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Tuesday, December 1st

The Chattanoogan- Collegedale Police said the Rite Aid on Apison Pike was robbed shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday by a man wearing a ski cap. Witnesses say the suspect came in and was initially asking about back braces, but returned with a folder that contained a note. The suspect’s note said that employees were to give him high levels of controlled substances or he would blow up the bomb inside his bag.The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5’10”, stocky build, black ski cap, hazel eyes, and short black beard. He was carrying a black bag. He left the store with approximately $3,500 worth of Oxycontin and Oxycodone, as well as $165 in cash. Anyone that has information about this crime, or recognizes the suspect, please call the Collegedale Police Department at 423-396-3133. Times Free Press- CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A recent agreement between Sunset Memorial Gardens and state regulators has received praise concerning remediation and upkeep plans for the cemetery. As part of a Nov. 20 consent order filed by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, cemetery owner Cecil Lawrence Inc. of Dallas, Ga., has agreed to a five-year program that calls for entombment experts to make inspections of Sunset Memorial Gardens’ mausoleums during the spring and summer months. The cemetery, located on North Lee Highway, was fined $5,000 and faced a possible suspension of its license according to an Aug. 25 consent order, which cited a state inspector who concluded that noxious odors emanating from the cemetery’s mausoleums were caused by “decomposing human remains.” “This agreement is a significant step forward for the entire Cleveland community to restore Sunset Memorial Gardens to a condition of dignity and honor for those it serves,” said department spokesman Kevin Walters in an email. The state also will continue its own longstanding program of quarterly inspections of the cemetery through 2017. The recent consent order goes beyond mausoleum odors and addresses other “current and longstanding issues” associated with the cemetery property, Walters said. Sunset Memorial Gardens has been given 75 days to respond to around 217 citizen complaints that have been received by the Department of Commerce and Insurance. The cemetery is to provide written responses concerning resolutions to allegations that include failures to maintain grounds, gravestones and crypt plates. The Cleveland Daily Banner- Local elementary school students have been getting the chance to get an idea of the college experience while still years away from their high school graduations. The faculty of Cleveland State Community College have been welcoming groups of fifth-grade students to their campus as part of an ongoing program called “College is for Me!” While these students may not be able to start college for a few years, the memorable experience is likely to get students talking about college with their families as well. Due to limited time and resources, the program is currently open only to students at select schools. The first group came from Waterville, later the college opened the opportunity to its Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Education Serving Together partner, Taylor Elementary. As word got out about the opportunity, more schools began requesting it, including North Lee Elementary, Blythe-Bower Elementary and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School. This year, a sixth school — Oak Grove Elementary — was added to the list of participants. The special classes offered each College is for Me!?day range from a class on crime scene investigation to a class on professional writing. Students get to take part in multiple classes, going from building to building the way college students do. For more information about the program, contact Wright at twright05@clevelandstatecc.edu or 423-472-7141, ext. 341. Channel 3- The board of directors of CHI Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) announced Larry Schumacher has been named the chief executive officer of CHI Memorial effective January 4, 2016. Larry Schumacher comes from Hospital Sisters Health Systems (HSHS) based in Springfield, Illinois where he served as system chief operating officer for the past eight years. Schumacher started his career in critical care and cardiovascular nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “The board, medical staff, and leadership were very impressed with Larry’s long standing, successful career in Catholic healing ministry”, says Peter Banko, CHI Memorial CEO and Senior Vice President of Operations at CHI. Larry Schumacher is very active in national and state hospital associations, nursing associations, the United way, chambers of commerce, and other community organizations.