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Thursday, June 21st

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Topping our news today, from the Cleveland Daily Banner…

A man was killed early Wednesday morning when he was struck by a vehicle on Paul Huff Parkway.

The fatality occurred approximately 2:30 a.m. in front of the Bradley County Emergency Medical Services station, according to Sgt. Evie West, public information officer for the Cleveland Police Department.

The man was struck by a 2008 GMC Sierra as it was traveling on the eastbound lanes of the parkway, police reports indicated.

There was no information regarding the driver of the vehicle as of news time. The identity of the deceased has not been announced.

Members of the CPD Fatal Response Team responded to assist in the investigation, which is ongoing at this time.

From NewsChannel 9…

Legendary broadcaster and ‘Voice of the Vols’ John Ward has passed away, the Vol Network said in a statement Wednesday night.

Ward’s play-by-play brought Tennessee sports from the field and court to our ears for over 30 years.

From 1953 onward, he broadcast UT football for 31 seasons and basketball for 34 until stepping down from both at the end of 1998. Ward was a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

He passed away Wednesday evening in Knoxville, according to the statement.

The Cleveland Daily Banner reports…

Work on the school system’s strategic plan over this past school year was highlighted during the Cleveland Board of Education’s meeting Monday.

Last year, the city school system’s leaders adopted a new mission and vision statement and created a three-year strategic plan. Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer said the first year of the plan was successful.

Accomplishments included adding or reorganizing teams at individual schools to encourage teachers to collaborate on lessons. Among these were student learning teams, English Language Arts (ELA) teams and an Apple Vanguard team focused on technology. There were also several initiatives to help students improve their academic skills and develop new job skills.

To focus on school safety, the district began making plans to add Raptor, a computerized system which does instant background checks on visitors when they supply their driver’s licenses. Other efforts, such as an anti-bullying program promoted by school counselors, focused on students’ wellbeing.

New training and software were also made available to assist school system staff who work in the area of finance and funding. Plans were also made to improve communication both within the school system and with the public.

The exhaustive report, which Dyer only briefly covered, outlined positive changes in almost every department of Cleveland City Schools.

The report can be viewed online by visiting www.ClevelandSchools.org, clicking “Board of Education” at the top of the page, selecting “Meeting Agendas” and selecting Monday’s date.  

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