Jim Mansfield Deputy, City Marshall and Chief of Police

Longtime Law Enforcement Officer James Robert Mansfield who was born on May 9, 1880, was the son of Matthew and Luck Welch Mansfield. Jim, as he was known, spent the latter part of his life serving in law enforcement in Rhea County. Jim married Evelyn McJunkin on October 8, 1904, the daughter of James and

Rhea Football Field Named In Memory of Bill Horton

Bill Horton Field at the Rhea County High School. (Photo by Dean Wilson) Rhea County High School Coach Bill Horton       There once was a man that touched the lives of many Rhea County High School students in ways that will never be forgotten. Rhea County Football Coach Bill Horton passed away in

Dayton Fire Chief Bill Keylon

In Memory of Bill Keylon Dayton Fire Department’s Chief   Thursday, May 15, 1975, was the last day of work for Dayton Fire Chief Bill Keylon. The City of Dayton and many others at the time stated they would miss the familiar face of Bill Keylon who was retiring after having been with the fire

Dayton City School’s Mr. Jess

In Memory of Jesse Thomas Williams Mr. Jess, as we knew him, was born Jesse Thomas Williams on August 12, 1911 at the Martin Johnson Plantation in Lexington,Georgia. His parents were Thomas and Myrtle Williams. Mr. Jess, one of nine children, left Lexington for the long journey to Tennessee in a horse drawn log wagon.

In Memory of R.E.Winsett

Robert Emmett Winsett seated at his desk in his office on Waldens Ridge. R.E. Winsett was born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee on January 15, 1876 and passed away on June 26, 1952. He was a gospel songwriter, song book publisher, music teacher, singer, song leader, accomplished on nine musical instruments, evangelist, pastor, on originating committee

Guy Jones “The Last Barnstormer”

Guy Jones often flew Jimmy Cunnyngham of Cunnyngham Studio around the Southeast Tennessee area making aerial photos for Jimmy’s customers.  In Memory Of Guy M. Jones- The LAst Barnstormer Guy Jones was born in Madison County Kentucky on November 30, 1898, before Orville & Wilbur Wright had ever initiated that “Crazy” scheme of flying. He

Dr. J.J.Rodgers 4500 Baby Deliveries in 37 years

Dr. J.J. Rodgers, as we all knew him, was born James Jacob Rodgers on May 7, 1906, in Knoxville, Tennessee to the Rev. William Thomas Rodgers and Eula Hunter Rodgers. He went on to earn a B.S. Degree at the University of Chicago and his M.D. from the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He

In Memory of William “Bill” Edwards

Rhea native Dies Searching For Old Home place Site As we grow older in life, we often look back at the happy times of our life during our childhood. Many people remain near their birthplace and yet others have for various reasons moved away years ago. But our memories often take us on a journey

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