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Two mayoral candidates proudly flashed their concealed carry gun permits to the audience attending a town-hall style gathering sponsored by the Bradley County Republican Party while pledging their unwavering support for the Second Amendment. The event was held Tuesday evening at The Venue at Creekside in Cleveland. During the event, both candidates, former Tennessee State Rep. Kevin Brooks and former educator Duane Schriver made statements, as well answered questions from the audience. Although not a debate, each candidate was given the opportunity to answer questions. The question regarding support for the Second Amendment was asked by audience member Jeffery Lewis, who claimed that Cleveland Chief of Police Mark Gibson did not support open carry gun laws. “I’ve always been a Second Amendment person,” Schriver responded. Brooks also agreed that he supported the Second Amendment and added that it protects other constitutional rights. “We would not have a First Amendment without a Second Amendment,” Brooks said. Although normally not an issue in a mayoral race, support for the Second Amendment was one of several points on which both candidates agreed. To clarify what Chief Gibson has said regarding carrying guns: In a March 14 article published in the Cleveland Daily Banner, Chief Gibson said that “His personal opinion is that teachers should not be pressured to carry guns — especially if they are not comfortable with the idea. He noted professionals like police officers go into their line of work knowing they will need to use guns to protect those around them, but teachers do not.” "It doesn't make things less dangerous; it just puts more guns in the situation," Gibson said.  more
Officials from Tennova-Cleveland said Tuesday that a majority of doctors in Bradley County support the opening of its proposed freestanding 24-hour Level IV trauma center and that it would provide better care than a similar facility proposed by Erlanger Health System because patients would receive initial, as well as follow up care from local physicians. more
YMCA Announces Community Days The Cleveland Family YMCA kicks off the summer season with a free Community Day at the Outdoor Pool on Monday, May 28. more
In celebration of National Public Works Week, Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, Councilman David May Jr., City Manager Joe Fivas and Assistant City Manager Melinda Carroll recognized the extraordinary … more
Lois Dean James, Glen Coronis, Mike Crittenden, Elaine Curtis, Brandon Dalton, Lena Elliott, Johnny Gill, John Haynes, Cody Maney, Darren Miller, Mary … more
IT TAKES A VILLAGE! Contributions were recently made to Family Promise of Bradley County for the purchase of a passenger van. Sponsors were Hardee’s Happy Star, Janice Johnson Wilson (George R. … more
The EastView Baptist Church, No Pone Road, Georgetown, will have revival services at 7 p.m. May 21-23. Evangelist will be Darren Fansler. more
A powerful wind gust Sunday afternoon resulted in several downed trees in the Highway 64 area in east Bradley County. more

A funding recommendation from the Bradley County Commission’s Education Committee to the commission’s Finance Committee became caught up in the financial details this week.

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Requests from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Bradley County Emergency Management Agency garnered lengthy, sometime lively, discussion during Monday’s meeting of the Bradley County Commission’s Finance Committee.

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