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In spite of just two letters, “if” sometimes struggles with being one of — if not “the” — biggest words in the English alphabet. Seems like everything depends on “if.”Over the … more
While their reasons for serving remain as diverse as their educational backgrounds, there is little doubt as to the commonality of thought among school board members: all want to give back to their … more
In a devolving age when warped minds lay siege to the hallowed halls of American democracy, when social media becomes a battleground for sharp, unthinking tongues and when politicians would rather … more
Although they might not have received grand play from news media outlets, state House of Representatives Speaker Cameron Sexton’s words spoke volumes when he opened the 112th Session of the … more
Whether they are to be congratulated or pitied, two members of Bradley County’s legislative delegation have accepted huge responsibilities as the 112th Session of the Tennessee General Assembly … more
If Bradley County’s COVID-19 deaths — as of this writing, 90 and counting — are still not enough to soften the hoax theorists, then maybe the heartfelt plea of a Cleveland teen whose dad faced … more
Men and women of impact are best remembered by their impactful deeds; yet, it is their words — past and present — that inspire others to take up a humanitarian cause, whether it benefits the … more
As America navigates an uncertain path toward healing in the wake of last week’s insidious attack on the U.S. Capitol, we in Cleveland and Bradley County can take solace in knowing this: something … more
As the congressional seeds of debate swell toward impeaching President Donald Trump or forcing his removal by invoking the 25th Amendment, it is critical to remember America draws perilously close to … more
On this day of safety protocols and in the middle of a holiday-season surge in COVID-19 infections that have stolen the lives of 76 Bradley County residents, it is troubling to hear of a cavalier … more
On Saturday, the day after Christmas, our hometown faced a question that challenges our hearts today just as it did years ago when a beloved Cleveland pastor asked it to any who would listen and to … more
Color comes in many shades, not just black and white.Answers are matters of interpretation, not just right and wrong.Interests are a question of preference, not a case of one dominant and one … more
As the miracle of Christmas approaches, and its joyous expectation grows, we are reminded of the heavy hearts endured today by friends and neighbors among us who have lost loved ones in recent days … more
Whether Bradley County is headed for an unemployment rollercoaster filled with twists and turns, up and downs and topsy-turvy tumbles — blamed almost exclusively on the uncertainties surrounding … more
As the debacle called 2020 draws to its merciful close and many Bradley County families continue the struggle to wrest their livelihoods from the grip of COVID-19, a glimmer of hope has arisen for … more
Slightly bent under the weight of COVID-19, but assuredly not broken, WCLE’s Empty Stocking Fund precariously straddles the midway point of a community-creating fundraiser that strives to bring … more
As rising numbers of COVID-19 active cases deepen the anxiety of Americans while heightening the uncertainties surrounding the span of this relentless pandemic, all eyes remain focused on what some … more
To borrow from a discomforting adage, Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis is finding himself firmly wedged between a rock and a hard place.The rock is COVID-19, a nine-month maker of mayhem and the … more
A thin line divides Veterans Day from Thanksgiving, one that is only about 15 days wide.Whether it’s their physical proximity on the calendar or the message of their seasons that defines their role … more
  An everyday man who survived a serious COVID-19 infection thanks to the kindness of a stranger, Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks now finds himself on a mission.    In the … more
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