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Local News for Friday, August 12th

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From Local 3 News…

According to Tennessee State Rep. Kelly Keisling, the state is waiving vehicle registration fees for a year.

This apparently began July 1 of 2022 and will last until June 30 of 2023, according to a Twitter post from Keisling.

The fees will be waived for Class-A vehicles, which include motorcycles, and Class-B vehicles, which include passenger motor vehicles and motor homes.

Tennessee’s portion of the fee that is waived will be $16.75 for Class A and $23.75 for Class B vehicle registrations.

In news today…

Businesses and community leaders came together Thursday as The Smart Factory Institute hosted Cleveland’s largest gathering of manufacturers in history at the Bradley County PIE Center. The day consisted of professionals in our region displaying the latest technology they use in manufacturing.

We spoke with Jeff McCord, Commissioner of Workforce and Labor Development, where we asked what types of businesses he hopes to see using the PIE Center:

We also spoke with Dan Howell, State Representative for District 22, who praised Dr. Linda Cash’s vision:

We finally spoke with Denise Rice, Director of The Smart Factory Institute, in regards to how the PIE Center will impact the future of manufacturing jobs in our area for students:

Also in news today…

On Thursday, at approximately 2:34pm, the school resource officer at Michigan Avenue Elementary School reported a distant gunshot was heard by staff members and students, who were outside. As a precaution, the children were brought inside and school was placed on lockdown. Numerous deputies responded to check the area. No threats to the school were discovered and the lockdown was released. Additional Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies remained at the school to assist with school dismissal.

In news today…

The Bradley County Schools Board of Education met on Thursday covering several items of business. A letter to thank members of the school system was read and then signed by the school board to show their appreciation for the facility and staff of the system. Per the state School Board Association, two members from other school borders were present for a school board critique. These were Krista McKay from Cleveland City Schools and Johnny Hoffman from Athens City Schools. Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash introduced Brad Davis, new Oak Grove Principal. An update was given on the PIE Center: The Certificate of Occupancy has been completed for Bradley Virtual, Compass, Connect, and several other locations. A presentation was given of a final drawing for the BCHS Science Wing Project, which would be approximately 23,000 square feet, with a 750 square foot renovation to make the connection to the existing building. This would give three new chem labs, bio labs, two physics labs, plus a small concourse space. The estimated project cost is around $8.4 million.