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Local News for Thursday, March 17th

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In news today…

On March 15th, a Cleveland Middle School student discovered a covert electronic recording device in the girls’ locker room of Cleveland Middle School. The school administrators took immediate action in notifying the School Resource Officer, John Milen. Officer Milen initiated an investigation, promptly notifying Cleveland Police Department supervisors and the Criminal Investigations Division. Cleveland Police administration and investigators responded to the scene to work with Cleveland Middle School staff and began conducting interviews. Within 24 hours, the suspect, Cleveland Middle School teacher, Christopher Schroll, was identified and arrested. 

Schroll was charged with a felony Attempted Aggravated Unlawful Photography of a minor. The investigation will continue.

Cleveland City Schools released the following comments: At Cleveland City Schools, our highest priority is the education, well-being, and protection of our students. 

Recently, there have been allegations of misconduct against one of our employees. We responded immediately by removing that employee from the classroom and the employee is suspended from employment with the school district. We are currently working with local authorities on this matter.

Our students are our priority and we will continue to cooperate fully with the Cleveland Police Department. All inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Sgt. Evie West with the Cleveland Police Department.

From Local 3 News…

The water infrastructure in Bradley County is about to get a facelift.

It’s all thanks to a new $1.45 million loan to the Hiwassee Utilities Commission in Bradley County.

The loan is coming from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and has been in the works for the last two years. The commission says the water plant has been running 24/7 for over 40 years.

With the new loan, Douglas Lecomte with the commission says they will be able to complete some major upgrades to the plant. 

“The loan will go to filter control valve replacements, plant flow meter replacements, a new air compressor to backup the present air compressor so we don’t have to shut down, and a new maintenance area for which we need more space since we have more new parts coming,” said Lecomte.

He told Local 3 News the upgrades will allow them to improve efficiency and maintain a reliable flow of water to the utility districts they supply to.

In news today…

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) announces a series of five political forum events focused on the upcoming local election. The events will take place on five separate dates from March 29 to April 12.

The goal of the forum series is to allow citizens the opportunity to meet and greet candidates, and to briefly hear from those running with opposition. Candidates running unopposed will be granted a moment to speak if time allows. The Chamber extends an invitation to all candidates in each category.

The Chamber would like to clarify that this forum is not a debate, but simply an informational public service.

On March 29th, the forum series kicks off with “Part One: Judicial Candidates”. Criminal court, general sessions court, district attorney candidates and more will be available to network with and hear from at this event.

The events will be broadcast worldwide on the Mix104 app, available for listening on Talk 101.3 The Buzz and Mymix1041.com and the video stream will be available on MixTv.Tv. Chair of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee and owner of WCLE/Mix 104.1, Steve Hartline, will host the events, which will take place at the Chamber.

Also in news today…

Cleveland City Schools is proud to announce they are a Common Sense Education District! Cleveland City Schools has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges the district’s commitment to creating a culture where our whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as digital learners and citizens. Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized Cleveland City Schools as a Common Sense District.