Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past


August 20, 2020

August 25, 1960

The U. S. Census Bureau reported that Lewis and Maury Counties were the only counties in South Central Tennessee to show population gains over the last decade. Lewis had a 2.1 percent increase while Maury had a 2.5 percent gain.

The Hohenwald composite squadron of the Civil Air Patrol aided the City of Hohenwald during a power interruption by using their mobile generator to supply electricity to keep City Hall lighted and the county – highway patrol radio transmitter and receiver in operation.

J. W. Turnbow won first in the fourth flight in the Dickson Golf Tournament.

Granville Grimes completed eight weeks of advanced Army training at Fort Sill, OK.

The following births were announced: Gilbert Earl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Lay; and Glenda Fay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Carroll.

Mrs. C. M. Brown was honored for her 91st birthday with a family reunion at Maury County Park.

“Nature Girl and the Slaver” and “Sink the Bismark” were the Friday and Saturday double feature movies at the Highlands Drive-In and the Saturday feature at the Strand Theatre.

August 20, 1970

Burglars entered both the Western Auto Store and the Hassell Kelley Motor Company. Entrance was gained into Western Auto by knocking a hole in the back wall. The safe and some guns had been moved to the back of the store, but the thieves triggered the burglar alarm and fled to a new GMC truck which they had hot-wired and stole from the Hassell Kelly Motor Company, waiting at the back of the store. They fled when city police arrived.

Danny Bates was promoted to Investment Officer with the Commerce Union Bank in Nashville.

The Bible Quiz team from the First United Pentecostal Church placed third at the National Quiz Finals in Oregon.

Daryl Lindsey graduated from recruit training at Parris Island, SC with the distinction of being platoon high-shooter.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Tatum announced the birth of their daughter, Regina Michelle.

Carlton Edwards was honored for his birthday with a dinner held in Bristol, VA.

Funeral services were held for James Barnette, 61; Joseph Bridges, 89; Carson Rike, 81; and for Oscar Turnbow, 50.

“The Love Bug,” starring Dean Jones and Michelle Lee, and “The Viscount,” Kerwin Matthews and Jane Fleming, were the Friday and Saturday double feature movies at the Highlands Drive-In.

August 21, 1980

The Bible Quiz team from the First Pentecostal Church won the State Bible Championship for the tenth time, qualifying to participate in the National Bible Quiz competition in October. Members of the team were Terri Atkins, Llewellyn Brown, Melody Duncan, and Rex Phillips.

Top winners in the 1980 Lewis County Baton Twirling Festival held in Hohenwald were Shannon Collins, Junior Miss Majorette; Andrea Loveless, Little Miss Majorette; and Johnetta Stanley, Majorette Doll.

The Lewis County Jaycees announced that they would once again sponsor the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for muscular dystrophy. The General Café would serve as headquarters for the local fundraising with Jaycees manning telephones there to accept donations and pledges.

Sheriff G. Y. Bennett found 16 marijuana plants on the east side of Highway 48 South near Trace Creek.

Oscar Barber, Doug Barber, Jr., and Tony Barber joined their son and father, Douglas Barber, aboard the U. S. S. Saipan at Morehead City, NC to participate in a father-son celebration on the ship.

A meeting would be held at Swiss Colony Bowling Lanes on August 26 to form the Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling League and the Thursday Night Ladies League. Bowling for the two leagues would begin the following week.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Blanchette announced the birth of their daughter, Danielle Nicole.

A dinner was held to honor four who celebrated birthdays in the month of August: Betty Hinson, Cora Hinson, John Hinson, and Alida Bailey.

Alyne Wheeler and LaFon Griner were honored for their birthday with a joint surprise party at the Lewis County Senior Citizens Center.

“Sex Thief” and “School Girls Growing Up” were the weekend movies at the Highlands Drive-In Theater.

August 22, 1990

The Highland Park Speedway announced it would open Labor Day weekend at the former site of the Highland Drive-In Theatre. The total opening night purse would be $16,000, reported by the Lewis County Herald as “one of the largest purses in the country.” The 19.7-acre tract was purchased in June and was formerly the location for the Hohenwald Speedway operated in the 1950s and 1960s.

Plans were set for the 1990 Oktoberfest with six weeks of festivities beginning in September and ending in October.

McDonald Funeral Home announced the installation of the Obituary Line to provide 24/7 information concerning funeral arrangements.

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Dyer won an all-expense paid trip to the Bahamas while attending an advertising meeting at Andrews Distributing Company in Nashville.

A BBQ dinner and country music show was planned at the Rod Brasfield Community Playhouse for August 25. This was the first dinner theatre to be held at the facility.

Michael and Tammy Collins announced the birth of their son, Britton Allen.

Funeral services were held for Charlene Robnett, 71.

August 31, 2000

A ribbon cutting and open house was held at the new Joseph Rooker State Farm Insurance office on August 29.

County Executive Terry Bunch wrote a “Letter to the Editor” asking residents to vote for a sales rate tax increase of 2.50% to 2.75% for an expansion of Memorial Park that would include “six to seven new small baseball fields… areas for sports like soccer… areas for arena type events… will also be available within this new park land.”

Jeff Skelton was chosen as TWRA’s Officer of the Year. Skelton became the Lewis County wildlife officer in 1992.

Jenna White was crowned Fairest of the Fair in the senior division of the beauty pageant. Brittany McGee was crowned queen in the junior division.

Collin White was featured in the Panther Spotlight column.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Mt. Pleasant with a score of 17 to 0. Kip Kelsey carried the ball 20 times for 103 yards and scored one touchdown.

TWRA continued its restoration of Canada Goose to Lewis County by releasing 93 geese in the county on July 12.

Greg and Tonia Lyell announced the birth of their daughter, Emaline Grace.

Jewel Loveless was honored for her birthday with a luncheon held at the Hohenwald Golf Club.

Funeral services were held for Ethan Durham, infant; and for Nan Hill, 91.

In area news: The Natchez Trace Maternity Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for renovations of two buildings on Highway 99 in Waynesboro into a birth center.


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