James County Historical Society Meeting February 5

Sunday, January 29, 2017
The James County Historical Society will meet on Sunday, February 5 at 2:30pm at the Ooltewah United Methodist Church

Our meeting next week will be a continuation of our imaginary walk down the streets of James County. We will have discussions, memories, photos, etc to aid us in our tour. 

Bring a friend and let's see what fun and interesting memories are brought to the forefront.  All are welcome.


Boyds Were In Hamilton County At An Early Date; Several Fought With The Confederacy

Alexander Boyd settled about four miles south of Ooltewah before the Indian removal, purchasing his land near White Oak Mountain for as little as a quarter an acre. Several of his grandchildren fought for the Confederacy. The Boyds apparently went from Scotland to Pennsylvania and to frontier Tennessee just after the Revolution. Alexander Boyd was born about ... (click for more)

Wilson-Crouch House Added To National Register Of Historic Places

The Tennessee Historical Commission Tuesday announced the addition of the Wilson-Crouch House in Tullahoma to the National Register of Historic Places.  “The latest National Register of Historic Places listing reflects Tennessee’s heritage and honors a residence that is worthy of being recognized and appreciated,” said Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer ... (click for more)

Driver Of Stolen Car Jumps Out; Leaves Pregnant Cousin In Vehicle As It Hits Pole, Wall, Creek

The driver of a stolen car jumped out, leaving his 15-week pregnant cousin in the vehicle as it hit a power pole and a wall before plunging into a creek. Michael Jalen Sawyer, 20, of Clinton, Tn., was charged with evading arrest, improper registration, reckless endangerment, theft of property over $10,000, failure to maintain lane and vandalism. Police said the incident happened ... (click for more)

Neighbor Takes Photo Of Burglar; Brian Alex Stone Arrested

A neighbor who went over to check on a house break-in has led to the arrest of Brian Alex Stone Jr. Stone, 23, of 3210 Broad St., is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property. Police were notified on Dec. 1 that a burglary had just taken place on Trailwood Drive. The suspect was a black male with twists in his hair, who was driving a silver Dodge Caliber. ... (click for more)

All I Want For Christmas Are Digitized Newspapers For 2018

With recent news of the Public Library investing in their own StoryCorps-ish effort with the Chattanooga Memory Project, it got me thinking about digitizing local newspapers again.   It's been two and a half years since the Chattanooga Public Library committed to sending out a request for proposals to digitize the local newspapers they have on microfilm. Back in ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Last You’d Suspect

Back when Bill Lenz launched Christ the Rock Community Church, the idea was to spread the gospel in Menasha, Wisc. but Bill and his brother Bob soon found they were dealing with people in trauma situations – drug and alcohol addiction, poverty, the homeless, and suicide prevention. As the church grew, they started an offshoot ministry called “Solid Rock” that deals with suicide ... (click for more)