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Front Page - Friday, April 29, 2016

50 Years Ago

What was happening in Chattanooga in 1966?

Saturday, April 30,1966

Construction of a $2 million, 12-story luxury apartment on a site adjacent to Bright School is under way, S.L. Probasco, Jr., president, and T.A. Lupton, Jr., secretary, of the Future Chattanooga Development Corp. announced. Known as the Continental Apartments, the ultra-modern building will contain 136 units. The development will be owned jointly by Future Chattanooga Development Corp. and four Lexington, Ky., developers: J.W. Davis, Jr.; C.B. McEachin; Robert T. Mayes; and Rex B. Martin.

Sunday, May 1

Edward H. Schulz, formerly with the Detroit United Foundation Torch Drive, will assume duties Monday of associate director of the United Fund of the Greater Chattanooga area, W. Roy Meyers, United Fund president announced.

Six leaders of the Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce are to leave Sunday for Washington to attend the 54th annual convention of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. They are: T.A. Lupton, Jr., president; Preston P. Jordan, chairman, state and federal government affairs committee; James W. Hunt, executive vice president; J. Marcus Lever, public affairs manager; and Carroll B. Wells, Chamber director and president of the Chattanooga Area Safety Council.

Monday, May 2

Law Day USA was observed when the Chattanooga Bar Association sponsored a luncheon at which Judge Harry Phillips of the U.S. Court of Appeals was the principal speaker. James C. Lee, president of the Bar Association, presided at the meeting. Judge Phillips was introduced by Robert Kirk Walker, president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

The 20-acre Hamilton County Park on Dallas Bay of Lake Chickamauga opened Sunday for its sixth season. Improvements this year include re-sanding of the swimming beach and a conversion of 50 acres into camping grounds.

Tuesday, May 3

The annual convention of the Tennessee Library Association opens Thursday afternoon, and will continue until Sunday afternoon. More than 300 delegates and guests from all parts of the state are expected to attend. Headquarters will be at the Read House. Mrs. Florence Leech Simmons of Chattanooga is president of the TLA. Dr. Al Bowman of the University of Chattanooga is chairman of local arrangements.

Chief Mike Quinn of the City Fire Prevention Bureau was presented the Fire Safety Award won by Chattanooga among cities in its population class in the 1965 inter-chamber Fire Safety Contest. The presentation was made by J.B. Rudisill, chairman of the 1965 Fire Prevention Week.

Wednesday, May 4

First Methodist Church’s minister, Rev. Robert L. Wilcox, has been named superintendent of the Maryville District of Holston Conference. Bishop H. Ellis Finger made the announcement through Chattanooga area superintendent Dr. W.M. Seymour. Rev. Wilcox will succeed Dr. Edgar A. Eldridge, who has completed his six-year term in the office.

Thursday, May 5

Dr. Walter Judd, former Congressman from Minnesota and former Medical Missionary in China, addressed the Metropolitan Dinner Club Wednesday night at the Read House. Dr. Judd was introduced by U.S. District Judge Frank Wilson.

Friday, May 6

The promotion of Robert H. Caldwell to board chairman and the appointment of Ralph J. Thompson as president and chief executive officer of the Professional Golf Co. was announced Wednesday by the board of directors.

Reid S. Murphey, president of Signal Knitting Mills, was elected a member of the board of the Hamilton National Bank at a directors meeting Wednesday, J.E. Whitaker, board chairman, announced.