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After a very busy and eventful year, a few elected officials and some of the Bradley County commissioners left some wishes along the way for 2018, the new year ahead.County Mayor D. Gary Davis: “My … more
Lee University will celebrate its centennial anniversary throughout the 2018 year. The major institutional milestone will be commemorated by the school starting in January and continuing until the culminating event called Celebration, to be held Homecoming weekend, Nov. 2 and 3.    “In the life of a university, a 100th anniversary is as big as it gets,” said Lee University President, Dr. Paul Conn. “This is certainly true of Lee. We have a story worth celebrating, and we look forward to doing it all year with friends and supporters.”   The institution now known as Lee University, began on the morning of January 1, 1918. At precisely 9:30 a.m., the first instructor, a woman named Nora Chambers, rang a small bell and called to order the first class of 11 members. The group was gathered in a second-story room located at 2524 Gaut Street in Cleveland. The name of the institution at the time was the Bible Training School.   Over the next 30 years, the school relocated first to Sevierville, Tennessee, before then returning to Cleveland in 1947 to its current location. In 1968 Lee became a four-year liberal arts college and in 1997, a university. Today, Lee University is listed as a top-tier Master’s Degree University with more than 5,000 students.   “To say Lee has come a long way in 100 years might be an understatement,” said Vice President for University Relations, Dr. Jerome Hammond. “The 100-year story is an improbable one that includes a few twists and turns. We’re really looking forward to celebrating all of it this year.”   Chairman of the Centennial Committee and Vice President for Institutional Research, Dr. Jayson VanHook, said the yearlong celebration will include events for students, alumni, faculty, community members, friends, and supporters. “The committee has designed a broad schedule of events that embraces all of the important partnerships in Lee’s 100-year history,” explained VanHook. “The Cleveland community is obviously near the top of that list.”   VanHook said the schedule of events will be communicated throughout the year. “Our plan is to unfold these events and celebrations as we go, ending in the biggest centennial event called Celebration in November.”  more
Cleveland's city government, especially City Council members and City Manager Joe Fivas, are facing some challenges in the coming year. But, most are optimistic about the opportunities.Council … more
Many people see a new year as a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what is important and make new resolutions. That is the case for the directors of the Cleveland and Bradley County school systems, … more
I certainly hope you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas season. As we move from the old year to the new, it is now time for those New Year’s resolutions. One of those … more
As the end of the year has arrived, it is easy to think about 2018 and what it may bring. With it being an election year for Bradley County, there will be many different positions and offices up for grabs. more
Faith Memorial Church's DiaperLove program needs more diapers to satisfy the increasing demand by growing families in Cleveland during the holidays. Faith Memorial, which was started by the late … more
A watchnight service, "Preaching in the New Year," will begin at 10:30 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Tabernacle. more
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