Arbor Day Celebration And Honors For The City Of Cleveland

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Pictured:  City of Cleveland, Cleveland Utilities and Shade Tree Board members display the city's 22nd consecutive Tree City USA flag. Holding the banner is Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, left, CU General Manager Ken Webb, Shade Tree Board Vice President Jo Benjamin, Cleveland Parks and Recreation Director Patti Pettit, Shade Tree Board member Amy Banks, back row, left to right, CU Electrical Engineering Manager Bart Borden, CU Operations Manager Dean Watson, Shade Tree Board member Matthew Coleman, Cleveland Urban Forester Dan Hartman, City Manager Janice Casteel, Shade Tree Board members John Thomason and Bradley County Commissioner Jeff Morelock, and Cleveland Vice Mayor Avery Johnson.
Pictured: City of Cleveland, Cleveland Utilities and Shade Tree Board members display the city's 22nd consecutive Tree City USA flag. Holding the banner is Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, left, CU General Manager Ken Webb, Shade Tree Board Vice President Jo Benjamin, Cleveland Parks and Recreation Director Patti Pettit, Shade Tree Board member Amy Banks, back row, left to right, CU Electrical Engineering Manager Bart Borden, CU Operations Manager Dean Watson, Shade Tree Board member Matthew Coleman, Cleveland Urban Forester Dan Hartman, City Manager Janice Casteel, Shade Tree Board members John Thomason and Bradley County Commissioner Jeff Morelock, and Cleveland Vice Mayor Avery Johnson.

Four is the number of consecutive years the city of Cleveland, Cleveland Utilities and Cleveland State Community College have earned recognition in their respective categories as a Tree City USA, Tree Line City USA, and Tree Campus USA.

Twenty-two is the number of consecutive years the city of Cleveland has received a Tree City USA flag from the Arbor Day Foundation. Thirty-nine cities in Tennessee earned the distinction in 2013, including Norris, which leads the state with 35 years. Athens and Maryville tied for second place after being recognized for growing their tree canopies for 33 years. Of those 39 cities, only Cleveland can claim awards in all three categories. That accomplishment is a “tree trifecta,” a local term coined by 24th District State Rep. Kevin Brooks and Shade Tree Board Chairwoman Jan Cheek.

Cleveland Utilities has earned recognition for 14 years and the Cleveland State earned its fourth flag. The 2013 list for campuses is not available, but in 2012, Bryan College in Dayton was the only other college in the state recognized as a Tree Campus USA.

Shade Tree Board members and city officials celebrated the accomplishments Tuesday morning in the municipal courtroom in the police service center. Rain forced the event indoors instead of the corner of Central Avenue and Broad Street.

Cleveland Urban Forester Dan Hartman said in brief opening remarks that unfurling the Tree City USA flag for the 22nd time is a great accomplishment for the city.  “It shows the desire and the ability to keep the aesthetics of the city — and the environment. Without trees we would be in trouble,” he said.

Mr. Hartman thanked the Cleveland City Council, Mayor Tom Rowland and Shade Tree Board members for their active support.  “It’s a huge advantage for me to have that kind of support — and my staff too. The guys really get out and do it. They know what they’re doing and work real hard. They have planted 158 trees of about 20 different varieties this spring,” he said.

Mayor Rowland said the requirements for earning the award include establishing a shade board, passing a proclamation and having a ceremony.  “We also have to spend a minimum of $2 per capita on our urban forest and we’ve done that,” the mayor said. “We get many comments from visitors about the trees that are so important to the environment and keeping our air clean and the beauty as well.”

The Tree City USA flag will again be presented to Allan Jones, who will fly it above the Craigmiles Building.  “That’s the perfect place to fly the flag, right in the center of our downtown in the center of our city,” he said.

Shade Tree Board Vice President Jo Benjamin said the city becomes more beautiful as more trees are added to the canopy. Board member Amy Banks grew up in a tree-loving family.  “We had hackberries in our backyard. They are undesirable, but we loved them and the robins loved them and for some reason, my whole family just always understood the importance of trees,” she said.


Fishing Report From The TWRA

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA: Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees in many areas. Largemouth Bass: Some evening tournaments are being won along grass edges on the river. 20 plus pounds is winning ... (click for more)

Leading National Bird Group Challenges Army Corps Plan To Kill 16,000 Birds

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading national bird conservation organization, has raised multiple objections to assertions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in their proposal to kill 16,000 cormorant birds on East Sand Island (ESI), in the Columbia River Estuary, as part of a plan to reduce predation of juvenile salmonids including salmon smolt by the birds.   The ... (click for more)

City Sound Control Ordinance Goes Into Effect In 30 Days

A controversial Downtown Sound Control Ordinance will go into effect in 30 days after being approved by the City Council on second reading. Councilwoman Carol Berz said she believes it is a good ordinance, but not a perfect one, and that it should be under continual review for possible revisions. The ordinance itself calls for it to be examined at the end of the first year. ... (click for more)

Boy, 15, Shot In The Shoulder On Taylor Street

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder on Taylor Street on Tuesday night. At approximately 7 p.m., Chattanooga Police received a call of shots fired in the area of 3200 Taylor  and were advised at 7:22 p.m. that a person arrived at a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. Investigators were advised that the young black male sustained a gunshot wound to his ... (click for more)

Noise Fallout Coming Soon On Chattanooga's Flawed Sound Control Ordinance - And Response (3)

I have been practicing acoustical, audio and sound engineering for more than twenty years. Since I understand many aspects of sound, I sent the enclosed letter to the Chattanooga City Council members regarding some of my concerns on the impending noise ordinance changes. My comments were unacknowledged.     August 19, 2014 Dear Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)