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Front Page - Friday, June 3, 2016

50 Years Ago


What was happening in Chattanooga in 1966?



Saturday, June 4, 1966

Col. James Scott, Jr., ROTC Third Army, has notified Supt. Bennie Carmichael of the city school system that the Federal government will pay for the full costs of ROTC at Chattanooga High School for the next year if the school board requests it with no obligation to the city for continuing beyond next year.

Sunday, June 5

Final commencement exercises for 99 seniors at the Baylor School for Boys began with the baccalaureate sermon by the Rev. Mahan Siler, Jr., minister of the Crescent Hill Baptist Church Mission of Louisville, Ky., Sunday at 11 a.m. Diplomas were presented to the graduating seniors at 3 p.m. in Alumni Chapel. Dr. Herbert B. Barks, retired headmaster of Baylor, was the commencement speaker. Headmaster Dr. Charles E. Hawkins presented the diplomas.

The Rev. John H. Bonner, Jr., rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, was the baccalaureate speaker Sunday afternoon for the class of 1966 of the University of Chattanooga. After his sermon, UC President Dr. LeRoy Martin conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.

Monday, June 6

The University of Chattanooga held its 80th commencement Monday night in the new Maclellan gymnasium. Some 240 members of the graduating class were addressed by James B. Reston, associate editor of The New York Times, on “A New Patriotism.”

Secretary of Commerce John T. Connor Friday named J. Burton Frierson, president of Dixie Yarns of Chattanooga, to a special group to help the government curb inflation. The group is composed of 10 representatives of the cotton and cotton textile industry.

Tuesday, June 7

George W. Evans, vice president and general counsel for Interstate Life and Accident Insurance has been appointed 1966 chairman of the Chattanooga Citizens Committee of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Reid S. Murphy, president of Signal Knitting Mills, will serve as treasurer.

Rabbi Samuel April, formerly head of Temple Or Olom in Miami, has assumed the duties of Rabbi at B’nai Zion Synagogue here. He succeeds Rabbi Joseph Renov, who resigned in November and is now head of Shearth Israel Congregation in Columbus, Ga.

Wednesday, June 8

Van H. “Toney” Tone, teacher at Red Bank Junior High School, received the Chattanooga Junior Chamber of Commerce’s “Outstanding Young Male Teacher” award at the Jaycee’s weekly luncheon meeting in Hotel Patten. Tone has taught at Red Bank Junior High since graduating from the University of Chattanooga three years ago. He has been a Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church since 1964 and is a life member of DeMolay.

Thursday, June 9

Some 1,000 delegates to the 85th annual convention of the Tennessee Bar Association began registering Wednesday at Hotel Patten. Justice Abe Fortas of the Supreme Court was to speak at a joint luncheon of the state bar and the Tennessee Judicial Conference in the Silver Ballroom of the Read House Thursday but was delayed in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Alma.

The Chattanooga Board of Education voted 4-3 Wednesday to uphold its decision of April 13 abolishing ROTC at Chattanooga High School.

Friday, June 10

The 28th annual meeting of the Tennessee Hospital Association is expected to attract some 500 representatives from hospitals in the state when it convenes here June 16 at the Read House. The three-day meeting will have as its theme “Implementing Medicare,” according to the association president, Thomas Newland.