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While the Tennessee House of Representatives toiled through another busy week of legislation — with some bills passing, others advancing and a few stalling — one of the chamber’s biggest wins came from across the aisle in the Senate. 

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The Cleveland City Council will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting at 3 p.m. today at the Municipal Building, following its 1 p.m. work session. During its 3 p.m. meeting, the council will hear public comments regarding five liquor license applications, as well as discuss two that were postponed for consideration on March 11, over concerns their locations would affect the health and safety of the community.

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The Bradley County Commission is scheduled to discuss its priorities during today’s work session meeting. more

Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks bounded toward the lectern as he readied himself to deliver an address at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce’s “Food for Thought” luncheon recently to provide updates on the downtown revitalization initiative.

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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man as part of a death investigation in reference to a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning. Matthew L. Wolfcale, 25, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. more
Lee University Small Jazz Ensemble to Perform on Monday more
Baltacigil to Conclude Presidential Concert Series   Efe Baltacigil, cellist, will perform the final installment of Lee University’s 2018-19 Presidential Concert Series on Thursday, March 28, in Pangle Hall at 7:30 p.m.   Originally from Turkey, Baltacigil began playing cello at age five. He has performed alongside Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall. In addition to appearing as a soloist in the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, he is also a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two.     “In one sentence, Efe is the new Yo-Yo Ma,” says Theodore Kartal, former teacher of Baltacigil and instructor of cello in the Lee University School of Music. “He is the new, rising internationally-known young star performing all over the world. He has an incredible gift.”   In his concert at Lee, Baltacigil will perform two much-loved and familiar masterpieces:  an unaccompanied Bach cello suite and a popular Franck sonata, joined by pianist Jessica Choe.   Baltacigil most recently performed in venues such as the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Curtis Institute of Music.    In 2005, he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He was also awarded the Peter Jay Sharp Prize and the Washington Performing Arts Society Prize. The Washington Post wrote that Baltacigil “courts attention rather than grasping for it, naturally drawing the ear into his subtle, rich range of expression.”   Baltacigil received his bachelor’s degree from Mimar Sinan University Conservatory and an artistic diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Peter Wiley and David Soyer.     Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available for purchase at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center or by contacting (423) 614-8343, one week prior to the event, between 3-6 p.m. Tickets are also available at https://www.showclix.com/event/efe-baltacigil.    To learn more about Baltacigil, visit http://www.efebaltacigil.net/.    For more information about the Presidential Concert Series, visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/pcs/  or call the School of Music at (423) 614-8240.   more
Polk County 4-H Support Club looking for New Members! more
An Alabama SAR member donated a check in memory of the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter founder Stan Evans for local SAR youth programs. Receiving the donation were, from left, Jim McKinney, past chapter president; Maggie Evans, widow of Stan Evans; and Bill Hamilton, chapter treasurer. more
The expansion of the Hiwassee River Heritage Center and the National Historic Trail Experience in Charleston will officially open to the public on Saturday, March 30.A special ribbon-cutting ceremony … more
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