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Allen Mincey reports: For years, chlorine has been the standard in disinfecting wastewater, and Cleveland Utilities has been one of the users. Now, however, the local utility is planning to move into disinfecting that wastewater in another fashion — by using ultraviolet light.
The Cleveland Utilities board of directors Friday unanimously approved the application for a loan from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for $4.65 million for ultraviolet disinfection construction at the Hiwassee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
It will give Cleveland Utilities a better way of sanitizing the wastewater, CU officials said.
While the process halts the use of chemicals such as chlorine or bleach in the flow, it also cuts costs down from having to purchase these chemicals in bulk. Now, the biggest cost after construction is completed will be replacing ultraviolet bulbs.
CU President and CEO Tim Henderson said plans are for the new system to be in place by spring 2023 with a seamless transition.
Tim Siniard reports: Tenth Judicial District Attorney Steve Crump said Monday his office may file a motion later this week to amend conditions of a bond set for a Cleveland man who was arrested last week after allegedly publishing social media posts threatening mass violence at a school.
Crump said the filing could increase the bond amount for 29-year-old Tyler Durham, who was arrested after a tip Thursday.
Durham was charged with threat of mass violence on school property or at a school-related activity — a Class A misdemeanor in Tennessee — and was transported to the Bradley County Jail, where he later was released on a $500 appearance bond.
Durham’s release sparked an outcry on social media in the wake of the Texas school shooting.
In a message posted on social media on Saturday, Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson stressed Durham’s bond was not set by local any law enforcement agency.
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Months of meetings and discussions between the Polk County Chamber of Commerce and the US Forest Service have resulted in new ‘Welcome to Polk County’ signs! There are six signs, each one located on one of the major highways entering Polk County. The previous signs had been in place since before the 1996 Olympics and were showing a lot of wear. One sign had even been stolen, leaving an empty base to welcome visitors entering Farner from Monroe County, while the sign in downtown Copperhill had broken and been removed due to the risk of injury.
The new signs are aluminum with an HDPE core for lighter weight. Sign design is printed on vinyl, then adhered to the aluminum material and finally protected with a UV-filtering laminate to prevent fading. In addition, the signs correlate with the new Ocoee Scenic Byway signage recently installed giving a uniform appearance on signage throughout the county.