James County Historical Society Meeting November 6

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Our meeting will be on Sunday, November 6 at 2:30pm at the Ooltewah United Methodist Church. 

The program will be a virtual walk around Main Street in Ooltewah, including homes, churches, businesses of our past. Main Street was the main commerce street in James County. Come and share with stories and items that you may want to share.

Bring a friend and enjoy the afternoon. As always, our meeting is open to the public.



Reese Brabson Was Among Stump Speakers In Chattanooga's Early Days

Reese Bowen Brabson was "a character - portly, jovial, lawyer, politician. He was an orator and scholar - polished and elegant.'' Whenever the Whigs wanted a Democrat denounced, they could count on red-headed Reese Brabson to mount the stump and do so. Like Col. Rush Montgomery, Reese Brabson predicted a great future for the city that had recently switched from ... (click for more)

John S. Elder Was Early Settler At Ooltewah

The Elders were among Tennessee's earliest pioneers and were well acquainted with Davy Crockett. John S. Elder and his nephew, Robert S. Elder, made their way to Hamilton County at an early date. The family traces back to Samuel Elder, who in April 1796 paid $200 for 150 acres in the "County of Greene Territory of the United States of America South ... (click for more)

Jamichael Eddins, 24, Killed, Randall Davenport, 28, Injured In Shooting On Carousel Road; Suspect Is Arrested

Jamichael Eddins, 24, was killed, and Randall Davenport, 28, was injured in a shooting on Tuesday afternoon.   Chattanooga Police were called at 5:25 p.m. to the 1400 block of Carousel Road on reports of two people who had been shot. Upon arrival police, located both victims who had sustained injuries from gunshot wounds.   Eddins succumbed to his injuries ... (click for more)

City Council Approves TIF For Extension Of MLK Boulevard To The Riverwalk

The City Council voted Tuesday to approve Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to extend MLK Boulevard across Riverfront Parkway to the Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead at the Riverwalk. The agreement is with Evergreen Real Estate of Nashville to build the extension across property it has already begun to develop at the site across from the old Newton Chevrolet and Kelly Subaru. The developer ... (click for more)

MLK Boulevard TIF Is A Public Scam From People You Should be Able To Trust

TIFs (Tax Incremental Financing) were created to allow cities to do projects they cannot afford.  A TIF project also allows various private construction costs to be subsidized by sequestered  future  property taxes that normally would go into the general fund for running a city. It’s credit card spending with a new fancy name. Politicians love it because it sounds ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Principal’s Reaction

On the morning after the mass shooting in Florida last week, a 17-year-old at Ledyard High School in Connecticut made an offhand comment during his first period class, “I could buy an AR-15.” At that, all the teachers panicked. Really. The school was soon so rattled by the comment the principal called the cops. And those five words got the child shackled, taken into custody, and ... (click for more)