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From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Anna Shand reports: Cleveland City Schools supports a new bill that would allow retired educators to be rehired to alleviate staffing shortages if signed by Gov. Bill Lee.

The state House and Senate recently passed SB2702/HB2783 to allow retirees to return to work in schools without the loss of their retirement benefits. 

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) in the Senate, would allow retired members of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System to come back to work for a one-year term, renewable annually. Previously, teachers who retired under TCRS were permitted to work up to 120 days per year without loss of retirement benefits, according to the Tennessee School Boards Association. 

During their reemployment, retirees would receive 70% of their normal retirement benefits in addition to their pay from the school. Former retirees will not be eligible to get additional retirement benefits during their reemployment, according to the bill.

The House on March 28 sent the bill to Lee for his signature. It would be effective from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025.

From the Chattanoogan…

A three-judge panel has blocked a redistricting plan led by state Senate Republicans. The panel gave the majority Republicans 15 days to make corrections, or the judges said they would redraw the lines. 

The judges found fault with the House redistricting. It was ruled that issued could go to trial to determine if the judges should step in on that redistricting also. 

Democrats had especially complained about splits to majority Democratic Davidson County.

Three citizens backed by the Democratic party had filed the lawsuit.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel granted an injunction against the Tennessee State Senate Maps after plaintiffs argued that the maps violated state law. 

In news today…

Recently, Cleveland State Community College hosted Archie Manning to campus for a night of conversations about his life in the National Football League and raising three sons, two of whom became college and professional football stars. Over 1,300 people were in attendance, and over $106,000 was raised for the CSCC Foundation. Building on this success, CSCC has selected former Lady Vols basketball player Tamika Catchings as its speaker in February of 2023. Catchings will speak about her career and life experiences throughout her 16 seasons in the WNBA.

Cleveland State offers a space for influential leaders to connect with the community and share their experiences to uplift others. Catchings has been a record breaker in basketball and community leader throughout her career. The Lady Vols had a record of 134-10 with four SEC regular season championships, three trips to the Elite Eight and two trips to the Final Four during Catchings’ collegiate career. She was a part of Pat Summitt’s undefeated, 39-0 squad in the 1997-98 season.

Catchings released a book in 2016 called Catch A Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion. It tells Catchings’ story of overcoming her hearing loss, separation from family, high expectations and the pain of a debilitating physical injury.

Tickets for this event go on sale this fall.

In news today…

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce’s series of political forums continues. Today’s forum will be for Bradley County Commission districts four through seven. You can listen to the forum LIVE on Talk 101-3 The Buzz, or watch it online at mixtv.tv. Our live coverage begins at 4PM and is presented by Ralph Buckner Funeral Home & Crematory.