This Week in History 9-8
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Cleveland residents entered September of 1960 geared up for the big game, ready for the questions of another school year, excited to take on new challenges and focused on finding local troublemakers.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 1960

Bradley Bears Clash with Rhea

The 1960 gridiron Bears spent time brushing up on blocking assignments, defense and punting in preparation for the big game against Rhea County. According to reports, the boys in black and gold scheduled practice for the extreme mid-afternoon temperature as an added measure.

A win against Rhea was set to give Bradley its second victory of the season. The Yellowjackets already had one win over Bradley and an early reputation of not yielding a touchdown to their competition.

Coach Bill Smith and his entire staff agreed Wednesday’s practice was the team’s best yet.

Ben Frazier elected new group chairman

The Bradley County Board of Education chose Ben Frazier as chairman with Walter Howard serving as vice chairman. The two men succeeded the recently resigned chairs of Marvin Hooper and Gus Ware. The change occurred a month after the first election of school board members.

Friday, Sept. 9, 1960

Slight decline in employment

noted locally

Manager of the local employment security office Charles Petitt announced while employment had dropped in August 1960, the figure remained higher than those recorded in 1959. Figures showed 7,643 persons were working in the area in August compared to 7,724 in July.

“The outlook for the immediate future is uncertain,” Petitt explained. “However, it is generally believed that there will be no great change in employment for the coming month.”

Bradley High 4-H’ers take top honors

Three proud members of the Bradley High 4-H Club took top honors in the 21st Annual Junior Dairy Show sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleveland.

Participants met to fight for top honors at the Jimmie Lovell Field Thursday night. According to reports, Margaret Ann Haney exhibited the Grand Champion Jersey; Ted Chase the Grand Champion Guernsey; and Charles Wattenbarger the Grand Champion Holstein.

Reserve Grand Champion honors were taken by Eddie Wilson of Charleston FFA in the Jersey division.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 1960

Around Town

Adele Arthur loading up with a great big bundle of communications on her way to work ... Fred Hall and Bill Lillard taking their places with other “early birds” in town ... Ray Mobley stopping for a chat while waiting to see someone else ... Dottie Ray recovering after an operation and hoping to be back in Cleveland soon ... Officer and Mrs. John Eubanks marking an event with a one-candle cake.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1960

County teachers supplement

pay above average

Reports claimed the Bradley County salary supplement to its teachers would be above the state average in 1960 while the city of Cleveland’s would remain slightly below.

The salary supplements came from the sales and tobacco tax “overage” with the state average $276 according to estimates of the superintendents.

Bradley County teachers received $304 to be paid out in 10 equal payments. This compared favorably with the $160 received in 1959. The payment for Cleveland teachers was $265, more than $100 over 1959’s $130.

Reward in city robbery $500

Dr. and Mrs. S.J. Sullivan were held up by five youths. The city of Cleveland offered up a $500 award for the arrest and conviction of the troublemakers. The youths escaped with $300 after leaving the couple bound and gagged.

The same commission meeting during which the reward was set also dealt with the request for 10 additional streetlights throughout the city.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1960

Mayor proclaims special week on

behalf of Scouts

Cleveland Mayor William K. Fillauer declared the week in 1960 as Round-Up for Scouting Week. He encouraged, “That all the citizens of our community assist in building an ever stronger Boy Scouts of America.”

A drive was set up during the week to encourage all young boys who might be interested to sign up for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts programs.