THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
The large distribution center Lay & Co. will build in the county’s industrial park will enable the firm to operate 50 stores of the type it is presently opening. That’s the word from President Ed Lay.
County Judge Nelom Jackson disclosed the county had sold 15 ¼ acres of land in the industrial park to Lay & Co. for $61,000. The building to be erected will be a modern structure, fully sprinkled, air conditioned and it will have a railroad siding, the company said. Lay & Co. is a regional variety store chain. The distribution center also will house the company’s complete office facilities. The center will contain about 100,000 square feet of floor space.
It will be built “in the very near future,” Lay said. Lay pointed out this will be the equivalent of a small factory for the Bradley County area. Lay’s will employ about 75 persons in the new facility, he said.
“The past five years has seen marked growth for Lay’s of stores located in shopping centers up to a size of 30,000 square feet of floor space. This growth has necessitated the move to larger quarters located on one floor for maximum efficiency and merchandising flexibility.”
The announcement of the distribution center followed closely on the heels of Lay’s disclosure that it will build a 16,450 square foot store in the Cleveland Mall Shopping Center.
“It is a pleasure to be part of the new Cleveland Mall,” Lay’s officials said. “We think this will be an outstanding shopping complex for the Cleveland-Bradley County trading area as it will offer a wide range of merchandise for all shoppers.”
The Cleveland Mall Shopping Center, being constructed by Arlen Shopping Centers Co., will have a total area of over 240,000 square feet of building area, with parking for over 1,300 cars. Included in Lay’s merchandise line are variety goods, cameras, piece goods, ladies’ fashions, men’s fashions and work clothing, home furnishings, children’s wear, toys and gifts. The new store in the Cleveland Mall will feature all of the regular lines of merchandise plus standard items for variety stores displayed on the newest and most modern fixtures available.
“We are delighted to welcome the Lay’s store to the mall,” Charles Lebovitz, president of Arlen Shopping Centers Co., stated. “We have already announced a large Sears store for the mall which will occupy over 77,000 square feet of building area in the center and a large Rose’s store which will contain approximately 50,000 square feet.”
“In addition to Rose’s and Sears, a national drug store will also be located in the mall, occupying 12,700 square feet of building space,” Ralph Rinck, project manager for the mall, pointed out.
“While basic agreements have been completed with the major tenants, there is still space available for local or regional shops. We are extremely desirous to include as many local and regional shops in the new center as possible which are familiar to the Cleveland community,” Rinck added.
In addition to the Lay’s, Rose’s and Sears stores, the Cleveland Mall will contain approximately 37 other retail outlets.
A near 20-year-old waterline which busted early today has left one driver all wet, his car heavily damaged, several hundred homes without water and an 11-man crew of the Cleveland Water System on extended duty. The burst of the 20-inch main which occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. on the Michigan Avenue Road would take as long as a day to be repaired; it was noted today by Water Supt. Robert Yeary.
Yeary did say his 11 -man crew would remain with the job until water was restored to an area within a mile radius of the breakage. Initial report of the crack in the 18-foot section of cast iron pipe came when residents of the Tasso Community, Royal Oaks Estates and Rolling Brook Subdivision reported either a loss of water pressure or no water at all. Combined with these reports of water shortage came the notice that the pumps at the Cleveland Water System pumping station on Dry Valley Road were “running away.”
Yeary said actually the pump was at capacity as it was throwing water over the highway and field along the break. In stating the leakage caused a minor flooding situation, Yeary also said the pressure pushed the earth for several feet around the cracked line and forced out a hole at least four feet deep and several feet wide.
“It must of really been a mess when it first happened,” Yeary commented. “One of our men that got here first said he found a car in the hole with water just flowing all over it. Somebody said a fellow came by this spot taking his girl home and then was on his way back to town. Things were okay the first time he went by but the second time he ran into the hole caused by the eruption. I was told his car was really a mess.”
It was about 2 a.m. when the complete crew arrived on the scene and began operations to cut off the water.
According to Yeary, it took some 45 minutes to an hour to cut off the flow. “Cutting off one of these mains takes a good while. You slowly turn the valve until it closes off the entire 20-inch main.” The cause of the break in the line constructed in 1954 wasn’t immediately established but Yeary said the fact the huge pipe was found lying on a bed of rock could have been the reason for the pipe sustaining the crack of 14 feet. “With the pipe laying on rock, vibrations over the years have weakened the main until it could no longer withstand the pressures,” Yeary said.
Even though the water pressure did wash a huge hole above the breakage, Yeary said it would take some time to remove enough rock and dirt in order to install a new section. A 20-foot ductile, a non-breakable pipe, will be used to mend the damaged part of the line. This is the third time in the last five years that Yeary recalled having to replace a portion of the now aging pipeline. Each of the breaks have been within a half mile of each other with Royal Oaks and Rolling Brook being without water on this occasion, he added.
The Cleveland Police Department has begun to sport its new uniforms as some 41 officers and patrolmen dress in midnight blue from head to toe in accordance with a new dress code set down by new Police Commissioner Ralph Buckner. “These uniforms are the most modern and are standard in the majority of police departments across the country,” Police Chief Bernard Snyder said today. New garrison-type hats with soft tops have also become a part of the city uniform and ties are no longer required.
A meeting of Election Commission members will be held Monday at the commission office in the courthouse. Commission Chairman James Guffey told The Banner this morning that the meeting was slated after names were certified on a petition requesting the holding of a referendum on the legal establishment of retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Cleveland.
The petition containing some 800 names was given to Registrar-at-large Mrs. Martha Jeffries Thursday for certification of the signatures. Only 514 names were required by law to legally call for a referendum on the question. The election commission’s meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday will be to set a date for the holding of a “legal option election” on the question of package liquor stores in the city of Cleveland. According to state law the election must be held no sooner than 30 days after certification nor more than 90 days.
Doug Molander, a member of the Tennis Advisory Committee for the City Commission, stated today that as a member of the committee he is happy the city school board agreed Monday to have three tennis courts built near Cleveland High School and at the same time expressed the desire for more courts to be built.
Molander states, “As a member of the committee I am happy they (the school board) decided to build the tennis courts. As a citizen, I wish we could have five or six courts as a tennis center.” Molander said a study showed the Cleveland area could use 10 new tennis courts now. He noted the Tennis Advisory Committee, of which he and the Rev. Joseph Breen are members, had recommended five tennis courts be built. Molander explained the committee is to meet with Commissioner Kenneth Tinsley soon about the Monday action of the school board. He said at a five court tennis center people would not as likely have to wait to get a court as at three courts. Marion Cook of the school board stated today that the site of the tennis courts is the practice field near Raider Drive and the Cleveland High School parking lot. He said the plans are to build the tennis courts there and extend the practice field eastward with fill-in dirt.
Ronnie Weir, a name that was an important part of the winning tradition established at Cleveland High School, now rejoins his alma mater in a new capacity.
Weir is today the new head freshman mentor for the Blue Raiders.
Weir was named Monday night by the Cleveland Board of Education to a teaching-coaching position at the city high school and today by head football mentor Bobby Scott as the new chief of the yearlings.
The former Cleveland quarterback, who played in the Thoroughbred Bowl, Strawberry Bowl and Mid-State Bowl and was an all-state quarterback, went to the University of Tennessee on a grid grant but dropped out of UT because of an ankle injury. It was after an operation on the injured ankle that Weir went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. At UTC, Weir played for Harold Wilkes.
The one-time team captain, who was again sidelined by another injury, graduated from the Chattanooga school. With the announcement of Weir joining the CHS staff, Scott also announced the elevation of freshman head Dale Woodard to the varsity staff Woodard will handle the receivers, Scott said today.
The hiring of Weir comes on the heels of the resignation of Delano Raby. Raby resigned last month with plans of joining the Sears Company. Raby had been with the Cleveland system only one year. He came here from Bristol. It was just a month ago that Weir had announced he was joining a high school staff in Florida. But when the vacancy was announced at CHS, Weir became one of the top candidates for the post.
“Ronnie has always had a special spot in my heart,” Scott commented. “He was well liked at UT and Chattanooga and I knew our kids always appreciated him here at Cleveland High. I count it a real privilege to have him join our staff.”
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