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Front Page - Friday, October 14, 2016

50 Years Ago


What was happening in Chattanooga in 1966?



Saturday, Oct. 15, 1966

Georgia-Pacific Corp., one of the nation’s largest forest and gypsum products manufacturers, will establish a major building materials distribution center in Chattanooga about Nov. 1, according to Harold E. Sand, vice president. A  modern 22,000 square-foot building is just being completed in the Southern Railway’s industrial park on East 28th St.

The 12th annual Chattanooga Tri-State Band Festival Saturday on Brainerd High School’s football field was a spectacle of color, precision and stirring music. Sixty-six bands from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee participated. Because heavy rain slowed the band festival, it was to be completed Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, Oct. 16

The $4.1 billion public works appropriations bill signed by President Johnson contains $63.7 million for TVA and includes $422,000 for planning and architecture of the proposed building to be built on Lake Chickamauga near the boat harbor for TVA offices, it was revealed.

Monday, Oct. 17

Otis H. Segler, associated with the Home Office Life Agency of Provident Life & Accident Insurance Co., was elected president of Chattanooga Automobile Club at a board meeting.

A new, nationally distributed magazine for men which will maintain its editorial offices in Chattanooga was announced here Monday by David Z. Walley, Jr., publisher. The new magazine “Man About Town” will appear each month except June, July and August when a single issue will be printed.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Some 14 miles of Interstate 75 linking Chattanooga and Cleveland formally opened to traffic this afternoon. State Highway Commissioner David Pack, Bradley County Judge Nelom B. Jackson, Judge Chester Frost, Hamilton County, Mayor Harry Dethro, Cleveland, and Mayor Ralph Kelley, Chattanooga, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremonies. Dedication ceremonies were held first in Ooltewah High School auditorium due to heavy rains. Commissioner Pack made the principal speech after Gov. Clement’s plane was grounded at the Nashville airport because of weather conditions.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

A new $400,000 warehouse will be opened Monday on Amnicola Highway by the Associated Grocers of Tennessee, Inc., according to Charles West, general manager, who says it is the first step in a major expansion project. AGT services 135 stores within a 75-mile radius.

Hoyt W. Burns and Donald R. Miracle have been promoted to assistant vice presidents of the Chattanooga Federal Savings & Loan Association, W. Arnold Chambers, president, announced after a meeting of the Association’s board.

Thursday, Oct. 20

James L. Hipsher, vice president of the Hamilton National Bank, was elected president of the Chattanooga Clearing House for the new fiscal year at the annual meeting Wednesday. He succeeds J.R. Crigger, vice president of the American National Bank and Trust Co. James Goodner, vice president the American was elected acting manager of the Clearing House.

Garrison Elder, resident partner here of J.C. Bradford & Co., member of the New York Stock Exchange, announced that the securities business of Jack M. Bass & Co., Nashville, investment dealer since 1930, will be merged with the Bradford Co. Jack M. Bass, Sr, will become a partner of Bradford.

Friday, Oct. 21

The unexpected death Monday of Joe N. McGilvray at a local hospital following an apparent heart attack, took from the community a fine Christian gentleman, prominent restaurateur and civic leader. He had operated the Texan Restaurant on McCallie Ave. for many years. A native of Marshall, Texas, he came to Chattanooga in 1949. He was 62.