50th Anniversary Of Franklin County School System Desegregation To Be Observed In Sewanee

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

An observance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 desegregation of the Franklin County school system will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Sewanee Elementary School in Sewanee. Members of the local families who brought the desegregation lawsuit in 1963 will speak briefly, followed by a question and answer session. A historical marker commemorating the event will be unveiled at the ceremony and a reception will follow. The event is part of a series of community-wide events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Sewanee Civic Association has planned the event honoring the 50th anniversary as a tribute to the Sewanee community and eight local families who played an important role in the historic school integration. During the early to mid-1960s, there were numerous desegregation lawsuits nationwide. However, the local suit was unique in that there were four black and four white families working together; for this reason the NAACP and its legal defense fund embraced the suit.

The families that bonded to make history were the African American families of Hill, Sisk, Staten and Turner and the white families of Bates, Cameron, Camp and Goodstein.

To further strengthen the case for integration, the Sewanee community banded together to provide funding for construction to enlarge the physical plant of the school, and facilitated a tutoring program to ensure that all students would thrive in the newly integrated public school.

A permanent Tennessee state historical marker will be placed on University Avenue at the Sewanee Elementary School.

The program will commence with the majority of speakers inside the elementary school and will move outside for the historical marker’s unveiling and dedication by John McCardell, vice-chancellor of the University of the South. At the conclusion, attendees are invited to enjoy a reception in Brooks Hall at Otey Parish across the street from the elementary school.


Kevin Harrington To Be Keynote Speaker At 3rd Annual Entrepreneur Power Luncheon

The keynote speaker for Urban League of Greater Chattanooga’s Third Annual Entrepreneur Power Luncheon will be Kevin Harrington, i nventor of the infomercial, original shark on Shark Tank and as seen on TV Pioneer. Officials said, "Kevin is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time."    The luncheon will be on  Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. ... (click for more)

Altamont Road To Be Closed Wednesday For Water Company Project

Tennessee American Water Company will be relocating a fire hydrant on Altamont Road, between Hixson Pike and Crestwood Drive, necessitating the closure of Altamont Road at this location. Hours of operation will be  8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  on  Wednesday . Detours will be posted using Crestwood Drive, Fernway Road and Hixson Pike.  All work is weather permitting. ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

City Detective Who Was Arrested Twice In 4 Months Is Fired After Internal Affairs Investigation

A city detective who was arrested twice in four months has been fired by Police Chief Fred Fletcher. David Catchings had been charged with DUI last September and then with domestic assault at the end of the year. Police said, "After a complete review of both investigations – which included recommendations from Internal Affairs, the Administrative Review Committee and Officer ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye, Dr. Nassour

About 51 years ago, right after Jim Creel had graduated from the University of Texas and was in Guadalajara for medical school, he was surprised to find a complete stranger sitting on his battered and dusty Volkswagen. “He had seen my Longhorns sticker and was thrilled to find somebody else in Mexico who loved the University of Texas. “That’s when our friendship started and it ... (click for more)