Posted in Fundraising, Historical Marker on Dodds Avenue

Update on Replacement of the Central Historical Marker

The Tennessee Historical Commission and their manufacturer have confirmed our marker cannot be repaired to their specifications.

We have two options, one of which is not viable in our opinion–having our marker placed on the Missing Marker List along 200 or so others and wait for State funding.

The other is to raise the funds to pay for the marker at a cost of $1,475 and get it back up in a relatively short period.  We’ve already raised just under $300, so we’ll need $1,200 or so more.

Coordination with McCallie to place the marker on McCallie property has not been successful.  Current plan is to place it just outside the McCallie fence facing Dodds Avenue and as far from the street as possible.  We must obtain Tennessee DOT and the City of Chattanooga approval–at this time, all indications are they will approve our plan.

Please send your donations payable to Preservation of Central History Fund to Bob Johnson, 8909 180th Street Court East, Puyallup, WA  98375.


Graduated from Central in 1965. Had the honor of being Mr. Central 1965. Started on the Central Basketball Team for three years and was a member of the Track Team in my senior year. Shared command with Bryant Millsaps of the Central JROTC unit in my senior year. Other activites at Central are documented in the 1963 -1965 Champions. Received an athletic scholarship and played Division I College Basketball for four years. When I graduated from Auburn in 1969, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Adjutant General Corps and served 25 years on active duty, retiring in 1994. Some of the military awards I earned include the Legion of Merit, one Meritorious Service Medal for Achievement, six Meritorious Service Medals for Service, Joint Service Medal for Achievement, two Army Commendations Medals, and Viet Nam Service Medal. After retirement in 1994, I became a Real Estate Broker until my second retirement in 2010. I am passionate about Central History and am pleased to be Administrator of this Blog/Site.

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