Remember When ...
From the files of the Polk County News ...
In 1922, the quarterly court, on a close vote, approved $10,000 to help Tennessee Power Company in building a road from their hydroelectric plant at Parksville to their Caney Creek plant ... Bonds for construction of a courthouse at Ducktown were delayed for an investigation into the county’s title to the land ... The court delayed passing a tax rate until the October meeting.
In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt was nominated for President on the first ballot at the Democrat convention ... W.A. Trevena was elected chairman pro tem of the county court to fill the vacancy caused by the death of L.b. Lanning ... Summer dresses were on sale for $2.83. Pajamas were 79¢.
In 1952, state investigators were looking into the ambush death of August Lewis, chairman of the county court, and the slaying of Donald Land, Edwin Shearer and Ernest Loudermilk, who were killed at Turtletown and Ducktown during the 1948 election ... Grayson Davis, who had been a member of the county court for 15 years, died at age 63.
In 1962, the county Health building was under construction near the jail, which would allow the health center to move from the basement of the courthouse ... Banks were paying 4% interest on certificates of deposit ... Food prices: bacon, 49¢/lb.; peas, 10¢/can; pork ‘n beans, 4 cans/49¢.
In 1972, the outcome of the close primary election race between Whitey Ramsey and Matt Witt for sheriff was still under investigation ... Design and development was underway for the 8.1 Corridor K road project from Greasy Creek to 1.6 miles west of Rock Creek ... Weldon Allen was the Republican candidate for sheriff.
In 1982, propertyowners were receiving reappraisal notices ... The Tennessee Highway Patrol began patrolling for marijuana by air ... Kimsey Farm was named Tennessee Tree Farm of the Year ... G. Kent Chastain received his M.D. from the UT Center for Health Sciences in Memphis.
In 1992, planning money for Hwy. 411 four-laning was included in the state budget ... The May jobless rate was the highest in a decade at 15.3% ... A bill to increase Forest Service payments to counties was stalled in Congress ... The Ocoee Ranger Station added a welcome center.
In 2002, The school system got good news on the amount of state funding it would receive … Benton Banking Company’s Ocoee Branch was broken into. Only a small amount of cash was taken … Ocoee Utilities issued a boil advisory notice due to a large amount of clay in the water … The state’s DUI law was made stricter, allowing only for .08 blood alcohol content … College requirements were added to teacher’s aide positions in the school system … The Dentville Road home of Jerry Lowery was being considered for the National Register of Historic Places due to it’s architectural significance … Hoyt Firestone was facing WQalter Hyatt for the County Executive position.
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