Bill H. McAfee, broadcaster & politician, died at 84

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Bill H. McAfee, born on March 10, 1931 and died September 12, 2015, he was an American politician in the state of Tennessee.

Bill served in the Tennessee House of Representatives as a Republican from the 27th District from 1976 to 2001.

A native of Gordon County, Georgia, he was a broadcaster and hospital administrator/employee. He is an alumnus of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

McAfee was born to the late Fulton M. McAfee and Lucille P. McAfee.

He graduated from Red Bud High School in Gordon County, Ga., where he excelled in baseball, both during and after his high school career.

He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

McAfee served our country in the Georgia National Guard, completing his service as a first lieutenant. He was employed with Lockheed Aircraft in Marietta, Ga.

McAfee began his public broadcasting career, for which his is best remembered, in 1960, at radio station, WCGA, in Calhoun, Ga., with a Southern Gospel recording program called “Supper Time.”

He considered this to be one of the most enjoyable experiences in his media career path.

McAfee then moved to other radio stations, WBHF, Cartersville, Ga. and WCHK in Canton, Ga.

In 1963, he moved to Channel 9, WTVC in Chattanooga, as a booth announcer and within the year, he and Gil Norwood began a two-man live newscast.

McAfee was with Channel 9 for 12½ years when he moved to Channel 12, WDEF.

In 1976, Bill was elected in the 27th District for State Representative to the Tennessee General Assembly, where he served for 24 years until his retirement in 2000.

He considered one of his greatest accomplishments was extending Highway 27 (Coolidge Highway or Corridor J) from Signal Mountain Road onward to Spring City, Dunlap and moving toward the Kentucky line which took 14 years.

The bridge passing over Morrison Springs Road in Red Bank along Highway 27 was dedicated to him on Sept. 21, 2000, for his efforts in extending this road.

Bill H. McAfee died at age 84 on September 12, 2015.