Cleveland County

Local News
6:08 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Cleveland County Approves Incentives For Unknown Company

The original Project Gnome was an underground nuclear test in New Mexico, in the 1960s.
Credit Department of Energy

Cleveland County commissioners took a bit of an unusual vote Tuesday night at a public hearing. The commission approved tax incentives to lure a new business to Shelby—that part’s pretty standard. The strange part is that they don’t know what the business does.

Commissioners and documents just refer to the company as Project Gnome. Even commission chairman Ronald Hawkins doesn’t know the identity.

“I prefer not to know the details about the project, other than that there will be jobs [and] they will be good jobs,” Hawkins says.

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Law Enforcement
4:37 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Cleveland County To Launch Inmate-Work Program

The Cleveland County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center in Shelby houses 82 inmates. It is one of the county's two detention centers.
Credit flickr/Jimmy Emerson

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is launching a new program this summer that will allow inmates in Cleveland County to volunteer with local nonprofits.  


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