D. Gary Davis
Time marches on and is a constant in a world filled with challenges. One of the things that we can all use to not only help give sense and meaning to the seemingly constant barrage of emotions, is hope. Hope in each other, hope for a better day and hope for the future. Our community, and region, have been rocked to the core with events that without hope are truly not only hard to imagine, but also hard to comprehend. May we ALL find solace and comfort in the ability to grieve, support and continue on together as a community.
Many events are scheduled all across Bradley County for the upcoming Christmas Holiday, and a few will be once again held in the Downtown Cleveland area around the Bradley County Courthouse. This Friday, at 6:00 PM Cleveland City Mayor, Tom Rowland is scheduled to be joining me at the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. Carols in the City as Choral performances at several historic downtown Churches and other key sites will be happening as well as free carriage rides in the downtown routes until 8:00 PM. There is even an appearance scheduled of Santa Claus from 6:15 until 8:00 PM at the Bandstand of the Courthouse plaza.
Saturday, December 3rd, at 6:00 PM MainStreet Cleveland’s Annual Christmas Parade will continue as one of our communities most treasured traditions. Many of our citizens have "their favorite location” and return each year to see all of the participants along the path traveled each year. If you are new to our community, and want to get a glimpse of one of the best parades around, I have one recommendation to "please arrive early”. Look for the crowds, meet old friends, or make some new friends while witnessing many people and groups who work diligently each year to be able to participate in our Communities Christmas Parade.
Sunday, December 4th, at 3:00 PM will be the time set aside to enjoy the 27th annual Classic Christmas Concert that is scheduled to be held at Lee University’s Conn Center. This is a concert that is given as a free event for our community by all of those involved, BUT tickets are REQUIRED. You may call 423-614-8240 for ticket information. For more information concerning these, and many more local events, please visit http://www.mainstreetcleveland.com/ for the latest information on the scheduled events by MainStreet Cleveland. Sponsors listed on their webpage include Check Into Cash, Cleveland State Community College, Larry Hill Ford. Mars Chocolate and Pioneer Jewelry. Please let these businesses and the many others who support activities across our region know how much we appreciate them. Now and always.
This time that reminds us of the reason for our hope, also reminds us to "leave the 99 to find the 1 of the group that is lost.” May we continue to seek out those who may need a phone call, a meal, or even just someone to talk to during this time of year. Seeing others enjoy this time of year, sometimes causes those who are lonely to feel even more alone. May we all across Bradley County continue to reach across the aisles, the streets and the barriers that try to divide us and find common ground to not only talk about hope, but to exemplify the Hope of this season each and every day. In doing so, regardless of the time, we continue to keep Bradley County, Tennessee at its best!