It’s time to spring forward this weekend!
by OUR CITY: Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland
Mar 06, 2014 | 737 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spring may not be here officially, but it is time to begin preparing for the new season.

Our city's Parks and Recreation Department has already started. The old Mosby Park swimming pool has been dug out of the ground by the contractor and work has begun to install a new, modern pool. Construction begins soon and the opening is on schedule to be ready for summer swimming in a few months.

Last summer, a new pool at the South Cleveland Recreation Center was an instant hit. The story at Mosby Park this year should be the same.

Meanwhile, our city forestry crews have been planting trees for public enjoyment in the months ahead. And golfers should be aware by now that the Waterville Golf Course is open with a full, 18-hole course on beautiful, reworked fairways and greens.

But before lacing up those walking shoes or loading the bicycles, and heading for the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, the parks and the sidewalks, take a moment to prepare for the serious side of spring, too. Our community knows too well that March can roar in like a lion.

You can go to our city's website,, and sign up for Nixle. It's free. It is quick and easy to sign up. During times of community stress, like the days of snow and ice we recently experienced, the Bradley County Emergency Management Agency sends the latest advisories from the National Weather Service at Morristown, school closings and related information to the email addresses of everybody who has signed up.

Also free on the Internet is, from your Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. It includes tips on preparing for all types of emergencies, plus road closings and other information.

And of course, keep in touch with our local media — print and broadcasters. They work hand-in-hand with our emergency preparedness teams and our media outlets go to great effort to keep us prepared and advised.

You may want to think about adding a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio at home, too. They are on sale at most hardware stores, drugstores or grocery outlets.

We all know there will still be cold weather in the days ahead. But spring is in the air. Just ask all those people who came out to the Greenway last Sunday afternoon.

“The City With Spirit” will spring into the new season as daylight saving time begins this weekend. Move those clocks ahead one hour Saturday evening. None of us wants to be an hour late on Sunday!