A glimpse 50 years ago:
Monday, Jan. 14, 1963
Local taxable property
$333 per person
The gross value of Bradley County’s local property in 1963 was $17,921,000. Numbers showed an increase over the total on 1957’s books at $15,753,000. Both counts were taken in conjunction with the Census Bureau and its Census of the Governments. The net amount in 1963 was $12,987,000 after deducting the portion which was tax-exempt.
Property tax accounted for almost 90 percent of all revenue at the government level. A boom in both residential and commercial construction reportedly attributed to the growth between 1957 and 1963. The assessment represented, in terms of local population, equaled $333 in taxable property for every man, woman and child in the county.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1963
Singing fame waxing stronger
Dot Beck, formerly Dot Tulloss, began her official singing career with a record release through United Southern Recording in ‘63. Her songs included, “When Is Tomorrow?” and “Ed Went A Courtin.’” According to reports, Beck sang weekly on local radio station WBAC while still attending Bradley Central High School.
Beck kept busy through a bi-weekly spot on a radio station in Searcy, Ark., making TV and radio appearances and performing at various venues.
Ferris wheel fire
A Cleveland woman reportedly received injuries to her neck, back, legs, spine and other parts of her body while riding a ferris wheel in ‘63. According to her testimony, the operator was intoxicated while monitoring the ride. He proceeded to pour gasoline into a fuel tank while the engine was running. The engine caught fire and sent flames into the air.
The giant wheel caught on fire while the lady was on the ride in the Village Shopping Center parking lot. She also cited damages to her nerves, employment and mental health. She filed a suit totalling $14,750 against the amusement company.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 1963
Man of year
Paul Cagle, Marion Cook, Ben Longley and Harlen Painter charmed their way into the top four to be considered as Cleveland’s 1962 Young Man of the Year. The title was a part of the Jaycees’s annual Distinguished Service Award honor. According to reports, all four men were well-known locally for their civic and church work.
The men differed in age and employments: Cagle, 36, worked at Cleveland Woolens; Longley, 32, was a Controller of Hardwick Stove Co.; Cook, 28, was employed as the assistant purchasing agent for Bowaters Southern; and Painter, 31, was the city’s attorney.
Extension of day classes
President Ray H. Hughes announced an extension of classes at Lee College in mid-January of 1963. The fully-accredited junior college offered nine courses Monday through Thursday night. Students were able to use the courses as full credit transferable to another college.
Hughes said the extention classes were for people in the community who were unable to attend the regular day schedule. The classes offered included: Math 121, Business Administration, English 112, Education 112, Economics 212 and Biology among others.
Friday, Jan. 18, 1963
More arrests made in 1962
Cleveland police records in ‘63 revealed a spike in crime in 1962 over the previous year. According to reports, the total number of citations by the department reached an unofficial figure of 2,419. This was an increase of 249 over 1961’s 2,177. There were reportedly 994 arrests for public drunkeness and 570 citations for reckless driving. Additional frequent misdemeanors included parking violations, driving under the influence of an intoxicant, and violation of the anti-noise law.
Saturday, Jan. 19, 1963
Varel and Bailly Chanteurs de Paris found an appreciative audience in Cleveland residents. Their performance was reportedly varied and entertaining.
“With action and pantomime supplementing their fluid and euphonious French, they were able to make their English-speaking audience ‘get the point,’” wrote Elizabeth Cate Manly. The group sang of life, love, fate, death, war, peace, and faith. Above all Manly said the performers were there to have fun.