For 166 years, our newspaper has focused on one priority — reporting the news of the Cleveland and Bradley County community.
We have never shied from that role, nor will we ever as long as we have ink in our barrels and paper on which to print.
Descendants of our older generations remember Cleveland Daily Banner headlines from history, whether on the global, national, state or local stages, and how they told of the impact to our local families: The Great Depression, World War II, man’s first footsteps on the moon, the Stock Market crash of 2008, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the horrifying tornado outbreak just nine years ago.
Our community — like most across the American landscape, and well beyond — now face an unprecedented crisis with the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. As of this writing, 615,519 infections have been confirmed worldwide. Of that number, 104,860 are found in our nation, 1,203 in our state and six in our county.
The spread continues and the figures will rise. In time, the crisis will subside and our lives will resume a sense of normalcy — but not before bringing great pain, and heartbreak, to so very many, including those who call Cleveland and Bradley County their home.
Through these tragic times, our community newspaper will be there with you. On our pages will be stories that will uplift, just as there will be accounts that will sadden. In our town, and throughout our county, we’ve already seen both.
We will see more.
As we take this uncertain path together, we will remind you of the good in our people — local government leaders who keep us informed, nonprofits who look out for the needs of the unseen, neighbors who help neighbors, grocers and their workers who keep us fed, restaurants that improvise for the good of our people, health workers who sacrifice their own well-being for the comfort of the stricken, emergency responders who keep doing their jobs every day and volunteers who lend a hand without being asked.
Yes, we’re all in this together.
“COVID-19 has created an unprecedented health and economic crisis in our state and we need every Tennessean on board to beat this pandemic. Success starts with swift, accurate information and we support the efforts of the press to keep every Tennessean informed.”
These are the words of Gov. Bill Lee.
Like newspapers across our state, the Cleveland Daily Banner willingly partners with the governor in bringing our people back into the light.
It won’t be easy. Nobody said it would be. But it will happen. And when it does, COVID-19 will become just another headline from our past.
Stay strong Cleveland. Stand tall Bradley County.
We don’t know where our path will lead, but we’re with you every step of the way.