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The Cleveland City Council accepted the donation of the former bank building on Raider Drive from the building’s owner, Forrest Preston. This is the second time that Preston has offered the building to the City of Cleveland. Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks spoke with Mix 104.1.
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Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis gave his State of the County address at the Mainstreet Cleveland Luncheon on Monday.
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The Bradley County Commission met on Monday covering several items of business. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis noted the high hospitalization rate in Bradley County, which may or may not be solely because of COVID, but the numbers are high. A brief update was given on a proposed bill to help deal with tire dumping. It is currently with the general assembly legal counsel for review. In related news, it was announced there would be tire cleanup at Hilcrest Memorial Gardens this Saturday at 9AM. Commissioner Davis discussed the VEC broadband expansion grant that is being applied for. The grant would cover $18 million in expansion of broadband. It has been requested the commission consider a 10% grant match toward this project if VEC receives the grant.
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Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature will offer free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to the community through its Center for English Language and Literacy (CELL). Registration is now open for literacy classes beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and conversation classes beginning on Thursday, Feb. 3.
CELL will offer five levels of classes for all levels of learners, ranging from beginners who have little to no prior English instruction to speakers who are advanced in their knowledge of the English language. Classes are limited between 10-15 students or fewer, which allows teachers to tailor lessons to each students’ learning styles and goals.
The program is led by Dr. Chris Blake, associate professor of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and linguistics and Dr. Betsy Poole, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics. The English classes are taught by Lee student instructors who have been professionally trained in the TESOL program.
The CELL instructors will wear masks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Students are encouraged to wear masks, as well.
For children ages 6-10, childcare will be provided by trained students who will lead English lessons and activities suited for the young age group.
English literacy classes including reading and writing will be held on Tuesday evenings, and conversation classes will be held on Thursday evenings. All classes will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Walker Memorial Building, with signs directing students to the building and room.
For more information about the classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (423) 614-8223.