Cleveland, Armed With New Tax Money, Ramping Up Some 50 Capital Projects

Monday, September 11, 2017

Armed with funding from a property tax hike, Cleveland, Tn., officials are ramping up some 50 capital projects.

Joe Fivas, city manager, said the projects range from greenways, to infrastructure improvements, to new runway paving at the Cleveland Jetport, and to upgrades at several major intersections.

Funding also came available for the new Candy's Creek Cherokee Elementary School. Grading has started on the project.

Greenway work includes the Casteel Connector linking Tinsley Park to Ocoee Street. Also, the Blythe Oldfield Park, featuring a soccer field, basketball court, large green, pavilion and play equipment has gotten underway.

Cleveland is also looking at a new use for the Cherokee Hotel - with a focus on commercial or residential development.

Councilman Richard Banks praised the projects and recommended that the city erect signs saying "Your Tax Money Working For You."

On other topic, Mayor Tom Rowland said he was dismayed to learn that some Florida evacuees in the city had been victims of price gouging.

He said price gouging is technically not against the law in Tennessee, but he is urging the governor's office to issue a proclamation against it.

Cleveland Fire Chief Ron Harrison gave an update on the situation at the Wacker Chemical Plant at Charleston. He said the chemicals involved in an emergency at the facility appeared to be hydrochloric acid.

He said Cleveland sent 16 units to the scene and spent 300 man hours on the job.

Chief Harrison said the focus was keeping the chemicals at the plant and not out into nearby neighborhoods.

 



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, GEOFFREY JEROME  300 MAPLEWOOD AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 38 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT OF PROPERTY POSSESSING A FIREARM WITH INTENT TO GO ARMED STOP SIGN VIOLATION --- BALLARD, KAITLYN MACKENZIE  78 DAVIS ROAD RINGGOLD, 30736  Age at Arrest: ... (click for more)

Despite Disputes, Signal Mayor Picks Up Papers To Seek Re-Election

Controversial  Signal Mountain  Mayor Chris Howley, under whose tumultuous 18 months of mayoralty the town has careened from one political battle to another, apparently has no plans to retire from the field.   Friday  – just 10 days after announcing he intends to moderate two candidate forums in which a candidate he already endorsed will ... (click for more)

John Porter Franklin, Sr.: A Community Gem

In 2016, It was   my honor to have been chosen to recognize African American History Month at the February HCDE board meeting.   Throughout my life, I’ve been taught and exposed to African American history both nationally and locally. In reflecting on what to share, I thought about all that was going on in our community and more importantly in our educational community ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What’s 28% Of 2,500?

There is a strong likelihood, this based on new data obtained from the Hamilton County Department of Education, that only 700 of this year’s approximately 2,500 high school graduates can tell you what 28 percent of 2,500 is. The 2018 test scores, used to determine what percentage of students in public schools are “scoring on track,” averaged 28.4 percent in our 32 middle and high ... (click for more)

Chris Douglas Wins Waterfront Triathlon Sunday

More than a thousand trim and fit men and women gathered at Ross’s Landing Sunday morning for the annual Waterfront Triathlon with McKenzie’s Kirsten Sass the only one of four defending champs to successfully defend her title. There were two races held on Sunday, including a sprint event that included a 400-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run.   The longer intermediate ... (click for more)

UT Athletics Department To Host Tribute To John Ward On Wednesday

  The University of Tennessee Athletics Department and The Vol Network are hosting a Tribute to "The Voice" event honoring John Ward on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 6 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena. The legendary broadcasting and marketing icon passed away this week following a lengthy illness. He was 88. Wednesday's event will take on a celebratory ... (click for more)