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In just a few weeks, students in the Cleveland City Schools system will be returning to class for the 2022-2023 school year. Registration for new and current students is now open online.

The schedule for the first week of school, beginning on August 8th, is as follows:

Monday, August 8th will be a reconnection day. Students with last names beginning with A-F (Alpha – Foxtrot) will attend class. Elementary students will attend from 8:15AM – 3:15PM. Middle and high school students will attend from 7:45AM – 2:45PM.

Tuesday, August 9th will also be a reconnection day. Students with last names beginning with G-N (Golf – November) will attend class. Again, elementary students will attend from 8:15AM – 3:15PM. Middle and high school students will attend from 7:45AM – 2:45PM.

Wednesday, August 10th will be the final reconnection day. Students with last names beginning with O-Z (Oscar – Zulu) will attend class. Once again, elementary students will attend from 8:15AM – 3:15PM. Middle and high school students will attend from 7:45AM – 2:45PM.

Thursday, August 11th will be an abbreviated day for all students. Elementary students will attend from 8:15AM – 11:30AM. Middle and high school students will attend from 7:45AM – 10:45AM.

Friday, August 12th will be the first full day of school for all students. Elementary students will attend from 8:15AM – 3:15PM. Middle and high school students will attend from 7:45AM – 2:45PM.

During the school year, elementary students will attend from 8:15AM – 3:15PM. Doors will open at 7:45AM. Car riders will begin dismissal at 3:15PM. Bus riders will be dismissed as buses arrive at the school after 3:15PM.

Cleveland Middle and High School will attend from 7:45AM – 2:45PM. Doors will open at 7:15AM. Car and bus riders will be dismissed at 2:45PM.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

If it seems like more people in your orbit have been coming down with COVID-19 recently, it’s not your imagination.

COVID-19 is spreading again, not yet at the same high levels of last spring, but the disease is experiencing a noticeable spike in Tennessee and across the country.

One in four Tennessee counties is now at high risk for COVID-19, part of a growing nationwide surge in the virus that nevertheless remains an undercount as a result of widespread and unreported in-home testing, according to July 14 data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nashville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, portions of northeast Tennessee and rural western parts of the state are in the 24 counties experiencing the highest rates of COVID-19.

Memphis and Knoxville are among 50 counties in Tennessee with rapidly rising levels of the virus — areas currently classified by the CDC as at “medium” risk.

Tennessee now ranks 13th in the nation for its rate of COVID-19. Hospitalizations have increased by 21% over the prior week, but inpatient levels remain far below previous surges that taxed nurses and doctors and swallowed available bed space in some of the state’s healthcare facilities.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Allen Mincey reports: A permit for a $13.8 million expansion project at the M&M Mars facility on Peerless Road was approved in late June. It was the largest of the $22-plus million in new commercial construction permitted that month, records show.

The M&M Mars expansion, according to Josh Holder of the Cleveland building inspections office, is for an addition to the building that houses the plant’s shipping department.

As listed on the permit reports for that month, the valuation for the expansion is $13,802,905. The report indicates the project will be done in three phases ⏤ the first involving select demolition and installation of a new scrap room, and the building to include a drive-thru door and lowered pit for scrap containers.

The second phase also includes select demolition, this of the existing building and docks for the installation of a new product dispatch building to include vertical dock levelers, shipping office and electrical room. The third phase includes select demolition of the existing building for the installation of a new scrap collection room, dust collector, chemical storage and tote washing. Two drive-thru doors and lowered pits for containers also will be built.

The permit for the work was applied for in April and issued June 28. The total square footage for the project was listed at 54,465. M&M Mars corporate offices were contacted for more information, but had not responded by press time.