Glimpses of Hohenwald’s Past

January 08, 1959

Dr. W.E. Boyce retired January 1, 1959 after 46 years of practicing medicine.  Dr. Boyce was a graduate of  the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1912, where he was head of his class.

Dr. W.C. Keeton announced that Dr. David Rutledge would move to Hohenwald to be associated with the Boyce Clinic.  At press time, Dr. Rutledge was completing his internship at Nashville General Hospital.

Fred T. Evans resigned as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Hohenwald and was retiring from the pastorate.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Lobelville with a score of 60 to 36.  Melton Simmons was the top scorer for the team with 20 points. The LCHS girls basketball team defeated Lobelville with a score of 47 to 22.  Cherry Brown was the top scorer for the team with 16 points.

The LCHS basketball teams were victorious in both of the alumni games played on January 6.  These games were sponsored by the teenage March of Dimes committee in conjunction with the Lewis County Jaycees.  Approximately $180 was raised for the March of Dimes.  The LCHS girls team won with a score of 23 to 10.  Susie Dabbs was the top scorer for the team with 10 points.  The Panthers won with a score of 41 to 37.  Melton Simmons was the top scorer with 17 points.

The following births were announced: Anita Gayle, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Frazier; Terry William, son of Mr. and Mrs. Collins Prater; Joyce Fay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Devore, Jr.; Deborah Fay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Murphy; Cynthia Lou, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Henderson; David Glen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Morgan; Marvin Dwight, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Norman; and Bluford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bluford Warren.

Funeral services were held for Carey Cameron, 76; and for Bobby Grimes, 20.

Carlos, Sarah, and Jerry Ammons advertised their purchase of the Shop-Rite Market, formerly owned by W.E. Barber.  “We assure you there will be no drastic changes in the operation of the store.”

“The Bounty Hunter,” starring Randolph Scott, and “Blackboard Jungle,” starring Glenn Ford and Anne Francis, were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Strand Theatre and the Saturday night movies at the Highlands Drive-In theater.

January 10, 1969

Rex Grimes was named president of the Hohenwald Bank and Trust Company.  He had previously served as vice president.

Mayfield Cab Company on Maple Street was raided by the Hohenwald Police Department and the Lewis County Sheriffs Department on January 1, confiscating 2.5 cases of bonded whiskey.

Billy Luther accepted the pastorate of the First Pentecostal Church of Hohenwald.

Joe Griner and G.W. Stevens were named co-chairs of the annual March of Dimes drive in Lewis County.  This drive was sponsored locally by the Lewis County Jaycees.

Carlos Tutor was appointed chair of the Lewis County Heart Fund campaign.

The Hohenwald Independent basketball team won over a group of college boys coached by G.W. Stephens with a score of 94 to 84.  Robert Chandler was the top scorer for the team with 24 points.  The Hohenwald Independents also defeated Perry County with a score of 63 to 58.  Eddie Floyd was the top scorer for the team with 31 points.

The Hohenwald Genesco basketball team defeated the Hohenwald Independents with a score of 111 to 74.  The top scorer for the team was not named.

George Richardson was promoted to the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Funeral services were held for Ellis Pace; William Lynch, 80; Grady Peeler, 67; Frank Stockard, 74; and for Paul Spears, 77.

“Frankie and Johnny,” starring Elvis Presley, and “Arizona Bushwhackers,” starring Howard Keel and Yvonne DeCarlo, were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Highlands Drive-In theater.

January 11, 1979

Over 100 gold, silver, blue, and red ornaments were placed on the Christmas tree placed in Luther’s Corner of Anderson Plumbing and Electric on December 12.  The ornaments were purchased by residents as memorials.  A total of $150 was raised from the trim a tree sale for the American Cancer Society.

The following births were announced: Julie Cathey, daughter of James and Margaret Adcox; Madison Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Brewer; Crystal Ragan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hinson; and Barry Lynn, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry La Rue.

Funeral services were held for Jack Carroll, 52; and for Verda Holmes.

“Buffalo Rider” and “Teenage Tramp” were the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday double feature at the Highlands Drive-In Theater.

January 12, 1989

Coast to Coast Home and Auto on East Main Street, formerly Otasco, was destroyed by an early morning fire on January 7.  Ammunition in the building began exploding like firecrackers at about 2 a.m.  The roof and walls of the building collapsed after Hohenwald Volunteer Fire Department labored in vain for an hour and a half in an attempt to quench the fire.  Loss of the building, fixtures, and stock was estimated at $400,000.  The fire was believed to have started in the basement, possibly in the shop area.

Glynn Tucker, Industrial Maintenance Instructor at the Hohenwald State Area Vocational-Technical School, was honored by Stabilizer Magazine for his construction of a hand-powered tricycle for the handicapped.

Classes at LCHS were interrupted January 10 when a call to the school office warned of a bomb threat.

Leroy Staggs retired from the Hohenwald Post Office on December 31, after 26 years of service as a postal carrier.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Hickman County with a score of 65 to 63.  Jeff Stevens was the top scorer for the team with 14 points.  The LCHS Lady Panthers defeated Battle Ground Academy with a score of 51 to 38.  Laura Baker was the top scorer for the team with 15 points.

Corey Hickerson was the first place winner in the Voice of Democracy essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1814.

Paralee Spears was named the first quarterly winner in the revived Employee Recognition Program at the Hohenwald Employment Security office.

Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Kilpatrick announced the birth of their daughter, Kacey Lee.

Funeral services were held for Kelly Barber, 20; Joseph Barnett, 85; and for Betty Neeley, 54.

January 14, 1999

LCHS Fall sports teams were recognized at the January 11 meeting of the Lewis County School Board.

The Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald announced that 100 percent of its 1997-98 LPN graduates passed the state licensing exam.

Ammons Shoprite Market reported a break in.  Burglars gained entrance by breaking a south side window.  Eight cartons of cigarettes were reported missing.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Mt. Pleasant with a score of 49 to 48.  Josh Keltner was the top scorer for the team with 15 points.  The LCHS Lady Panthers defeated Mt. Pleasant with a score of 80 to 70.  Brianne Amacher was the top scorer for the team with 28 points.  The Lady Panthers also defeated Spring Hill with a score of 69 to 45.  Erica Morrow was the top scorer for the team with 15 points.

Chris Messina and his wife, Daniela, visited Hohenwald, Germany on December 13.

Dakota Davis was chosen King in his age division and his sister, Kebrina, was crowned queen in her age division at the Miss & Master Christmas in Dixie Pageant held in Waynesboro.

Quilts made by Roberta “Peaches” Grimes would be featured in the second of a series of Needlework Showcases at the Main Street Tea Room.

The following births were announced: Hannah Grace, daughter of Jimmy and Tabitha Bates; and Haley Paige, daughter of Randal and LeAnn Hankins.

Bitha Bullion was honored on her 90th birthday with a buffet lunch at her home.

Funeral services were held for William Rasbury, 84; Oma Ghist, 89; Benton Grayson, 79; Martha Lindsey, 80; Jack Moore, Sr.; Marie Talley, 90; and for Tony Woodie, 27.

In statewide news: Governor Don Sundquist unveiled the state’s newest license plate design.  The plate bared the Tennessee hallmark design, featuring a bright yellow sun rising behind a green outline of the state.  The slogan “Tennessee Sounds Good To Me” was positioned above the design in black and blue lettering.

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