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The threat of incoming potentially strong thunderstorms, which could bring with them large hail and destructive wind, has forced the decision to close schools in  both the Cleveland City and … more
Ocoee Region Beekeepers will meet Tuesday, 7 p.m, at the Benton Municipal Building, 6496 Highway 411 in Benton. John Hartman from the Cherokee Beekeepers … more
MONDAY, MARCH 19Beth Passmore, Joe Manning, Kim Winters, Bobbie Campbell, Sharon Womac, Tanner Morgan, Rhonda Davis, Mike McCoy, Reba Garrison and Amy … more
(AP) – These state lotteries were drawn Sunday: TENNESSEE Cash 3 Evening: 4-8-9, Lucky Sum: 21 Cash 4 Evening: 8-6-1-2, Lucky Sum: 17 Mega Millions … more
Steve Morgan will be the speaker for the His Hand Extended Ministries  on Wednesday, 7 a.m., at the Garden Plaza, 3500 Keith St. The devotionals include an inspirational speaker, prayer, gospel … more
The following information was gathered solely from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. This list include 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. Those being held by federal law enforcement are not listed, as these individuals are only held at the jail, but not locally charged. more
What can a Chamber of Commerce do to help build an industrial workforce? Change the perception of what it is like to work today’s industries. That is what the “Your Skills. Your Future” campaign was designed to do and it was the subject of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce’s “Food for Thought” Thursday afternoon. Chamber President/CEO Gary Farlow said workforce is one of the biggest issues right now as the county has record low unemployment. “We don’t hire people. We’re not an employment agency,” Farlow said. “There is a limit to what your can do.” He said discussions centered on what exactly was the issue when it comes to the local workforce. “Students have a negative perception of what manufacturing is. Parents think their kids should all go to four-year colleges. Many educators went from high school to college to the classroom, so they don’t have a lot of exposure to that unless they had a summer job in manufacturing,” Farlow said. He noted Bradley County has around 1,800 who are in the unemployed category. “There is turnover in that 1,800, but it’s a very low number,” Farlow said. “If you are an employer, you know how hard it is to get skilled people for the jobs that you have.” He said the Chamber is preparing to launch a funding campaign to try to do a lot of workforce development projects. “One of those we are discussing is a talent recruitment strategy,” Farlow said. “We may have to go outside of here to find people.” He said another question is how to get the approximately 12,000 people who commute to Chattanooga every day to stay local. As to getting the skills for the jobs, Farlow said with the “Tennessee Reconnect” program, a person can come out of a community college with a two year degree and a skill set. “You can go right into a job making pretty good money without a boat load of student debt,” he said. The idea for the “Your Skills. Your Future” was for it to be a public relations campaign. “We needed to get the word out, start changing perceptions and get people to at least start looking at that as an option when they are looking at college careers,” Farlow said. He said the basic audience for the campaign are middle school and high school students. “We are also targeting educators because of that perception of ‘high school, college, job,” Farlow said. “We have been doing a number of things on that front for years. We have Teachers Academy where we have teachers go to work during the summer for a paid experience with a manufacturer.” Farlow said veterans are another target for the program. more

Money for septic system repairs is available to residents in certain areas of Bradley and Polk counties through a grant held by the Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council. Eligibility is based on proximity to the Conasauga River Watershed.

Much progress is being made on the campus of Lake Forest Middle School, where a new academic building is currently being constructed. Douglas Caywood of Lewis Group Architects gave the Bradley … more
While winning is great, a coach with 220 career victories under his belt for Cleveland High School is focused just as much on leaving an even greater impact, one that goes beyond what happens on the … more
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