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David Melson

Picturing the Past 189: Stolen cars at the jail

Posted Sunday, August 4, 2013, at 8:41 PM
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  • I don't think B.H.Sanders was Sheriff until September 1, 1966 but I could be mistaken. The Sheriff held office for 2 year terms back then.

    -- Posted by cordell on Mon, Aug 5, 2013, at 5:07 PM
  • Believe the Sheriff then was Virgil Newman.

    -- Posted by tnhorsecountry on Tue, Aug 6, 2013, at 9:25 AM
  • B H did drive that car,I do remember that.I don't know who was Sheriff at that time.I guess like today,cars were a hand down from one Sheriff to another.

    -- Posted by kings11 on Tue, Aug 6, 2013, at 11:28 AM
  • Well, let me jump in here and take a shot at the sheriff question. I think David is correct that B.H. Sanders was sheriff in 1965 when this picture was taken. As I recall the line of succession, and I only remember back to Jess Cannon in the mid to late 1950's, Virgil Newman followed Jess, winning the first of two terms in 1960. This would put B.H. in office at the time of this picture. As I recall, B.H. also served two terms and was followed by his brother, Herman Sanders. Don't bet the farm on that last statement, though.

    Now, about the vacant lot shown above.Prior to Urban Renewal in the early sixties, there was a dwelling house on that lot. I believe, but am not certain, that this was the sheriff's house before the house pictured above was built. I'm thinking, again not sure, that Virgil Newman was the first sheriff to occupy the new house beside the jail. At some point in his second term he built a home out the Wartrace Pike, which burned some years later.

    The existence of this old house is easily verified by looking on page 259 of the 1969 T-G book, as well as Picturing the Past #116 Service Station 1940.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Tue, Aug 6, 2013, at 11:43 AM
  • That old house by the jail was owned or was rented by by Bob Watson in the 1950's a fireman under Chief Buck Foster.

    -- Posted by BSharp on Mon, Aug 12, 2013, at 9:32 PM
  • ilikeoldsongs I am not positive but it is possible that Virgil Orr was Sheriff just before Jess Cannon. It was after he had left the Tennessee Highway Patrol and could possibly have been late 40s or early 50s.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Aug 16, 2013, at 8:56 PM
  • leeiii, I think you are right about Virgil Orr being sheriff just before Jess Cannon. His name is very familiar, and I can't fit him in anywhere after Jess Cannon was sheriff. I've heard mention of a sheriff named Brown, but have no remembrance of him.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Fri, Aug 16, 2013, at 9:34 PM
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