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‘i would not wish to live
Our museum preserves the history and culture television anywhere else’
of the Ocoee Region. Area: WTNB—Channel 5; Charter Media 22; WRCB—Channel 3, an NBC
afiliate; WTVC—Channel 9, an ABC afiliate; WDEF—Channel 12, a CBS
afiliate; WTCI—Channel 10, a public TV station; WFLI—Channel 6, an
independent station; WDSI—Fox 61, Fox afiliate. Cable service is available
through Charter Communications, 423-479-9743. AT&T U-verse television
service is available through AT&T, 423-265-2224.

Quality of Life

Cleveland and Bradley County have over 250 Zack, Ty, Zoë and Loes Riggins
churches representing most denominations.
civic clubs and organizations W
hen I moved to Cleveland from the
Over 60 clubs and organizations are active in the Netherlands in August 1997, I arrived with
Bradley County area. A listing of clubs, times and the intent only to stay for nine months to get
places of meetings is available at the Chamber ofice a taste for life in the United States. However,
or online at Cleveland quickly made an impression on
culture me—a sense of tremendous opportunities,

Considered a cultural center since the opening of Craigmiles Hall in the belonging and home. Now, nearly 20 years,
1870s, Cleveland offers a diversity of performing arts groups and arts-related a family and two college degrees later,
activities. Concerts, recitals and plays are presented in such venues as Cleveland still makes me feel at home every
Squires Recital Hall, Conn Center and Dixon Center. The community boasts day.
several annual events, including downtown concerts, festivals and exhibits After deciding to give Cleveland more
preserving the than just nine months, I graduated from Lee
history and culture University and quickly landed a job, only to
of the region, and
is home to a variety find that I was searching for more meaning.
of associations and Because of the encouragement of many local
guilds that support people, I went back to school and earned
the arts. a master’s degree in teaching. Today, as a
MainStreet middle school teacher, I feel more connected
Cleveland also to our city and more fulfilled than I ever have.
provides an Today my life looks like nothing I could
important public ever have imagined when I first arrived in
forum, where Cleveland. Due to the low cost of living, even
members of the
community can my parents, who still live in the Netherlands,
congregate. have been able to afford to visit for three
Annual events months each fall and enjoy friendships
and celebrations they’ve built and the beautiful nature that
coordinated by MainStreet Cleveland—The Cleveland Apple Festival™, surrounds our city. As a mother of two
MainStreet Cruise-In, Halloween Block Party, Carols in the City and teenagers in our local public school system,
Community Tree Lighting, and the Christmas Parade—reinforce an intangible
sense of community. 423-479-1000. I would not wish to live anywhere else. The
Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce offers a searchable online opportunities I have been given have been
calendar that highlights annual arts-related activities, including the endless, and these same opportunities will
Chair-ries Jubilee arts fundraiser in April and the free “Evening Shade” mean a bright future for my family’s next
concerts downtown in May. 423-472-6587. generation.
—Loes Riggins,
Teacher, Cleveland Middle School
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