Gallery: Moments in Memory: GPS continues May Day tradition +2 more photos Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. To read more, visit timesfreepress.com/150years. Only a fraction of the thousands of Chattanoogans heading into downtown Wednesday morning might consider the day's events at Girls Preparatory School as they pass the school. Most likely, they know GPS is a private all-girls prep school and that the school has been around Chattanooga for a bit. Few will have ever attended May Day. * * * Olivia Evans will be among the 83 seniors who will take part in this week's May Day. The Auburn-bound Evans plans to study computer science and applied math in hopes of being on the analytics staff of a pro basketball team before she is 30. Evans will watch her friend, Myra Brock, follow a long line of young women elected May Queen. Brock, also bound for Auburn, was elected by the 585 members of the … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: GPS continues May Day tradition
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Gallery: Moments in Memory: The Tivoli Theatre has persevered through the decades, refusing to die +2 more photos Dan Bowers is retiring in June as president of ArtsBuild, five months short of his 12-year anniversary leading the local arts and culture organization. Prior to heading ArtsBuild, Bowers spent 22 years working with the United Way, including 14 years in Chattanooga. When Bowers considers the 98-year-old Tivoli Theatre's place in the history of the city, what he sees is a community that refused to let a landmark die. In fact, the Tivoli did almost die, twice, once in the early 1960s and once in the late 1980s. It's why the local newspapers record three different "grand openings" for the venue on Broad Street, all in the month of March. The first was the original opening on March 19, 1921; the second on March 5, 1963; and the last one on March 29, 1989. "I think the fact that the arts were important enough to the community to preserve the Tivoli when not every community … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: The Tivoli Theatre has persevered through the decades, refusing to die
President John F. Kennedy is slumped down in the back seat of this car immediately after being shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Jacqueline Kennedy leans over the president at right as a Secret Service agent stands on the bumper at left. President John F. Kennedy is slumped down in... Photo by JWA Jim Hall looks back on the 55 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas and wonders if the country has ever been the same. Hall, a well-known Signal Mountain resident, lawyer and veteran of the Vietnam War, was the chairman of the National Transportation and Safety Board for seven years, from 1994 to 2001. Prior to that, he worked in the cabinet of Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter and as chief of staff for Democratic Sen. Harlan Matthews. Hall served on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and on the board of the University of Chattanooga Foundation at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Hall was 21 years old and in class at the University of Tennessee at … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: Impacts of Kennedy assassination linger 55 years later
This image shows the front page of an Extra Edition of the Times Free Press produced hours after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This image shows the front page of an... Photo by File Graphic The Tuesday morning Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sept. 11, 2001, focused on the Monday funeral of Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Donald Bond, who had been gunned down at an East Brainerd fruit and vegetable stand the Friday before. The story chronicled the outpouring of support as the funeral process traveled from Collegedale to Chattanooga National Cemetery; a three-column picture of the rider-less horse symbolic of a fallen officer was centered below a four-column headline, "An emotional farewell." His killer, Marlon Duane Kiser, was convicted two years later and is serving a life sentence. The other lead story reported on the first subcommittee hearing on a bill by Rep. Zach Wamp that would lead to Moccasin Bend being designated as the first National Archeological District … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: 9/11 crossed generational lines as most impactful event
The newspaper industry in Chattanooga dates back the late 19th Century, but it was three individuals born in the 20th Century that shaped the current legacy of the Times Free Press, which celebrates its 150th birthday in 2019. Roy Ketner McDonald, Ruth Holmberg and Walter Hussman Jr. each owned, or in Hussman's case owns, a family-owned newspaper business, and the combination of the three have reported news and shaped public opinion for generations of residents of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. "Each of these leaders made their own unique mark on the newspaper industry," said Alison Gerber, Times Free Press editor and director of content. "Their legacies are marked by a commitment to what they believe and the community they serve." McDonald turned an advertising circular into the Chattanooga News Free Press in 1933 and was chairman of the board of the Chattanooga Publishing Company, a company formed when his newspaper and the Chattanooga Times entered a joint operating … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: What was in the news on birthdays of paper’s VIPs?