Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 4, 2012

Looking Back

By Dorothy Copus Brush
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — November 1897

+At last the county court has closed a contract for the construction of a new jail. The structure will cost $6,000 and be the latest model. The terms of payment will be $1,200 annually for five years at the rate of 6 percent. It will be ready for use by January 1.

+Verdie — The people of this community will meet Tuesday night and organize a literary society.

+The timber for a new bridge across Piney creek near the present foot log is being got out by the Gollihers. The miners of Rockwood will pay for the building of the bridge.

+Westel — The Baptists are about to organize a church here.

November 1933

+A tremendous effort has been made and is continuing to be made to induce people to “Buy Now” in order to increase business. The purpose behind this move is wholly good and proper when it hits people who are really able to buy. The great difficulty is most people have nothing or very little with which to buy and when they do buy they must use the greatest caution to get all possible for their money.

+The general public knows this “Buy Now” movement is only one of many the president is trying to bring back profitable business. It all comes back to the same old condition: Because of no jobs, people have little money to spend. The American people have never denied themselves when they had the price. That is all that keeps them from buying now.

November 1987

+Business leaders have been invited to a meeting sponsored by the Cumberland County Adult Literacy Program. All employees should be encouraged to master basic reading and math skills. Our community has a skills problem much like the rest of the country. That means between ten and fifteen percent of our work force reads and writes at about the fourth grade level or less.