Glimpses of Hohenwald’s Past

Glimpses of Hohenwald’s Past

November 06, 1958

The Blue Grass Regional of the Tennessee Regional Library Service was observing National Book Week, November 3-8, by initiating its brand new bookmobile.  The bookmobile would visit Lewis County Public Library (which was located in Court House basement) on November 6 for public inspection.  Rural communities in Lewis County that were served at this time by the bookmobile and book deposit centers were Cathey’s Creek: J.J. Savage’s Store; Gordonsburg: Murray Johnston store; Kimmins: Mrs. W.W. McClearen Store;  Macedonia: Roy Milan’s Store; Napier Lake: John Pennington’s Store; and Riverside: Marvin Patton’s Store.

The Hohenwald Police Department made a total of 18 arrests during the month of October 1958, thirteen of which were for public intoxication.  Tennessee Highway Patrol made 43 arrests in Hohenwald during October.

The following births were announced: Sheila Gobble, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fraley; and Randy David, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gobble.

Mahnee Barnette reported in her “Oak Grove Gossip” column that “Oak Grove turned out en masse to honor one of our senior citizens, Edd Couch, on his 82nd birthday.”

Funeral services were held for Elvis Mash, 40.

“Old Yeller,” starring Dorothy McGuire and Fess Parker, and “Slaughter on 10th Ave.,” starring Richard Egan and Jan Sterling, were the Friday and Saturday double feature movies at the Highlands Drive-In and Saturday film showing at the Strand Theatre.  

November 07, 1968

A lineman with MLEC was electrocuted while stringing wire to wire a pump at Highland Mining Corp.

William Keaton, Jr. was promoted to Division Manager of Genesco Inc.’s Cowan, TN, McMinville, TN, and Carrollton, GA plants.

Bessie Whitwell was honored for her birthday with a surprise dinner at the community room of the Hohenwald Bank and Trust Company.

Funeral services were held for Billy Ammons, 74; Shauna Brown, infant; Gerald Gilbert, 22; Johnathon Lynch, 81; and for Daniel Waldrom, 75.

Sharpe’s Service Center advertised that a free turkey would be given away “with each major appliance, TV, or Stereo purchased between November 1st and November 27.”

“The Shaggy Dog,” starring Fred MacMurray and Jean Hagen, and “Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar,” narrated by Rex Allen, were the Friday, and Saturday night double feature movies at the Highlands Drive-In.

November 09, 1978

According to population estimates released by the Tennessee State Planning Ofice and the Bureau of the Census, Lewis County experienced a 26.8 percent increase in population from 1970 to 1977.

The note of Hohenwald City Hall was paid in full when Mayor Dol Willis and City Recorder W.B. Cooper gave checks to Rex W. Grimes at Hohenwald Bank and Trust Company to cancel all indebtedness on the facility which was constructed in 1974 for less than $125,000.

The following members of the LCHS Panthers football team were named to the 1978 All-District team: Tim Bastin, Clark Bates, Robert Cogdill, Benny Pace, Kayo Phillips, Mike Whitwell, and Tim Whitwell.

The LCHS Panthers won the final game of their 1978 season with a 33 to 6 triumph over Collinwood.  Benny Lay was the leading yard rusher with 101 yards in 12 carries.

Janet Turner attended the 41st National Convention of the Girls Scouts of the United States in Denver, CO, as one of nine delegates elected by the Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Council.

Jeffery Yates completed basic and A.I.T. training at Fort Jackson, SC with the U.S. Army.

The following births were announced: Robert Allen, son of Dennis and Noreen Klein; Rickie Lynn, son of Ricky and Sylvia McCann; Jason Randal, son of Randal and Brenda Favors; Megan, daughter of William and Janie Liles; and Kena Renee, daughter of Lannie and Linda Spurgeon.

Funeral services were held for Homer Kelley, 59; and for Bertha Runions, 53.

Marilyn Greene, midwife, advertised the opening of The Women’s Birth, a Middle Tennessee Information and Care Center, located in Kimmins.

 “Mean Doo Blues,” starring Gregg Henry; and “Rolling Thunder,” starring William Devane, were the weekend double feature at the Highland Drive-In.

November 10, 1988

Mayor Guy Nicholson signed a proclamation naming November 17, 1988, as the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout Day in Hohenwald.

Work was slated to begin within the next two weeks for a proposed four lane highway extending from the railroad tracks on East Main Street in Hohenwald to the Hohenwald City Limits on Highway 99/412.

Lewis County reported a “good turnout” at the polls with 51 percent of registered voters taking time to vote in an election involving state and national offices.  Total votes cast for the office of President of the United States were 1,324 for Republican George Bush and 1,419 votes for Democrat Michael Dukakis.

Wayne Davis was named Outstanding Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Lewis County Soil Conservation District.

A rail spur constructed from the South Central Railroad to Transit Plastics Inc., the plastic extrusion pipe plant in Hohenwald, allowed the plant to receive its first load of resin by rail car on November 4.  

Todd and Linda Schultz announced the birth of their son, Wesley Todd.

Mr. and Mrs. Bernice Epley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception held at the Oak Grove Community Building.

Funeral services were held for Rosa Churchwell, 82; Albert Hamel, 80; Cecil Harris, 61; and for Zella Spears, 75.

November 12, 1998

Carol Buckley and Scott Blais, founders of the Elephant Sanctuary, were named “Heroes for the Planet” by Time for Kids, a publication of the Time Warner Corporation.

The Lewis County School Board met November 9th at LCHS with a large group of teachers and other interested citizens attending.  Prior to the meeting, a tour of the facilities was conducted.

Andrew Rogers completed all requirements to attain the status of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

Kenneth Carroll was named Lewis County Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Lewis County Soil Conservation District.

Kayla Mills won the title of 1998 Miss Tennessee Pre-Teen State Hostess at the Miss American Tennessee Coed Pageant held in Chattanooga.

The following births were announced: Helena Sara, daughter of Perry and Margareta Stephens; and Loren Rae, daughter of Ray and Crystal Runions.

Funeral services were held for Effie Brewer, 84; Roger Pitts, 44; and Jessica Smith, 16.

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