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Tim Siniard reports: Now that Thanksgiving 2021 is in the rearview mirror, it’s beginning to look a little like Christmas in the City with Spirit, with MainStreet Cleveland planning a weekend of yuletide events in historic downtown.
Last year, Cleveland’s downtown Christmas tree lighting event was canceled due to rainy weather. The news was followed by calling off the annual Christmas parade after a surge in COVID-19 cases developed in the region.
But Cleveland’s downtown Christmas festivities are back.
Kicking off the merry season will be the Community Tree Lighting, which is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, on the steps of the Old Post Office on Broad Street, where Christmas greetings will be given by Cleveland Mayor Emeritus Tom Rowland and Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis.
The choir from Westmore Church of God will launch the event with festive and heartwarming songs of the season.
There will also be a special visit by Santa Claus to help light the tree.
Once the tree is lit, Christmas on the Square at the Courthouse Plaza will continue with more Christmas cheer and caroling by Westmore Church of God, Broad Street United Methodist and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School’s Elementary Choir.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, the annual Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. and travels through historic downtown.
The parade will feature many beautiful Christmas-themed floats.
For those who cannot attend the event, a live broadcast of the parade may be viewed on Mix TV at mixtv.tv, presented by District Attorney Steve Crump.
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Cleveland, Tennessee has ranked 5th out of 378 U.S. metro areas in an annual study by SmartAsset to determine the best places to work in manufacturing. The metro areas were reviewed and ranked according to data on manufacturing jobs as a percent of the total workforce, employment growth, income growth and home affordability.
Cleveland boasted a one-year job growth of 14.6% and a one-year income growth of 2.8% in manufacturing. Bradley County’s unemployment rate has decreased to slightly less than that of late 2019, sitting currently at 3.3%. Comparatively, in September 2019 (pre-covid), Bradley County’s unemployment rate was 3.4%. 21% of Cleveland’s workforce works in the manufacturing sector.
The Chamber’s Economic Development Division’s promotion of our region helped foster $82.9 million in new commercial building permits in 2020. With Vice President of Economic Development, Doug Berry, at the helm, the area continues to see healthy job opportunities, tax revenue from manufacturing and an increase of interest in the area.
This is SmartAsset’s sixth annual study on the topic. SmartAsset is a web-based company that provides consumers with financial information, advice and can pair them with a financial advisor.
A teenager has been charged in a fatal shooting following a pair of basketball games at a Tennessee high school, police said.
Two men were shot, one fatally, Tuesday night at Humboldt High School outside the gym and another man was injured, authorities said.
18-year-old Jadon Davon Hardiman of Jackson was charged Wednesday with counts including murder, attempted murder and carrying a weapon on school property, news outlets reported, citing a statement from Humboldt police. Hardiman’s attorney, Marcus Lipham, told the Jackson Sun his client turned himself in peacefully to police.
Humboldt resident Justin Kevon Pankey, 21, died at the scene of the shooting and Xavier Clifton, 18, of Jackson remained hospitalized in serious condition after surgery, police said. A third person was treated at a hospital and released.