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Front Page - Friday, August 16, 2019

50 Years Ago

Friday, August 15

The county school board has appointed Humphreys and Wilhoite, architects to design improvements costing $650,000 for Red Bank High School. The firm of Bianculli and Tyler received the job of designing an addition to Lookout Valley Junior High School which will house a senior high school for Tiftonia.

Lookout Mountain will hold its 20th annual community Labor Day picnic, September 1, on the Town Commons. Lookout Mountain Methodist Church members will prepare the barbecue. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. The U.S. 9th Air Force Band will present a concert from 6 to 7 p.m. Other military and “lunar” units will also participate in the entertainment features.

The new East Ridge police headquarters, city court and prisoner detention cell unit will be housed in a former private residence at 1510 Tombras Avenue directly across the street from city hall. The property was purchased for $10,000 and will take the place of the proposed annex at the rear of the city hall which was first approved and then rescinded by the commission. Cost of remodeling and conversion of the house to city government use is estimated at $35,000.

Saturday, August 16

Road Builders, Inc. of Nashville is the apparent low bidder ($540,590) for rebuilding a half-mile of N. Moore Road in Chattanooga to provide the Brainerd area better access to Interstate 24. Wesco contracting Co. of Chattanooga submitted the apparent low bid on seven other Hamilton County projects advertised for bid by the State Highway Department.

The 960 Third St. Building, which will be used primarily by doctors and other professional people, is nearing completion. The three-story structure is adjacent to Erlanger Hospital and will be connected to it by a tunnel under 3rd street. Parking space is also provided in the construction.

The dropout rate in the Chattanooga city schools increased slightly during the 1968-69 term after holding steady.

Sunday, August 17

Miss Beverly Hartshorn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hartshorn of Signal Mountain and a graduate of Virginia Intermont College, was chosen “Miss Chattanooga” for 1970 Saturday night at the Tivoli Theater. There were 28 contestants for the honor. The contest was sponsored by Chattanooga Jaycees. Miss Hartshorn was sponsored by WTVC-TV, where she is a sales secretary.

The 18th Red Food Store in Chattanooga is being erected at Lee Highway and Shallowford Road. In addition to the new store, the center will include five other businesses. The $500,000 structure will have 40,000 square feet of floor space.

Monday, August 18

Hamilton County’s school buses rank among the top fleets in the state for safety. Joe Adkisson, a supervisor in the Pupil Transportation Division of the State Department of Education said. Hamilton County’s system has privately owned and contracted buses while most larger county systems have county-owned vehicles.

The Rev. James O. Stewart, 55 of 1605 Prater Road, minister of St. James United Methodist Church and a leader in civic and youth activities here, died Sunday in a Chattanooga Hospital. In 1962 Mr. Stewart became the first minister in the state to receive the Tennessee Recreation Society Award for his work with youths in the East Lake-Foust Community.

Tuesday, August 19

Chattanooga city officials told officials of Red Bank, Rossville, East Ridge and Lookout Mountain that if the city of Chattanooga makes a decision to maintain a transit system in the area it will have to have financial help from the surrounding municipalities which are served by the present Southern Coach Lines system.

Cecil Howard Waller, 69, of 113 Gillespie Terrace, chairman of the Draft Board, 85, died Monday morning at his residence. He was a member and elder of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and a Sunday School teacher for many years.

Mrs. Anna F. Kennedy of Collegedale, died Sunday at her home, 140 Apison Pike. She was an assistant in the department of education at Southern Missionary College and a member of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Wednesday, August 20

Three city commissioners, Petersen, Rose and Conrad, voiced opposition to the planned annexation by East Ridge of 65 acres within Chattanooga city limits at the commission meeting Tuesday, but the commission did not vote to take legal action stopping annexation. East Ridge officials, meanwhile, said they will proceed as planned to annex the tract of underdeveloped land inside the corporate limits of Chattanooga.

Ernie Feagans, well-known Chattanooga sportscaster, has been named assistant manager of Chattanooga’s education television station, which will open in early October.

The Action Coordinating Council, Chattanooga’s arm of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is the fourth group to protest the appointment of Quintin Lane, who is white, as director of Model Cities Program. SCLC has reportedly been circulating petitions to residents of the area which might result in having the program blocked.

State Rep. Ben Longley of Cleveland said Wednesday he will introduce a bill on the first day of the general assembly in January to repeal legislation he sponsored in the last session that permits smaller cities under special conditions. East Ridge is currently under fire by the Chattanooga City Commission for its announced intention to annex a 65-acre tract in Chattanooga under the recently passed legislation.