History Center Announces 2014 History Makers Award Honoree

Monday, June 23, 2014
The Chattanooga History Center has announced that its 9th Annual History Makers Award will honor John P. Franklin, Sr. The award recognizes local individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to Chattanooga, the region, the state, or the country.

Past honorees include Ruth Holmberg, Rev. Paul McDaniel, and Dalton Roberts; Mr. & Mrs. Jack T. Lupton and the Lyndhurst Foundation; the Howard High School Student Led Sit-Ins of 1960; Fletcher Bright and the Dismembered Tennesseans; the Legacy of the William E. Brock, Sr. Family; Chattanooga Venture and Vision 2000; the Legacy of Mose and Garrison Siskin; and the McCallie Family Legacy.

The award, represented by an original sculpture by Cessna Decosimo, will be presented at a luncheon at 11:30am-1:00pm, Wednesday, November 5th, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The History Makers Luncheon is the History Center’s only operations fundraiser of the year. Individual reservations will be accepted beginning October 1st. Sponsorships are available.

For information, call (423) 265-3247.

The Honoree:

John P. Franklin, Sr. has been one of Chattanooga's education, business and political leaders for more than 60 years. Son of G. W. Franklin, an undertaker and pioneering leader in the city's thriving African American business community of the late 19th and early 20th century, John has been one of Chattanooga's most consistent voices for respect, compassion, and community spirit.

As principal at William J. Davenport Elementary school and as the first principal of Alton Park Junior High School, later renamed in his honor, he molded young people's lives. As a business man, he helped countless families through heartbreaking loss.

Having gained the admiration and respect of the community, he was elected Commissioner of Education and Health in 1970, and the overwhelming number of votes he received earned him the position of Vice Mayor of the City of Chattanooga, where he served for 14 years. As a politician, he helped turn the tide against the city's exclusion of African Americans from political office that dated to the Jim Crow inspired laws of 1910 that effectively shut the city's black community out of public office.



Catoosa County Historical Society Meets Monday

The Catoosa County Historical Society will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Old Stone Church Museum in Ringgold. This meeting will be different from their usual one. Instead of a speaker, there will be a Show and Tell program. Anyone possessing an item or items from the past and who would like to share the knowledge of the item(s) is encouraged to bring the item and participate ... (click for more)

History Center Presentation on Chattanooga Photography is January 24

The Chattanooga History Center will present "Say Cheese!" Photography and the Chattanooga Story , for ages 8-13 at 2:30-4:00pm on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at the Center. This program offers a great opportunity for family members to explore history together.  Participants will learn about photographic processes from daguerreotypes to instagrams.  They will learn to ... (click for more)

Chief Fletcher Gives Maximum Punishment To Patrol Officer Who Fired 4 Shots Toward Vehicle That Backed Toward Him

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher has given a maximum punishment to an officer who fired four shots toward a vehicle after he said the driver backed into his vehicle with him standing behind it. Chief Fletcher sustained a finding of “improper use of force – discharge of firearm.” He suspended Officer Alex Olson for 30 days without pay – the maximum suspension allowed ... (click for more)

Van Found On Its Side Off Burkhalter Gap Road; Woman's Remains Nearby; May Be Trenton Woman Missing Since June 4

A van was found on its side off Burkhalter Gap Road on the side of Lookout Mountain near Trenton, Ga., on Wednesday with a woman's body nearby. Authorities said the woman may be a missing Trenton woman. Justine Marie Creech had been missing since June 4. The discovery was made by a woman out hiking. A skull and remains were near the rear tire, authorities said.  ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This One’s For ‘Grifter’

Back in October of 2013 a Facebook page called “OAF Nation” was created to “boost the morale” of the heroes who make up our nation’s military.” It was tongue-in-cheek satire, putting funny captions on every-day pictures that showed members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as they defended our country. Our fighting men and women loved it. It quickly went viral and today ... (click for more)