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From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
As spring slowly turns toward summer, restoration work on the Bradley County Courthouse continues.
The courthouse has been closed since a fire in a mechanical room last September sent smoke and soot throughout the building, causing extensive damage.
Just before the fire occurred, the county signed a $3.5 million Energy Saving Group contract for work at the courthouse, but no work on that contract had begun before Sept. 30. So, the work at the courthouse is not only dealing with fire and insurance for the damages from the blaze, but also the ESG contract.
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said he anticipates the project could be completed in June, but is not hazarding a more precise guess. He estimated the re-wiring is about 75 percent completed, but said a sprinkler system has been added to the overall project.
Davis said when the courthouse work is done and the building can once again be occupied, “we’ll be a lot better off than we were to begin with.”
While the courthouse is getting new lighting and fiberoptic capabilities, new ceiling tiles, paint and flooring in some areas, Davis said the building will look pretty much the same both inside and out. He emphasized the building is undergoing a restoration, not remodeling.
Also from The Banner…
Seth Woods, a U.S. Navy sailor from Cleveland who was recently reported missing in Singapore, has been found safe.
Woods, an 18-year-old machinist’s mate fireman aboard the USS Oklahoma City attack submarine, was on shore leave in Singapore when he was reported missing Sunday, May 6.
Woods was found on Friday following a search which involved his fellow crew members, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Embassy Singapore’s regional security office and local police.
He will be returned to Guam where his submarine is homeported. Once he returns to Guam, he will be provided a full medical evaluation, and an investigation will be conducted to determine the extent of his alleged misconduct following clearance by appropriate medical professionals.
Jodi Brown, Woods’ sister, said Friday she and her family are thankful he has been found. She added she would like to “thank everyone for all the support they have given my whole family” during this uncertain time.
While they know he is now in Navy custody, the family is still waiting for a full explanation of why Woods went missing — and what happened over the five days he was gone from his vessel.
The Cleveland Daily Banner reports…
The Bradley County Board of Education has OK’d the sale of the building currently housing GOAL Academy, the county school district’s alternative school.
During a recent voting session, the board voted unanimously to let Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash “negotiate the sale of” the school’s Sunset Drive property.
GOAL Academy is expected to move into the new Partnerships in Industry & Education — or PIE Center — facility being developed by Bradley County Schools. Though the new space is not complete, the district has gone ahead and put the current space up for sale.
The identity of the would-be buyer, and the price being discussed, have not yet been publicly disclosed.