Monday , 3 August 2020

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In news today…

On July 7 the Cleveland City Schools Board of Education met and approved the Re-Entry and Reopening Guide. Dr. Dyer, the Director of Schools, knows many families are struggling with making the right decision for their young people for the 2020-2021 school year. On Thursday, board members discussed two major updates to the original plan and those changes were approved. Dr. Dyer hopes this gives families additional information they can use to help with their final decision. 

The first update to the plan that was approved is to open the enrollment of the Virtual School of Cleveland to all families which choose an online, virtual education for the 2020-2021 school year. Previously, the enrollment was capped at 300 students. Also, the deadline to register online for Cleveland City Schools has now been extended through Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 4:30. Families may switch from the Virtual School of Cleveland to the Traditional InSchool model for the second semester or the Traditional In-school families may choose the Virtual School of Cleveland for the second semester as well. Families can register online at If you have already completed the online registration process, you may not go back into the system and change your option yourself. Instead, please email Cleveland City Schools at and include in the email the option you wish to choose, your child’s legal name, your name, and your phone number. 

Also, Cleveland City Schools will now require students in grade 3 and above to wear a mask/face covering that covers their mouth and nose when 6’ social distancing is not possible. Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 2 are encouraged to wear a mask/face covering. 

Also in news today…

The labor statistics for June are in. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the United States was 11.1%, down from 13.3% in May, and up from 3.7% one year ago. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Tennessee was 9.7%, down from 11% in May, and up from 3.4% one year ago.

Moving closer to home, in Bradley County the unemployment rate was 8.5%, down from 9.3% in May, and up from 4.1% one year ago. McMinn County was at 9.9%, down from 11.4% in May, and up from 4.4% one year ago. Meigs County was at 10.7%, down from 11.5% in May, and up from 5.3% one year ago. Polk County’s unemployment rate was at 8.3%, down from 9.5% in May, and up from 4.8% one year ago. Rhea County was at 10.8%, down from 12.9% in May, and up from 6.6% one year ago. Hamilton County’s unemployment rate was 9.2%, down from 10% in May, and up from 3.8% one year ago.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Rick Norton reports: COVID-19 has taken another bite out of Bradley County normalcy and this time the humble cowpea has fallen victim.

With too many uncertainties facing organizers prior to the traditional September event, what would have been the ninth annual International Cowpea Festival and Cook-Off for 2020 has been canceled.

Melissa Woody, vice president of Tourism Development for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, and Darlene Goins, director of the Hiwassee River Heritage Center — the two of whom co-chair the annual spectacular in Charleston — said it’s just too risky

It wasn’t an easy decision, but it is the right decision, the pair of planners agreed. To err on the side of caution — and in this case, public safety — is the correct direction to take, Woody and Goins stressed.

From WRCB Channel 3…

This year marks the 200 year anniversary the Mayfield family has been on their Athens farm.

Even with the July heat, and with COVID-19, they are making preparations to ensure this year is grander than ever. The Athens corn maze and pumpkin patch is tackling the heat and preparing for COVID-19 restrictions this fall.

Averaging a temperature of nearly 83 degrees, July 2020 in the Tennessee Valley is on tap to make it into the top 10 hottest July’s on record. 

Ending their day by 1 p.m., they are still determined to make the anniversary year a memorable one with more acreage for their U-Pick.

That’s double the acreage of pumpkins compared to 2018. A nearby creek is also being pumped more to help with the lack of rain this summer.

The big slide and the haunted trail and hayride won’t be offered due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Other activities will still be ongoing, including, the U-pick, kitty zip line, one in and one out jumping pillow and pad, sunflower U-pick, and the corn maze.

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