Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

50 Years Ago This Week [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

50 Years Ago This Week [Derived Headline]

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50 years ago this week

Barksdale Thompson, a 65-year-old man hospitalized for pneumonia, died of burns received at Druid City Hospital when his oxygen tent caught on fire. The patient was assumed to have struck a match, starting the fire in the oxygen.

A baby girl was under care of Druid City Hospital nurses after she was found abandoned on the steps of the First Wesleyan Methodist Church on Greensboro Avenue.

Jimmy Mills was named Tuscaloosa Jaycee of the Year.

Owners and agents of rental properties in the city appeared before the City Commission objecting to requirements of a proposed housing code scheduled to be adopted by the City of Tuscaloosa the following week. The code was designed to make each dwelling in the city meet certain standards and requirements for the general health, welfare and safety of occupants, requiring that each dwelling unit have adequate plumbing, lighting, heating and ventilation facilities. This applied to existing properties as well as future construction.

Attorneys for University of Alabama Coach Paul W. Bryant asked Atlanta Journal Sports Editor Furman Bisher to name the sources he used in a Saturday Evening Post article. Bryant was suing Bisher and the Curtis Publishing Co. for $500,000 in connection with the Post article entitled "College Football is going Berserk."

Georgia's Wally Butts and UA's Coach Bryant kicked the lid off an alleged Southeastern Conference fix even before it hit the newsstand. Each emphatically denied allegations contained in an upcoming March 23 issue of the Saturday Evening Post that Butts gave Bryant game plays, defensive patterns and all the significant secrets Georgia's football team possessed. Alabama won the game 35- 0.

25 years ago

this week

Six former employees of the Tuscaloosa City Public Works Department were indicted on drug charges by the Tuscaloosa County grand jury as a result of an undercover investigation.

A $2.5 milllion expansion of HPI Inc. of Fayette, a surgical glove manufacturing plant, was announced.

JVC America was expanding to produce VHS-C cassettes, a small cassette that was gaining popularity for use in hand-held video recorders called camcorders.

Rumors of devil-worshipping cult activities in Mount Olive area of Northport surfaced, but Northport Police Chief Dempsey Marcum expressed skepticism though his department was investigating an incident relating to alleged cult activities.

Prosecutors were attempting to block the call by the defense of about 80 elementary students at a preliminary hearing for James L. "Bud" Harvey, 42, who faced 84 counts of kidnapping in the 12-hour hostage siege Feb. 2 at West End Christian School.

10 years ago

this week

The Tuscaloosa City School Board pulled money set aside for renovating Central High School West to pay for

$7 million in project overruns at the system's two high schools under construction, Northridge and Paul W. …

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