Bradley County Commissioners Discuss Award Of $4.5 Million Federal Grant

Monday, April 14, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Hollie Webb
Hollie Webb

During a Bradley County Commission working session, Cleveland resident and commission candidate Dan Rawls said he would like "to draw some attention" to the $4.5 million federal grant being awarded to the Bradley County School system.

After a very competitive process, it was announced on April 8 that the Bradley County Schools had been chosen to receive the money over other places that had applied in Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

The grant would provide money for Bradley County Schools to prepare students for careers after high school in areas such as manufacturing and industry. The money would allow schools to develop programs to give students real world experience and skills.

Mr. Rawls asked the commission if anyone had read the entire grant. He said, "I feel that it's important that each time you accept federal money you read the whole grant." He said he was concerned that by accepting money now, they might actually have to pay more down the road.

He said, "There's never been a federal grant that did not have strings attached of some sort."

Vice Chairman Adam Lowe said, "Like Commissioner Morelock said, federal grants come from our federal tax dollars and there's still a federal budget that's out of control."

However, he said he had read the grant thoroughly and believes it will be a positive step. He said most costs would be startup costs, and that the grant "feeds into a lot of things that we fund privately."

He also said it would help in "exposing children to things where the jobs are."

Mr. Rawls said, "I just want to make sure that we didn't get this grant because the Bradley County Commission and the School Board put out resolutions against Common Core." He said it felt like Bradley County received the money after the county made a stand against Common Core. He said he was concerned this was another way for the federal government to give them obligations.

Commissioner Ed Elkins told Mr. Rawls to come to the next meeting and "report back" after he reads the grant.

Commissioner Bill Winters said the grant had nothing to do with Common Core, but with great efforts that have been made by the education department.

He said, "This is probably one of the most competitive grants that the state of Tennessee has had," and pointed out, "The folks that put it together read it pretty well."

During the meeting, the Bradley County Commission also discussed forming an audit committee. County Mayor Gary Davis said he was not sure if it was legally required or not, but said he would consult with their attorney.

It was also announced that the Bradley County Farmers Market North would open on Thursday.


Sign Up To Get The Latest News, Opinions From Chattanoogan.com In Real Time; Win Set Of Chattanooga Photo Books

Sign up for our Facebook and Twitter feeds and you will get the  local news in "real time." You will also be entered for a chance to win the complete set of the Chattanooga Photo Books published by Chattanoogan.com. We will give away three sets of The Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads In and Around Chattanooga and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga to our new Facebook ... (click for more)

Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For June 16-22

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for June 16-22: 06-16-17 Samuel Kalil Hutchinson, 20, of 101 Ireland Lane, Chickamauga arrested on charges of violation of Georgia’s controlled substance act, possession of marijuana, no proof of insurance, operation of unregistered vehicle, use of license plate to conceal identity of motor vehicle and failure to obey traffic control ... (click for more)

Improvements On The Glass Bridge

The glass bridge has been an embarrassing situation almost since the day of installation. At least two or three and usually more sections of glass have continuously been cracked. This creates fear in pedestrians and causes most to want to use the middle metal section. In addition, it has not been maintained for cleanliness.  I observed that both the front section and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Heroes Gather On July 14

Oliver North, whose journey as American patriot has not been an easy one, never lost hope. He once admitted he lied to Congress under oath, was found guilty of three felony counts after he followed the direct orders of his superiors, and then endured the wrath of the ignorant before the ACLU – of all sources – had the charges vacated. The former Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps ... (click for more)

Former UTC Assistant Football Coach Suspended At ETSU After Threatening To Hang Residence Inn Clerk

A former UTC assistant football coach has been suspended at ETSU after police said he threatened to "hang with a noose" a clerk at the Residence Inn on Chestnut Street. Jeffrey Brumett, 35, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. In the incident on Friday night, police were told by the clerk and by witnesses that Brumett was angry because his ... (click for more)

Lee University Releases Fall Schedule

Lee volleyball head coach Andrea Hudson has released her team’s 2017 schedule. It all begins on  Aug. 26 when the Lady Flames will tune up with all day exhibition contests against Berry College, Emory University and Carson Newman. The starting times will be announced at a later date.   “I’m really excited once again to have a competitive schedule,” said Hudson, ... (click for more)