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Front Page - Friday, August 9, 2019

What was going on in Chattanooga in 1969?




Friday, August 8

George M. Clark Sr., chairman of the board of Pioneer Bank reported Thursday that the banks’ total resources amounted to $73,446,600 July 31. This is nearly 5% over the same date last year. Clark also announced the election of business executive and Chattanooga developer Weldon F. Osborne, to the board.

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place Thursday in East Ridge at the site of the new American National Bank and Trust Company’s new branch on Ringgold Road and Armour Street. East Ridge city officials and bank officers took part in the ceremonies.

New officers recently elected to guide the Chattanooga Little Theatre for the 1969-70 year are: Humphrey Heywood, president; Mrs. William L. Montague, first vice president; Mitchell Crawford, secretary, Bernard Sullivan, treasurer; Mrs. Lee C. Head, board chairman, Walter T. Forbes Jr., and Mrs. R.B. Davenport III were elected new members of the board.

Saturday, August 9

Former City Commissioner George McInturff has been named to represent the Chattanooga Housing Authority on the Community Development Administration, project agency for the Model Cities program.

Site preparation for widening of Market Street from the present four-lane stretch of Market St. will relieve congestion of traffic around Chattanooga High School.

A Police Cadet Training School, sponsored by the New Careers Training Program in cooperation with the Chattanooga Police Department, will begin August 25, with fifteen trainees. The men are being recruited from among interested candidates who lack high school diplomas and who would not normally be eligible for police careers.

John Allen Carter, administrator of the city pollution control agency, said the agency’s inventory of industrial plant emission will be evaluated by a represented of the National Air Pollution Control Center beginning Monday. More than 200 entry report forms were mailed to local industries and of this number, 87, have been returned to the pollution control agency.

Sunday, August 10

A five-year multi-million dollar expansion of Memorial Hospital which will add about 170 beds was announced Saturday by DeSales Harrison, chairman of the board, and Sister Thomas DeSales, administrator.  The expansion will give the hospital a capacity of   430 beds and will include a new 100,000 square-foot building on the east side of the hospital and a smaller addition on the southwest side of the hospital.

Preliminary plans are being completed for the proposed construction of a new church plant by First Centenary United Methodist Church. Included are plans for a new sanctuary, administrative offices, adult and youth educational buildings.  They will be situated on the 400 block of McCallie Avenue, site of the present church main building. The proposed project would cost about $2 million dollars.

Forrest Hudson, Chattanooga lawyer, entered the race for city judge about 30 minutes before the noon deadline Saturday for filing qualifying petitions. He faces Bennie j. Harris, the first Negro to serve as city judge in Chattanooga’s history and who is serving an interim appointment to the second division City Court which was created just this year.

Monday, August 11

Frank Massey, Third District elector for the American Party, announced the Hamilton county convention of the party will be held Thursday in the Continental Room of the Read House.

The Hamilton County Parent-Teachers’ Association awarded $100 tuition scholarships to five in-service student-teachers attending summer session at ETC, Miss Julia Ruth Richardson, PTA president, announced. They are Mrs. Elizabeth Gensheimer, Mrs. Elma J. Henry, Mrs. Jennie t. Irwin, Mrs. Mary D. Lunn and Mrs. Shannon G. McGuffy.

The fashionable Pan-O-Ram Club, located on Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain filed a petition in bankruptcy in federal court here. Assets were listed at $7,600 and a total indebtedness of $344,415.67.

Vice Mayor Dean Peterson proclaimed August 10-16 as “Miss Chattanooga Week.” The current Miss Chattanooga is Royal Jo Smith. The Jaycee-sponsored event is predicted to be a sell-out performance.

Tuesday, August 12

A subsidy based on the cost of transporting school children has been proposed by City Attorney Eugene N. Collins as one method of keeping Southern Coach Lines in operation until the city is legally and financially able to acquire the almost defunct company.

M.C. Gross has been appointed to his fourth two-year term as foreman of the county Grand Jury. His appointment order was signed by Criminal Court Judges Russell Hinson, Tillman Grant and Campbell Carden. Gross will take the oath of office on September 8.

Suits seeking to enjoin the Selective Services Board from drafting two local persons who assert conscientious objections to war were dismissed Monday by U.S. Dist. Judge Frank W. Wilson. The ruling was made on suits brought by John William Watson, son of Chattanooga attorney Manley Watson, and Edward H. Landers a Brainerd High School teacher. Judge Wilson held that the Military Selective Service Act of 1967 expressly denied any pre-induction judicial review of the actions of a Selective Service Board.