Glimpses of Hohenwald’s Past by Crystal Nash

March 26, 1959

Construction of the swimming pool at the Hohenwald Recreation and Golf Club was under way.

Rex Grimes was elected president of the Hohenwald Rotary Club.

Kenneth Craig was elected president of the Lewis County Jaycees.

The annual Shrine-Junior League Paper Sale held on Palm Sunday collected $1,195 for the Shrine Hospital.

Members of the LCHS basketball team and their coaches were honored at a meeting of the Cumberland Men’s Fellowship of the Hohenwald Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Edwin Floyd, Jimmy Johnston, and J.B. Johnston caught a string of 60 stripes and sauger while fishing at Pickwick Dam.

The following births were announced: Donnie Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Trull; Dennis Vernon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon King; and Shirley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grady Marrs.

Funeral services were held for William Simmons, 50.

“The Badlanders,” starring Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine, and “Fiend Without a Face,” starring Marshall Thompson, were the Friday and Saturday double feature movies at the Strand Theatre and the Saturday feature at the Highlands Drive-In.  The Highlands Drive-In advertised that they would “open the season, Friday, April 3rd, for full time operation.”

In area news: a Hampshire resident was apprehended on Highway 99, near the Maury/Lewis line, after a three-mile chase on a dirt road.  The man was charged with possession and transporting five gallons of moonshine whiskey.

March 27, 1969

Glen and Angela Floyd, members of the Toners Trio, joined the music publishing house BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.).  Floyd, assisted by his wife, had written eleven gospel songs, four of which had been published.

Jackie Wayland of the LCHS Band was performing as a member of the Tennessee All-State Band.

Army Staff Sergeant Martin Robinson was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division near Pleiku, Vietnam.

Mike Sisco enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Funeral services were held for Betty Burcham, 25; Major Burns, 83; Nicky Gordon, 14; William Runions, 78; Nettie Sanders, 63; and for Thomas Quillen, 20.

“The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom,” starring Shirley MacLaine, and “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” staring Elizabeth Taylor, were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Highlands Drive-In.

March 29, 1979

Columbia Gulf and Transmission Company honored the following Hampshire compressor station employees for completing another year without a disabling injury: Sam Howell, Edward Lucas, Vernon Murry, Jimmie Patton, Gary Pollock, and Marion Vaughn.  Service awards were also given to 16 employees, including the following eight with 25 years of service: William Brown, James Goodman, William Kennedy, Vernon Murry, Robert Roberts, William Semore, Austin Talley, and Marion Vaughn.

The Lewis County Fire Department announced that they would present “A Salute to Elvis Presley” at the LCMS gym on March 31.  Proceeds from the event would be used to pay for a new truck purchased by the department for use in firefighting efforts.

Approximately $3,000 in tools were taken from Jimmy’s Cabinet Shop during a Saturday night breaking and entering.  The tools had been recovered and the culprit was arrested and charged.

Local songwriter Feel Thomas was cast in the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, which would start filming at the end of the month at Hurricane Mills nears Waverly.

The Lewis County Jaycees had 57 members present at their meeting and retained the Gavel Award.  They had been challenged by Gainsboro Jaycees.  The local club retained the award by default since no members of the Gainsboro club were present for the meeting.

The following births were announced: Thomas Ralph II, son of Thomas and Shirley Iverson; Donny Gerald, son of Donnie and Judy Copeland; Heather Lynn, daughter of Harvel and Kathy Staggs; Evan Lawrence, son of Lawrence and Norma Spears; and Jason Dee, son of James and Joyce Garrison.

Martha Bullion was honored for her birthday with a surprise dinner given by  her daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Talley celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reception given by their children at the Hohenwald Bank Community Room.

Funeral services were held for James Franklin, 69; William Mayfield, 79; and for Ama Murphree, 81.

“Midnight Express” and “The Amsterdam Kill,” starring Robert Mitchum, were the weekend movies at the Highlands Drive-In.

March 30, 1989

County Executive Paul Spears signed a proclamation declaring March 30 as Doctors Day in Lewis County.

Over 100 people participated in the third annual Take Pride Day in Lewis County.  Over 400 bags of litter were collected.  Steve Dicus and Damian Medford won the grand prize of $100 for picking up the most bags of litter.  Together they collected approximately 90 bags.

Angela Riley was selected by her colleagues as System Level Teacher of the Year at Lewis County Schools.

Hohenwald Postmaster Diane Harper announced that the number of postal customers in the county had grown to the point that an auxiliary rural route would be added, resulting in some residents receiving new numbers for use in their addresses.

Henry I. Siegel announced that the company would expand its belt line and move into a building located on Maple Street that was formerly Bill’s Dollar Store.  This would allow the factory to hire 20 additional employees.

Kristy Hickerson was named Overall Twirling Champion at the Volunteer State Cheerleading and Twirling Academy Final T&C contest of the 1988-89 season.

Michael Hickerson, Jr. won a gold medal in the 6-9 year-old division at the Tennessee State Tae Kwon Do Championship held in Chattanooga.

Wesley  Morton was honored for his 57th birthday with a celebratory dinner held at his home.

Funeral services were held for Marvin Tate, 66.

In statewide news: Tennessee’s 1988 annual unemployment rate of 5.8 percent was the lowest it had been in nine years.  In Lewis County the annual average unemployment rate of 8.6 percent was 4 percent lower than the 1987 average rate.

April 01, 1999

County Executive Terry Bunch signed a proclamation declaring April as Confederate History Month in Lewis County.

The investigation into a homicide at the Village Lane Apartments continued to be a priority of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Forensic Lab was in Lewis County for two days collecting evidence from the scene.

Janet Ammons was selected by her colleagues as the 1999 Teacher of the Year at LCES.

Dol Willis retired as Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the South Central Tennessee Railroad Authority, having served on the board for nearly 22 years.

David Jackson, of Marble Hill, Missouri, was named the new pastor at the First Pentecostal Church of Hohenwald.

The LCHS Panther baseball team had their first district win of the season, defeating Richland with a score of 13 to 8.  David Staggs pitched for the entire game for Lewis County, holding Richland to 6 hits and 4 earned runs.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department was seeking help in locating the correct site for a tombstone that mysteriously turned up at Freedom Holy Temple.

Deborah McNeill was promoted to the U.S. Army rank of Lt. Colonel.

David Lowery received the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle “E”) while serving aboard the USS Ramage.

Funeral services were held for Tom Butler, 84; Alida Goodman, 76; and for Odie Holt, 85.

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