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In news today…

On Wednesday, the Cleveland Police Department responded to a report of a potential bomb threat at Lee University’s School of Nursing. The Cleveland Police Department Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team has cleared Lee University’s School of Nursing building with no device(s) found. The Cleveland Police Department, Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be investigating this false bomb threat.

From Local 3 News…

Three months after the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Polk County burned down, there are plans in the works to rebuild.

Lynne McClary remembers meeting inside the Ocoee Whitewater Center just weeks before it burned down.

She said after the center was closed for two years due to COVID, she was preparing to reopen the center in weeks.

She said although there is now little left, Polk County is getting a big outpouring of support.

She hopes this extra community support will allow the Chamber of Commerce to show off all that Polk County has to offer.

She said in the meantime, plans are already developing to rebuild such an important part of Polk County.

McClary hopes that regardless of what happens moving forward into the future they hope to honor the years of history the one building had to offer.

There was no set date as to when rebuilding would begin.

From WDEF Channel 12…

The Forest System announces that the Ocoee River warning system is back in operation.

The strobe and siren warning system was damaged by the fire at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in April.

Now TVA crews have fully restored the system.

The warning system was set up to warn people along the river for when they release water from the Ocoee #2 and #3 dams.