News Friday 10/31

The much-anticipated 27th annual Halloween Block Party begins Friday at 5 p.m.Sponsored by MainStreet Cleveland, the Block Party will cover the downtown area and will provide a wide variety of food, fun and entertainment.Partygoers can sample a range of foods from Greek gyros to old-fashioned funnel cakes, as more than 50 area vendors will be present to offer their finest in an atmosphere that’s sure to make for a memorable evening.In addition to the food and wares, trick-or-treaters should find candy a’ plenty at every turn and all will have a chance at winning giveaways and taking commemorative photos.Revelers may want to prepare for blustery weather Friday night. The National Weather Service is calling for mostly cloudy skies, with a low temperature around 34 degrees. Forecasters also said winds could gust as high as 25 mph, and there is a slight chance of showers.

also be aware of thr events at Bradley Square Mall and 1st Baptist Church

Times Free Press. — Bradley County leaders would like the state to make safety improvements at the Walker Valley Road intersection with Lauderdale Memorial Highway, part of the State Route 308 corridor.In a recent meeting, Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and county commissioners recently discussed the problem intersection near Walker Valley High School.”That’s where the wrecks are at,” Davis said. “We had a bad one the other morning, and there is one about every week there. The only thing that’s going to help it is a light. We have five lights on that road, but not [at] that intersection.”The intersection saw two serious accidents within three days last week, according to county emergency officials. Three vehicles — one of which went down an embankment — were involved in an Oct. 23 wreck that triggered a call to Erlanger’s Life Force air ambulance. That was just two days after three people were hurt in a crash there.

The uncertainty of federal funding has led Tennessee’s highway director to delay road projects across the state worth $400 million, including one project in the NewsChannel9 viewing area. 12 construction projects and 21 right of way acquisitions were supposed to be complete by Sept. 30, 2015; now they will have to wait until fiscal year 2016. T-DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn tells NewsChannel9 one of them is the right-of-way phase for widening State Route 60 in Bradley County, from the 4-lane section north of I-75 near Westlake Drive to State Route 306.The estimated cost for right-of-way is $13.6 million, and that phase of the project has been shifted to FY 2016.Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer sent lawmakers a letter today to notify them of the change.