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In 1922, the tenth year of the Polk County High School ended with the graduation of 16 students. Lee Clemmer was salutatorian and Inez Higgins was valedictorian ... J.N. Woody announced his candidacy for Sheriff on the Republican ticket ... Prof. W.R. Ricker was re-elected principal of Ducktown and Prof. J.L. Brewer principal at PCHS ... The salary was $60 a month to $80 a month for grammar school teachers with elementary school education only. It went up to $100/month for high school graduates with one year in State Normal.

In 1932, Jacob (“Uncle Jake”) Day died at age 92. he was next to the oldest man in the area ... The Singing convention was to meet at Benton station ... Three fire observation towers were being built in the Cherokee National Forest ... An editorial in the Copper City Advance noted that there was an ordinance prohibiting cows n the streets at night and wondered why the ordinance does not cover daytime as well ... PCHS students attending the FFT state convention were Milas Crye, W.I. Davis, Paul Painter and Park Hale.

In 1952, the County Court approved a 15% tax on beer sales ... The School board had an $80,000 deficit and would have to borrow money to make payroll ... 35 PCHS seniors had a trip to Washington ... There were 18 county students enrolled at UT ... Benton residents were advised that they would need to register separately to vote in the newly-incorporated town.

In 1962, Three gunshots blasts were fired into the home of A.C. Dalton of Copperhill ... Virgil Lea was named Alpha Kappa Psi National Fraternity at Carson-Newman ... Top graduates at PCHS were Margaret Lea, Barbara McTaggart, Joyce Newman and Jeanette Waters ... Augusta Teasley won the county spelling bee ... Jimmy Rogers was elected treasurer of the state FFA ... Austin McClary announced his candidacy for Sheriff ... R.E. Barclay was named president of the Polk County Historical society ... Mrs. John D. Curbow was a candidate for Circuit court Clerk.

In 1972, in ceremonies at Copper Basin, Gwen Cole’s number (44) was retired, becoming the first number ever retired in the school’s history. She had every offensive record at the school ... Census figures showed the county’s average family income was $6,678 ... Polk County Civil Defense put a pumper truck to be based in the Greasy Creek area ... TVA announced it would try an experimental operating schedule at Apalachia powerhouse to benefit trout fishing and provide adequate flows for river floating.

In 1982, Democratic votes chose Bob Barclay Jr. as their candidate for county executive over Billie Hamby and Cooper Rogers unseated incumbent Trustee J.E. Firestone ... J.T. Stafford defeated Jewell Newman and Abe Cutcher for the nomination for Sheriff; Bowser Hughes took the County Clerk nomination ... Charles Stevens was the Republican candidate for County Executive.

In 1992, a Cleveland man died when his hang glider crashed on Parksville Road ... The Tenth Judicial Drug Task Force, with assistance of the Sheriff’s department, discovered a marijuana greenhouse ... There was hope of developing the Basin Shopping Center on Hwy. 64 ... The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association unveiled a photo tour of Polk, McMinn and Monroe ... Concern was voiced about the impact on farmers from the National Flood insurance Program ... The Copperhill City Council was considering tough litter regulations ... Six tons of litter were collected during the annual Trash Bash ... Springtown Baptist celebrated its 125 anniversary.

In 2002, Incumbent Sheriff Bill Davis and County Executive Hoyt Firestone  were re-elected during primary electionx … An armed robber hit the Mr. Zip in Delano … The Old Line Coalition made an offer to purchase the abandoned line from CSX … Edgar W. Mauss, Jr., of lorida drowned on the Ocoee after falling out of a private raft … PCHS students Rodney Wilcox and Ernest Ramos won the state auto contest … Teachers Jack Dunn and Lisa Morrison filed grievances over not being granted tenure … CBHS’s Carolyn Smith was named Distinguished Classroom Teacher by the TEA.


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