This Week in History 1-27
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Cleveland residents said goodbye to January and welcomed February with scholastic achievements, fundraising proposals, lifetime honors, blood drives and encouraging the city’s Junior Miss hopeful.

A glimpse at 48 years ago:

Jan. 28, 1965:

Chamber to honor Sloan

The Cleveland Chamber of Commerce awarded Steve Sloan with a lifetime membership for his, “stellar performance as quarterback for the University of Alabama in regular season play and two bowl games.

Paul Davis, Chamber president, said the honor would be given, “in recognition of his outstanding Christian character, scholastic achievement, aggressive athletic leadership, and for unexcelled good-will created for his home city through the nation’s press, radio and television.”

Steve was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Sloan. Davis said Steve was the first to receive a lifetime membership award.

Panorama on display

The Tennessee Panorama was on display in The Village Shopping Center in late January of 1965. The attraction was built into a big house trailer, 45 feet long and 9 1/2 feet wide. The traveling exhibit was an attempt by officials to promote Tennessee activities during the holidays.

A divided interior displayed several hundred color pictures representing a large variety of scenery, historical sites and outdoor activities. According to reports, the Panorama bore out the slogan: “Plenty of Fun for Everyone in Tennessee, the Nation’s Most Interesting State.”

Jan. 29, 1965

Drive foundation laid

Lee College President Ray Hughes went to the community with a fundraising drive in early 1965. He laid out how Lee was a cultural, spiritual, economical and educational asset to Cleveland and Bradley County. Hughes said the school has an annual payroll of more than $300,000.

Choirs like Lee Singers and the music festivals were cited as cultural assets.

“It is a spiritual asset in that education without God is not the kind that will keep us a free nation,” Hughes said.

He noted the accreditation of Lee’s programs and faulty upgrading as educational assets.

This was the first time the college went to the community with an appeal for aid.

2 BHS girls win

Juanita Dixon and Rebecca Kyker were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for Bradley High School in 1965. Dixon achieved the highest scholastic distinction with a four-year average of 97.633. She majored in math and minored in language and science during her high school career.

Kyker achieved a close second with a four year average of 97.171. She majored in math and social science with a minor in Latin and science. Both ladies planned to student education in college.

Feb. 3, 1965

Judie Simpson

leaves for pageant

Cleveland sent Judie Simpson to Chattanooga as its 1965 Junior Miss contestant in pursuit of the overall title of Tennessee Junior Miss. A total of 24 contestants met in Chattanooga to vie for the state title. Simpson was a member of the Beta Club, Future Teachers Club, Christian Crusaders Club and Latin Club at Bradley High School.

184 blood pints given

The red Cross Bloodmobile collected 184 pints of blood during their early February visit to Cleveland. The county was put on probation as the collection was 51 pints short of the quota. A total of 219 donors showed up. Twenty-seven gave blood for the first time. Records report the weather was freezing.

Gallon cards went to Bill Long, Herbert Harmon, Dr. Robert Hines, Lester Brogden, William R. Wallace, Wade C. Goode, Mrs. Edna Walker, Robert G. Johnson, Mrs. Alma Ruther Brewer and Dr. Ivan C. Humphries among others.

Feb. 4, 1965

Mr. Driver, Don’t hit

my daughter

A mother wrote a letter of concern to the Banner in early 1965:

“Today, my daughter, who is 7 years old, started off to school as usual. She wore a dark blue dress with a white collar. She had on black shoes and wore blue gloves.”

The mother outlined what she and her daughter spoke about the night before.

“We talked about a lot of things — tremendously unimportant things; then we studied spelling, reading and arithmetic and then — to bed.”

Now the child is asleep.

“You wouldn’t hurt her, would you? You see, I’m her mother. When her doll is broken or her finger cut, or her head gets bumped, I can fix it. But when she starts across the street— well, then she’s in your hands.”