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Front Page - Friday, May 18, 2018

50 Years ago: What was going on in Chattanooga in 1968




Friday, May 17

Miss Betty R. Tenpenny, Hamilton County home agent for the last two years, has been appointed agent in food marketing in the Chattanooga area, Paul M. Koger, district supervisor, University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension Service, announced. She will succeed Miss Eleanor Birdsong, whose retirement became effective April 30.

Supt. Sam P. McConnell urged more than 1,000 county teachers to support a metropolitan form of government at the meeting of the Hamilton County Education Association at Red Bank High School, citing problems faced by the county schools as a result of massive annexation of county areas by the city.

Thousands of spectators lined Market and Broad streets Friday afternoon for the annual Armed Forces Day Parade, described by many as “the best yet.”

Saturday, May 18

Social Security benefits totaling $55 million were paid to Chattanooga area residents last year. This was an 11 percent increase from the year before, Willie V. Miller, Social Security district manager, reported.

The 21st graduation exercises at Tennessee Temple Schools, to be held Monday, May 27 in the main auditorium of Highland Park Baptist Church, will award diplomas to 140 graduates. Evangelist Jack Van Imp of Troy, Michigan, will be the commencement speaker.

Hamilton County Republicans, meeting in convention at Interstate Auditorium Saturday, announced Frank Mallicoat for sheriff. Nominated without opposition, Mallicoat is a criminal investigator in the office of the attorney general.

Sunday, May 19

Tennessee Paper Mills has announced an improvement and modernization program which will include equipment to eliminate water and air pollution. In all, more than $2.6 million will be expended in the program, W. Max Finley, president and general manager, revealed.

The Chattanooga Jaycees Club was named the outstanding club in the state - metropolitan population division at the annual state convention in Nashville. The local club also took 12 of the 13 first place awards in the areas of civic, public relations and governmental affairs.

Otis H. Segler, special representative with Tri-State Brokerage Agency of Provident Life & Accident Insurance Co., has been named chairman of the 365 Clubs Enrollment Drive for 1968. The annual drive begins this week.

The Chattanooga Boating Club was awarded top trophy for its showing in the annual All-Boat Club Review on Lake Chickamauga Sunday afternoon.

Monday, May 20

Donald Shockley, head football coach at Chattanooga High School, has been recommended by the three U.S. judges in the Eastern District of Tennessee as U.S. Probation Officer for the Eastern District, to be stationed in Chattanooga. The appointment is expected to be confirmed shortly and become effective June 3. U.S. District Judge Frank W. Wilson of Chattanooga made the recommendation.

Dr. Conrow Reed Miller, drama and speech teacher at Baylor School for 27 years, will retire in July.

The County Council will consider an appropriation to finance a new metropolitan government charter commission when the council begins budget hearings in June for fiscal 1968-69.

Formal announcement was made Monday by Sheriff Frank Newell that he will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the state senate from the 11th District. The seat is presently held by Sen. Don Moore, attorney and legislative veteran, who is expected to also seek re-election.

Regina Hahn celebrated her 81st birthday by taking part in her annual tournament at the Brainerd Golf Club. She played with the clubs she has been using for about 50 years. Anna Cunningham was the winner in the 21st annual Regina Hahn Birthday Golf Tournament over a record field of 87 entries.

Tuesday, May 21

Eula A. Johnson Hamilton County Parent-Teacher Association Scholarships at the University of Chattanooga have been awarded to four elementary school teachers for summer school, which begins June 10. They are: Mrs. Helen Collins, Lakeside Elementary School; Mrs. Christine B. Ewton and Mrs. Dora B. Penny, Soddy Elementary School; and Mrs. John R. Lunn, substitute teacher at Alpine Crest Elementary School.

The City Commission approved the employment of six police officers and five firemen as probationers on the recommendation of Commissioner Turner. The employment will be effective June 1 and each new officer will receive $409.50 per month.

Wednesday, May 22

A committee representing several Chattanooga grocery and supermarket operators urged Chattanoogans to vote against the proposed Sunday opening law on Tuesday, May 28.

Thursday, May 23

The City Commission has begun consideration of high priority capital improvements for the 1968-69 fiscal year, which would require $8-9 million in bonds. A sharp tax rise is in prospect when the commission starts considering the operating and equipment budgets, city auditor Bill Zachery, indicated.

The board of directors of Memorial Auditorium has recommended to the City Commission that the city purchase the Tivoli Theatre now being leased from Wilby-Kincey Service Corps. of Atlanta. The city currently pays $23,106.96 a year in rent and insurance and waives property taxes of $6,444.90. The county waives $6,707.47.

Thomas M. Divine, former sales manager of the old Tennessee Electric Power Co. in Chattanooga and former instructor at McCallie School, has been elected acting president of King College in Bristol.

Mayor Kelley proposed to the City Commission that steps be taken without delay on a library and park downtown and a park along the river in connection with the extension of Riverside Drive. To help get the project underway, he recommended that $500,000 be placed in the capital budget for the fiscal year, which begins June 1.