club, a Head Start program and the New Hope Pregnancy Center. A modular would be placed on the property until something more long-term could be implemented. The purpose for this modular at the Family Resource Center is to help pregnant teens get the help and education they need. They can go to school while their own children go to school in the same place and there would be no need to send them somewhere else. Kelley stated the project must be completed by Fall of 2010, per government granting request.
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Commission Sets Agenda for Post Holiday Meeting
by Ashley Murphy

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Bradley County Commission held a relatively quick meeting Monday night. But in those few minutes, set a rather lengthy agenda for Tuesday, July 6th.
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Erin Fuller Announces Candidacy for Bradley County Mayor

Erin Fuller, resident of the Tasso Community in Bradley County, has announced her run as an Independent Party candidate for Bradley County Mayor. Her full announcement is available by following the link below.
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Commission Hears Budget Appeals

by Ashley Murphy

Monday, June 21, 2010
The Bradley County Commission met Monday for their voting meeting. John Ross Cabin issues opened up discussions. Currently, the cabin is in the process of receiving a new roof. It is also being hoped that a driveway can be installed leading to the cabin. Funds for projects on the cabin will be helped along a bit by the commission, as they gave $5,000 to be placed towards the cabin's preservation.
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Commission Hears Citizen Concerns

by Ashley Murphy

Monday, June 14, 2010
Beth Foster with Dixie Day Spay and Neuter came before the Bradley County Commission today to express concerns for animals in the area that are being taken to the local animal shelter. Foster stated that an estimated 200 dogs are being "put down" every week in Cleveland and not enough privileges have been allotted for her organization to come in and take pictures of the animals.
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Discussion Surrounds Possible Merge of Planning Departments

by Ashley Murphy

Friday, June 4, 2010
A meeting between the Bradley County and City Planning Departments was held Thursday evening, June 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber.

The meetings, known as the Joint Planning and Inspections Study Committee, has met several times since the Fall of 2009. The committee was formed to investigate options for combining planning and inspections functions of Bradley County and City offices.
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Economic Development Council Discusses Community Growth

by Ashley Murphy

Friday, June 4, 2010
The Economic Development Council held their regular bimonthly meeting on Thursday, June 3rd at the Chamber of Commerce.

Lisa Pickel updated the council on Existing Industry. To date, there have been three completed surveys and sixteen industry visits to the Cleveland area.

Cleveland Utilities and TVA sponsored a Lean & Clean Energy Workshop on May 6th, which had fourteen attendees from various industries.
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Wilkerson Creek Dominates Commission Discussion

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Opening the Bradley County Commission meeting last night was Johnny McDaniel, Director of Schools, with the proposed 2010-2011 Bradley County Schools Budget. He stated that the budget is completely balanced and reflects educational priorities. McDaniel then turned the podium over to Rick Smith, Chief Financial Officer for the school system.

Smith stated this had been the most challenging budget in at least 20 years. The sales tax budget fell short by about $1 million due to the sales tax falling short and the economy also not fairing so well. It was estimated last year to run Parkview would cost over $800,000. Now, Smith has condensed that budget to a little over $700,000.
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Agreement Finally Reached for Right of Way
by Mary Hunter

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A City Council meeting was held Monday, May 24th, 2010. The following are the events that took place: 

Mayor Tom Rowland is receiving therapy for an injured knee due to a wreck this month. He is said to be receiving therapy for 6 weeks, however, he is in high spirits and looking forward to returning.

Devon Nicole Vaughn, Cleveland's 2011 Junior Miss was recognized at the meeting. Her parents are Joe and Cheri Vaughn. Her college preference is Samford University and she wants to become a Nurse Practitioner. Vaughn holds a 4.0 grade point average and attends First Baptist Church. Vaughn was given the Seal of the City and a Certificate of Commendation.
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Airport Construction 5 Weeks In

by Ashley Murphy

Friday, May 21, 2010
The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority held their regular monthly meeting today in the Council Room of the Cleveland Municipal Building.

Mark Paslick from PDC Consultants was present with several pictures from the construction site. After five weeks of Phase I Construction, development has began to show. Excavation is continuing with land clearing and several ponds have already been dug for water containment.  Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has been out to review the site after a four inch rainfall came through the area over a day and a half period. Paslick stated that TDEC has negative comments to report about the airport site.

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Commission Discusses Wilkerson Creek Issues

by Ashley Murphy

Monday, May 17, 2010
The County Commission held a voting session at 10 a.m. this morning, however, only one item was on the agenda to be held for a vote. The commission unanimously approved a resolution put forth by Mayor D. Gary Davis to adopt the updated Five-Year Strategic Economic Development Plan. This is a joint plan with efforts contributed by Bradley, Charleston and Cleveland. It includes many factors that each entity hopes will bring economic development and growth to the area.
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BB&T Gains City Line of Credit Account

by Mary Hunter

Friday, May 14, 2010
A special called meeting was held by the Cleveland City Council on May 13th. These are the details of the meeting:

Bank bids were received to obtain an account for the city's line of credit. The recommendation was BB&T with 100% of federal funds, total interest of 500,000 being $102.74 and a letter of credit for a 3 year term with no termination fee.
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Board Discusses RT3 Funds

by Ashley Murphy

Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Cleveland City Board of Education held a special called meeting this morning at 8 a.m. to discuss Race to the Top funds for the City School System. Several teachers and administrators were brought together for input on what they believed to be the most important issues; the Race to the Top funds would then be allocated and spent accordingly. A list of seven activities was compiled and the school board voted unanimously to approve the program.
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City Council Revisits the Discussion of SWAPs

by Ashley Murphy

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Cleveland City Council opened their regular session Monday afternoon with Joe Ayers of Morgan Keegan, the city's financial adviser. Ayers was present to discuss the city's SWAP agreements and the city's consideration to terminate them. These particular SWAPs center around two 2001 bonds issued to the city in order to build Cleveland Middle School.

Council members approved a resolution, submitted by Councilman Richard Banks, asking attorneys William Young, Jr. and Joseph Peiffer to investigate possible claims the city could have if the SWAP agreements were terminated.

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