Remember When ...
From the files of the Polk County News ...
In 1932, the Benton Garden Club sponsored a clean up campaign ... John Shamblin told the story of the former Cherokee resident referred to as “Snake Tail,” who had two wives, each with her own cabin, near the foot of Chilhowee ... Those making perfect grades in 5th grade spelling were Anna Ruth Taylor, Jessie Lowery, Fetzer, Helen Witt and Joe Van Taylor ... Ruth Pippenger was voted most popular girl in the freshman class. Amos Burchfield was most popular boy, Lennie Lee was prettiest, and Kinzel Trevena was handsomest.
In 1942, police believed they solved the famous skeleton mystery of Starr Mountain, which was found in August 1940. A soldier in Panama who attempted suicide left a note confessing to the murder of Charlie Queen of Etowah. Two other men were implicated as well ... The Navy was seeking construction men for jobs.
In 1952, Polk boys beat Englewood in the district tournament, making them the most potent threat to Bradley supremacy ... Frank Clement visited the county in his bid for the democratic nomination for governor ... A.L. Dalton was elected chairman of the local Republicans, with James Passmore as secretary ... The Turtletown Community Club hosted the Linsdale Community Club for special music and a tour of the new school.
In 1962, Ed Oldham was named chairman of the Polk Democrats, with Neil Higgins vice chairman, Bill Smith secretary and Charles Williams treasurer ... F-H Land Judging Team members were Harrold McClure, Hoyt Freeman, Raymond Thomason, Tommy Daugherty and Jimmy Baker. FFA Land Judgers were Louis Moore, Bruce Rymer, Don Frady, Roger Evans and Billy Davis ... Member of the 4-H Honor Club were Wanda Freeman, Judy Boring, Delpha Davis, Jimmy Rogers, Charlotte Lewis, Harrold McClure, Bobby Lewis, Sue McClure, Jimmy Baker, Ronnie Garren, Charles Freeman and Wayne Lawson.
In 1972, The Jaycees named Ronald Davis as Young Farmer of the Year ... Amos Bates was seeking the nomination for a County Court seat ... John Miles were a key talent at the Cherokee Folk “Getherin” ... John Bramlett celebrated his 80th birthday.
In 1992, the state increased the sales tax from 5.5 to 6% to fund a waterred-down version of Gov. McWherter’s Better Education Plan. An income tax was rejected ... The county commission sent a wheel tax vote to referendum. A $25 tax was expected to generate $225,000 a year. the money would go to debt service in order to reduce the amount of property tax money for that fund and also to eliminate the need to borrow money to make payments before property tax money comes in ... A new business and professional group was being considered in West Polk ... The unemployment rate was 18.1%.
In 2002, A state budget proposal threatened to cut $1.2 million from the school system … A bus use fee was debated for school trips … Garden Club members visited the Lodge of Copperhill for a lunch … The Lady Cougars and The Wildkittens were both ousted in Regional basketball tournament play … An open house was slated to discuss the Lost Creek drainage area and Starr Mountain … The Chamber of Commerce was developing a marketing plan.
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