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Front Page - Friday, August 5, 2016

50 Years Ago


What was happening in Chattanooga in 1966?



Saturday, Aug. 6, 1966

A ribbon cutting was held Friday night for the new Gateway Professional Building on Carter Street. Dr. William G. West, minister of the First Christian Church, gave the invocation. Mayor Ralph Kelley cut the ribbon.

The new Hixson High School, Hamilton County’s first circular educational structure, was turned over to the Board of Education Thursday for a final inspection. Classes will begin in the building at the opening of the 1966-67 term in September. The new school cost $1,304,047.

Sunday, Aug. 7

The legal profession and Chattanooga lost an outstanding representative and citizen in the death of H. Keith Harber. Mr. Harber died of a heart attack at the age of 43. Cut short was a promising career of a lawyer and as a leader in local and state professional circles.

Monday, Aug. 8

Twelve young West German elementary school teachers arrived in Chattanooga Monday evening for a 17-day stay as guests of the Experience in International Living. The young teachers will be guests in Chattanooga homes. A tour of the University of Chattanooga, parties, concerts, and trips to various scenic attractions in the area are scheduled for the visitors.

Major Clement Wyllie, Jr., of Chattanooga, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism displayed during an aerial flight in Viet Nam. The citation states that Major Wyllie “distinguished himself in November 1964 while serving as Commanding Officer of an aviation unit in the Republic of Viet Nam.”

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Leslie Edward Templeton, general superintendent of the city’s department of public works at his retirement in 1964, died Tuesday morning at a local hospital. Mr. Templeton was employed by the city in 1930 and was named Superintendent of Public Works by Mayor Olgiati in 1946.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Sister Marie Victoria was paid highest tribute for “her distinguished service to God and mankind and her unselfish devotion to the development of a truly great Memorial Hospital” at a testimonial dinner Tuesday night at Read House. Some 350 of her friends and admirers were present at the affair, sponsored by the Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Memorial Hospital Association, the hospital medical staff, and the hospital’s women’s auxiliary.

Thursday, Aug. 11

The 17th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electrical Contractors Association opened Thursday at Lakeshore Lodge. Melvin Wilhoit of Chattanooga is president of the organization. Speakers for the convention will include: E.W. McCall, president of the Associated Contractors in Knoxville; George Jamison, vice president of Crouse-Hinds Co. in Texas; T.K. Edenfield, vice president of General Electric Co.; William H. Martin, III, vice president of Martin Stamping & Stove Co.; and H.T. Edwards, executive vice president of Tennessee Valley Supply Co.

Friday, Aug. 12

Lt. Bob Levin, a fighter bomber pilot with 173 missions over Viet Nam, and the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Navy Commendation Medal, 11 air medals for participation in strikes against Viet Cong positions, and the Centurion Award for 100 carrier landings, will be the guest speaker for the Civitan Club Friday at their luncheon meeting.

Rabbi Abraham Feinstein, after 34 years as spiritual leader of the Mizpah Congregation at Julius and Bertha Ochs Temple, will retire Sept. 1.