The airport was named in 1929 in honor of John Lovell, and was a farm owned by Dr. J.B. Haskings along South Chickamauga Creek at Chickamauga, Tennessee. The farm cost the city $29,000. The address changed to Shepherd, Tennessee by 1940.
John Lovell was apparently a real estate investor, but I can’t find much on him, for all that the airport is named for him.
There are only 5 little gates, and I had all 6 TSA agents to myself when I went through. It was so nice not to feel like I had to get out laptop, shoes, changes, tickets, ID, etc. at breakneck speed b/c I’m holding up the line.