Anniversary celebration to include free concert

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 10/10/17

A free concert is part of the city of Cleveland's 175th anniversary celebration next week. The performances will be at Lee University's Pangle Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.The …

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A free concert is part of the city of Cleveland's 175th anniversary celebration next week. The performances will be at Lee University's Pangle Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.

The concert will be preceded by a sit-down dinner at Lee University’s Arts and Communication Building, with the concert to follow across the street at Pangle Hall. Invitees will be presented with a commemorative coin, sponsored by The Bank of Cleveland. 

The dinner program being coordinated by Mayor Tom Rowland will be commemorative of a celebration 25 years ago which marked the city’s 150th anniversary. The late Tennessee Gov. Ned Ray McWherter was the guest speaker at a breakfast on the Cleveland State Community College campus.

The guest speaker at this year’s dinner has yet to be announced.

The city of Cleveland was founded in February 1842.

According to Rowland, celebration committee chairman, the concert will be a unique evening of entertainment featuring a variety of music for all tastes. 

The show will open with Lee graduate and Cleveland native Jermaine Purifory. Jermaine is now lead singer with the legendary Impressions. He was a finalist on "American Idol," and received the Miss Annie Award which honors the best performers at the Chattanooga Theatre Center. 

Purifory won a four-day all-expense trip to a Grammy Awards for a song he wrote. The young singer and songwriter was once a background singer for the MTV Scream Awards and contributed vocals for Mary J. Blidge in Bridge Over Troubled Waters. For several weeks he was featured as a backup singer for "Glee" while in Los Angeles.

Jermaine is also an alumni of the Voices of Lee. The world-renowned singing group, under the direction of Danny Murray, will also appear on Friday evening. The famous a cappella group has performed around the world and was featured on NBC's Sing Off seen by millions of viewers. The Voices have performed at the White House, Notre Dame and on "Good Morning America."

Tickets are required for the concert, however they are free. They are available at the Cleveland Daily Banner, Bank of Cleveland, The city of Cleveland Municipal Building, and the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce.

Invitations to the sit-down dinner have been mailed to local, state and national elected officials and dignitaries.

Rowland urged those wishing to attend the community concert to get their tickets as early as possible, since seating is limited to around 800. The popularity of The Voices of Lee and Purifory will distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rowland expressed thanks to the anniversary committee and especially to Dr. Paul Conn and Lee University for providing Pangle Hall for what is anticipated to be a fabulous evening.

The sit-down dinner and program, and the public concert, are preliminary events to another event planned for this year’s 175th Anniversary celebration. There will also be a community birthday party on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. on The Cleveland Greenway and Pavilion near Raider Drive.

The free party will feature ice cream and cake. Mayfield Dairy in McMinn County is back on board with preparation of the ice cream, although a conflict had threatened to cancel the firm’s participation. The cake, and cupcakes, will be provided by Cleveland area bakers. M&M Mars will be providing candy.

The Sunday afternoon event will also feature the Cleveland Pops, the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, there will be games for children, and the presentation of a number of door prizes. There will be a airplane flyover during the afternoon picnic, coordinated by Cleveland Jetport Manager Mark Fidler.

The city’s first responders, fire and police departments, will have vehicles at the community event.

Rowland and other city officials will conduct a brief program during the celebration.

Former Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Larry Wallace, who has performed some consulting work for the city, joined Assistant City Manager Melinda Carroll in obtaining Mayfield’s assistance with the ice cream for this historic event.

Door prizes have been donated by local businesses, industries, individuals, and Cleveland Utilities and will be given away at the picnic. Door prize sponsors will be acknowledged. 


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Tickets are required for the concert, however they are free. They are available at the Cleveland Daily Banner, Bank of Cleveland, The  Cleveland Municipal Building and the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce.


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