Memory Lane

Memory Lane

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 5:00 pm

28 years ago
December 1984
• A flash fire gutted Vickers DX Service Station and burned an employee Dec. 5 in Sharon when fumes from a ruptured gasoline tank were ignited in the shop area. Burned on the legs was Vickers employee George Bailey, who was rushed to Volunteer General Hospital in Martin where he was treated and released.
• Fire gutted an Alexander Real Estate and Auction Service warehouse on Broadway Street Dec. 7, with the total loss estimated at $75,000. Martin Fire Chief Buster Williams speculated the fire was caused by overfilling the gas tanks of the mobile office. A 20-pound butane tank had also been filled, which released its contents due to severe heat.
• Milburn and Leone Thedford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 22, with a Dec. 23 reception held at the Masonic Lodge in Dresden.
• Rudolph’s Jewelry opened on Lindell Street in Martin. The management, which represented the third generation of jewelers, included Robbe Utley, his wife Ann, his mother Joan and his sister Vicki.
• Stan Farr was the director of the Westview High School Chorus.
• Bill Crampton was chairman of the Martin PTO.
• Martin’s Ron Henderson and Dresden’s Jeffrey Higgs were members of the prestigious University Scholar’s Program at UT Martin.
• Six Westview High School students were selected for All-State band honors. Chosen were Allen Yang, Anita Airee, Todd Eaton, Leigh Ann Duck, Troy Jones and Kevin Flowers.
• Sharon’s Jeff Fuqua and Martin’s Lynn Fortner were honored for being in the upper three percent of their class by the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Fraternity at UT Martin.
• Former Sharon resident Larry O. Snider was appointed acting director of personnel at the Tennessee Eastman Company in Kingsport. Snider, son of Orrin and Jessie Snider of Sharon, was previously manager of community relations. He was married to the former Paula Burton of Martin.
• The Weakley County Chamber of Commerce Board elevated assistant director Lynda Shannon to the executive director position Dec. 17 to replace retiring chamber head Fred Rucker. On Dec. 20, a reception was held for Rucker, who was honored by various officials including county executive H.C. Brundige, county industrial board chairman Gene Caudle, Martin police chief Jackie Moore, former Martin mayor Tom Copeland and Dresden mayor Allen Strawbridge.
• Kenny Bynum was the top citrus seller for Westview’s Future Farmers of America. He sold 100 cases to win a Remington shotgun. Other top sellers included David McNatt, Kimberly Miesner, Todd Moss and Chad Martin.
• Mrs. Tommie L. Diggs celebrated her 77th birthday with a surprise party Dec. 9.
• Jean Erwin, a professor of home economics at UT Martin, had recently been selected for inclusion to the first edition of the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership for Service to the Field of Education.
• “The Terminator” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger started playing Dec. 28 at The Varsity in Martin.
• Making the honor roll at Martin Junior High School were Allen Beard, Matt Butler, Dana Dedmon, Mike Devine, Cynthia Dilday, Lee Downing, Andy Earis, Heather Eaton, Glenda Elliott, Leslie Gibson, Dacia Hall, Johnny Nanney, John Pace, Jeremy Ramey, Marjorie Gorman, Tommy Zlabinger, Richie Wyllis and Kevin McWherter.
• Charles Thomas Hill and Thomas G. Hyde, both of Weakley County, were pledging the Zeta Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi National Professional Business Fraternity at UT Martin.
• A male Gleason juvenile was caught breaking into the home of Gleason resident Alton Doster, who told officers he and his wife heard the break-in and apprehended the boy, who was turned over to authorities and cited in juvenile court.
Published in The WCP 12.20.12

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