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In an abandoned factory that was originally built 75 years ago to supply uniforms for the military after World War II, a coalition of business, federal, state and local governments are revamping the 256,100-square-foot complex into a pioneering vocational training school that organizers hope may serve as a model for supplying workers for many high-demand jobs in the future.
By this fall, more than 500 high school juniors and seniors from four area high schools will be studying everything from diesel machinery and welding to culinary arts and audiovisual skills in the regional training facility taking shape near downtown Cleveland. Known as the Bradley County Partnership in Industry and Education (PIE) Innovation Center, the $33 million complex has gained the support of nearly a dozen local businesses and foundations along with the local school system and a variety of government agencies.
Bradley County Schools Superintendent Linda Cash said the former American Uniform Co. mill, which operated for nearly 60 years before it shut down in 2006, offered a structure that could be more cost-effectively developed for vocational training than building a new school. The facility is centrally located to serve students from Bradley, Meigs and Polk counties and will have space to house business apprenticeship programs, the local UT Extension Service and even a local bank branch to help students learn about saving and investment and a counseling center to help students with mental challenges and other wrap-around services.
The president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Jeff DeLoach, has resigned amid a major shift at the long-running daily newspaper.
The newspaper recently announced that it was moving from a daily print paper that has been the norm since the days of Adolph Ochs to Sunday only – along with an online edition.
Some longtime subscribers have balked at a $34 per month charge – or $408 per year. The rate is much higher than subscriptions for such newspapers as the Nashville Tennessean, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.
The Times Free Press offers a new iPad to subscribers, but many readers already have their own devices and the iPad must be returned if the subscription ends. There is also the challenge of finding carriers who would deliver only one day a week instead of a full week.
The newspaper, which has been in business since four years after the Civil War, faces competition from free local news outlets, including the constantly-updated websites of the three TV stations as well as the online-only Chattanoogan.com.
A contractor for Cleveland Utilities will conduct a sewer main rehabilitation on 20th Street Southeast, where the road will be closed to thru traffic.
Work on the project begins today.
The project includes replacing a manhole, according to Greg Clark, CU’s manager of wastewater collections.
Clark said the road will be open to thru traffic for homeowners to access their property on either side of the closure; however, vehicles will be unable to drive all the way through on 20th Street.