9-1 This week in history — 1959



Woman with baton new sight at Bradley
For the first time in Bradley Central High’s history the Bradley Marching Band comes to attention to the command of an attractive young woman holding the director’s baton. Virginia Tedford, one of a few women high school music directors in Tennessee, has taken over the position held by Crill Higgins for the past six years at Bradley.
The new director is a former Sparta citizen and she received her BS degree in Music Education from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, which is in the heart of the Cumberland Mountains. For the past two years she taught music to the students of Spring City High School, where she also held the band director’s position. She came here highly recommended by many music educators in the state.
Mrs. Tedford stated that her new pupils here had been very cooperative, friendly and eager to learn to do a good job as representatives of Bradley County. Her students presented their first halftime show of the 1959 football season Thursday night at the Tyner-Bear game played on Jimmie Lovell Field. Bradley’s Marching Band is 85 members strong, including 10 eye-catching majorettes, which might be considered representative of the school’s female part of the 1,605 student body. Their colorful pigskin presentation was titled, “Back to School,” which included some spectacular mass formations.
The majorettes and stars of the show were wearing their new spangled uniforms as they marched down the field.
Mrs. Tedford said she plans to take the band to compete in all the East Tennessee Band Festivals during the school year. Bradley’s record in these events in recent years has been excellent and should continue to be so under the baton of the new director. Commenting on the local citizens, she stated that everyone has been very friendly and hospitable.
She said that she will meet with the Band-Parents Club for the first time on September 14.

Young bandit robs station attendant
A teenage youth, described as wearing a red shirt and sporting a burr haircut, snatched nearly $70 from a Cleveland service station attendant early this morning and made good his escape on foot.
City police said the boy, about 15 years old, grabbed the money from a pocket of Porter Campbell, night shift man at Kayo Station No. 2 on North Lee Highway, and bolted off into the darkness.
Officers French Alford and Bernard Snyder jumped the youngster on Church Street, but the youth cut through a yard and fled toward Parker making his escape. Other officers joined the search there but were unable to locate his trail.
Service Station Manager Ray Stegall Jr. said the boy came into the station about 1 this morning and told “Pop” Campbell that he had been to the church assembly and had just walked from town. Stegall said the youngster then stood around talking with the night shift man for 10 or 15 minutes. He said the youth kept following “Pop” around as he worked and when Campbell went outside, the boy followed him.
Stegall said that “Pop” had a roll of cash in his left front pocket at the time. This was normal procedure in order to give customers quick change, he explained.
When Campbell bent over to start smoothing out the gravels in front of the station, the boy quickly grabbed the roll of bills from Campbell’s pocket and raced off.
“Pop” was unable to pursue the boy on foot, Stegall said. Following an inventory of the day’s business, Stegall said that approximately $70 was taken in the robbery. He said that it was necessary to county what was in the cash register before an accurate estimate was known.

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Such an opportunity is almost unbelievable nut nevertheless is just what this paper is offering to wide awake, energetic men and women of this area who choose to participate in the big “Everybody Wins” Prize Contest just announced. In addition to the above big awards, all who actively participate in this unique contest are positively assured of liberal compensation for every result obtained.
This is one contest in which there are no losers, “Everybody Wins!” Other features of this interesting contest are the special awards for early effort offered each contestant who enters during “Entry Week,” now in effect.
Just to get things started, The Cleveland Daily Banner will award 20 SPECIAL CASH PRIZES THIS Saturday night to those who show they are really in earnest about winning major awards by turning in a minimum $150 in subscription collections during the first week of the contest, a comparatively easy goal to achieve.
These special cash prizes are given in addition to the regular 20 percent cash commission paid each week, thereby making it easily possible for any contestant to earn $50, $75 or $100 the very first week. Also, a special “Early Effort” award of 100,000 premium votes will be issued with the first subscription turned in during the first week of the contest. It is by no means too late for anyone with a little energy and ambition to “get in the swim” and share in the big awards to be made Saturday, Oct. 31. Wednesday of this week, actual opening day of the contest, the first list of active contestants will appear in this paper. And, those considering entering the contest should remember that those who indicate they’re “out to win” by entering at the earliest possible moment will undoubtedly meet with much better response from the general public than those who have not shown proper interest in their own behalf.

New plan of operation OKd for Charleston

Charleston High School has just received approval from the State Department of Education to change from the 8-4 to the 6-6 plan of operation, according to Principal Harry Hancock. This means that the seventh and eighth grades will be included in the high school while the first through the sixth grades will make up the elementary school.
The advantages to this new plan are, according to Hancock, are as follows: The seventh and eighth grades will have access to the library, gymnasium and laboratory facilities and will be under the supervision of certified high school teachers.
Two new courses, Spanish and World History, have been added to the Charleston High curriculum. The curriculum now includes Algebra I and II; Arithmetic-ninth grade; Advanced Arithmetic-4 Plane Geometry, Solid Geometry and Trigonometry are offered when they are in demand. English is offered in all grades. Other courses include American History, General Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Agriculture-four years; Industrial Arts (woodworking and mechanical drawing)-three years; Home Economics-three years; typewriting-two years; and Health and Physical Education for each year.
The seventh and eighth grades have a home room with math and social studies. Under the new plan of operation the Charleston school is qualified for a new teaching position which has been filled by Fred Gregg, a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, as a vocational agriculture teacher.
Paul Sanders, former agriculture teacher, is now head of the Science Department and teaches all the high school and seventh and eighth grade sciences. Coach L.J. Sanders, a recent graduate of Austin Peay College, is the new director of athletics and instructor of Health and Physical Education. The salaries of all teaching positions at Charleston are shared by state finance, according to Hancock, which means that Bradley County does not pay for extra teachers at Charleston High School.
The present enrollment in grades one through six is 278 and grades seven through 12 is 203 for a total of 481.

City pool closes after Labor Day
The North Cleveland Swimming Pool is still open to the public but will be closed after the Labor Day holiday, a pool spokesman said today. He said the pool was being kept open at the present time for the benefit of high school students who are using it for physical education classes but that it is open to everyone until after the holiday. The other city pools closed last week.

Dedication service slated Sunday at Prospect Cumberland Church

The Prospect Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s congregation will occupy the new sanctuary for the first time this Sunday morning at the 11 o’clock worship service. In the afternoon, beginning at 2 o’clock, there will be a dedication service. Present for this service will be several former pastors and families of deceased pastors.
Among these will be the Rev. and Mrs. W.H. Morgan of Hixson; the Rev. and Mrs. Frank Harmon and family of Cookeville; and the Rev. and Mrs. Z.N. Clinard of Whiteville. The Rev. Clinard will bring the dedication message. Open House for the new buildings will follow. The new location of the church is on New Murraytown Road just off Harrison Pike.
The sanctuary consists of the main auditorium, coat room, cry room, two rest rooms and choir room. This building is completely air conditioned and is connected to the educational building with a covered breezeway. In the educational building there is a kitchen, two assembly halls, two rest rooms, pastor’s study, a storage room, nursery and nine classrooms.
Both buildings are equipped with a public address system for overflow use.
The ground-breaking service for the new plant, which is valued at about $100,000, was held one year ago this month.
The following men made up the building committee: Paul Swafford, chairman; Glenn Tinsley, Ted Triplett, Owen Kile, Edgar Hysinger and Ellis Swafford. The building was erected by the W.D. Merrell Construction Co. of Etowah. The pastor, the Rev. J.R. Wooten, who has just recently begun his fourth year as minister, extends a cordial incitation to all to attend any of these services.
Watershed program possibility in area
A preliminary meeting to discuss the formation of the Small Watershed Program was held Monday in the office of the Bradley County Soil Conservation District. The program involves approximately 37,000 acres of land in Bradley County, and about 35,000 acres in Whitfield County, Ga. This is the area directly affected by Coahulla Creek, which from time to time has overflowed its banks and flooded the lowlands around it.
The area in Bradley County being considered a part of the Watershed begins a little South of Michigan Avenue, bounded on the east by a line running near the New Hope Church, Sugar Grove and the Keith Valley Road to the Georgia lie.
On the west, the boundary is a line running roughly through Lebanon Ridge up through the Blue Springs Ridge. J. Ted McCoy, of the Bradley County Soil Conservation District is temporary chairman of a committee to investigate the possibilities of setting up the Watershed Program. A series of meetings in seven communities directly affected by the flood conditions of Coahulla Creek will be held.
The meetings will start at Flint Springs and then end in Oak Grove. At the present time there are 36 Small Watershed Programs in Tennessee. These programs involve 2,056,458 acres of land, formerly regarded as useless because of continued flood damage.

Elks Lodge Gives Donation of $600 To CCC

The Cleveland Lodge No. 1944, BPO Elks voted at its regular meeting Thursday night to contribute $600 to the Crippled Children’s Club. This money will be used to help purchase a new station wagon for the transportation of Bradley County crippled children to their class at Allen School. In 1958 the Cleveland Elks purchased a used station wagon for the Crippled Children’s Club. The wagon was used to pick up the children in all parts of Bradley County, take them to school and return them home. Exalted Ruler Kenneth Tinsley said, “Cleveland Lodge 1944 BPO Elks is indeed proud to participate in this most worthy local project. We will continue to do all in our power to aid these children. The Crippled Children’s Club and the Cleveland education system are doing a wonderful job to help these boys and girls overcome their handicaps. This lodge will always devote its efforts and funs to humanitarian projects of this sort.” In other action, the lodge voted to cooperate with the Cleveland Fire Department during its observance of Fire Prevention Week in October. A project to identify with window stickers the rooms of invalids in various homes is planned. These stickers will alert the fire department in cases of emergency so that invalids will receive immediate attention.


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