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From the Chattanoogan…

A Bradley County man has been sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison on a stolen gun case.

Walter Leon Grigsby appeared before Judge Travis McDonough.

On Jan. 24, 2020, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office detectives went to Calvin Cogdill’ s residence to speak with him about a burglary that had recently occurred in Bradley County. The defendant was Cogdill’s roommate at the time.

Police searched the residence where Cogdill – and the defendant – were staying. During the search, police asked a woman with Grigsby for permission to search the room she shared with the defendant.

Police found a .22-caliber rifle. The defendant – who initially identified himself by a pseudonym – said that Cogdill had given him the gun. Initially, the defendant denied being a convicted felon. 

In a subsequent interview, police discussed the firearm again with the defendant. He said that he had sustained multiple burglary convictions and an aggravated burglary conviction. He said he recently served approximately 22 years for a burglary conviction. He said he was released from his most recent custodial term in May 2019. 

Grigsby had been staying for some months at the residence where Cogdill was arrested. He again acknowledged that Cogdill gave him the gun and that he knew he was not permitted to possess a firearm. The gun the defendant possessed was, in fact, stolen during a recent burglary in Bradley County. 

In news today…

The City of Cleveland has officially received word that it has been funded for its RAISE/BUILD Grant. This will prepare a plan for the city and state to construct a transportation bridge over the railroad at 3rd Street, connect a new throughway from Inman to 3rd Street, then back to Inman Street. This will make downtown more pedestrian friendly.

The $200,000 grant was recently awarded to the City of Cleveland by the Biden Administration to assist with the new East-West Connector Corridor Plan project for downtown Cleveland.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Tim Siniard reports: On Saturday, city officials, city staff and well-wishers gathered for a ribbon-cutting for Cleveland’s newest park: Avery Johnson Park.

Named for Cleveland Vice Mayor Avery Johnson, the park is adjacent to Blythe-Bower Elementary School and features a pavilion, soccer fields and a dog park.

It’s also the first park in Cleveland named for an African-American resident.

He was touched by the large turnout of attendees, commenting, “it was a good feeling to know that people in the community will support you.”

Johnson has been a member of the City Council since 1993. He is retired from Magic Chef Company and Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products, where he worked for 44 years in several management positions. He has also served as district director of the Tennessee Municipal League, as well as on several boards and nonprofit organizations.

Funding for the new park was paid for with more than $700,000 in United States Department of Housing Community Development Block Grants.