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

Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past


December 30, 2021

December 27, 1951

No issue was published this week so that newspaper staff might enjoy a holiday break.

December 28, 1961

Brownie Hankins was named Chair for the March of Dimes drive. The Lewis County Jaycees announced that the annual March of Dimes drive would be held in Hohenwald during the month of January. An alumni basketball event would be held January 2 as the kick-off event.

Buddy Wix was assigned to Schilling AFB in KS for training as a wood-working specialist.

James Halfacre completed his annual qualification firing with a M1 rifle and qualified as a Marksman.

Melvin Brewer, M.V.A. Motor Company employee, graduated from Bear Automatic Safety School at Rock Island, IL receiving his wheel alignment certification.

O.C. Christian was honored for his 84th birthday with a dinner hosted by his daughters.

The following births were announced: Pamela Dawn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kirk; and Dana Michele, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Tharpe.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. W.R. Brewer, 78; and for Leo Downey, 48.

“The Steel Claw,” starring George Montgomery, and “Love in a Goldfish Bowl,” starring Fabian, were the Saturday-night double feature shown at both the Highlands Drive-In and Strand Theatre.

December 30, 1971

Jerry Crowell, Lewis County Hospital Administrator, announced that Drs. Anderson and Krohn would be moving their offices out of the hospital and into temporary offices until the construction of a medical clinic could be completed.

An article regarding Charles Anderson of WV, formerly of Lewis County, was reprinted from the September 11, 1972 issue of the Weirton Daily Times. The article discussed the success of Anderson’s successful orchard business and the construction of a system designed by Anderson that would allow apples to “hibernate” for the winter.

Master Sergeant Moritz Brown retired from the U.S. Army after more than 30 years of active duty.

Grand prize winners in the home lighting contest were Larry Hensley, S. E. Kealhofer, and Cloyd Peery. Approximately twenty families entered the contest sponsored by the Lewis County Civic Club.

The City of Hohenwald announced that they would begin a “dog crackdown” due to an over-abundance of rabies in the local dog population. The city would offer a payment of $1.00 for each dog delivered to the sewer plant on January 8, 15, and 22. After January 22, all dogs that did not have a collar, vaccination tag, or that were running loose would be shot.

Funeral services were held for Opal Dabbs, 44; Robert Howell, 85; Annie Elkins, 80; Robert Lee, 73; and for Arthur Stinnett, 69.

“Love Story,” starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal would be the only movie showing for six days at the Highlands Drive-In. Admission was $1.00.

December 31, 1981

Janet Turner was chosen to serve on a Selection Committee for the Tennessee Democratic Party to review applicants and recommend party nominees.

Hulon Dunn was elected Worshipful Master of the Hohenwald Masonic Lodge 607 F.& A.M.

Hohenwald Video Club, owned by John Grinder and L.C. Bowen, were busy installing 10 feet fiberglass satellite dish receivers for residents who wished to pick up television from satellites.

Bobby Walker was promoted in the U.S. Air Force to rank of Technical Sergeant.

A 4-H breadbaking contest was held on December 12. First place winners were: Tracy Harris, 4th grade; Chanda Griner, Junior group; and Connie Craven, Junior High group.

Funeral services were held for Robert Crowell, 73; Ezra O’Guin, 82; and for Benton Savage, 67.

Smoked jowl cost $0.69 a pound by the piece a pound at Griner’s Shop Rite. Harris Cee Bee Food Store was selling a one-pound bag of blackeye peas for $0.39 or four cans for $1.00.

“Just Before Dawn,” starring George Kennedy, was the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night movie showing at the Highlands Drive-In Theatre.

December 26, 1991

Lewis County was expected to receive $161,818 from FEMA for repair damage caused by flooding in May 1991.

Laredo-Code West officials announced that a second boot factory would be opened in Hohenwald after the first of the year. The new facility would be located in the former Washington Manufacturing Dee Cee plant.

Dr. L.K. Kong held an open house at his office located at the back of Lewis Community Hospital on December 20.

Santa’s House, a program by the Lewis County Civitan Club, was held December 20 and 21st at Johnny’s Jewelers.

South Central Bell announced it would upgrade phone equipment at the Hohenwald Central Office that would allow customers to use services such as call return, repeat dialing, call tracing, call block, and caller I.D.

The Lewis County Commission placed a full page ad to respond to common questions about the Lewis County jail situation and the need for jail construction.

Marty and Debbie Spears announced the birth of their son, Neyland Paxson.

Funeral services were held for Amos Mathis, 66.

December 27, 2001

The homicide of a resident at his home on Centerville Highway was still under investigation by the TBI, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the Lewis County Sheriff Department.

J & C Grocery, on Highway 20 East, reported a Christmas Eve Break-In. Thieves took a large amount of cigarettes and an undetermined amount of change from machines.

A teen driver fell asleep at the wheel while traveling down East Main Street. The juvenile ran off the road and hit a light pole, breaking it in half. The vehicle then proceeded to hit a mobile home.

Tim Webb was selected by the Tennessee Department of Education to serve as a Gates Challenge Grant Consultant for 2002-2003.

The Lady Panthers defeated Santa Fe with a score of 65 to 45. Autumn Brewer was the top scorer for the team with 17 points.

The Panthers defeated Summertown with a score of 58 to 41. Kyle Clayburn led the team in scoring with 25 points.

Randal and Tammy Simmons announced the birth of their daughter, Gracelyn Rhianna.

Funeral services were held for Reba Barlow, 68; Freda DePriest, 84; Melvia Duncan, 81; William Dyer, 75; Patricia Frazier, 55; Martha Gregg, 81; Kenneth Kephart, 50; and for Jeanette Timonen, 30.

This article was written using local history resources available at the Lewis County Public Library and Archives. Libraries are guardians of history. Visit the library and archives to learn more about our community’s unique past.


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