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Local News for Friday, February 4th

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In news today…

Bradley County Schools bus number 61 was involved in a minor accident around 3PM Thursday afternoon on Trewhitt Road when a vehicle struck the bus. There were no injuries. All students were transported home safely.

Also in news today…

Cleveland State Community College will be hosting a Nursing Information Session on Tuesday, February 15 at 11 am. in Room N125 of the new Health and Science Center. Zoom options are also available.

Representatives from the CSCC Nursing Department, Financial Aid, Admissions and members of the Student Nurses Association will be available during the session to answer questions about entering the nursing program. Prospective students will learn about admission testing, the requirements to enter the nursing program and how to apply to the CSCC nursing program. The Associate of Applied Science Nursing degree sequence and courses will be highlighted.

Anyone interested in learning more about nursing at Cleveland State is welcome to attend. These sessions are open to the public, not just Cleveland State students.

To RSVP for the Nursing Information Session or to have a zoom link sent to you, visit mycs.cc/nursingsession, For more information on the Cleveland State’s Nursing program, contact Dottie Monroe at dmonroe@clevelandstatecc.edu.

In news today…

Cleveland has the highest job growth percentage in Tennessee, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cleveland saw a 5.3% increase in employment growth year-over-year. The rankings measure the total nonfarm employment for 389 metropolitan areas (not seasonally adjusted) comparing Dec. 2020 to Dec. 2021.

Impressively, Cleveland ranks in the 19th percentile of all U.S. metro areas for employment growth percentage, while remaining small in comparison to other cities. Listed by population, Cleveland is 318th out of 389 metro areas in the United States. Cleveland is tied for 73rd out of 389 metro areas for job growth.

As for continuing positive growth in Cleveland’s future, it is more important now than ever that we all remain open to pivoting, as needed, to build the quality of life that attracts working families and, most importantly, retains those that have been an active part of our community and economy for many years. Today, our retail and restaurant sectors, the housing market, downtown Cleveland, our parks and recreation offerings, and the education systems are more important than landing the next industry. If we address these areas to the best of our abilities, we will not have to worry about the next industry location, or expansion, because they will know they have to be here.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Kaitlyn Gebby reports: The sentencing hearing of a former Lee University professor charged with attempted sexual battery has been rescheduled for March 11, the judge emailed the Banner. 

James Lamar Phillips was supposed to face a sentencing hearing on Friday, Feb. 4. This marks the second time his sentencing was rescheduled. He pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery in October 2021, and his original sentencing date was set for November. 

Phillips faces up to 11 months and 29 days in jail for the Class A misdemeanor. The charge was reduced from a single count of rape, which was brought by a grand jury in 2020. 

Phillips was a faculty member for Lee’s music and choir programs until he resigned in 2020 and was arrested and charged a short time later.