School nutrition professionals in the Cleveland, Tenn., area are working together to make dietary changes to reduce the sodium content in student meals. Cleveland City Schools nutrition supervisor Susan Mobley said the sodium reductions required are a significant change and, while schools already are using lower-sodium foods, one of the best ways to reduce salt is to replace canned fruits and vegetables with fresh produce.
The Bradley County, Tenn., Board of Education is taking legal action against Cleveland, Tenn., regarding $720,000 in liquor-tax revenue that the board says the city owes the county school district. Cleveland operates a separate school system, and revenue-sharing law is unclear as to which district trumps the other.
The Mars chocolate facility in Cleveland, Tenn., was granted tax abatements from city and county governments that voted to amend the original 2012 $67-million agreement associated with the plant's pretzel M&M line expansion to include $10 million for improvements to the Twix production lines. The facility makes more than half of the company's M&Ms and all of the Twix products.
Mars Inc. is producing 330 million M&Ms per day in its newly expanded Cleveland, Tenn., plant. The $67 million expansion brought 50 new jobs to the plant and has been praised by Gov. Bill Haslam, who recently toured the plant. "Most new jobs are created by existing business. This is a perfect example of it," Haslam said.
A new Bi-Lo store in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area features a changed format the company hopes will appeal to families wanting one-stop shopping opportunities. The new store will feature an expanded organic section and other features similar to the super Bi-Lo format, which has Wi-Fi cafes and coffee shops.