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Here is your Cleveland, Tenn. | Bradley County, Tenn. news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland: From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

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From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Autumn Hughes reports: The results of the May 3 Bradley County Primary Election have been certified, making the results official.

The Bradley County Election Commission met Tuesday and heard the procedure report for the election.

Joe Reed, a certified public accountant retired from Roach & Reed P.C. and a longtime presenter of the report, said although he has retired, the new CPA responsible for the procedure report — Valerie A. Jashi — contracted with him for the recent election.

Reed said the report is not an audit but a computer tabulating program test. The ballot test looks at every candidate and write-in space to make sure all have a position on the ballot, he said. In addition, they tested five precincts selected by the election commission: the Election Commission Office for early voting, and Election Day precincts at E.L. Ross Elementary, Michigan Avenue and Black Fox elementary schools, and the Senior Center.

Reed said there were a few discrepancies on signatures on the poll lists — that can occur when a person gets out of line before signing the poll list or may not have “pushed the little red button” to finalize his or her selections.

The discrepancies — seven at E.L. Ross, five at the senior center and four at Michigan Avenue — all were addressed.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

A city park in Athens, Tennessee, got a $500,000 grant for upgrades to bring parking and sports facilities up to American Disabilities Act standards and build a new walking trail, according to state and local officials.

Heritage Park on South Jackson Street in the south end of town is just a block off of state Highway 30 and lies within easy reach of several residential areas. It’s one of eight city parks and recreational facilities in Athens.

The grant — part of $6.87 million awarded across the state from the Local Parks and Recreation Fund and Land and Water Conservation Fund programs — will fund architectural and engineering work related to the facility and parking upgrades and construction of an 1,100-foot-long, hard-surface walking trail that is also to be ADA compliant, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The grant requires a 50% local government funding match.

Athens Parks and Recreation Director Austin Fesmire said the funding will help the city get the 46-year-old facility up to modern standards and complement work at Heritage Park the city has already performed as part of its master plan. The park currently has a new basketball court and its pavilion has been renovated, he said Friday in a telephone interview.

Fesmire said the park dates back to 1976 when the state helped construct the park as part of the bicentennial projects being funded around the state to celebrate America’s birthday. In 1976, there were no ADA guidelines so the park has a lot of ground to make up, he said.

From Local 3 News…

Power has been restored to the Athens area after a large power outage Sunday morning.

The Athens Utilities Board says the cause of the outage was a crow.

AUB says it had lost North Athens- circuit 2. This area includes First Baptist Church, TWU, Mayfield’s, Guille St and surrounding areas.