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Busy Town --This is a block portion of the Gleason, Tennessee business district, showing the Bank of Gleason at the Left. The town is widely know as a ball clay producing center and for large volumes of sweet potato plants shipped annually. Fifteen miles of county road intersecting Highway 22 at Gleason has been recently paved.


Murrell Finch, an insurance man and the president of the Gleason Rotary Club, surveys strip mining progress at a large clay mine on his property near Gleason. Ball clay, is plastic type of clay that has a tendency to ball and is used in manufacturing tile, chinaware and pottery, to mention just a few markets.

Tater Toters - - Pretty smiles detract attention from the sweet potatoes held by (left to right) Miss Nancy Trevathan, Miss Rosemary Trevathan and Miss Marilee Wyatt. Rosemary is reigning Miss Gleason, Nancy, her sister, is First Alternate, while Miss. Wyatt is Second Alternate. Sweet Potato plants leave Gleason each year for markets in about 10 states.




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