This Week in History

Posted 3/4/18

1960 Strong armed thieves

who apparently couldn’t open a Sears and Roebuck Company safe solved that

problem by carting the safe off with them in a break-in over the weekend, city

police …

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This Week in History



Strong armed thieves who apparently couldn’t open a Sears and Roebuck Company safe solved that problem by carting the safe off with them in a break-in over the weekend, city police said today. The safe, which weighed well over 200 pounds, contained approximately $1,100 in cash and checks, it was reported.

Investigating officer J.D. Trew said the burglars gained entrance by knocking the lock off a back door and tearing open a hole large enough to reach in and remove a bar which covered the door. Several drawers in an office which housed the safe had been ransacked but apparently nothing else of value was taken, Trew added. Officer John Eubanks who conducted a thorough search for fingerprints said the work appeared to be the doing of professionals. He said gloves apparently were worn by the crooks as no telltale marks could be found. Officers surmised the break-in must have taken place sometime Sunday night as the store was open Saturday night and probably would have been discovered had it occurred after that.



A Birchwood youth and his teenage sweetheart set out in search of a minister to marry them this morning and wound up at the City Police Station. John L. Wilhoit, 18, of Birchwood and 16-year-old Margie Dean Millard of Georgetown, were married there in a quiet ceremony just after 10 o’clock. It all started earlier when Wilhoit sauntered into the station and told Officer J.D. Trew of his plight. He and his sweetheart wanted to get married but had no place to have the ceremony performed and didn’t know where to go. Trew consented to give Cupid a helping hand and called Rev. Jack Crye, pastor of the Community Hall House of Prayer. He was told Rev. Crye had just left town. Trew found the pastor shortly thereafter and he readily agreed to perform the ceremony. So with officers and a member of the family as witnesses, vows were spoken in the station and the nervous young couple was united, oblivious of their surroundings. The newlyweds said they plan to make their home in Cleveland.


A Cleveland man who was injured on the job was admitted to Bradley Memorial Hospital Monday with a fracture of the left arm and an injury to the left hand. Attendants said today that Buddy Neeley, Route 1, was in fair condition. One other emergency patient, Kay Arms, Ocoee, was dismissed from Bradley Memorial Monday after treatment for a laceration of the forehead received in a fall. Treated and dismissed at Speck Hospital were: John Ledwell, 10th Street, fracture of the finger; Freelyn Pence, Route 3, injury of the left foot; Harold Dixon, Chippewah Avenue, injury of the right knee; Mrs. Margaret Williamson, First Street, injury of the left shoulder; Alvin Branham, Route 2, fracture of the right wrist.


The Honor Roll for East Cleveland School has been released by Principal Bob Erwin. To be eligible, a student must have maintained an average of 90 percent in all subjects. The Honor Roll: Sandra Kay York, Eddie Shope, Gary Lawson, Cathy Hull, Sherry Hampton, Mackie Swafford, Terry Buckner, Hall Casson, Wanda Faye Jenkins, Connie Catlett, Fern Green, Linda Draper, Larry Geren, Macks McCann, Judy Lawson, Sandra Dixon, Peggy Sexton, Roy Gene Cross, Cathy Goins, Judy Crum, Peggy Cox, Charlotte Tallent, Doretta Johnson, Edna Floyd, Dianna Haire, Janice Kay Self, Betty Dixon, Sherry Lynn Gladson, Steve Davis, Marion Hull, Jr., Sandy Cox, Nancy Anderson, Sharon Dixon, Gary Dixon, Gary Phillips, Glenda Woods, Mary Nolen, Charles Swafford, Lonnie Williams, Charlene Blankenship, Frankie Callahan, Lamar Anderson, Ronnie Bishop, Gary Davis, Leland Brown, Sandra Evans, Judy Ingram, Wilma White, Mitchell Geren, Phillip Dixon, Gary Blankenship, Annette Sharits, Dennis Lambert, Terry Phillips, Gloria Jackson, Paul Russell, Bobby Catlett, Garry Johnson and Phyliss Scoggins.


Cleveland adults who are looking for good wholesome fun and an opportunity for social development will find this in the organization of a Western style square dance class that is now being sponsored by the YMCA and the County Agriculture Extension Service. The class will start next Monday night and continue every Monday night for 15 weeks. For the past two years the YMCA has been making contacts for an outstanding caller of the Western style of square dancing and now has secured Fred Goodner of Chattanooga to direct this activity here in Cleveland. Goodner has just finished a class at Etowah where 163 people graduated from his 15-week course. The program is for couples only and sessions will be held each Monday night in the auditorium of the Bradley County Agricultural Building from 7:30 to 10. A very minimal fee will be charged and those signing for this course can either pay in full or on a night by night basis. Once this class is completed the YMCA will organize a club which will hold sessions the year around and will affiliate with the National Square Dance Association. Couples desiring to enroll are asked to call either the YMCA office, GR 6-8131 or the County Agriculture Extension Service office GR 6-4552.


Sports and recreation were given a tremendous boost Tuesday night when the Quarterly Court voted to set aside 22 acres for a recreation area. The land is located alongside the county farm road and will run along Keith Street when the project is finished. The squires voted to set aside the land after D.A. Ingram and Warren Turner appeared before them asking for 10 acres to construct four baseball diamonds and a football field for the rapidly expanding Youth for Sports program.

Squire Fred Longwith said this morning that he would like to see the ball get rolling on this area right away. He envisioned that in the future picnic tables, swimming pool and possibly even the site for a county fair could come from the area.

Youth for Sports was formed last year to aid in the sports and recreation program in the city and county. There is just one lighted baseball diamond available in the city and with a proposed expansion to at least 29 teams this year, it would have been impossible to play all the games at the ball park. Numerous concerns and organizations have already volunteered help in constructing the ball diamonds. Only expense will be in the purchasing of the lights, wiring, poles, cross bars and other necessary items for the lights and wire for the backstops.

Longwith said that a committee probably would operate the area and that if it ever stopped being a recreational site, it would immediately revert back to the county for other use. Most of the squires commented that the youth program was a great thing for Bradley County and were enthusiastic about it when approached. Youth for sports has two tentative plans for the baseball area. One has four diamonds back to back with a central concession stand. The other calls for two baseball diamonds and four Little Boys League diamonds with the home plates near the edges of the area.


The Bradley County Quarterly Court Tuesday night unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the City of Cleveland pay to the county its share of the tax equivalent collected from the Cleveland Electric System. The resolution first stated that the court “demanded” the city pay the county but following a lengthy discussion, the word was changed to “request.” Judge H.M. Fulbright said that the county as trying to collect only what was owed to it.

“We don’t want to injure any branch of the government and we don’t want to work an undue hardship on anybody.”

He revealed that the county would agree to an easy pay plan of the back money. Fred Longwith made the motion and it was seconded by Hubert McDaniel. Milford Miller and Homer Green argued against trying to collect back money and thought that the county should be interested only in the future monies.

County Attorney James Nave said that the 1959 tax money already was in the city treasury and that the city hadn’t had a chance to spend it yet. He pointed out that the monies for the past years had been spent.

Miller declared that if the city had to lose all that money they would have to raise taxes and that if the county started taking some of the CES money, the rates would go up.

Judge Fulbright put in that the CES would not be paying out any more money but that the county would be getting its share of it in the future.

J.D. Morelock said that if the city raised its taxes, the county could cut its taxes. Miller added that the city people paid two thirds of the county taxes but only got one third of it back in the schools.

Green said that the money already had been spent by the city and that most of the county people who paid taxes had benefited by it. The resolution ordered a copy of the resolution sent to the city commissioners and also to the CES.

The commissioners voted to go ahead and condemn three pieces of land for the McDonald Road. Six landowners donated land for the highway and two others agreed to settle for $250 each but three others, Richard Bethea, Harry J. Brown and Maggie Trotter had refused to discuss terms with the county. A three man committee composed of Vernon Lackey, Omen Cantrell and Ernest Morgan is to determine the value of the land to report to the county court. Roads accepted into the pike road system were White Crest Drive off Harrison Pike, four streets in the West Heights Subdivision, namely 20th NW, 18th NW, Norwood and Lee, South Wilson Heights Road, Burley Drive and Brackin Road. A petition for the Lewis Road from the Dry Valley Road to Lee Highway apparently was misplaced at an earlier meeting and it will be acted on at the next meeting.

A committee is to check into the Mantooth Road off the Ladd Springs Road. Also residents of the Old Chattanooga Road want it black topped like it was before it was changed by the Southern Railway.

Two bridges were discussed. One on the Durkee Road will be widened at a cost of approximately $288. A bridge on the Old Tasso Road was debated but a check will be made into rights-of-way with Southern Railway. This bridge was estimated at $7,000. McDaniel said that Bryant Construction Company had agreed to move a house located on the Old Tasso Road at a sharp curve back 50 feet so that the road could be straightened out for $600. He was instructed to get the wording of the contract changed slightly and to report back at the next meeting.

The court passed a resolution recommended by the state highway department that the state could reroute and construct roads where the interstate highway cut through them. The court then passed another resolution contingent on the state bearing the cost or reimbursing the party against taking away a road while relocating another road. They amended the school budget so the state could give the county $3.18 to purchase typewriters. The state agreed to pay $2 per high school student. Nave was reimbursed $300 for his expenses in appearing before the Public Service Committee and other work he performed for the county. Edgar Hysinger, Hugh Randolph and Sally M. Griffith were named notary publics.


A nine man committee was selected Thursday night to set the policies and operate the new 22 acre recreation area given to the Youth for Sports by the Bradley County Quarterly Court. The board will work on plans for the area and set up a long range program, then aim toward filling the proposals. Selected on the board were County Judge H.M. Fulbright; Squires Fred Longwith and Homer Green; County Commissioners George R. (Bobby) Taylor, B. Harrison Fair and C.F. Kelly; Earl Murphy, president of the Babe Ruth League; Russ Melvin, president of the Little Boys Leagues; and D.A. Ingram. Immediate objective of the board is to secure two lighted baseball fields for use this summer. One of the diamonds would be regulation for baseball and the other a Little Boys baseball field. Future plans call for at least two more diamonds, a football field for the midget and junior leagues, swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic tables, fire places and other items to make the area a family recreation spot. The 22 acre recreation area was secured after the Youth for Sports group tried to obtain other lands to build baseball diamonds for their rapidly expanding program. The board will consider a fund raising project to start work on the area. Numerous firms and individuals have volunteered their services free of charge to aid in the construction of the diamonds. The youth program had 24 baseball teams last year and is expected to expand to 29 this year. They also had four football teams and will go to eight this fall. The constitution and the bylaws for the Little Boys Baseball Leagues were adopted. The rules and regulations for the selection of players also were adopted.


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