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Cleveland’s Freedom Celebration highlighted by the biggest fireworks display in Cleveland history will be Monday night, July 4th.

The fireworks begin at 9:15 PM. Presented once again by Mount Olive ministries, the city of Cleveland, and sponsored by Cleveland Ford, this annual tradition is a celebration of our freedom in Cleveland and Bradley County.

Mount Olive ministries pastor James Sears encourages everyone to arrive early and claim your place to watch the fireworks, with a reminder that most restaurants will be open around Bradley Square Mall.

As you watch the fireworks, listen to the patriotic soundtrack on Mix 104.1 and the Mix app. Download for free at mymix1041.com

From NewsChannel 9…

Unemployed people in Tennessee are frustrated this week because the website to apply for benefits has been offline.

The owner of the company that provides the software for Tennessee’s unemployment benefits website says a cyberattack is to blame for the outage.

The Tennessee Department of Labor says no personal data was accessed, and no data was removed from its network operations center.

There’s still no word on when the issue will be resolved.

Also from NewsChannel 9…

If you take a walk through the scenic 8-acre property on 507 Upper River Road, you’ll find a treasure trove of Native American history.

Billy Thomas, a Bradley County land developer, wants to use the property as a luxury RV resort.

However, those plans are on hold after the Bradley County Commission pulled their vote for a land rezoning request, following allegations that the property may be a Cherokee burial ground.

The county never informed Thomas about the decision, because the planning commissioner was on vacation. Thomas says he was shocked by the news and immediately made calls to determine the veracity of the claims.

4th District Commissioner Charlotte Peak says public works manager Chris Scoggins brought the issue to her attention.

Scoggins, who is part Cherokee, alerted her that it may be a burial ground. However, Peak says she has no documentation to support the claim. Scoggins also says he has no evidence it was a burial ground, but claims to have heard stories from local farmers.

Following the allegations, Thomas reached out to state archaeology director Phil Hodge with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Hodge says the state also has no records of a Cherokee burial ground on the property.

The state says aerial footage and records for the Chatata Creek and Hiwassee River show that it’s likely there are archaeological sites of historical significance on the property, but no proof of Native American graves.

Thomas says he’s frustrated he wasn’t told about the decision. He has now hired an independent group, Cumberland Applied Research Associates, to survey the area to determine if it is a burial ground.