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The Flea Land flea market owned by Bradley County Commissioner Howard Thompson was destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries. The Flea Land flea market on Highway 64 housed fireworks, ammunition, as well as firearms among other items. Thompson told Mix 104.1 and MixTV.tv during breaking news coverage on Saturday afternoon that this will mean there will be no fireworks show this year on July 4th. Over 10,000 people regularly attend the fireworks show. Highway 64 was shut down for several hours while the fire was being put out. Ten Bradley County firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion on the scene. Cleveland 100 was there with Brenda Lawson and Sandra Rowland handing out water as well as other items to the first responders. At the time of the fire, $100,000 worth of fireworks were in the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
In news today…
On May 16th, detectives responded to United Christian Academy, where they began to investigate a possible claim of an inappropriate relationship between a school employee and a juvenile. The investigation revealed an off-campus sexual encounter between the school employee and a student occurred on May 15th. The school employee, Amber Paige Green, 29, was indicted by a Bradley County Grand Jury on May 18th. Green was arrested on the indictment on May 20th and booked at the Bradley County Jail on a charge of Aggravated Statutory Rape. Amber Paige Green is currently being held on a $20,000 bond. No further information pertaining to this incident is being released.
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The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting May 25 to receive and likely act on the chancellor’s recommendations for the next president of Cleveland State Community College.
Also under consideration will be the president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton and the board’s next vice chancellor of business and fi nance
The meeting is scheduled to convene at 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 25. It will be held virtually by Microsoft Teams teleconferencing, and will be live-streamed and archived on the TBR website.
The Board of Regents appoints presidents of all the community and technical colleges in the system that it governs, as well as system-level senior staff .
Ty A. Stone has been recommended for the Cleveland State presidency. She currently is president of Jeff erson Community College in Watertown, New York. If appointed by the board, she will succeed Bill Seymour, who is retiring this summer after leading Cleveland State for 8½ years and more than 43 years in higher education.