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Monday, June 1st

Here is today’s news on mymix1041.com, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland:

Topping our news today, from WRCB Channel 3…

Hamilton County Health Department officials are asking the public to not use cloth masks that were made by a Cleveland sock manufacturer and distributed by the Governor’s Unified Command Group.

A press release from the health department says the masks that were made at Renfro are coated with Silvadur, which is an anti-microbial substance commonly applied to fabrics for the purpose of reducing odor causing bacterial growth.

“Only trace amounts of Silvadur are applied to the fabric and that amount will continually diminish with each wash,” says Carleena Angwin with the Hamilton County Health Department. “Until more data is made available about the application of Silvadur to these masks, the public is asked to refrain from using and distributing the masks.”

In news today…

Interested in learning more about our community’s workforce and adult-focused degree options? Cleveland State Community College will be hosting virtual Reconnect Information Sessions on Thursday, June 4 at 12 p.m. and Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m.

During the information session, attendees can learn more about the Tennessee Reconnect scholarship that covers eligible adults’ tuition to all programs at CSCC and other affordable educational opportunities, such as Pell grants and the college’s institutional scholarships.

For more information, or to RSVP for the virtual Reconnect Information Session, please fill out the form found at mycs.cc/reconnectinfo

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Tim Siniard reports: The Tennessee General Assembly will resume its legislative session today after adjourning in March due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to ending the session, legislators were in the process of hammering out the state’s budget. The current fiscal year ends June 30. 

But when they return today, instead of finalizing the budget, they will be facing budget cuts made necessary by revenue shortfalls caused by an economic downturn created by the pandemic.

State Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville), who represents the 9th Senatorial District, and state Rep. Dan Howell (R-Cleveland), who represents the 22nd Legislative District, said they expect the session to last approximately two weeks, although that’s not set in stone.

Bell said the Senate will be mainly focusing on budget issues and COVID-19-related legislation. Howell said the House will also be focusing on budget items, as well as some legislation that was left on the calendar when the General Assembly adjourned in March.

Also from The Banner…

Autumn Hughes reports: For Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis the responsibility of preparing his annual budget proposal is always a serious task, but the ongoing economic impact to the current year’s budget has made planning for next year an even more intense job.

Davis is scheduled to present his 2020-21 budget proposal to the Bradley County Commission tonight, during the governing body’s first in-person meeting since mid-March.

Sales tax revenue took a hit in March and April, when businesses either temporarily closed or were severely limited by executive orders from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, in efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Davis said the “real problem” is from reduced revenue from the Hotel-Motel Tax, because people haven’t been traveling and room rentals are down.

Bradley County’s revenues have also been impacted by the changes to the courts system, which saw severe restrictions on how many offenders could appear before judges because of more restrictive procedures, again to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Following Davis’ budget proposal presentation to the county commission, the Finance Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday to review it. The full county commission is scheduled to vote on the 2020-21 budget during its July 6 meeting.

Mix 104-1 will have LIVE coverage of tonight’s budget proposal presentation meeting on our Facebook page, Mix 104-1 WCLE on Facebook. We’ll also have full coverage of the meeting tomorrow morning on Mix 104-1.

And finally…

A group of at least 150 people gathered Sunday night at the Cleveland Police Department in downtown Cleveland to protest the killing of George Floyd. As of news time, reports from the Cleveland Police Department indicated that the protesters were peaceful. We will be joined by Sergeant Evie West, Public Information Officer with the Cleveland Police Department around 8:30 this morning.