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In news today…

MainStreet Cleveland met on Monday covering several items of business. City Manager Joe Fivas gave a presentation on the progress of downtown revitalization. The project started in 2016. Since then, Taylor Springs Park, Deer Park, Blythe Oldfield Park, and Avery Johnson Park have had facelifts. The project has moved somewhat slowly due to the City restructuring some debt, the COVID-19 pandemic, and tornado relief efforts from last year’s Easter Sunday tornadoes. City debt has gone from 55% to 5% with a low interest rate thanks to work by the City Council. Work will continue in town, including efforts to address traffic issues on Paul Huff Parkway as well as at the Ocoee & 25th Street intersection.

Also in news today…

The Bradley County Commission met on Monday, during which Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis gave his report of the current number of COVID-19 cases being 358, the highest since sometime in March. Vaccines were over 4,000 in the last week once again. In 2019, the Commission had promised to help find the PIE Center. December and January bond sales covered $10 million of the $12 million promised. Mayor Davis presented a check to Dr. Linda Cash for the remaining $2 million at the meeting. Also announced during the meeting, Bradley County inmates will be allowed to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they choose beginning May 5th.

From WRCB Channel 3…

Medical providers in Tennessee would be required to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions under legislation advanced by the GOP-controlled House on Monday.

The proposal has sparked criticism among reproductive rights advocates, who argue such measures — which have been enacted in other Republican-majority states — are unnecessary and would stigmatize a legally available procedure.

According to the bill, medical providers must dispose of fetal remains from surgical abortions by cremation or burial and cover the costs of the disposal. The measure states that the pregnant woman “has a right to determine” the method and location for the final disposal of the fetal remains, but could choose not to exercise that right. Hospitals would be excluded under the proposed bill.

The proposal would need to clear the Senate before it could head to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk for his approval. The Republican governor hasn’t publicly weighed in on the bill, but he has repeatedly stressed his opposition to abortion. Last year, he signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country but it was promptly blocked from being implemented due to a legal challenge.