Archive Record

Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Catalog Number 2016.004.085.a-v
Collection Chattanooga News-Free Press Collection
Description Newspaper articles related to the Greyhound Bus Station in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

a) Article, Chattanooga Times, "Restyled Buses Ready for Duty: Greyhound's Atlanta Runs to Feature Refurbished Scenicruisers Monday," April 15, 1962. Greyhound's dual-level Scenicruiser buses were going to receive upgrades, including new engines. This included the ones that ran between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Article details the changes and investment.
b) Article, "Fair Plan Set by Greyhound: Center Established for Reservations," April 2, 1964. Article details Greyhound's efforts to obtain hotel accommodations for Greyhound bus travelers for the New York World's Fair.
c) Article, "Bus Hearing Postponed: Greyhound Asks Cut in 3 Memphis Runs," December 29, 1967. Greyhound's hearing with the Tennessee Public Service Commission to discontinue some daily trips between Memphis and Chattanooga and Nashville and Chattanooga was postponed.
d) Article, "Greyhound Will Build New Terminal," March 19, 1969. Greyhound was seeking property for a new bus terminal in Chattanooga, as the old terminal property did not have room for expansion. Terminal was located at 1015 Market Street and was owned by the State of Georgia and subleased to Louisville & Nashville Railroad, which then leased it to Greyhound.
e1,2) Article, Chattanooga Times, "Greyhound Seeking Site to Build a New Terminal," March 19, 1969, by Bill Casteel. Similar to article (d) but with additional details regarding Greyhound's services in addition to passenger services.
f) Clipping with image of the proposed new Greyhound Terminal, July 30, 1970. "Greyhound Lines-East will build this new $1 million, fully air-conditioned transportation center in the Golden Gateway at Fourth and Chestnut streets if it receives approval from the Chattanooga Housing Authority." Local architectural firm of Wamp & Wallace. See 2016.004.086.b for photograph copy of newspaper image.
g1,2) Article, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "Work Starts Soon on Big Bus Station," September 25, 1970, by Pete McCall. Harry J. Lesko, the president, announced that work would soon begin as part of the overall "$5 million urban renewal development complex that will include a 14-story, 250-room Sheridan Motor Hotel and 300-car parking garage." It was also part of the national Greyhound Terminal improvement drive. Franklin Haney was the local developer. Other new terminals were set to be built as well.
h1,2) Article, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "Ground Broken for City's New Greyhound Transportation Center," by John Vass, March 23, 1971. The ground breaking ceremony for the new million dollar bus station at 5th and Chestnut Streets; construction was expected to begin in 90 days and be completed in about a year. This construction was considered to be part of the Golden Gateway downtown redevelopment program in Chattanooga. Featured in the photo from left to right: Commissioner Steve Conrad; County Councilman Jack Mayfield; Developer Frank Haney; Vice Mayor S. Dean Petersen; County Judge Chester Frost; President of Greyhound Lines-East Harry J. Lesko; and President of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, David Foote Sellers Johnson. Quote from Harry J. Lesko: "Chattanooga's intercity transportation needs have grown sharply in the last decade. The new, larger terminal will help meet these needs and provide the high-quality facilities normally associated with Greyhound."
i1,2) Article, Chattanooga Times, "Ground Broken for Bus Terminal," March 24, 1971, by Charles Quinton. Similar article and photo to h).
j) Clipping with photo and caption, "Pickets at Greyhound Station," November 3, 1971. Strike by the Amalgamated Transit Union against Greyhound. The two workers pictured are T.V. Cox and Roy R. Minton.
k) Article, "Greyhound Workers Are Back on Job," November 4, 1971, indicates that a new contract was being negotiated as a result of the strike by the Amalgamated Transit Union Members against several Greyhound terminals in the US.
l1,2) Article, "Greyhound To Open New Center Dec. 8," November 18, 1971. Article announces opening one month ahead of schedule and was to be "Greyhound's Christmas present to the community" according to Harry J. Lesko. The project was also part of the Golden Gateway redevelopment project in Chattanooga. Franklin Haney was the developer. Article details the design and features of the new terminal.
m) Article, "New Greyhound Terminal to be Dedicated on Dec. 7," by Charles Quinton, November 19, 1971. Similar article to l) but the opening date is one day off.
n) Clipping with photo and caption, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "City's New Greyhound Terminal," December 6, 1971. Shows image of the new station and mentions opening ceremonies. See 2016.004.086.c for photograph of newspaper image.
o) Clipping with photo and caption, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "At Dedication of Greyhound Terminal," December 8, 1971. Those in attendance included: President of Greyhound Lines-East Harry J. Lesko; President of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, David Foote Sellers Johnson; Greyhound vice president Richard Eikenberry; Fire and Police Commissioner Gene Roberts; and President of the Chattanooga Manufacturers Association Walter Stamper Jr.
p) Article, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "Steps Taken to Improve Transportation," by Bruce W. Benton, Chamber of Commerce Vice President, August 1, 1972. Article summarizes the improved transportation implementations in the Chattanooga area, including plans for widening the Thrasher Bridge; plans for the replacement of the Walnut Street Bridge; the completion of railroad reconstruction so that local traffic would not be blocked by trains; plans for the construction of an airport connector link (a four lane highway from downtown to Lovel Field with no stop lights or trains crossings); plans for the hopeful recruitment of an Air Freight Forwarder located at Lovell Field; and the Amnicola Highway Extension that was almost completed. Photo credited to George Moody.
q) Article, "Greyhound Stops Its Service Here," November 19, 1974, details another nationwide strike through the Amalgamated Transit Union."
r) Article, Chattanooga News Free Press, "Old Greyhound Station Coming Down; Civic Forum To Go Up," August 24, 1977, by John Vass. Demolition of the old terminal between 10th and 11th streets began. The property, previously owned by the state of Georgia, was acquired by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation. The new building, the Civic Forum, would house local business-oriented organizations, such as the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, the Chattanooga Area Convention Visitors Bureau, Chattanooga Manufacturers Association and the Industrial Committee of 100. A fundraising campaign with a $1 million goal to finance the new building was begun and was headed by Joseph H. Davenport Jr. Article mentions the then new downtown library and the beginning of the construction of the Krystal Building across from the Read House, all as part of revitalizing that part of downtown. Article mentions that plans for a new Tennessee American Water Company headquarters on Broad Street were announced as well.
s) Clipping with photo and caption, "Greyhound Terminal Torn Down," photo credited to Robin Hood. Same information as in r).
t1,2) Article, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "Greyhound Bus Here Struck by Gunfire; No One Injured," by Jon K. Broadbrooks, March 15, 1990. As a bus with 46 passengers left Chattanooga on I-24 it was struck by gunfire somewhere between the Fourth Avenue exit and the Germantown Road exit. The glass in the passenger door was cracked. The driver did not stop until Hamilton Place Mall because he wanted to stop in a lit area. The passengers apparently did not even know there was an incident until he stopped. Since this incident was during another nationwide Greyhound strike, it was suspected that it may have been related but police would not comment on that. Greyhound officials and strikers both claimed that it was not from them.
u1,2) Article, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "2nd Greyhound Bus Shot At Here," by Jon K. Broadbrooks, March 16, 1990. This was a second Greyhound bus shot at within a day, this time on I-75, but the bus driver did not report it until he reached Knoxville. No one was injured; the windshield was cracked by the bullet. The police chief, Ralph Cothran, ordered police escorts for all buses leaving and entering the city Thursday. Greyhound was intending to reach out to Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter for assistance with the matter.
v) Article, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "Chattanooga Trivia: Jaycees Promote Bend Zoo; Brainerd Cinerama Closes," by John Shearer, March 18, 1990. Article was saved because of the section of trivia about Fred Currey, who was owner of Greyhound Bus Lines. Currey was from Lookout Mountain, attended Baylor and later University of Chattanooga. He eventually became head of Trailways in 1974, which led him to own his own bus leasing company, and later to purchasing Greyhound for $350 million.

The beginning of the article highlights some local and national history from 10 and 20 years prior, such as conceptual plans for a large zoo at Moccasin Bend (1980); a local psychic drowned (1980); the Brainerd Cinerama near Brainerd and Germantown roads closed (1970); etc. The newspaper mentioned itself as well: In 1980, "The Chattanooga Times and News-Free Press announced they had reached an agreement in principle to enter into a joint publishing arrangement. The News-Free Press would handle the advertising, circulation and production of both papers, while each would retain its own news and editorial departments. As part of the agreement, the Times was expected to stop its Sunday paper, while the News-Free Press would no longer publish a Saturday paper. The News-Free Press went on to continue printing a Saturday paper."
Date 1962-1990
Dates of Creation April 15, 1962 - March 18, 1990
Extent of Description a) 11.50" x 2.00"
b) 10.00" x 1.75"
c) 4.00" x 2.18"
d) 6.00" x 1.87"
e1) 5.25" x 3.63"
e2) 8.75" x 4.00"
f) 4.50" x 5.25"
g1) 4.75" x 1.87"
g2) 6.25" x 1.87"
h1) 12.00" x 7.00"
h2) 8.87" x 1.87"
i1) 7.00" x 5.25"
i2) 10.00" x 1.87"
j) 5.50" x 5.50"
k) 3.87" x 1.81"
l1) 2.63" x 1.87"
l2) 13.13" x 4.00"
m) 7.50" x 3.50"
n) 5.75" x 5.13"
o) 5.75" x 9.50"
p) 15.00" x 11.00"
q) 2.50" x 1.87"
r) 5.00" x 5.75"
s) 5.25" x 5.75"
t1) 3.87" x 7.00"
t2) 4.38" x 4.63"
u1) 5.50" x 9.00"
u2) 7.25" x 4.38"
v) 7.25" x 13.50"
Accession number 2016.004