From the pages of The Banner: This Week In History

Posted 7/18/20

The following items were compiled by the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library from old issues of the Cleveland Daily Banner and its forerunners — the Cleveland Banner, the Journal and the …

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From the pages of The Banner: This Week In History


The following items were compiled by the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library from old issues of the Cleveland Daily Banner and its forerunners — the Cleveland Banner, the Journal and the Journal and Banner.

It happened this week in 1948

Curley’s drive-in reopens after 9 years

J.E. “Curley” Parks, who started one of Cleveland’s first drive-ins, if not the first, is operating Curley’s again after being away for some nine years.
Parks opened Curley’s in 1927 while work on paving Lee Highway was still in progress. At that time it was housed in a small wooden structure on the same site that is now used. Curley’s was popular from the first, and it soon became a meeting place for the young people which it has more or less retained. In the mid-thirties, Authur Walker becames a partner in the place and business grew to such an extent that a new brick structure was erected to replace the wooden building. In 1939 Parks sold out his interest and left Cleveland.
Walker sold the firm just before the war and it has since been operated by several different persons retaining the name, Curley’s. Parks had made his home in Chattanooga and Copperhill for some years, but returned here last week to take over operation of the popular drive-in. Curley invites all of his old friends out to renew their acquaintance and being a very genial person, will become acquainted quickly with the new friends who drive out. 

Fires damage downtown businesses, home

A series of fires during the past week kept firemen busy and inflicted considerable damage on one local business firm. A fire in empty boxes, excelsior and waste outside the Hardwick Woolen Mill last Thursday caused some water damage when the heat set off sprinklers.
On Sunday night a fire of undermined origin damaged the interior of the Rentfro Jewelry store. The fire was discovered about 8:30, and originated in the rear of the building and badly damaged the entire interior before it was brought under control.
Damaged in addition to the jewelry stock was a stock of musical instruments owned by C.R. McGhee.
Monday morning about 6 o’clock a Poplar Street home was completely destroyed. The house belonged to the West Craigmiles estate and was occupied by a family.
Post Office installs stamp vending machine
A stamp vending machine has been installed in the public lobby at the U.S. Post Office for the convenience of the patrons of the office. You get your money’s worth when you purchase stamps from this machine. It sells five one cent stamps for a nickel; five three-cent stamps for a nickel and a dime; and two five-cent airmail for a dime.
One and three cents stamps may be purchased now, but due to lack of airmail stamps in rolls it will be a few days before it will sell them. This will be a decided convenience for the public as the stamps may be purchased from the machine after the stamp window is closed, or on Sundays and holidays when the lobby is open to the public.
Patrons may also get their stamps from the machine when the stamp window is crowded, and avoid waiting. The machine is very simple to operate. Just drop your money through the slot and the machine does the rest. If you do not get your stamps, the machine give you your money back.
Oil to be applied on Springplace Road
The first work on the oiling of the Springplace Road was done last week when the primary coat of oil was applied to the road surface. It is understood that other coats of oil will be applied at a later date, after the first application has set up properly.
The road is heavily traveled and the winter mud and summer dust have been a sore spot with those traveling the route and with those living along it. Residents report that the primary coating of oil was kept soft by the extreme heat these past few days and in a number of places the surface has been torn away from the base and large holes are appearing.
One man said, “Well, they came out and fixed our road just before the election, but the way it is tearing up, I don’t think it will do them any good.” There has been quite a controversy over the oiling of the road, a number of the residents having heard reports that the project had been dropped. They went before the county court and asked for action, and a committee was named to go to Nashville and look into the matter.
New Cleveland map available from Chamber
It was announced this week that the newly-prepared city maps are available at cost at the Chamber of Commerce office. The maps were prepared by a local map committee, with assistance from technicians at the Cleveland Electric System and from the State Planning Commission.
The map with the new street names is available at $1 per copy. A member of the planning commission who was responsible for having the maps prepared said a larger map, showing lot designations would be prepared and would be available at a later date. The new street names have been made official and effective by the city commission’s passage of an ordinance some weeks ago, but the names have been used very little as the public was not familiar with the new layout of the city.
It is expected that an ordinance changing the system of numbering to conform to the street arrangement will be passed in the near future. Under the new street plan, the East-West streets were renumbered North and South from Inman Street, that being the north South division point and Ocoee Street being the East-West division line.


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