Remember When ...
From the files of the Polk County News ...
In 1942, the upper section of the Frog Mountain tunnel was blasted through the mountain and out to daylight at the end of Ocoee Dam No. 3, which was under construction ... Political harmony was said to be assured with the announcement of a joint Burch Biggs for Sheriff-Vance Davis for County Judge slate. Supporters of the two had split into factions several years earlier ... Congress was considering abolishing the CCC ... The House voted to create a Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps on a volunteer basis.
In 1962, Delpha Davis was named Miss Polk County, Joyce Cronan was Little Miss, Janie Curbow was Junior Miss, Pam Guthrie was Wee Miss ... Telephone numbers were switching to seven numbers rather than two letters and five numbers ... The Census showed 3,564 housing units in the county ... Lydia Lewis celebrated her 80th birthday.
In 1972, the legislature approved the election of a seven-member School Board rather than an appointed Board ... The county won the first round in a tax appeal by Cities Service ... The Chamber of Commerce’s first banquet was deemed a success. Guest speaker was Congressman Lamar Baker, who urged the county to capitalize on tourism ... Motorcycle trails in the forest were closing for the turkey hunt ... On the honor roll at Tennessee Tech: John Petty, Benjamin Griffith, Sharon Griffith ... Vicky Norwood was the countywide spelling bee champ.
In 1982, Marcus Payne of Isabella was killed in an apparent ambush ... On the Dean’s List at Tennessee Tech: Patricia Craig, Janice Frazier, Robin Rush, Sandra Long ... World champion racers Richard Fox from Great Britain and Jon Lugbill from Virginia were among the competitors for the Ocoee Spring Run ... A scenic loop covering Polk, McMinn and Monroe was being developed for distribution for the upcoming World’s Fair.
In 1992, a Cleveland man barely escaped from his truck when it went into the Ocoee. He got out through a passenger window and swam to the surface ... Accountability was a key to the new Better Education Program ... The Copperhill-McCaysville Merchants Association planned a Driveway Dinner to raise funds ... Interpretive planning consultant Marc Sagan visited the Overhill and made suggestions for building on the potential ... Dr. John Tullock retired from Belmont University.
In 2002, Copperhill made its last bankruptcy payment to McCaysville. In 1992, the city agreed to pay $500/month for ten years, plus a $4,000 payment immediately, to compensate McCaysville for an unfulfilled water contract … Deborah Williams announced her retirement from the school system.
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