Remember When ...
from the files of the Polk County News ...
In 1932, a Democrat convention was planned to nominate candidates for county offices and Justice of the Peace ... Spring dresses were on sale for $2.95 - $14.95 ... Each teacher at PCHS donated a book to the library ... The 8th grade served lemonade on the grammar school porch to raise money for their picture.
In 1942, fire at the Crandall Lumber company destroyed $20,000 worth of lumber ... Thieves took the wheels and casings off two cars belonging to TVA workers. The cars were parking along the Ocoee during construction of the the tunnel at Ocoee No. 3 ... Fannie Rogers died at age 82 ... The War Production Board prohibited all construction not needed for war purposes except in limited cases ... Winners in the speech recital were Bob Blair, Betty Jean Higgins and Jerry Lillard in the grammar school and Marselle Poe and Polly Watkins in the high school division.
In 1952, construction was ready to begin on the Bowater paper plant .. Mrs. Dell Arthur Biggs died at age 68 ... At the movies: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in “Sailor Beware” ... Local draft boards were told to examine cases of men with educational deferments.
In 1972, Sandy Bates was named Miss Polk County. Chenia Couey was Junior Miss, Carolyn Hicks was Little Miss, Laura Blackwell was Wee Miss ... Officers of the Benton Jaycees were Harold Hood, James Brown, J.C. Talley, Bill Blackwell, Charles Burnes, Dewey Trentham and Ralston Bailey ... Delegates to the 4H Club Congress were Johnnie Smith, Kim Frady, Paul Gamble, and Garry Woody ... Kim Hampton was the winner of the Soil Conservation wildlife poster contest.
In 1982, groundbreaking was held for the $4 million project for an industrial park and water system. Politicians on hand pledged to continue work to four-lane Hwy. 64 ... Ben Witt retired as Clerk & Master. Sula Jenkins was named to replace him ... Candidates included Curtis Hampton for county executive, Carolyn Gregory for court clerk, and Paul Gregg for trustee, Lew Crawford for county clerk, Jewell Newman for sheriff ... Arlene Bennett graduated from ETSU.
In 1992, the central office, formerly the Old Ocoee School, was sold to Shiloh Baptist Church. The school staff was to move to a rented house in Benton ... The School Board approved the idea of putting video cameras on school buses pending funding ... Barbara Adams of Ducktown School reported on the new Green Gold Conservancy being developed to serve as an outdoor classroom ... The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association worked with CSX to schedule another Etowah-Copperhill Rail Excursion in October ... The Planning Commission was studying the National Flood Insurance Program before making a recommendation to the county commission ... The Overhill began working on a driving tour of Polk, McMinn and Monroe as well as a photography tour.
In 2002, construction money was in the state budget for Hwy. 64 from Hwy. 411 to Parksville Rd … Glenn Springs Holdings began planting shrubs and grasses at the sandy tailing pond as part of the environmental restoration effort … Copperhill was operating with a part-time police department, thus saving money to do some street paving.
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