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When an adult does something to affirm a young person, the impact can reverberate for years. I grew up in Cleveland, and I recall many episodes when that happened.  Later, as my children … more
My husband, Peter, is taking no chances. I knew this about him before I married him. Peter has a plan for everything and a plan in case the first plan doesn’t pan out. My father would call … more
We’ve said it previously and today we say it again, though actually it’s more of a question: How is it this person has not been named recipient of this community award already?On this occasion, … more
During the pandemic, members of local and state governing bodies have been allowed to conduct meetings electronically per executive order by Gov. Bill Lee.They have not had to hold physical meetings … more
As the kids say these days, I “did a thing” last week.I went to a lunch meeting for a group I belong to. For the first time in nearly a year, I was in a social situation of more than three … more
Dumping tires illegally is not a crime exclusive to Bradley County, but the environmentally-harmful practice is again rearing its head in our community.Anyone who follows the headlines of the … more
Bradley County’s budget process for the 2021-22 fiscal year is now underway. Bradley County Budget Director Rena Samples opened the process last week with a 2 p.m. meeting in the Bradley County … more
Less than two days from the historic opening of its student-engaging, state-of-the-art Health & Science Center — the first new academic building on campus in 40 years — Cleveland State … more
  Watching tiredly as the debacle called 2020 plunged into its dark, year-ending abyss, my actions came as little surprise when I bid it adieu with a whispered … more
A couple of days ago, I saw a video on Facebook shot down a train track toward a tunnel.A heavy snow blanketed the ground, and the tree limbs and dormant blackberry vines sagged under the weight of … more
In today’s partisan divide where political debate resembles more a feud than negotiation, a recent session of the Bradley County Commission came as a breath of fresh air.We have several individual … more
In the last installment of this column we took a look back to the developments leading up to the launch of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, particularly Phase 1, of which we celebrate 20 years … more
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis’ column this week — published today instead of its traditional spot in Wednesday’s print edition — speaks volumes to the importance of the property … more
The property tax is often called "the tax people love to hate." While it may be unpopular, it is a primary source of stable revenue for most local governments in the United States. Without a stable, … more
 We heard him say it hundreds of times, as did many of you: “Talent on loan from God.” Some of Rush Limbaugh’s detractors liked to claim the statement was haughty. But those of us who knew … more
With Cleveland and Bradley County businesses — from tiny to large — working to emerge from the debris of COVID-19, it is more critical now than ever that they be given fair opportunity.As such, … more
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