CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- For nearly 35 years, this university tucked inside the struggling Highland Park neighborhood knew exactly what it was.

Tennessee Temple — first a Bible school, then a swelling college and seminary -- was the child of the largest Baptist church in the country and the flagship of the staunchly conservative Independent Baptist movement.

At Temple's peak in the 1970s, more than 5,000 young men and women intent on winning souls crowded the 55-acre campus.

Outsiders saw the campus as a strange place, where people still were buttoned up and strict rules set them apart from a growing youth culture of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

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