Thursday , 4 March 2021

Local News for Friday, February 19th

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In news today…

Lee University’s online program, surveyed along with more than 1,200 regionally accredited institutions by U.S. News and World Report, was recently ranked 75 among 337 U.S. schools with online bachelor’s degree programs.

Best Online Bachelor’s Programs is one of four rankings Lee received for the 2021 assessment. Other rankings include being number 75 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, number 79 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs, and number 197 in Best Online MBA Programs.

Since offering its first online class in 1999, Lee’s online program has grown to a current enrollment of over 800.

Also in news today…

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan update Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 a.m. The session will be led by Ann Zack, small business specialist from the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State Community College (TSBDC).

The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act was passed in the final days of 2020 and set aside $284.45 billion for Second-Draw PPP loans. In this session, Zack will answer the 20 most frequently asked questions about the latest round of PPP, including: 

  • Who is eligible to apply for a second-draw PPP?
  • Do I need to reapply to get a second-draw PPP?
  • Can I use payroll costs from 2020 to determine my maximum PPP loan amount?
  • I am an independent contractor. Can I get a PPP?
  • Where can I find a lender for the PPP?

This session is free for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Go to the events calendar at for more information and to register.

From WRCB Channel 3…

Dolly Parton is asking Tennessee lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would erect a statue of her on the Capitol grounds in Nashville.

“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” Parton said in a statement issued Thursday.

Democratic Rep. John Mark Windle introduced the bill last month that aims to honor Parton “for all that she has contributed to this state.”

In her Thursday statement, Parton thanked the legislature for their consideration of the bill and said she was honored and humbled by their intentions.

Although she asked lawmakers to withdraw the bill for now, Parton said “I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”

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