From the pages of The Banner

This Week in History

Posted 2/10/18

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 …

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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.


Dr. Joseph McCoin has been elected president of the medical staff at Bradley Memorial Hospital for the year 1956.

Other officers are Dr. Wesley Barton, vice president; and Dr. Chalmer Chastain, secretary. Election of officers and the naming of a six-man executive committee came at a recent meeting of the hospital staff.

New officers are chosen annually and take office immediately after election. Besides Dr. McCoin, Dr. Barton and Dr. Chastain, other members of the executive committee are: Dr. S.J. Sullivan, Dr. Madison Trewhitt and Dr. J.C. Lowe.

Chairmen and members of four committees at the hospital have also been named. Dr. William Proffitt is chairman of the Public Relations Committee. Heading up the Credentials Committee is Dr. Barton. Members are Dr. E.R. include Ferguson, Dr. Trewhitt, Dr. Marvin Batchelor and Dr. Gilbert A. Varnell.

The Credentials Committee reviews all applications by doctors for appointment and reappointment to the medical staff at the hospital. Dr. Claude Taylor is chairman of the Medical Records Committee. Dr. Barton and Dr. Charles Heron are members. The committee supervises and appraises the medical records of the hospital and makes certain they are maintained at the required standard.

The Tissue Committee is headed by Dr. J.C. Lowe. Dr. Dwight N. Arnold and Dr. William A. Garrott are members. Functions of this committee are to study and report on agreement or disagreement between the preoperative diagnosis and records rendered by the pathologist.


A school census will begin here about the middle of February, according to City School Supt. T.C. Bower.

The superintendent explained a count will be taken of children who were under 19 years of age on Dec. 31, 1955, and the resulting tabulations will be used by the local school board and the state department in planning school programs.

The city will be divided into zones according to school, and teachers from that school will call at the homes in that area. Parents will be asked to furnish information about their children as to name, relationship in the household, date of birth, age, school attending, grades completed and other statistical matters.

The teachers making the census will fill out a form for each family and a special form for handicapped children. Supt. Bower requested that parents cooperate with teachers taking the census since it is very necessary that full and correct information be given.

The census is taken every four years. The next one will be held in 1960. The superintendent said the census was taken every other year previously.


The Bradley High School Band has been invited to play in the Band Shell at Daytona Beach, Fla., Director Crill Higgins said today.

Mr. Higgins stated that a movie will be shown Friday night at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium depicting the activities the band will enjoy while on the five-day trip. He listed swimming and tours to St. Augustine, Silver Springs, the Museum of Speed and the Sea Zoo as some of the activities.

The band will play at the Band Shell on the beach on the last day of their visit to Daytona. Mr. Higgins said a date has not been set yet for the trip, but that it would probably be the latter part of April or the beginning of May.

Transportation for the band will be paid for and members will stay in a lodge while there. Mr. Higgins said band members would eat at the hotel where they are staying.

The band is now raising money for the trip which will cost some $34 per person. The movie is to be one method. Mr. Higgins explained that ads would be sold for the forthcoming concert program to businessmen.

The concert will be given at the opening of the new addition to Bradley High which will be attended by educators from all over East Tennessee. Mr. Higgins said the band had turned down offers to appear at the Cotton Carnival in Memphis, and in a chapel concert for 2,400 college students at TPI.


Cleveland residents crowded the courtroom of City Hall today for the public hearing of the proposed zoning map of the City of Cleveland. Mayor James F. Corn presided.

Petitions for changes were presented at the hearing and attorneys and spokesmen representing various sections of the city gave their views on the zoning proposal. Included in the disputed areas discussed was the question of whether to expand the highway business zone on North Ocoee Street from 22nd Street to 20th Street.

George Thorogood, member of the planning commission, suggested that the highway business zones on both North Lee Highway and South Lee Highway be changed to local and highway businesses. If changed, this area would include all types of business with the exception of industrial plants.

It was also suggested that the industrial zone in Northeast Cleveland, which includes the American Uniform Company property on Parker Street, be reduced from its present size.

Other proposals included: The changing of the Vest Grocery section from residential to local business, central business zone be extended to include Davis Hosiery Mill on First Street, business zone be extended to include areas west of Spring Street, south of Central Avenue and north of Second Street, N.W. (property owned by Frank Waterhouse), area on Blythe Avenue and near Chippewa Avenue be included in the industrial zone, and extension of business zone from Wildwood Avenue to city limits.

David McLain of McLain Funeral Home asked that a certain section on Chambliss Avenue in North Cleveland be made a business zone. This would include the property owned by McLain Funeral Home at the corner of 22nd Street, for which plans for a modern funeral home have been made.

Mr. McLain said the property was chose for a future home because it was “out of the city noise.”

Attorney W.K. Fillauer objected, concerned that the funeral home would be the only business on the street. “I am sure that none of these residents on Chambliss Avenue want to stare into the front door of a funeral home.”


Bradley County’s traffic accident toll is 19 more than it was up to Feb. 6 last year, a report from the Tennessee Department of Safety shows.

Twenty-four accidents have occurred on the highways here since Jan. 1. In the same period of time in 1955, 15 accidents had happened. The death toll however remains at zero for this year, while last year one person had already died in a traffic mishap.

The tabulations also show that the number of injured has decreased to 23 percent below the 1955 figures. Ten were injured up until Feb. 6, 1955, and 13 injured in the same period this year.

Accidents on the highways across the state total 2,159, of which 61 persons died and 753 were injured.


The new McLain Sports Shop on Inman Street will observe a grand opening Friday and Saturday with prizes, soft drinks and cake given to shoppers and browsers.

The Sports Shop, formerly housed next door, is now located in a spacious building with adequate floor space. The shop is one of 12 Johnson motor factory approved centers in Tennessee.

Modern features include fluorescent lighting and a service department. The shop will sell outboard motors and almost all types of sports equipment, including fishing supplies, baseball equipment as well as Sherwin Williams paints.

The service department is equipped with a drive-in ramp for boats and trailers and test tank for outboard motors. J.E. McLain, shop operator, said drawings for prizes will be held on both grand opening days.

Fishing rods, reels, ice chests and other prizes will be given away. A receptionist dressed in white will serve first-day and second-day shoppers refreshments. The shop is located near Speck Hospital, next door to the Lippard Butane-Propane Service Inc.


The architect for the Bradley County Nursing Home expects to be finished with the final building plans next week, County Judge W.K. Fillauer said today.

Judge Fillauer said the contract bidding would come up by April. The county court, in a December meeting, appropriated $30,000 toward the construction of the home, with the funds to be used only in proportion to the allocations by the state and federal governments.

The federal government first allocated $150,000 toward the construction of the home on Nov.r 18, which was less than 52 percent of the $300,000 cost of the proposed home. The state in turn appropriated 24 percent of the $150,000.

This left Bradley County with the remainder of the $300,000 to pay beyond the state and federal funds. The county court then cut the size of the nursing home to 20 beds in order to balance funds, including the state’s 24 percent and federal’s 52 percent.

The January meeting of the court disclosed that plans made by the county body had been approved and an additional 26 percent had been allocated, bringing the total funds with equal additions from the state and county to $225,000.

Judge Fillauer said today that the plans anticipated the full 40 bed home, and if the maximum grant was not made available then alternations in size would have to be made. The site for the home is located on a 10-acre tract of land in the extreme southwest corner of the County Farm.


The Minna Lou Petty Circle of the First Baptist Church met at the home of Mrs. Otto Stamper on Centenary Avenue.

Mrs. Rose Norris was in charge of the program. The mission study book on missionary work among the Indians was taught by Mrs. Grover C. Lee. She showed films as she explained the Indian rights and their modes of living.

Those present were Mesdames Otto Stamper, Oscar Rouse, Eula Steffan, Rose Norris, Wallace Sloan, B.H. Fair, W.E. Ware, Margaret Ware, A.E. Walker, Jessie Randolph, Nancy Walker, and misses Annette Hilliard, Blanche Inman, Lillie Kimbrough, Gladys and Mary Rymer.


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