Wednesday , 8 July 2020

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From WRCB Channel 3…

Chattanooga’s upcoming Moon River Festival has been canceled this year.

According to the festival’s Facebook page, the event that was scheduled for September 12-13 at Coolidge Park will not happen.

Organizers say the health and safety of the public is their number one priority.

People who bought tickets can keep them for the 2021 festival “by logging into their Front Gate account and selecting the rollover option before Monday, July 20 at 8pm ET,” according to the Facebook post. “All ticket holders who do not select the rollover option will be automatically refunded in as few as 30 days after July 20.”

The festival will return in September 2021.

From NewsChannel 9…

The Tennessee Department of Education has created a task force focused on supporting the needs of children statewide related to COVID-19 school closures.

Governor Lee asked Department Commissioner Penny Schwinn to develop the COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force in response to the long-term effects of the virus on students and school systems.

Schwinn says the task force will operate with three goals in mind: identifying local resources to help students and families, setting action items for communities to use throughout the back-to-school season, and planning ongoing support for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Task Force will meet twice a month through June and July, with monthly meetings August through December 2020.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Tim Siniard reports: City Fields Executive Director Dustin Tommey said during  a recent Cleveland Rotary Club meeting that while the pandemic has slowed the economy, his organization will continue its work revitalizing the Blythe-Oldfield neighborhood.

City Fields is a community development organization that purchases homes and remodels them for resale to first-time homebuyers or public servants.

The houses resemble newly constructed homes, featuring new interiors, roofs and siding. Some, which had been divided into apartments over the years, are converted back into single-family homes that feature spacious open floor plans.

The organization’s work has been transformative for the struggling neighborhood, which has seen better times when it was bustling with residents, many of whom worked in the factories and mills that once dominated Cleveland’s downtown area. Today, 70% of the homes in the area are rental properties.

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