Cleveland City Council Wants To Keep Animal Shelter Open

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - by Sarah Ruf

Once again, the city of Cleveland plans on asking the Bradley County Commission to keep its animal control contract for fiscal year 2014.


The city council voted during its meeting Tuesday to offer the county a $298,000 contract.


The tension between the city and Bradley County over the agreement was apparent.


“It’s discouraging to think that the county would now think either to build their own shelter, which makes no sense to me, or we bog this down over money,“ said Councilman Richard Banks. ”Not only do our taxpayers suffer, our animals do.”


The Bradley County Commission has not yet voted on any changes to its animal control contract with the city, but plans to make a decision June 3.


“We are trying to keep the shelter together and functioning,” said City Manager Janice Casteel. “The option that has the most support at this point would be the one that says the trucks stop at the city limits, and that is in no one’s best interest.”


Councilman Banks also proposed a motion to ask the county to refund personal or leasehold property revenue earned near the Cleveland Regional Jetport to the airport or the city to administer.


“We can promote increased growth which will benefit all of our community, including the county,” he said. It passed unanimously.


The city budget for fiscal year 2014 sailed through after a unanimous vote to approve it.
The council also unanimously voted to issue a 60-day sealed bid for the abandoned Webb building.

Rezoning requests were granted for properties along old 25th Street, Wolfe Drive and Peerless Road, changing from R-1 to CH, and Georgetown Road and Villa Drive changing from PI to PUD-11.


Mayor Tom Rowland presented Cleveland High grad and ROTC member Kaylee Radzyminski with a key to the city. Lt. Radzyminski is also founder of Tunes for the Troops, an organization that ships movies and music to soldiers overseas. She is now a second Army lieutenant in the Army and plans on shipping off to Fort Lewis in Washington.


Traffic has slowed down outside of the Westmore Church of God after a speeding car almost ran over a member’s three-year-old who had run out in the middle of the road. Councilman Dale Hughes offered kudos to Public Works director Tommy Myers for working with the church on a solution.


The Mosley Park pool will open back up on Thursday.



You can reach Sarah Ruf at sarahruf@yahoo.com or on Twitter @sarah_ruf.

Early Voting Numbers In Tennessee Up Over 19,000 For 4 Days

Early voting numbers in Tennessee are up over 19,000 after four days. Hamilton County up 1,974 -helped with the increase. There were 3,949 after four days in August 2010, and 5,923 currently. Bradley County is down 690 and Rhea down 197. Marion County is up by 74. Kerry Steelman, administrator of elections, said, "It's exciting to see these numbers. This is the kind ... (click for more)

Latest Jail Booking Report From Hamilton County - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, JOSEPH LEBRON 1209 INDIAN AVE APT A ROSSVILLE, 30741 28 Chattanooga VIOLATION OF PROBATION (DOMESTIC ASSAULT) ALLEN, TONEY TYRONE 1011 E 8TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37403 25 Chattanooga POSS.A FIREARM DURING COMMISSIION OR ATTEMPT TO CO DRUGS GENERAL CATEGORY FOR RESALE TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE VIOLATION ... (click for more)

Pickle Ball? - And Response

Collegedale has done some wonderful things for its residents.  The Greenway is a perfect example of money well spent on helping to give her residents the opportunity to improve their lives, at least from a health standpoint. Having taught at Wolftever Creek for a decade plus, I was fortunate to have opportunity to take my classes on walks from time to time.  It provided ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Say It Ain't So, Larry Joe!

Larry Joe Wheelon, the tainted horse trainer who was charged with 18 counts of aggravated animal cruelty when his barn was raided in April of 2013 and some animals were sored so badly that they could barely walk, finally went to a court hearing in Blount County on Wednesday and his steps toward Judge Tammy Harrington’s bench were decidedly heavy. My goodness, yours would have been ... (click for more)

Stone Leaves South Pitt For Coaching Positions At Boyd-Buchanan

The possibility of a career move was definitely in Wes Stone’s future. The one he took wasn’t necessarily on his radar screen just a few weeks ago. Stone, assistant football and head baseball coach at South Pittsburg, has left the Pirates for teaching/coaching positions at Boyd-Buchanan. The 38-year-old Stone, who already is working with the Bucs’ football team as a defensive ... (click for more)

Soddy-Daisy's Wright Commits To MTSU Baseball

Soddy-Daisy’s Andy Wright, a rising senior and dual-threat player, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to play baseball at Middle Tennessee State University. Wright, a pitcher/third baseman, chose the Conference USA Blue Raiders over Belmont, Air Force, Navy, UT-Martin and Carson-Newman. “I’m glad to get this (decision) off my back so I can enjoy my senior year,” Wright ... (click for more)