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Front Page - Friday, December 18, 2015

50 Years Ago

What was happening in Chattanooga in 1965

Saturday, Dec. 18, 1965

The Chattanooga Housing Authority approved by 3-1 vote Wednesday a progress report on plans for a 700-car parking garage and office building in the Golden Gateway block on the west side of Chestnut Street between Eighth and Ninth Streets.

University of Chattanooga trustees at a quarterly meeting Thursday voted to authorize James R. Franklin of Affiliated Architects, Inc., to complete plans for the construction of a new women’s dormitory to cost approx. $500,000 and to house 151 students. The building will adjoin present women’s dormitory, Annie Werner Pfeiffer Hall, at the corner of Baldwin and Oak.

Sunday, Dec. 19

J. Herman Barnett, Jr., former manager of the tar products division, Reilly Tar and Chemical Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., has been appointed sales manager of the Chattem Chemicals Division of the Chattanooga Medicine Co., Alex Guerry, Jr., president, announced Saturday.

Monday, Dec. 20

Lt. Col. W. N. “Red” Herndon has retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 25 years of service that included heroic exploits in combat in two wars. Col. Herndon was stationed in Chattanooga from 1952 to 1955 as inspector-instructor for Chattanooga Marine Reserve unit. While here, he was active in the civic life of the city. He now lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tuesday, Dec. 21Loftex, Inc., will establish a $1.5 million plant here to prepare synthetic yarn for the carpet industry, N.A. Gladding, Jr., president, and Fred K. Johnston, Jr., vice president and sales manager, announced Monday. The new company has purchased a 20-acre tract from J. Gilbert Stein in the Shallowford Industrial District.

Colleen Whitaker from Red Bank High School was crowned Chattanooga’s Junior Miss for 1966 Monday night on the stage of Brainerd High’s auditorium. She will represent Chattanooga in the State Junior Miss finals Feb. 3-5 at the Tivoli Theatre. Miss Whitaker was crowned by Nancy Brown, 1965 Junior Miss.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

The appointment of Ronald L. Osborne as executive director of the Boys’ Club of America, effective in January, was announced Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club by S.L. Probasco, Jr., a director of the club. Floyd Delaney, former president of the Boys’ Club and a member of the Kiwanis Club, presented Probasco a check for the Boys’ Club organization Christmas party from the Kiwanis. Osborne succeeds Sam Monroe as executive director.

Thursday, Dec. 23

A force of some 1,300 persons has been assembled and is hard at work to bring the sprawling Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant at Tyner back to life to produce TNT, said Lt. Col. Herbert R. Riedeman, commanding officer.

Friday, Dec. 24

Telephone customers in Chattanooga will get the full benefit when the Federal excise tax on telephone service is reduced on Jan. 1, from 10 percent to three percent, Preston P. Jordan, Southern Bell district manager here, said.