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Here is your Cleveland, Tenn. | Bradley County, Tenn. news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland: Topping our news today… Governor Bill

Here is your Cleveland, Tenn. | Bradley County, Tenn. news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland:

Topping our news today…

Governor Bill Lee will deliver his constitutionally-mandated State of The State address tonight at 7PM Eastern to a joint session of the State Legislature at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Coverage on Talk 101.3 The Buzz at 7 PM Eastern. Also on our digital television channel Mix TV at mymix1041.com, and our social media platforms.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says his office is not pushing legislation that would take funds from school districts that don’t resume in-classroom schedules for 70 days this year or 180 days in 2021-22, amid questions about its legality.

The governor appears to be softening his stance on the matter after tough talk before the recent special session on education, even though House Majority Leader William Lamberth plans to renew a bill potentially penalizing systems when the legislative session starts on Feb. 8.

The governor also said the state will stick with its COVID-19 vaccination schedule, which could put teachers up for shots in March, even though he wants students back in classrooms immediately.

Lee said during a news conference Wednesday that his office is not discussing a reduction in state funds to school districts that don’t return students to classrooms.

In news today…

Many unserved areas of rural Tennessee are slated to receive a major upgrade in broadband internet service. This week Charter Communications (Spectrum) announced it will invest $92.9 million to expand service to more than 79,000 locations in the Volunteer State.

Senators Mike Bell, Todd Gardenhire and State Representative Dan Howell have announced that $7.25 million will be used to expand broadband access in Bradley, Meigs and Polk Counties.

The broadband expansion will be funded through Charter’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). Bradley County will receive $1.25 million to expand access to 1000 households in the Southeast, Southwest and northeast parts of the county. Meigs County will receive $1.6 million to expand access to 1,567 households in the Cottonport community and areas north of Decatur. Polk County will receive $4.4 million to expand access to 1,659 households in the Reliance, Greasy Creek and Ducktown areas.

In news today…

Bradley County Schools has announced their Supervisors and Teachers of the Year. Angie Gill and Emily Brown both received title of Supervisor of the Year. Jodie Grannon received Principal of the Year. District Level Teachers of the Year were Emma Barns, Walker Valley High School; Rebecca Hanes, Lake Forest Middle School; and Heather Donegan, Valley View Elementary.

In news today…

On Tuesday, February 3rd, the Tennessee Department of Education announced the schools/districts that earned the Tennessee Pathways Certification for creating postsecondary opportunities. Bradley County Schools received three Certified Pathway awards. All pathways received Excelling, which is the highest award level possible.

  • Bradley Central High School | Machining Technology (Excelling)
  • Bradley Central High School | Therapeutic Services (Excelling)
  • Walker Valley High School | Therapeutic Services (Excelling)

Students in these pathways earned dual enrollment through Cleveland State Community College, TCAT, and Lee as well as industry certifications in Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Pharmacy Technician, National Institute of Metalworking Skills, OSHA 10, and Microsoft Office Specialist. Clinical Internships and Work-Based Learning opportunities gave students additional real-world application of career/employability skills.