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In news today…

Lee University will host the 2021 65 Roses 5K to raise funds for a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). The in-person 5K race/walk will take place on Lee’s campus Saturday, April 17, at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the CF Foundation and its Cleveland Great Strides walk, a virtual event this year culminating in a celebration on May 15.

The April 17 event will follow the regular 65 Roses 5K route through downtown Cleveland. All are welcome to run or walk the 5K (or 1K Fun Run). Runners and walkers will receive dri-wicking running shirts and beanies this year for their participation, and chip timing will be provided by Terra Running Company.

The race cost is $25, and event day registration will begin at 7 a.m. The 5K race/walk begins at 9, and the 1K Fun Run will take place at 9:30. Race awards will be announced virtually via the Terra Running website, and the 65 Roses 5K fundraising total will be announced via social media later that day. Awards may be picked up at Terra Running Company following the completion of the event.

Participants are encouraged to register online by Thursday, April 15, and to go to early packet pick-up at Terra Running Company from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Cleveland Coffee & Market is offering everyone a free coffee while they are there to pick up their packets. Although last minute registration will be available Saturday morning, due to COVID-19 safety protocols, runners should register before the Saturday race day if possible. 

In order to follow recommended state and local guidelines for social distancing and hygiene, all runners will be placed in a specific corral to allow for proper social distancing. Lee University also asks that all individuals wear a face covering while on campus, though face coverings may be removed once an individual begins running.

For more information or to register for the 65 Roses 5K race, visit www.leeuniversity.edu/cf

Also in news today…

The Bradley County Commission will meet at noon today to cover several items of business. In addition to reports form the Mayor and various committees, a proposal will be introduced from Envirosuite to monitor run-off odors around the Bradley County Landfill. You can watch the LIVE as it happens, or later on, on Mix TV at mymix1041.com. Mix 104-1 News will also keep you up-to-date on the results of the meeting.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

As Easter Sunday 2020 services came to an end, the skies overhead gave little warning of the death and destruction that awaited as night gave the cover of darkness to a deadly storm system that would claim at least 10 lives in the Chattanooga region.

Between 8 p.m. and midnight, no fewer than seven tornadoes raked the Tennessee Valley on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, leaving seven dead in Murray County, Georgia, and three dead in Hamilton County, Tennessee, along with many others who sustained injuries. Another Murray County tornado victim would die in the days afterward, bringing the death toll there to eight.

According to Gregory Helms, of the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency, the 1,500-yard wide, EF3 tornado was on the ground for 18 minutes and covered 18.37 miles, leaving devastation and damage that night that tallied $225 million.

In the Chattanooga metropolitan area, 2,718 properties sustained damage, of which 254 were destroyed and 259 had major damage. As the storm moved through Collegedale and rural areas of Hamilton County, the tornado weakened to an EF1, until the storm moved into Bradley County, where it spawned three more tornadoes and more widespread damage and at least half a dozen injuries.

According to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, residents of eight Tennessee counties — Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, Marion, Monroe, Polk, Scott and Washington — filed 15,223 insurance claims with insurance companies, with more than $444 million in losses or claims made. Additionally, consumers filed 37 complaints related to the Easter tornadoes that resulted in over $4.5 million being returned to consumers via the agency’s mediation process.