From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here are your news headlines for Wednesday, February 1st, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone, or S.A.F.E., campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The S.A.F.E. campaign begins February 1, 2017, and concludes on August 1, 2017.
Far too many people are severely injured and killed due to not making the decision to wear a seatbelt while in commute. Bradley County has already experienced one traffic-fatality earlier this month due to not wearing a seatbelt. Fastening your seatbelt only takes a couple of seconds, and costs you nothing. Not wearing a seatbelt, will definitely cost you a ticket, but could also cost you your life if involved in an accident.
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
The Bradley County Board of Education’s annual retreat over the weekend allowed members to set timelines for things it will be tackling in the near future.
However, both Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash and board Chairman Rodney Dillard both said a highlight of the weekend was the board getting a detailed look at students’ recent test scores.
The good news shared Sunday included the school system getting all 5s, on a 1-to-5 scale, on its Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System scores. This was based on students doing well in all their state-tested subjects.
Dillard said it was encouraging to see students and teachers continuing to do well.
The board also decided on a timeline for possibly renewing the director’s contract.
Dillard noted the board is looking at other school system directors’ contracts and may make changes to Cash’s contract.
The board wrapped up its Sunday session by deciding on a timeline for its 2017-18 budget.
Bradley County Schools is also seeing more work-based learning opportunities become available for high school students, as more local businesses are beginning to offer internships.
The board also outlined some of its capital outlay needs, including repairs at Bradley Central High School. Repairing sinking floors and cracking walls at the school was said to be the next big capital outlay budget priority, though the exact cost of the repairs is still unknown.
The school board will have its next regular meeting on Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m., at Bradley County Schools’ administrative offices on South Lee Highway.
Also from the Banner…
“It’s time to man up, America!”
Those are the words that introduce a thrice-weekly local program which is beginning to catch the attention of local political observers.
“Man Up, America” is now simulcast Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on WTNB-TV and Talk 101-3 The Buzz at 1 p.m.
Adam Lowe, former vice chairman of the Bradley County Commission and former candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives, said the idea started when a radio station had asked him to consider doing a morning program.
“The concept is simply in an age of social media where people are constantly consuming social media without any checks or balances, probably a good talk radio show is the only way you ever check and balance the content on social media,” Lowe said. “So, the idea is to ‘man up’ with all the nonsense that gets regurgitated on social media.”
He said the show seeks to find if th