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Local News for Thursday, May 5th

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In news today…

The Cleveland City Schools Board of Education met on Wednesday covering several items of business. Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer gave the 2022-23 budget presentation, noting that all discussed portions of the presentation are only accepted if both the school board and city council both pass the plan. Employees would receive a 3.5% raise and step increases for all eligible employees, with an estimated total of approximately $1.6 million. Teacher assistants would see starting pay increase to $15 per hour, as would school-level administrative assistants. Substitute teacher pay would increase to $100 per day for certified teachers, 4-year degrees to $90 per day, all others $85 per day. The site committee proposed improvements at the Ross/Yates playground, including adaptive equipment and regular playground equipment, with school fundraising, grants, and CARES Act funding to cover the costs, which passed. TDOT will be installing a temporary entrance to the CMS parking lot as they need to close the main entrance for several weeks for Highway 60 work.

After the meeting, Mix 104-1 and MixTV.TV’s Ryan Felton spoke to Charlie Cogdill and Dawn Robinson about their thoughts after election night.

From NewsChannel 9…

Ground was broken Wednesday on the site of a new employer planning to hire as many as 3,500 people in McMinn County.

Tennessee Governor Lee attended the ceremony on Wednesday.

Red Stag is a fulfillment company that helps with e-commerce shipments. Their services also include storing, picking and packing inventory.

The Sweetwater site would become the largest of Red Stag’s campuses with up to 4.5 million square feet of space, on property that covers 420 acres.

The plant will be just off Exit 62 of I-75. The proposed property consists of six tracts and would be accessed by a private road that will intersect State Route 322.

The company will start hiring in the next few months, and plan to open the plant for business in September.

In news today…

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, ATF, and US Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations have concluded their on-the-ground examination of the Ocoee Whiteewater Center. The cause of the fire remains undetermined, but investigation is ongoing.

Currently, the Cherokee National Forest is focused on securing the site and ensuring public safety. These efforts should not impact the status of the river, which is open for commercial and private boaters to enjoy.

The Ocoee Whitewater Center and surrounding area is closed, as are associated trails:

  • Rhododendron Trail #332
  • Bear Paw Loop Trail #334
  • Copper Road Trail #333
  • Connector trail from Chestnut Loop #335 to Bear Paw Loop #334

The public is also asked not to operate small, unauthorized unmanned aerial systems such as drones, around the area.

Also in news today…

United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today received a commitment from U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Randy Moore to work with him and local officials to respond to the Ocoee River Whitewater Center in Polk County after a fire destroyed the landmark 1996 Olympics building last week.

According to a May 3 press release, the U.S. Forest Service is focused on security and safety, and these efforts should not impact the status of the river, which is open. The Ocoee is a critical pillar of the local economy.

Moore expressed an inclination to replace the facility and committed to working closely with Hagerty to ensure the Ocoee River remains open for business and to develop plans to respond to the fire.