Athena Davis given award by Council
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL English teacher Athena Davis was presented an “Ambassador for the City” Award by Mayor Tom Rowland.  Contributed photo, city of Cleveland
CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL English teacher Athena Davis was presented an “Ambassador for the City” Award by Mayor Tom Rowland. Contributed photo, city of Cleveland
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Cleveland High School English teacher Athena Davis was presented with an “Ambassador for the City of Cleveland” award during the Cleveland City Council’s voting session Tuesday.

Davis was a finalist in the Top Teacher Search by “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.”

As a finalist, she traveled to New York and was featured on the show.

“It was a unique opportunity. We got to go to the 9/11 memorial … The people on the show were just so kind, just genuine people — really courteous, and a lot of great things have come from it since,” Davis said.

“Athena’s story of dedication to her profession, her students and her community are recognized by the Mayor and Cleveland City Council, who hereby bestow an official City Ambassadorship recognizing her important role as a representative for this great City and the Cleveland City Schools System,” Mayor Tom Rowland read from the award.

Rowland presented the award, commenting that Davis being featured on the show put Cleveland in a positive light.

“Thank you for being the great teacher you are and a great citizen,” Rowland said.

Davis did not win the grand prize. However, she was given a trip to Israel and 30 electronic devices for her school. Davis was joined by her husband and daughter for the award.

Since being on the show, Davis has also been offered the opportunity to take a three-week summer intensive course at Yad Vashem in Israel next summer.

Also during the voting session, the Council approved adding two streetlights to Chippewah Avenue

At-Large Councilman George Poe said the area has “become a high-crime area.”

He had also heard from some in the area who are concerned. He asked that the Cleveland Police Department be consulted on the best placement of the lights.

A specific request for more lights near 1360 and 1365 Chippewah have previously been requested by a resident.

Lighting on the street already meets the city’s guidelines, according to Cleveland Utilities.

District 5 Councilman Dale Hughes said Cleveland Utilities should also be included in deciding where to place the lights.

District 2 Councilman Bill Estes said the addresses mentioned were at the bottom of a hill, and asked that a light be added to the specific area.

Drainage projects on Dalton Pike, First Street, Ozark Drive and Catherine Circle were also approved.

The First Street project plan has to be modified. The owner of a portion of land needed as an easement for the initial plan wants more than the assessed value.

“It’s way more than we can give,” Public Works Director Tommy Myers said.

Alternates and the cost for each were discussed. A likely solution would take a route where some property owners have already offered to donate the needed land.

Demolishing the Webb building was also discussed. Myers said this was problematic, because the Webb building shares a common wall with the building next door. He said demolishing the side the city owned would cost $35,000.

District 4 Councilman David May asked if the building’s demolition would give more options for the drainage project.

Solving issues with an underground spring was also discussed, but led to no actions or motions by the Council.

Myers said the focus now is to get water off the street.

Also approved were:

n A resolution authorizing the mayor to sign a revised TDOT contract for road improvements on 20th Street.

n The Bradley County Emergency Communications budget.

n A resolution authorizing the mayor to sign a pre-application for Community Development Block Grant Disaster funds. The application would create a secondary power source.

n Final amendments to the 2014 budget.