This Week in History

Posted 7/21/19


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This Week in History



'Slowpoke' Retired

Bradley Memorial Hospital trustees Monday night voted to replace “Old Slowpoke.”

“Old Slowpoke” is the nickname by which hospital employees refer to a 1951 model elevator just off the hospital lobby, it was explained by William Torrence, hospital administrator.

Hospital board members voted to replace the elevator with a modern, automatic elevator capable of accommodating hospital beds, which the present one will not do. The replacement includes related mechanical and electrical work, Torrence said.

Hospital board members approved a $15,055 bid of Dover Elevator Company in Atlanta to replace the elevator, and another $1,023 for related electrical work.

The Board of Trustees also approved fencing for part of the Bradley County Nursing Home grounds, and approved Dr. Charles Romaine, who recently entered medical practice here, as a staff member. The hospital now has 31 practicing physicians on the medical staff, as compared to nine when the hospital opened.


Passenger Rails Stilled

All passenger train service between Bristol and the Georgia state line will be discontinued after Aug. 12. An order permitting Southern Railway to discontinue passenger trains numbers 17 and 18 as of the August date will leave all of East Tennessee without any rail passenger service.

According to Hammond Fowler, public service commissioner, under the provisions of Tennessee law and the evidence offered at a public hearing on July 13. The commission had no alternative but to permit the discontinuance.

Fowler commented, “It does make this Commission sad to see the last passenger train leave the rails in East Tennessee. I can remember when I used to ride this very train many times … I think it behooves interested citizens and the president of the petitioning railroad to get together with labor and try to work out some realistic, meaningful labor contracts and try to get into the business of merchandising and selling modern passenger service, get back into the fight and give this country a few passenger trains where they need them.”

The petitioner, Southern Railway Company, based its entire case at the hearing on the mandatory provision of the Tennessee Code which states: “Upon application by the carrier, the commission shall authorize the discontinuance of any passenger train when it shall be made to appear that for a period of 12 months or more, the direct operating costs of such train have exceeded the aggregate gross revenues therefrom by more than 30 percent.”

The commission’s disposition of the case was limited to consideration only to the revenues and operating expenses of the two trains.

Roy W. Hudson, railroad inspector for the state commission, rode the trains on three round trips during the month of June. Passengers ranged downward in number from 35 to 9, he testified. Hudson said all coaches were well-equipped, air conditioned and clean. The presentation of the operating expenses and revenues for a 12-month period, and the testimony that upkeep was at its best, left the commission no move but to allow the discontinuance of service.


Cleveland Electric Dedication

The Cleveland Electric System will hold a dedication and open house of its new power service center on Guthrie Drive, Aug. 15 from 2 to 8 p.m. Visitors will be given guided tours of the building and will be presented with souvenirs, M.E. Beavers, general manager, announced.

Special displays and demonstrations will be on hand to illustrate the history and uses of electricity and the Tennessee Valley Authority, Beavers said. The power services center was designed by Harrison Gill and Associates of Chattanooga and constructed by T and C Construction Company at a cost of $678,000. The center, located on Guthrie Drive just off 25th Street N.W., provides a modern structure consolidating five warehouses and storage yards under a single roof.

All CES personnel work from this building, according to Beavers, since the old CES building was inadequate from the standpoint of location and the continuing growth of the system.

“When we built that place we expected it to last a lifetime. No one had any idea that Cleveland would grow so much. Before we moved we had trucks and equipment at five different locations,” Beavers said.


Bronze Star awarded

The Bronze Star Medal for Valor was awarded posthumously Tuesday to Army Pfc. Larry A. Branam, who was killed in Vietnam last March. The award was presented to his mother, Mrs. Maggie Branam, of Spring Place Road, in ceremonies in the office of Mayor Harry L. Dethero.

Army Capt. Douglas L. Worthington, assistant professor of military science at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, acting for Army authorities, presented the award to Mrs. Branam.

Present for the ceremony was Mrs. Doris Shannon, one of the soldier’s six sisters. He also has five brothers. Pfc. Branam was a member of Troop B in the First Cavalry Armored Division when he died as the result of hostile action in Vietnam on March 19, 1970. A Bradley County native, the 20-year-old soldier had attended Bradley Central High School and entered the Army in August, 1969.


Mrs. Wilson Chosen Principal

Mrs. Clarence (Betty) Wilson has been named principal of the elementary division of The Cleveland Day School, Headmaster Clark Chism announced today. The promotion completes reorganization of the faculty for the coming year, he said.

Mrs. Wilson, who joined the faculty at the school in 1966, succeeds Mrs. James B. (Jane) Parks at the post. Mrs. Parks left the school at the end of the 1969-70 school year and is moving to Signal Mountain. Her husband is now employed at Provident Life Insurance Co. in Chattanooga.

The dean of the high school division is also leaving Cleveland Day School, Chism said. Mrs. Barbara Tiller has moved to Anniston, Ala., where her husband is now employed. She will teach at the Anniston Academy there.

Mrs. Katherine Clark, formerly of Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, is the new dean of students for the entire school. Mrs. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and has done graduate work at Tennessee Wesleyan and the University of Chattanooga. At CDS, she is the English and social studies teacher for the third and fourth grades. An accomplished musician, Mrs. Wilson helps with the music programs at the school. “Mrs. Wilson has been a very valuable teacher at CDS,” Chism said. “Her experience and spirit of cooperation and service will be a great help to the new teachers in the elementary school. We are fortunate to have her on our staff.”

Other teachers on the elementary school faculty include: Mrs. Mary Leeper, first grade; Mrs. Walter Clift, second grade; Mrs. Katheryn W. Howell, math and science for third and fourth grades; Mrs. Gerald Kersey, language; Mrs. Noretta Medford, math and science for fifth and sixth grades; Mrs. Judson Vines, English and social studies for fifth and sixth grades.


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