Cleveland City Schools' Activities For Week Of Feb. 20

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

George R. Stuart Elementary School Character Ed Breakfast will be Wednesday. Student of the Month representatives will be honored at the breakfast. For more information contact Richelle Shelton, 423-476-8246,

E.L. Ross Elementary hosts Open House and Science Fair on Thursday, 5:30-7:00 pm. Families are welcome to drop in to their children's classrooms and to visit the Science Fair to see all the creative projects. For more information contact Lisa Earby, 423-479-7274,

Stuart Elementary School hosts the Father/Daughter Dance on Friday, 6:30-8:00 pm. K-5th grade girls and their fathers (or father figures) are invited to attend a night of dancing and fun. Admission is free; snacks and a photo booth will be available. Click here for more information or contact Richelle Shelton, 423-476-8246,

STEM School Receives Engineering Inspiration Award, Invitation To World Championship

The STEM School’s robotics team won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Rocket City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Huntsville, Al. last weekend.  The award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.  Teams are eligible for the award at each regional or district ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain High Mock Trial Team Wins District And Advances To State Competition

The Signal Mountain High Mock Trial team has advanced to state competition this weekend at the historic Metro Davidson Courthouse in Nashville. The team won the district tournament to advance.  In the state finals, 16 teams will match legal skills for a chance to compete at the national level in May.    In District 5 competition, teams from Hamilton County Schools ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)