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Good Hope Baptist Church will welcome the group "Johnson Addition" from South Carolina for the New Years Eve service starting at 6 p.m. Reception with inger foods will follow the singing. more
Kiwanis Club of Cleveland Meeting Photo Kaye Smith SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1 December 26, 2017 more
Jeff Withrow, Elizabeth Sluder, Tim Melton, Sheena Meyer and Hazel Key, who are celebrating birthdays today. more
Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee is directing $15,500 in state grant funding to Habitat of Cleveland to build a new home in Bradley County.The funding comes as part of a half-million dollar grant … more
Bradley County Schools’ effort to turn an old manufacturing facility into a space where students can learn job skills tied for No. 5 on the Cleveland Daily Banner’s list of Top 10 Newsmakers for … more
 Cleveland State Community College is once again accepting nominations for its annual Community First Awards. These awards are designed to honor not just people affiliated with the college, … more

The year 2017 proved to be an eventful 12 months for Cleveland and Bradley County with the promise of further economic growth, numerous  court cases of note and even a fire at the Bradley County Courthouse.

The county's year started out with the loss, in the first three months of 2017, of some of its most distinguished and beloved personalities. 

Cleveland State Community College implemented its first forensics debate team on campus.

Bradley County community leader and former County Commissioner William “Bill” Creech died. Creech was also a longtime member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region’s board of directors.

Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development Doug Berry said the interest in Spring Branch Industrial Park ”is already at a high level.”

The Cleveland city government received a $1.7 million Tennessee Department of Transportation grant to help with efforts to improve traffic congestion in the area.

County Mayor D. Gary Davis, in his State of the County address, said the important item was that the net position of the county's primary activities exceeded its liabilities by $44,321,327, a $7 million increase over the previous year.

The Polk County News, which had operated since 1883, printed its final edition Jan. 4.

Bradley County General Sessions Court Judge Sheridan Randolph, speaking to the Cleveland Lions Club, said not all people who come through his courtroom are bad people and most of the crimes in Bradley County are drug driven.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's report on the shooting death of Allan White III by BCSO Deputy Tiffany Oakley showed TBI investigators found no evidence of a relationship between the two, and the young man was reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the shooting.

Ralph Baldwin Jr., a 42-year veteran of the newspaper industry, was named publisher of the Cleveland Daily Banner, effective Jan. 9.

Sheriff Eric Watson announced the creation of the Deputy Advisory Council. The council was formed to encourage open communication between the sheriff and all divisions of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office to improve overall effectiveness of the department.

Wacker Polysilicon North America donated $10,000 in support of the Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland ReStores.

The County Commission reviewed the county’s credit card policy after a state audit found 400 finding of “poor documentation.” There were no inappropriate uses found by the state.

Edwin Millan, a former Cleveland Police officer, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison in connection with the arson of a vehicle in Murray County, Ga., in 2015.

Several Bradley Countians were in attendance as Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th presient during ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

The Bradley County Grand Jury returned a true bill against Mark Steven Treuchet, 53, of Columbiana, Ala., in the case of a shooting at the Bradley County Landfill on Sept. 8, 2016.

Cleveland City Manager Joe Fivas unveiled the "Downtown Vision Plan: Blueprint for the Future."


The president of Cleveland State Community College is among those praising Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to offer college "free of tuition and fees." During his State of the State address, Haslam introduced what he termed the Tennessee Reconnect Act. "With the Reconnect Act, Tennessee would be the first in the nation to offer all citizens — both high school students and adults — access to a degree or certificate free of tuition and fees."

Bill George, 76, a well-known religious leader and Cleveland and Bradley County community advocate, died.

The Bradley County Election Commission says it believes the use of electronic pollbooks will be beneficial in local elections.

The Better Business Bureau is working on establishing an office in Bradley County, a development said to be due to the area's rapid economic growth in recent years.

Gov. Bill Haslam introduced his Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act.

Attendance increased significantly for Thursday evening's third Cleveland City Community Survey meeting.

Max Phillips, president of the River Counties Association of Realtors, and a member of the council, told the group "all is well in residential real estate." "It is great news that has been going on and it looks like it's going to continue."

Even those expressing opposition to Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax proposal acknowledged there is a need for the state's transportation infrastructure.

The Bradley County Commission approved a resolution which will allow County Mayor D. Gary Davis to proceed with "obtaining the funding source" for Bradley County's $3 million portion of the Spring Branch Industrial Park infrastructure

Bradley County Schools and Cleveland City Schools have joined other area school administrators in closing their facilities' doors because of widespread illness.

The inaugural and historic Lee University women's lacrosse team debuted on the South Quade Field.

Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway was certified as a Level 1 Arboretum.

Dr. Russell Dyer had only held his director of Cleveland City Schools position for seven months, but received a glowing evaluation from the school board.

New technologies which can help doctors examine patients without "opening the hood" are the centerpiece of Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland's new $2 million, state-of-the-art imaging center located adjacent to the hospital on Chambliss Avenue.

Nine unsolved crimes, including several involving homicides, were to be the first investigated by the new Cold Case Task Force.

The family of Ralph Lee Nelms filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga concerning his hanging death, on or about Sept. 18, while an inmate at the Bradley County Jail. 

The Tennessee Aeronautic Commission announced the Cleveland Jetport was awarded a $2,250,000 grant for a 700-foot runway extension

Stephen May, a student at Bradley Central High School, was honored as the 2016 recipient of the Governor's Volunteer Star Award for Bradley County.

The Tennessee Historic Commission unanimously voted to designate the Benton Station area in Polk County as a historic landmark.

Tim Spires, president and CEO of the Tennessee Association of Manufacturers and the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association, died unexpectedly.

The move to redevelop the South Cleveland area got a major boost with the announcement of the sale of the former Whirlpool Plant 3 on Euclid Avenue.

Tenth District Attorney General Steve Crump was assigned as special prosecutor in the case of ousted state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) was appointed by state House Speaker Beth Harwell to a newly created task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse.

Preliminary numbers  showed property values in Bradley County might be on the rise.

Interest appeareed to be building from industries which potentially could participate in a STEM hub which might be located in the former American Uniform building.


Instead of working eight-hour shifts, five days a week, BHRC staff will now work three 12-hour shifts. Instead of working eight-hour shifts, five days a week, BHRC staff began working three 12-hour shifts.

A trucking company employee was arrested for the theft of over $40,000 in fund from the business. Jamie Lee Anderson, 41, of Charleston, was indicted by the Bradley County grand jury, for theft over $10,000 and forgery, according to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation bill narrowly passed the state House Subcommittee Wednesday, but with amendments which eliminated a proposed hike in the state's gas tax.

State Rep. Dan Howell's bill to strengthen the state's welfare system passed by a wide margin earlier in the state House of Representatives.

A ruling on the motion to dismiss the case filed by a local minister and a Bradley County commissioner concerning same-sex marriage licenses was delayed, due to a filing by 52 state legislators.

The state's electric cooperatives were "excited" about Gov. Bill Haslam's bill, which would allow them to provide broadband access to their customers.

Cleveland State Community College appeared to in position to see an influx of state funds for capital improvements in 2018.

Diana Jackson, director at Life Bridges, said salaries need to be increased so workers will continue to work for programs like Life Bridges.

A cooler start to the day wasn't enough to deter the families who came out in droves for the 13th Annual Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Celebration at Cleveland State Community College on Saturday.

Cleveland once again earned Tree City USA designation.

Cleveland received a contract from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The city got a $500,000 grant from TDEC for the Tinsley Park tennis complex. With a $500,000 matching donation from the city, the new complex will be a $1 million endeavor.

Robert Ware and Sam Cheek were two of the inductees April 14 in the Cleveland Parks and Recreational Department's Old Timers Hall of Fame. They joined already announced inductees Mike Smith, special category; Jack Kidwell, coach; James Keith "K.B" Beatty, coach; Mike Maranha, football; and basketball playing sisters Betty Davis Hicks and Melba Davis Schrader.

Bradley County Commissioner Dan Rawls' second attempt to pass a resolution opposing any legislation from the state Legislature that would raise fuel tax rates ended the same way it did the first time. The vote was 9-5 against the resolution, with the same four who voted in Rawls' favor the first time — Rawls, Robert Rominger, Bobby Goins and Jeff Yarber — supporting him again.

Progress is being made on the new academic building being built at Lake Forest Middle School.

The Bradley County Sheriff's has identified the victim in the early morning stabbing alteration at the Ocoee Village Apartment. Andrew Justin Hensley, 33, was found dead at the housing complex. Justin Paul Douglas Mullins, 21, was later arrested in Polk County, and is being charged with first-degree murder in the death

Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) along with Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) announced their public support for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce's workforce development campaign.

Lauren McKinney represented the Rotary Club of Cleveland in the Rotary district speech contest.

Two Bradley Countians were honored by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, for their work in volunteer efforts. The county's youth volunteer honoree was Stephen May.

Carol May Spence, mother of EMA Director Troy Spence, was posthumously honored in the adult volunteer category.

The Cleveland Board of Education voted to approve the 2017-18 General Fund Budget, which is a balanced ledger of $46,791,781. The approved budget included a 3 percent salary increase for all employees, and a half step-increase for all employees who qualify.

A group called International Friends Network of Cleveland is encouraging locals to play a part in welcoming those who have moved from other countries.

The proprietor of Fort Hill Cemetery was fined $6,000 by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Denise Rice, a longtime manufacturing veteran who once headed the Cormetech plant in Cleveland and later advanced to a corporate position within the company, was named director of the Tennessee Manufacturers Association.

Bidding began for a new 700-foot runway extension at the Cleveland Regional Jetport, which currently boasts a 5,503-foot runway.

Mayors Tom Rowland of Cleveland and D. Gary Davis of Bradley County are recognized March 17 as Civitan 100th Anniversary Day in the city and county.

Gov. Bill Haslam called his plan to fund the state's highway infrastructure "the most conservative thing you could do," despite having proposed increases on fuel taxes. The governor made the comment as he sat for an interview with the Cleveland Daily Banner in his office at the State Capitol

The Museum Center at Five Points was awarded a grant through the Tennessee State Library and Archives for archive development. The museum's $1,400 archive development grant will be used for environmental monitoring and for shelving.

Mark Grissom, whose irascible humor greeted radio listeners in the morning and whose compassionate soul helped families during their darkest hours of grief, died March 20 of an apparent heart attack. He was 53.

Bradley County residents and visitors were greeted March 21 with pounding hail which wreaked havoc on cars and houses.

Water/Wastewater Manager Craig Mullinax informed the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities recently that the Tennessee Department of Economic and Conservation approved the utility's overflow pump station modifications.

Cleveland State Community College was making big plans for the future as it celebrated its 50th anniversary.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bradley and Polk Counties added four new advocates to their volunteer team during a swearing in ceremony at the Juvenile Court.

For the second year in a row, the construction of a new academic building at Lake Forest Middle School is part of the Cleveland Daily Banner’s list of Top 10 Newsmakers for the year. In 2016, … more
Bart Borden, vice president of Cleveland Utilities' Electric Division, provided the utility's board with a report on ongoing projects at December's meeting.The meeting, which doubled as a … more
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