Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 8, 2013

Looking Back

By Dorothy Copus Brush
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — January 1890

+Cline’s new Opera Hall will be opened Friday evening with a grand ball. The building is 33 x 60 feet and a big time may be expected. Music will be furnished by the Crossville Orchestra. Signed by H.J. Dunbar, Thos. Beadle, J.F. Cooley

+As James Dickirson was returning from Rockwood he saw a corp of railroad surveyors at work between Rockwood and Crossville. Such quiet operations means something.

+The Genesis and Obed River Telephone Co. is making arrangements to connect Crossville with Sparta and Kismet by erecting a new line.

January 1930

+The Crossville Chronicle used the words “Crossville” the gem of the Cumberlands on its masthead.

+Pastor A.W. Beasley, M.E. Church South sends this wish. “The new year is ahead. Let us greet the unseen with cheer and confidence.”

+Crossville merchants report Christmas business only fair, due to the excessive cold and snow that was in evidence and kept many from stirring far from their homes. The people had the money and would have been lavish with Christmas buying had it been possible to travel with moderate ease.

+The radio weather report on January 1, stated that a severe snow storm is headed this way from the northwest.

January 1977

+Bitterly cold weather continues and TVA spokesmen say they may have to implement mandatory power cutbacks. “We are right on the brink at the time of the morning peak in power demands.”

+Natural gas shortage closes schools because of the unnaturally frigid weather. Since their Christmas vacation students have been in school only a day and a half. Not only because of the gas shortage but roads are hazardous.