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In 1932, the body of 13-year-old Raymond Younce was recovered six miles downstream from the spot where he fell in Conasauga Creek, which was swollen by heavy rains ... Congress was considering a 10% cuts in the $10,000 annual salary of senators and representatives ... The Democrat convention nominated B.E. Biggs for reelection, Roxie Campbell for trustee and R.G. Hood for tax assessor ... J. Tom Felker Co. celebrated its first year of business. Sale items included 48 pounds of flour, $1.40; 100 lb. bag of sugar, $4.50; Carhartt overalls, $1.

In 1942, sugar rationing registration was being held ... Plans were being made for the first war-time Poppy Day, with proceeds to go for veterans and their families ... Hitler’s forces were in control in France ... Rural areas were facing a shortage of doctors as a result of the war.

In 1952, The Quarterly Court elected a finance committee to study the county’s financial condition and prepare the budget. Members were J.V. Newman, Joe B. Mayfield and N.J. Wilson. The school system had reported it needed $80,000 to finish out the school year ... Gubernatorial candidate Frank Clement said he would ask for an investigation of the Browning administration if he’s elected, saying the probe would be directed at “hidden profiteers and political parasites” ... On the honor roll at UT: Ben McClary, Evelyn Thomas, Robert Ballew and Samuel Wolfe ... Road widening and asphalting was to begin on Hwy. 411 ... John Beckler was on the honor roll at TPI.

In 1972, King and Queen at Benton were Gregg Wilson and Jennifer White, 2nd grade; Gregg Merrell and Debbie Witt, 5th grade; and Sammy Rogers and Brenda Everhart, 8th grade ... Dr. John Tullock was appointed chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Belmont College ... County Judge Keith Ballew asked the Forest Service to allow more development in the Cherokee ... Henry Smith retired after 26 years with the Game & Fish Commission.

In 1982, Ann Harbison was named Circuit Court Clerk, to replace Sula Jenkins, who became Clerk & Master ... Road Superintendent Henry Witt told the county council that 80% federal money was available for bridge replacement projects ... George McGee was named administrator of Woods Memorial Hospital ... Grace Johnson and Donna Jenkins were on the honor roll at Tennessee Wesleyan ... Steve Bebb was running for Criminal Court Judge ... Nursing stripes from Cleveland State were awarded to Phyllis Biggs, Patricia Jayne, David Holder, Wanda Galloway and Elizabeth Boone ... Charles Stevens resigned as city judge in Copperhill since he was running for county executive.

In 1992, Polk County was to get more money from the state’s BEP program, but it also got mandates to go along with it ... Ducktown School, the Central Headframe and the Center & Abernathy Store were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places ... Talk of a motel tax was delayed ... The county commission scheduled a workshop on the National Flood Insurance Plan ... Dr. Allen Uhlik opened a medical practice in Copperhill ... Pleasant Hill was deannexed from Copperhill ... The Sheriff’s Department began charging the cities for dispatching and NCIC services.

In 2002, the state fire marshall said a fire escape system was needed for the second floor of Ducktown School as well as violations at other schools … The school system was running short of funds for completion of the new PCHS, including around $150,000 for the sewer line.

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