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Local News for Tuesday, November 16th

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From NewsChannel 9…

The Bradley County Commission voted unanimously on Monday to investigate conditions at two cemeteries in the county: Fort Hill Cemetery and Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Both are on South Ocoee Street in Cleveland.

That comes after a local resident complained about poor conditions at the cemeteries, after they visited the site one month after they laid relatives to rest there.

At Fort Hill there were broken fences, sunken headstones and several other maintenance issues.

Hillcrest employee Mark McGuire, told us the cemetery was unaware of Bradley County’s investigation. 

He says they were aware of Fort Hill’s maintenance complaints, but that they hadn’t heard of any issues at Hillcrest and are confused as to why they are being included.

Also in news today…

On Monday, November 15, at 10:04 a.m., Cleveland Police Department officers responded to a burglary in progress at 1115 Robinhood Drive NW. Bradley County 911 relayed information to officers that a male was seen on the residence’s security camera trying to kick in the back door of the residence. Officers attempted to communicate with the male suspect via several resources without success. Therefore, further attempts were made to locate the male suspect inside the residence with the assistance of a mechanically driven robot. Shortly after, Cleveland Police Department’s SWAT team entered the residence and located the suspect in an upstairs bedroom. The male suspect, identified as Charles Scott McDonald, was placed in custody, and transported to the Bradley County Justice Center. McDonald is being charged with Aggravated Burglary and Violation of Order of Protection.

From WRCB Channel 3…

The Caring Place provides food, clothing, social services, and spiritual support to residents in need in Bradley County and surrounding areas, but the building in which staff provides those services is deteriorating.

The aging facility’s wiring, plumbing, and room layout cannot be updated to accommodate the needs of the community or agency. The pandemic escalated the need for expanded services as the nonprofit is on track to serve more households this year than in 2020.

The Caring Place serves about 1,500 households per month with their clothing department, social services, Sac Pac, and food pantry programs. The pandemic has led to an influx of new families using their programs, necessitating an expansion of the program.

Executive Director Corinne Freeman plans to introduce a client choice program for their food to better serve the community they have been unable to shift to due to lack of space. “Our food pantry would turn into a market and allow residents to shop for what they want instead of getting the same food boxes like everyone else.”

Freeman is looking for a 15,000 square foot building on four acres of land. Those with resources to assist in finding a new home for The Caring Place are encouraged to contact Freeman via email at info@thecaringplaceonline.org or call 423-472-4414.