This Week in History 12-15
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Mid-December saw Cleveland residents practicing blackouts, introducing new instruments to Bradley High’s band and attending a dance at the country club.

Monday, Dec. 15, 1941

Fire destroys Tinsley Store

An early morning fire gutted the interior and destroyed practically the entire stock of a small grocery store operated by Charles Tinsley on West 32 Street.

By the time the fire department arrived, the interior of the one-story frame building was in flames from front to back.

Band Boosters

Club organized

The personnel of the Band Boosters Club was completed and the club was scheduled to meet for its first meeting just before the new year.

The club was to be composed of parents and friends of the high school and elementary school band members and the organization of such a group was to fill a much-needed place of organized cooperation and support of Cleveland’s bands, which had been lacking in the past.

Tuesday Dec. 16, 1941

City observes 1st practice blackout here

Cleveland observed its first practice blackout Monday night.

The city was dark for 15 minutes before the “all-clear” signal was sounded. It was the first practice test of how to use the cover of darkness for protection against enemy planes flying above ready to drop death and destruction upon the first little light which could betray the location of a city.

P. & S. refuses county credit

The Cleveland Physicians and Surgeons hospital announced that it was notifying all physicians that it could not accept more Bradley County court patients unless all back accounts due the hospital from the county were paid.

The hospital’s action came after a meeting of the county court in which the court refused to authorize the county to borrow $12,000 on short term notes with which to pay outstanding obligations on the part of the county to the hospital and to East Tennessee Hospital for the insane at Knoxville as far back as 1936.

Bradley band now has oboe

Several new instruments were introduced at the Bradley High School’s big band concert, including an oboe played by Karl Smith Jr.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1941

Christmas program at Chilcutt School

A one-act play, “A Christmas Tree for Josie,” was to be presented by the high school students.

Several of the grammar school students also took part in the program.

Brownie troop has Christmas party

Brownie troop No. 55 had a meeting at Arnold School on Monday afternoon, including a Christmas party with refreshments.

Faye Smithers, Ann Jobe, Peggy Shugart, Jo Ann Sullivan, Nancy Goodsale, and Mary Helen Beaty were present.

Also present were Barbara Rhodes, Dolores Gobble, Maxine Gannaway, Barbara Finnell, Virginia Johnston, Carol Sharpe, Bunny Hickey, Sandra Davis, Emma Jane Seaborn and Gene Marie Callaway.

Civilian Defense Corps

holds meet

More than 80 male and female volunteers in the local Civilian Defense Corps met at the county courthouse Tuesday night as plans for defending the area against possible air raid attacks and bombings were discussed.

Sets up ‘Penny a Plane’ Club

The Cleveland Rotary Club at its regular meeting enthusiastically adopted the idea of organizing a “Penny A Plane” club through which small contribution containers would be placed in the banks, stores and other public places in Cleveland.

The contributions were to be presented to the federal government to finance the building of planes for service against the Axis in the war.

Thursday Dec. 18, 1941

Dance Saturday night

at Golf and Country Club

Invitations were issued to a dance to be given Saturday night at the Cleveland Golf and Country Club.

Music was to be provided by Von McLane and his band.

Members of the club and their friends were invited to attend.