This Week in History 7-20
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Cleveland residents geared up for the end of July with conferences, competitions, farewells to old friends and congratulations.

Tuesday, July 20, 1965

Nina Jones completes NEA study

Nina Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah H. Jones of Route 7, attended the Classroom Teachers National Conference at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Conn.

The conference took place July 4-16. It was the 22nd conference to be held under the Classroom Teachers, which was a department of the National Education Association.

A special emphases at the conference were placed on the need for continued improvement of education for the child in a rapidly changing society and professional growth and economic stability for teachers. Each of the 350 participants at Storrs had the opportunity to present ideas and ask questions at workshop meetings as they heard the views of many of the nation’s top-flight educators at general sessions.

Jones graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1959 and from the University of Tennessee in 1963 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Science.

She began her second year of teaching in 1964. She was already very active in the teaching professional organizations and served as a delegate at the NEA conference in New York City from June 27 through July 3.

According to reports, Jones was the youngest delegate and member at the conference.

Wednesday, July 21, 1965

Local girl earned her stripes

Linda Faye Shell received her nurse’s "stripe" at Knoxville’s Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital in August 1965.

She had received her cap in June and was to enter her junior year the following month.

Shell, a 1964 graduate of Bradley Central High School, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shell of 1604 Parker Street.

Friday, July 23, 1965

Miss Cleveland shines in Tennessee

Beautiful Miss Cleveland 1965, Ernestine Longwith, participated in the swimsuit event at the Miss Tennessee Pageant in the evening.

4H Girls dressed for success

Sewing machines around Bradley County hummed for several weeks as 4-H girls prepared for the county Dress Revue.

Thursday was dubbed “Judgment Day.” The young ladies modeled garments judged on appearance, how becoming the piece was and construction.

First place winners were: apron, Linda Baker; junior blouse, Sarah Ramsey; junior skirt, Linda Baker; junior cotton dress, Martha Hardwich; senior cotton dress, Barbara Ward; senior best dress, Sandra Trikosko; and senior party dress, Cynthia Wattenbarger.

Judges included Mrs. Spence Bates, Mrs. James Hackney, Mrs. Frank Hazard, Brenda Layman, Mrs. Bill Taylor and Mrs. Robert Taylor among others.

Junior leaders who assisted were chairman Betty Franks, Tana Olsson, Susan Brooks, Emily Sanders, Pam Lyle, Jackie Clark and Connie Haney.

The Chamber of Commerce and Chandler's Fabric Shop were sponsors of the event.

Saturday, July 24, 1965

Pat McCracken

presents at VBS

Intermediate Vacation Bible School at Westwood Baptist Church began Sunday night at 6:30 and lasted through Thursday late July of ‘65. Classes in Bible study began at 9 o'clock each morning. Young people ages 13 to 16 were invited to participate.

Pat McCracken, who was a student at the University of Chattanooga, was the guest speaker Sunday night. She showed slides and told of her experiences as a summer student missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention to Hawaii.

Miss McCracken was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George McCracken.

After Bible Study on Tuesday morning, the group of VBS students went to the Baptist Children's Homes to conduct recreation for the children there.

Monday, July 26, 1965

Local historian passes

A funeral for John J. Bell, 64, a widely-known newspaperman and historian, were held in Cleveland before the body was taken to his hometown of Sparta for burial.

Bell, who resided at the Houston Apartments on Broad Street, was known as an authority on history, especially of Tennessee, and of the life of Abraham Lincoln.

He was active in the work of Central Church of Christ, where services were conducted by J. William Hartline of Cleveland and James Burrow of Murfreesboro.

He was district manager here for Chattanooga News-Free Press for some 20 years and circulation supervisor for the remaining four years of his life.