News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007

Mary Lott

From left, Roy McAllister, Clarence Hieserman and Virgil McDonald Sr. of Carpet Masters, with the carpet at America’s first wave pool at Point Mallard in June 1971.
Photo courtesy of Virgil McDonald Jr.
From left, Roy McAllister, Clarence Hieserman and Virgil McDonald Sr. of Carpet Masters, with the carpet at America’s first wave pool at Point Mallard in June 1971.

Athens dairies get an ‘A’ rating in ’32

75 Years ago

July 16-22, 1932

The state Health Department gave all Athens dairies an “A” in an examination. Since the City Council passed a milk ordinance, dairies’ ratings gradually improved. The dairies examined were operated by A.L. Christopher, A.M. Christensen, R.L. Gray, Ernest Holland and W.G. Martin.

The local unit of the American Legion Auxiliary was listed in an issue of The Legionaire as winner of a national citation on membership.

50 years ago

July 16-22, 1957

“It looks to be the best Limestone County corn crop in 20 years,” said Extension agent F.K. Agee, who was also optimistic about the county’s cotton crop.

As to cotton, Agee said Limestone farmers were in the “ best position in years to defeat the boll weevil.”

A Decatur man became the head of the water safety program at Paradise Pool.

Euell Bridges, 19, who was a student at Fish University in Nashville, was serving as lifeguard and water safety instructor.

Bridges completed a course at the Red Cross Aquatic School in Jacksonville, Fla., and was awarded his instructor’s certificate in water safety. He was teaching swimming classes for children at Paradise Pool.

William A. Meller was elected vice president of employee relations and organization development at Worthington Corp.

25 years ago

July 16-22, 1982

Lelia Blizzard, 13, won second place in fiction writing in Division II in the Alabama School of Fine Arts’ Creative Writing Contest. Blizzard, a seventh-grader at Athens Middle School, won for her story “Why the Grass is Green.”

Wendi Jo Ward, 11, of Hartselle was named Miss Alabama National Pre-Teen in Bessemer. The Hartselle Junior High School student competed against 41 girls to win a $250 cash scholarship.

Decatur Transit Inc. of Decatur was one of 13 Alabama trucking companies honored by the Alabama Trucking Association for safe trucking records.

Decatur Transit received a plaque for its record as a tank truck carrier.

The Safety Council of Alabama Trucking Association presents the awards annually. Fleets are judged by officials from various law enforcement agencies on the overall Alabama mileage and frequency of accidents.

10 years ago

July 16-22, 1997

Apple Computer named Decatur’s Mark Williams one of its 1997 Apple Distinguished Educators. He was one of 100 educators chosen nationwide, and the only recipient from Alabama. The award is given based on the educator’s use of Apple products and exemplary use of technology practices in education.

Williams was technology supervisor for Decatur City Schools since 1993, and in that time, the system put more than $4 million into computer equipment for its schools. The results were computer labs in every school, Internet access in those labs and the system’s own Web page. Williams was a classroom teacher and coach in public schools and had worked in the private industry as co-owner of an Apple authorized computer store.


The Daily welcomes the loan of vintage photos of people, places and events in the Valley.Please call Mary Lott at 340-2452 or e-mail her at

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