Thursday , 21 March 2019

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Topping our news today…

Four days in the book for early voting and the turn out is outpacing the previous comparable election in 2014. According to Bradley County Election Director Fran Green, 3,306 people have taken advantage of early voting, That is about 200 more to this point than four years ago. Green pointed out that in 2014, Good Friday was during the early voting, so there is an extra voting day this time.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Greg Cain and Ken Walston will be among the inductees in the Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department’s Old Timers Hall of Fame this year.

Individuals who have had a positive impact on local sports programs, either as a coach or player, are honored in the Hall of Fame.

The inductees are recognized at a banquet, which will be held May 4, at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. This is the 42nd year for the banquet.

The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets, which are $25 each, must be purchased by May 1 and can be picked up at the city Parks and Recreation office at 160 2nd St NE.

Greg Cain came to Cleveland in 1968 with an opportunity to play for the Lee Vikings. He played basketball from 1968-1972. After his time at Lee, Cain pursued a career as a teacher. He had 45 plus years with the Bradley County Schools System when he retired. Never one to enjoy downtown, Cain is teaching today in a 24/7 residential facility. He is active in sports, including church and city league basketball and softball.

Ken Walston was passionate about sports, especially basketball, at an early age. While in high school, Walston was the middleman of the full court press, which was the team’s main offense.  In 1965, Walston came to Lee College, where he met Coach Dale Hughes. He was also the college’s intramural director. In 1982, Walston switched professions and began working as for U.P.S., where he retired after 33 years of service. During those years, he coached sports teams for the YMCA and the Boys Club. He also coached and played for the men’s basketball and softball church leagues.

Also from The Banner…

For the last five years, George Gray has pulled double duty.

By day he runs his Allstate agency helping customers and residents with insurance solutions for their household. At night, you’ll find Gray serving in his new role as Chief Volunteer Officer for The Boys & Girls Club.

For his outstanding contributions and volunteer efforts, Gray has been named a regional winner of the 2018 Ray Lynch Community Service award – Allstate’s top national honor recognizing an agency owner or financial specialist for the way he gives back and makes a difference in the community.

Gray, who started as an Allstate insurance agent twenty years ago, with seventeen as an owner, also serves as the director of his church’s Upward Basketball program, is involved with the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce and is most proud of his work with the Cleveland Civitan Club. He is also a leader in the Cleveland Elk’s Lodge.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

While retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker announced he’s contributed to expected GOP nominee Marsha Blackburn, the Chattanoogan told a Washington magazine he won’t be out campaigning in November against her opponent, Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Corker stated he did not plan to be working against somebody who is a friend and who has served our state ably. He said Bredesen and himself have worked together to build a great state.

Corker noted that as state finance commissioner in the mid-1990s for then-Republican Gov. Don Sundquist, he worked with then-Nashville Mayor Bredesen to bring the NFL’s Houston Oilers to Nashville, where the team is now known as the Tennessee Titans.

And in 2008, Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor first elected in 2006 to the Senate, and Bredesen, then governor, worked together again to help bring Volkswagen’s auto assembly plant to Chattanooga.

Also in news today…

The public can learn more about Republican candidates for the Bradley County Commission, at a forum to be held Tuesday night at 6 PM at Lee University’s Pangle Hall. The forum is sponsored by the Bradley County Republican Party. If you can’t make it, you can listen on Mix 104.1, as well as watch it live on our Facebook page, Mix 104.1 WCLE, on Facebook. Our coverage is presented by Ralph Buckner funeral home.