This Week in History

Posted 5/22/19


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This Week in History



An explosion shortly after midnight Monday shattered windows and damaged the home of a former Bradley County deputy, who resigned from office two weeks ago.

Damaged in the blast was the home of Lee Brown, who resigned as Bradley County deputy April 18 to return to work at a local firm. The home is located at 2710 Woodlawn Avenue N.W. Two FBI agents from Chattanooga were called in this morning by Police Chief Luther Goodwin to assist in the investigation of the explosion.

Chief Goodwin said  it appeared that more than one stick of dynamite was used in the blast, which broke the two front windows, shattered the glass in the front door window, tore off a piece of wood in the porch roof and left a hole in the ground. No one was injured in the explosion.

Chief Goodwin said several neighbors were up at the time of the blast, but reported they did not hear any cars drive off.

It was surmised the dynamite was set off with a long fuse which could have burned for minutes. The police chief said that there was no indication for the cause of the blast. Brown resigned as a deputy sheriff several weeks ago. He is currently serving on a jury in circuit court and could not be reached for comment.  


Purchase of the Tennessee Restaurant and property was announced today by the owners of Vaughn’s Super Market, N.S. Vaughan. And T.P. (Tip) Tipton. Tipton said that the restaurant had been leased back to C.C. McClary, and that it would continue in operation.

The two grocers indicated their plans for the property is that nothing would be done on it at the present time. Purchase price of the property, located on the South Lee Highway at the intersection of Keith Street, was not announced.

Tipton said they were more interested in the complete modernizing program now under way at their store on Inman Street.

“We started this modernizing last Saturday night and thought we would be done by now, but somewhere along the line some of our new shelves got lost between here and St. Louis and we are trying to find out now where they were mis-sent,” he explained.


“Wild River,” the 20th Century-Fox movie filmed in the Cleveland area last fall, will be awarded to one of the local theaters on or about May 26, according to Cletus Benton, owner of the Star Vue Drive-In. A special exhibitors showing was held on May 16, and the picture will be released in this area later.

A special invitation to attend this advance showing was extended to Benton, Hoyt Fair, Bill Stamps and Pledger Wattenbarger, through the efforts of Dan Corssey, branch manager for 20th Century-Fox, Atlanta office, and the Al Rook Booking Agency, which handles the booking for the Star Vue Drive-In.

“Something else that we feel will be of interest to the people in this area is the addition of 250 more speakers at the Star Vue,” Benton revealed. “This will enable us to handle 803 cars at one showing.”

Benton said that new equipment and a general face lifting of the entire theater will be carried out within the next few weeks as they try to offer the people in the area the finest films to be seen during the summer months.

Benton declared all the top movies which have been awarded to the Star Vue to fulfill his promise of bringing only the best entertainment to the people of the area.


A Murphy Funeral Home ambulance came out second best in a race with the stork recently.

Attendants at Speck Hospital said Mrs. Eulice Self, Conasauga, gave birth to a baby girl while it was en route from Conasauga to the hospital. The baby, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, made her arrival before the driver could reach Speck. Both mother and daughter were reported in good condition.


A crackdown on business establishments allowing minors to play pinball machines, for paying out cash for “winners” and selling whisky, has resulted in 24 warrants being issued at 12 different places. The campaign was handled by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office since May 1, with two new deputies acting as undercover men to nab the alleged violators.

Sheriff Paul Jones said he and the two new deputies, Edward Hall, 21, and Glenn Mason, 34, served the warrants Wednesday afternoon and night with 13 persons arrested. The evidence on which the warrants were taken out was obtained by the two new deputies visiting the different places as “customers,” Sheriff Jones said this morning.

“We have had numerous complaints from parents that their children were playing these machines and spending their lunch money as well as money they earned,” the sheriff explained.  He pointed out it was strictly against the law for the proprietors to pay out money or to give prizes for “free games.” Trial for all the defendants has been set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sessions Court. Bond was $250 on each charge, totaling $6,000.


A retired Cleveland businessman, Dean W. Chase Sr., 86, died Thursday at his home.

Chase, who retired from the appliance business nine years ago, died at his home in the Chase Apartments Thursday. A son of the late Rev. T.G. and Isabell Fouts Chase, he was born in Ellijay, Ga., and moved to Cleveland at an early age. He was a graduate of Grant University in Athens, now Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Chase began his career as a school teacher, but gave up that profession to become an appliance dealer. He engaged in this occupation continually until failing health forced him to retire about nine years ago. As a Republican, he served as a Justice of the Peace of Bradley County for 12 years. He was one time a member and chairman of the board of education.

He was prominently identified with the movement to stabilize the Bradley County Memorial Hospital, a charter member of the Cleveland Golf and Country Club, and a charter member of the Cleveland Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. Chase was also a member of Cleveland Lodge No. 134, F&AM and a member of the First Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Bean Chase; three sons, T.G., Francis and Dean W. Jr., all of Cleveland, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


The film “Wild River,” which seems to be one of the topics of the day, will be premiered at the Star Vue Drive-In Theatre on Thursday, May 26, for an indefinite engagement, according to Cletus Benton, owner. The Elia Kazan production, which was filmed in the Cleveland area last fall and stars Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick, features several Bradley countians.

Some who showed exceptional talent in a preview showing of the film on Monday were Hardwick Stuart, little Judy Harris, Ross Apperson and Mike Dodd. The controversial “relief line” which was refilmed at the request of area citizens, due to their dislike because “it did not represent the true picture of that era,” showed up in the final film release.

“The film is exceptionally good,” Benton related, “and we feel that the people of this area will be equally pleased with the entire show as well as seeing many of their friends and neighbors give out with their hidden talent. We feel it is an honor to be awarded this picture by 20th Century-Fox,” Benton added, “and we hope its engagement at the Star Vue will enable everyone to see this film which gives a ———

Imogene Whaley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conard Whaley of Spring Place Road, was crowned queen of the East Tennessee Strawberry Festival Saturday night in Dayton. Miss Whaley rode on a float donated by the Cleveland Milling Company, and was sponsored by the Cleveland Jaycees. Saturday afternoon a two and one half mile parade was held.

At night, in the Rhea County High auditorium, competition was held in three divisions, sports clothes talent revue and evening gowns. Miss Whaley won a week’s all expenses trip to Ormand Beach, Florida, use of a convertible for the trip, a trip to the Jaycees Convention in St. Louis where she will ride atop the Tennessee float in the Parade of States.

She also won luggage, clothes, perfume and many other items. Arnold Junior High band was judged first runner-up in the band competition in its class. Wayne Feehrer was chairman of the Jaycee committee in charge.


For a nickel an hour, you can park up to five hours in Cleveland’s two new parking lots on Inman Street. One of the two lots was opened Saturday. The other is expected to be finished in about 10 days.

The lots, which together hold 118 cars, are across the street from each other. The north lot, which opened Saturday, holds 78 cars. Time limit for parking in the conveniently located lots — just a block east of Church Street — ranges as high as five hours. For a nickel you can park one hour, a dime will give you two hours and a quarter will leave you five hours parking. Pennies will not work in the lots’ parking meters.

The city has been working on the two lots for about three weeks. Money collected from the lots’ parking meters will be kept in a separate fund, City Street Commissioner B. Harrison Fair said. The city expects to be able to pay for the lots and maintenance expenses through receipts from the parking meters in the lots.


Residents of Bradley County interested in helping out the youth program are being invited to contribute to the 22-acre recreational area now being built in the county. “The people of Bradley County always rally to and support any and every good cause,” County Judge H.M. Fulbright said this morning. “The recreation center is one of the most worthwhile causes to come before the people. It will supply a much needed facility for the youth of this county.”

He pointed out there were many people who would like to help and would contribute to this project if they were contacted. “This would be impossible so we are using this means to get this matter before you,” he continued. “Any donation you desire to make to this non-profit organization is tax deductible.” Judge Fulbright said that all monies contributed will be used for the project and none will be used to pay salaries to anyone.

All persons connected with the project give their time gratis. The board of directors for the foundation are Russ Melvin, Earle G. Murphy, Glenn Stratton, Judge Fulbright, Fred Longwith, Homer Green and D.A. Ingram. Persons contributing money or items usable for the recreation area will be listed in the Banner. Work is continuing on the baseball area and it is hoped to have all the diamonds ready for use by Memorial Day.


 Thursday evening will be a big night for many area citizens when they see themselves on the giant screen of the Star Vue Drive-In in Eliz Kazan’s 20th Century-Fox production of “Wild River,” which is filmed in Cinemascope.

Those you are sure to recognize are Hardwick Stuart, Little Judy Harris, Flavis Casson, Lloyd Cecil, Charlie Beasley, Ann McClary, Ross Apperson, Mark Anthony, Mrs. James F. Corn, Sr. , joe Rodgers, C.C.L. Ray, Carolyn Harris, Frank Ellis, Mrs. J.L. McClary Sr., Little Jimmy Menard, James L. Wilson, Mike Dodd, Edna Snapp, Jim McKenzie, Linda Summer and several other local people with smaller roles.

“We have invited these people to be our guests,” Cletus Benton, owner of the Star Vue, related today. “We have reserved a special section of our patio for our local actors and are trying to secure some of the professional actors for our premier showing on Thursday. Paul Wilson, resident manager for 20th Century Fox, Atlanta office, is helping with these arrangements, which are still incomplete.” “Wild River” was taken from the novel, “Mud on the Stars,” by William Bradford Huie. The  story is the taming of the oft-flooded Tennessee River, with resulting devastation, waste, and loss of life. The real life story began May 18, 1933, when Congress authorized the purchase of all land in the course of the 780-mile Tennessee River to be cleared for the building of a series of dams and lakes. This was the beginning of the TVA. To do this, many people had to sell their land, and so goes the story which you will see for yourself when you see “Wild River.” “By numerous requests,”

Benton added, “we are showing a special late movie of ‘Wild River’ beginning at 11:30 Wednesday night. Many people who work at night in plants and factories have asked for this special showing, which we are happy to set up at this time.”


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