Robert J. Coulter Funeral Director

R.J.Coulter Established Coulter Funeral Home in 1897 Above the owner and operator, Robert J. Coulter watches as the coffin containing the body of William Jennings Bryan is placed into a waiting hearse in front of his Funeral Home in downtown Dayton. Bryan, after the conclusion of the Scopes Trial, stayed in Dayton for five days

Ice Storm of 1960

Nine inch Snow Blankets Worst Ice Storm In Fifty Years The worst ice storm in 50 years struck Rhea County and most of East Tennessee during night of March 2, 1960. This destroyed all electricity in the Walden’s Ridge area.  With the electrical power out, the residents of the ridge also had to do without

Rhea Drive-In

The Rhea Drive-In Gone But Not Forgotten Another piece of Rhea County’s history fell to the ground on Thursday May 22, 2008.  The old Rhea Drive-In was torn down to make way for future developments.  The late Ronnie Ray of Dayton was the current owner in 2008. He is shown here on the backhoe knocking

Rhea County Sheriff’s Department 1959

Looking back to the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department in 1959. A small but fierce looking department. This photo was taken next to the old jail which sat right about where the Election Commission Office is today. (Left to Right) Elliot Millard, Wilson Marler, Floyd Kelly, Sheriff Fred Mullins, Ola Harris and Raymond Powers. Copyright All

1961 Tennessee Strawberry festival Planning Committee

Every year, a lot of planning goes into making the Tennessee Strawberry Festival successful. This requires months of work from dedicated people who serve on the Strawberry Planning Committee. Let’s look back at an old photo and see the people who helped to make the 1961 Festival a success. This is the Strawberry Festival Planning

Rhea County Registrar of Deeds Gladys Best Retires

longest serving elected official in Tennessee August 31, 2018 Gladys Best was just out of Rhea Central High School when she went to work for the Register of Deeds office as a typist. Gladys became the interim Register of Deeds in 1962. Later, she won the election to the office. Little did she know at

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