This Week in History
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Clevelanders eased into August of 1956 with a pep in their step as they prepared for local elections, cheered on young swimmers, celebrated academic successes and prepared for another Friday night of square dancing.

Monday, July 30, 1956

Two Polk Countians get UT scholarships

Recent graduates of Polk County High School nabbed freshman scholarship by the University of Tennessee for the 1956-57 school year. Joe. G. Price, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Price, and Larry Lillard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Haskell Lillard, gave their parents a reason to be proud. Both planned to enter the college of education.

The scholarships were reportedly based on their intellectual ability and initiative prior to college. High school found Price more involved in athletics while Lillard served as president of the student council.

Jim Hunter is the top money winner at local Speedway

Jim Hunter took first place in a Speedway feature race as well as second and third place in the first and third heat races. He drove car No. 51 and reportedly had one of the hottest cars on the track. A previous week found Hunter in contest with Kenny Sharp and taking second place in the money bracket. Other racers included Roy Roberts, Bobby Miller, Junior Stepp, Clyde Mayne and Clifford Harris.

Additional news reported square dancing followed the races every Friday night at the Speedway.

Jaycee Independents hand LaFayette a 4-3 decision

Massengill started and ended as pitcher for the victorious Independents over LaFayette with a one point lead at 4-3. The powerhouse pitcher gave up eight hits, but struck out 13 men. LaFayette’s Massey gave up five hits and struck out six men. Pruett scored the Independents’ winning point with a run toward home in the bottom of the ninth.

Tuesday, July 31, 1956

Election laws to be enforced, Sheriff warns

Sheriff Paul Jones reminded Bradley County voters to “keep the general election clean Thursday.”

He warned drunks would be immediately arrested and jailed. All election laws were to be strictly enforced.

According to Jones, a person did not have to be completely drunk to be arrested. All that was required was heavy drinking or disruption of the peace.

Jones said he was warning the public so no one could say they did not know.

Clevelander to appear on television show

Cleveland resident David Ferrell was signed up to appear on TV Channel 12’s Luther Show in ’56. He planned to do an act impersonating and pantomiming Sammy Davis Jr. Ferrell was a student at the University of Tennessee at the time, studying radio and television program production.

Voters urged to OK rural school program

Bradley County voters were encouraged to approve the $880,000 rural school improvement program by Loy P. Whaley, justice of the 1st district, and Roy Caldwell, JP of the 2nd district.

An open letter to Bradley County voters read, “... At present our schools are crowded, and we are in need of an improvement program. If we do not vote for this program at this time, then we will be much farther behind next year. ... Don’t overlook the question which will be found on the left side of your ballot.”

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1956

Realty company donates 1,200 feet of land

Brown Realty Corp. announced their plan to give the city of Cleveland approximately 1,200 feet of land, 75 feet wide, for the proposed Keith Street along Mouse Creek. The land began on the north side of 17th Street and extended north along the west side of Mouse Creek about 1,200 feet to the proposed extension of 20th Street.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 1956

17 youths become Fish Club members

YMCA’s week of swimming sessions paid off in the addition of 17 swimmers to the Fish Club. The 17 boys and girls entered the advanced tests in hopes of improving their swimming techniques.

Those who passed 21 stunts for the Minnow Club included: John Farr, Rufus Triplett, Terry Frazier, Leslie Richmond, David Brackin, Phil Powell, Steve Powell and Keys Fillauer.

Beth Berry, Jannie Cook, David Williams and Virginia Abel were among those accepted into the Fish Club. In addition, Harry Nelson, Hardwick Stuart Jr., Gary Gibson and Larry Clarke all completed the 10 stunts to make the Shark Club.