its forerunners, the Cleveland Banner, the Journal, and the Journal and Banner.
In July 1933, Cleveland residents welcomed back two local units of National Guardsmen, followed reports of a hold-up, watched as Style Dry Cleaners caught on fire, and mourned the loss of a local character.
Sunday, July 23, 1933
Two local units of Guardsmen back home
Members of Cleveland’s two National Guard units, Rifle Company G and headquarters company, 117th Infantry, returned Sunday from a two week encampment at Camp Peay, near Tullahoma.
Company G was commanded by Capt. James F. Bowman, and First Lieutenant C.F. Kelley was in command of headquarters company, Second battalion. Major James F. Corn was in charge of Battalion. Corn said the encampment was one of, if not the best, in the history of the Tennessee National Guard. Training was excellent.
Trio nabbed here in hold-up
Beecher Lawson, Lloyd Hagler, and Bill Stoops, well-known local trio in police circles, were taken to the McMinn County Jail to await trial. The Cleveland men and their Roadster were identified by Emmett Robinson, operator of the fill station. The three men allegedly held Robinson up at gunpoint. Robinson reported he scuffled with one of the men before being struck across the head. There was about $20 missing from the till.
Lawson received the mercy of Judge Blair’s court the last session of criminal court after he promised to be a, “good boy,” and, “go straight.” Reports expected Judge Blair to be less lenient if Lawson was proved guilty.
Monday, July 24, 1933
A camping and fishing party composed of Roddy Wilson, Elmer Simbro, Lloyd Callaway, Ralph and Knox Riden, Charles Evans, and H.H. and Jimmie Maxwell returned after a week’s stay on Tyee Creek in Polk County. They camped near the Jim Hood place. Several nice catches were reported.
Dry cleaning plant damaged by blaze
Flames spread throughout Style Dry Cleaners after a shorted motor set off an explosion in the cleaning fluids. Ross Edgemon, operator of the dry cleaning plant, said several suits and dresses of the patrons were damaged. He asked patrons to call his shop so he could adjust damages. Both city fire trucks responded and the blaze was controlled by the use of the chemical units.
Considerable damage was caused by the smoke that quickly filled the building. Several hundred spectators quickly assembled.
Tuesday, July 25, 1933
Forest worker gets stung in eye
James Resonover, a city lad of the Sylco CCC Camp was brought to the General hospital for treatment to his eye. A husky mountain hornet had stuck his stinger into the reforestor’s eye ball. Resonover is progressing nicely.
Wednesday, July 26, 1933
Local character victim of hit-and-run
Bill Lawson, 70, of this county died in Chattanooga as a result of injuries received during a hit-and-run. He was knocked down on the Hickory Valley Road near Tyner. Two women driving behind the machine that struck Lawson stopped and helped him. Lawson was taken to Erlanger hospital in an ambulance and was found to suffer a fractured shoulder and internal injuries.