Chattanoogan: Bill Hullander Has Seen A Lot Of Changes At Apison

Monday, August 11, 2014 - by John Wilson
Bill Hullander at the trustee's office
Bill Hullander at the trustee's office

When Bill Hullander was growing up at Apison, it was mostly a farming community, including several dairies. His parents farmed and later started a general store on the homeplace on London Lane.

The dairies are long gone and much of the farmland has been sold off for large subdivisions or condo developments.

Mr. Hullander and his wife, Linda, still live near the original family farm, and the old grocery store building still stands.

Frank Hullander came from Hiwassee, Ga., around 1900 in a horse and wagon. He bought a farm at Apison near the Georgia line. His son, Troy Hullander, and wife, Edith Peters, carried on the farming and bought the adjacent place where Bill Hullander now lives.

He grew up around the store, which he said "was an old-time general store. We sold everything from horse shoes to fan belts. There were gas pumps out front."

Bill Hullander finished Ooltewah High School in 1964, then went to work at DuPont, where he stayed for seven years.

He met Linda Chambers of Lakeview on a blind date that was set up by his friend, Roger Alexander, whose father started Wally's Restaurant. They have been married 44 years this month.

In 1972, he left DuPont and joined with Roger Alexander in starting A&H Carpet on McCallie Avenue near Wally's. He sold his part to Mr. Alexander in 1978, then launched his own business that developed into Hullco. He started out as the Buck Stove Center, working initially from the chicken house on the family farm. When wood stoves began to play out, he began contracting with TVA for storm windows. That led to replacement windows, then windows for new construction.

Later, Hullco continued to grow and got into construction of sunrooms and other products.

Hullco moved to a prominent location on East Brainerd Road near Concord Baptist Church in 1998. Bill sold out in 2009 to his son, Matt. Bill said, "Linda and I have been so proud of where Matt has taken the company. He was named national remodelor of the year in 2012."

Bill noted that he got his love for politics from his dad. "He knew a lot of the politicians of the day."

He accepted an assignment on the Board of Apeals and served 10 years. When George Shuford chose not to seek re-election on the County Commission, Bill was urged to run. He was elected in 1998 and served until he won the trustee's seat in 2010, defeating the incumbent. 

Son Matt married Jenny Daniel, and they live next door to Bill and Linda with daughter, Reese, who is the star of Hullco TV commercials.

Daughter Mandy lives at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She and husband, Kenny Hadden, have a son, Flinn.

Bill's sister, Barbara Rogers, works at First Tennessee Bank at Collegedale.

Bill and Linda with the kids and grandkids
Bill and Linda with the kids and grandkids
- Photo2 by Aaron Lockhart


East Hamilton County Community Meeting To Be Held Thursday

Commissioner Sabrena Smedley and Councilman Darrin Ledford will host the East Hamilton County Community Meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Morris Hill Baptist Church, 1804 Morris Hill Road.   Guests will include: Dr. Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County Schools superintendent; Jim Hammond, Hamilton County sheriff; Bill Hullander, Hamilton County trustee; John Bridger, RPA; and ... (click for more)

France Honors World War II Veterans From Georgia And Tennessee

As an expression of France’s eternal gratitude to those who liberated it from oppression from 1944-45, the Consul General of France in Atlanta, Louis de Corail, honored seven American World War II Veterans from Georgia and Tennessee with the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony at the capitol on Monday. The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest military ... (click for more)

Female CARTA Driver Has Unknown Liquid Thrown In Her Face; 4 Fellow Employees Also Taken To Hospital; 15 Fire Companies Respond

A female CARTA bus driver had an "unknown liquid" thrown in her face at the rear of the CARTA headquarters by Sholar Avenue on Tuesday morning, fire officials said. It is near Wilcox Boulevard and Holtzclaw Avenue. Four bystanders were also taken to the hospital.  Police said all those affected were CARTA employees, who may have gotten liquid on them while assisting the ... (click for more)

Case Of Murders At Lookout Valley Trailer Park Goes To The Jury With No Defense Proof; State Seeking Life Without The Possibility Of Parole For Morse

The case in which three men were killed and a youth left for dead at a Lookout Valley trailer park is going to the jury with no defense proof. Derek Morse on Tuesday afternoon opted not to take the witness stand in his own defense. The state is asking that he be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killings of Jon Morris, John "Jake" Lang and ... (click for more)

Titans Hide In The Locker Room

This Sunday, as has been widely reported, the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks both chose to remain in their respective locker rooms during the playing of the National Anthem at Nissan Stadium.  Besides the fact that the NFL game operations manual has a rule regarding player behavior during the playing of the National Anthem which requires them to stand at attention ... (click for more)

Roy Exum - Why Al Took A Stand

“Help me, sir!” 18-year-old Jesse Dietrich cried to his lieutenant. “Please sir, I need help …” the Private First Class begged as blood streamed from where the kid had been shot in the chest during an intense Taliban ambush. The platoon leader had just dragged the 18-year-old by his backpack down a dark alley in withering gunfire, all the while returning fire over the fallen soldier ... (click for more)