From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Monday, May 15th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.
Our top story, from the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Thousands of Cleveland residents awoke Saturday morning in the dark, as an hour and a half outage knocked out power to Cleveland Utilities customers.
CU President and CEO Tim Henderson said Saturday the outage impacted customers served by the East Cleveland substation, located on Hardeman Lane off Old Tasso Road. He said estimates are that around 13,800 customers were affected by the power outage, which began around 5:12 a.m.
Henderson explained that two breakers at the substation were locked out at the same time, an unusual occurrence as usually only one would lock when a problem occurs.
“It is perplexing that we would have two at the same substation lock out at the same time, and we are investigating what caused that,” he said.
Henderson said power was restored to customers by 6:37 a.m., and credited the dedication of CU workers who responded to the incident.
He did not have information on where customers were affected, but many were in the north end of CU’s service area, as well as the eastern service area.
More information on the incident might be available at the beginning of the week, and is expected to be discussed at the next session of the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities on May 25th.
Also from The Banner…
The Honorable Mayor Tom Rowland Interchange is now officially dedicated and anticipating the numerous vehicles which are anticipated to be using it as their major access to Spring Branch Industrial Park.
In a ceremony filled with laughs and sentimentality, more than 50 local, state and national officials lined the new bridge to honor the nation’s longest serving mayor.
“What an awesome day this is,” the mayor said. “I can’t say thank you enough to TDOT, to Bradley County, to the partners we had with the Chamber of Commerce, and developer Larry Armour who has pushed this since day one.”
“This is a great day for me and my family,” Rowland said. “This is not about me. This is about the opportunities we have for jobs. I think the estimate is 4,000 jobs will come from this entire development. We look forward to great things happening with industrial and commercial development. I love all of you.”
The Cleveland Daily Banner reports…
It can’t get any more official.
“You’re getting 60.”
That is what Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer told the Cleveland Daily Banner Friday when referring to the long needed and awaited improvements to Highway 60.
“In fiscal year 2019, you will see construction start on the first phase which starts at the interchange,” Schroer said. “Next year, we will start doing right of ways on the second phase.”
He explained that with Tennessee being a “pay-as-you-go” state, things are built in stages without borrowing money.
Schroer said the project will take between two to three years to completion.
From the Banner…
The inaugural Cleveland Half Marathon was a hit as a total of 371 runners covering 14 different states took to what was described by an elite runner as a “top notch” road race.
For an expert runner from Chattanooga, the USA track and field certified race was everything and more than Ryan Shrum expected.
With cool conditions and little to no overcast skies, the racing conditions were just right as the 49-year-old crossed the finish line 10 minutes before anyone else with an official time of 1:24:41 in the 13.1-mile race.
A total of 258 runners competed in the half-marathon that shot off first at 7 a.m. The race began in front of the Bradley County courthouse in the Historic Downtown District and went as far down as Chick-fil-A.
The half marathon ages ranged from 11-year-old Ethan Lipsey, who finished 38th overall with a time of 1:55:39, to 73-year-old Mary Ruth Younger, who finished in 3:23:14.
Fifteen minutes after the half marathon, the 5K race (3.1 miles) took off with a local runner taking the top finish time.
Seth Goudzward, 24, of Cleveland, finished with a time of 22:05 to top a field of 113 runners.
The age gap for the 5K ranged from 9-year-olds Darby Jenkins, who finished in 48:14, and Matthew Smith, who finished 12th place in 28:31, to 83-year-old Raymond Simpson who finished in 48:06.
Each runner received a silver medallion of the courthouse after crossing the finish line where runners could choose from Gatorade, water and multiple snacks.
A live band also played throughout the early morning till the family-friendly races concluded before noon.
The race was coordinated by the Terra Running Company.
Pictures and race results can be found on clevelandhalf.com.
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