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Robert Walters and Josephine Mae Campos visited The Ark last week in search of a feline companion to make a member of the family. They noted several cats that interested them, decided to give it some time to decide, and returned the following weekend. Their interest had settled on three cats, but one had been adopted during the week, leaving two. After spending a great deal of time sitting in the cat habitat with these kitties, Sonny Boy, a long-haired kitty, made the final cut. Having been adopted a couple weeks before, then returned because he stayed up at night, the couple felt he would be perfect for them. Sonny Boy obviously thought so too.


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TVA will seed and fertilize by helicopter about 60 eroded acres of the Copper Basin area in northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee later this month to test grass and legume growth on the barren soil. If successful, it could spark a larger reclamation effort in the area. The aerial seeding is scheduled for August 27-28. It is part of a cooperative effort with the Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia Soil Conservation Service, the Limestone Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, the Tennessee Chemical Company, and other landowners. Two and a half tons of grass seed and legumes and 20 tons of fertilizer will be distributed from a TVA helicopter across 40 acres in Fannin County, Georgia and about 20 acres in Polk County, Tennessee. “This is a test to see how well these grasses grow in the basin,” said Roger Bollinger, manager of TVA’s Land Reclamation Program. “If the seeding is successful, the project may be expanded.” Another 80 acres will be treated next spring to determine which season produces the best growth results, Bollinger said. Later on, the Soil Conservation Service plans to overplant the areas with selected trees and wildlife shrubs. These efforts are expected to do much to control erosion, improve water quality, and restore productive uses of the land. About 32,000 acres in the Copper Basin were severely damaged in the late 1800s because of unrefined smelting operations at local copper mines. Open pit fires, fueled by timber harvested from surrounding hillsides, were used to separate copper from ore. “Raw sulfer-laden smoke in the atmosphere gradually began to sterilize the soil so nothing could grow,” Bollinger said. Without trees and other vegetation the topsoil eroded, leaving behind 50 square miles of “lunar-like” hills and valleys. New smelting processes have helped improve the air quality, but the reversal of soil damage is a much longer process. Although millions of pine seedlings have been planted, 8,600 acres remain barren and erosion still plagues the area. “We want to see how effectively we can reestablish a ground cover with the seeding and fertilizing,” Bollinger said. “Ultimately we would like to see the whole area reclaimed.” more
James Douthat, honored by the East Tennessee Historical Society for his research and service, will be doing a genealogical program at 2:30 p.m. today, in the Parlor of the Johnston-Tucker Center, … more

The following information was gathered solely from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. This list includes individuals who are, or have been, incarcerated in the Justice Center, and can include arrests made by the BCSO, the Cleveland Police Department, the Charleston Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Drug Task Force and other local law enforcement agencies. 

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While 4-H traditionally provides opportunities in areas such as livestock, sewing, or food preservation there are many opportunities outside of those fields. 4-H Electric Camp is one of those unique experiences in 4-H that participants get to spend a week learning about electricity and other STEM related areas. This year around 300 participants, from all across the state, came together to learn more about Electricity. 4-H Electric Camp takes place at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus. Students arrive on their first day and get settled in a college dorm and get to eat dinner in one of the on campus dining halls.  After dinner the first of many sessions that vary from areas such as electrical safety, operation of circuits, and home efficiency. Throughout the week the participants visit the Herbert College of Agriculture and get to participate in educational sessions in which they can make electric projects. Through this hands on learning experience, 4-H members not only learn about Electricity, but they get to take home a practical item to be used in the household. This year participants were able to make several items, but the favorite for the participants was by far the wooden clock.  This year Bradley County participants included Rosanna Bender, Xander Caywood, Bella Guyton, Samuel Houston, and Toby Zachman. Bradley County also sent Tim Held as a Conference Assistant and Ethan Harvill as an Adult Leader to work with the participants.   4-H is open to all youth, ages 9-19, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and handicap. The Bradley County 4-H Program is part of the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University’s Extension Service.  If you would like to know more about the 4-H Program in Bradley County, call Lynne Middleton at 423-728-7001 or email LMiddle2@utk.edu.   more
Tennessee Achieves, the non-financial mentoring partner of the state's Tennessee Promise scholarship program for high school seniors, is seeking volunteers from Cleveland and Bradley County.Alyce … more
FOUR EMPLOYEES at Don Ledford Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac in Cleveland have received the prestigious General Motors Mark of Excellence Award for exceeding customers expectations and General Motors … more
Richmond Flowers has been named director of culinary services of Legacy Village of Cleveland, a premier assisted living and memory care community serving Bradley County scheduled to open this … more
In August, McNair Media opened its nonprofit marketing wing by welcoming Natalie McNair to the role of Marketing and PR director. McNair is a graduate of Lee University. Previously, McNair was … more
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