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Friday, November 13th

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In news today…

Lee University’s virtual Homecoming, “Forever a Flame,” will begin today, and celebrate alumni through Sunday, Nov. 15. 

The Homecoming celebration kicks off this morning at 10 with the Fan the Flame Leadership Summit, featuring sessions led by alumni leaders discussing the best practices and strategies of leadership in specific career arenas. Dr. Paul Conn, Lee University chancellor, will be the keynote speaker.  

The entire week will be a celebration of Lee graduates, including an alumni-led chapel service Thursday morning for the entire Lee community.  

Registration for Homecoming is free, but fees do apply for certain events.

To register for Homecoming and the Leadership Summit, or for more information, alumni can visit https://www.leeusociety.com/ or call (423) 614-8316.  

Non-alumni can contact the Alumni Relations Office at (423) 614-8316 or email alumni@leeuniversity.edu for registration or questions. 

Also in news today…

The Bradley County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “Fight Flu TN” vaccination event November 19. 

The Bradley County Health Department will provide flu shots November 19 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at the Cleveland Family YMCA from 2:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. For those that cannot make it to this event, free flu shots are available by appointment Monday through Friday at the health department. 

The Bradley County Health Department recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone ages six months and older. The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, contact your health care provider, call the Bradley County Health Department at 423.728.7020 or visit tn.gov/health/fightflu.

In news today…

Each year, the Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA) recognizes architectural firms for their excellence in design by presenting the TSBA School of the Year Awards. Awards were granted in four categories including new school construction of elementary and high school, renovation, and the People’s Choice award, which was selected by TSBA membership. 

Locally, Candy’s Cree Cherokee Elementary School won the People’s Choice award.

Also, Dawn Robinson was recognized for serving 25 years on the Cleveland City Board of Education, and was therefore inducted into the TSBA Quarter Century Club. The Cleveland City Board of Education was also recognized as a Board of Distinction.

In news today…

On Monday, November 9th, a Cleveland City Parks and Recreation employee filed a report with the Cleveland Police Department in reference to some of the city parks being vandalized. The report stated that on Sunday, three males spray painted the bathrooms at Deer Park, Raider Park, and Tinsley Park, spray-painted playground equipment at Tinsley Park, a portion of the sidewalk under Raider Drive and busted a toilet tank lid from one of the bathrooms. The graffiti included random painting on urinals and a water fountain, as well as racial slurs and swastikas on the sidewalks, bathroom walls, and playground equipment. The damage was estimated to cost $1000 to repair, including material and labor. The male suspects were recorded on video.

On Sunday, November 8th, Officer Tracy Maxfield answered a call in reference to the vandalism that occurred at Raider Park. The complainant was running on the Greenway and stated he smelled fresh spray paint and he then saw the graffiti. He stated he then saw a silver Chevy Malibu leaving the park area. Officer Maxfield stopped the car near Keith Street and 25th Street. At that time, the vehicle was occupied by Syi Myers, Jaron Simon, and Dylan Viehman. Officer Maxfield conducted a field interview on the males and released them. Detective Stephen Warner was able to confirm that the three males in the surveillance video from the parks were Syi Myers, Jaron Simon, and Dylan Viehman. All three males were charged with vandalism over $1000.

Also in news today…

The new clock and bell tower over Lee University’s South Campus Quad has been officially named the Darlia McLuhan Conn Forum and Bell Tower, according to a recent action by the Lee University Board of Directors. The naming honors the former First Lady of Lee, Darlia Conn, who led the university alongside her husband Paul Conn from 1986 to Aug. 1, 2020. 

Conn is as noted for her constant public presence in support of her husband’s work as she is for her own work in community initiatives, arts advocacy on and off campus, donor cultivation, and perhaps her most visible day-to-day contribution of piano accompaniment for music majors over more than three decades. 

A private ceremony to celebrate this honor was scheduled to take place earlier this month, but was postponed due to COVID-19. 

And finally…

The Bradley County Schools Board of Education met on Thursday and covered several items of business. Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash reported that Bradley County Schools has raised approximately $10,000 to donate to the Meigs County Schools and United Way of Meigs County in support for the families of the bus accident. A report on the PIE Center indicated that demolition is progressing and site work has begun. The building permit has been received. There may be some budget changes with new addendums in the future. Currently, three tenant leases are out for review with the prospective tenants.