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Palmer Clinic Turns 60

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm


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It was 1956, and Dwight David Eisenhower was running for reelection as President of the United States. His opponent was Adlai Ewing Stevens, who picked a senator wearing a coonskin cap as his VP running mate. Do you know your Tennessee history?

Palmer ClinicHe was the famous Estes Kefauver.

On the music scene, a young singer from Memphis was ushering in something called rock ‘n roll, and one day he would be called the “king” of it.

In the Town of Palmer, which had been without a medical clinic for several years, miners and officials of Tennessee Consolidated Coal company worked together to build a modern medical facility that served Grundy and portions of Marion and Sequatchie counties.

Dr. Walter Huling brought his family to Palmer in 1956 and in the ensuing years delivers many babies at the clinic. One of those was Grundy County Herald sports correspondent Jody Hargis in 1959.

Today, 60 years later, and in a new century, Dr. John McKeown is our town doctor and the Palmer Medical clinic is still going as strong as ever.