Remember When ...
From the files of the Polk County News ..
In 1922, the School board let contracts for transportation contracts, including for Ducktown and Copperhill ... Plans called for building grammar schools under a $60,000 bond issue for Copperhill, Farner, Reliance, Servilla, Prendergast, patty and Conasauga ... Two murderers were electrocuted at the state prison, brining the total for the past six months to a record of seven.
In 1932, the annual horse swapper jubilee was held at the jockey lot in Etowah ... A reduction of about 15% in high school principal and teachers’ salaries was made under the new levy ... J.Lee Clemmer was named principal at Mt. Zion ... Food prices: mayonnaise, 16 oz., 20¢; tomato sauce, 5/30¢; 2 boxes Raisin Bran/23¢.
In 1942, election winners were B.E. Biggs Sr., sheriff; R.e. McClary, trustee; L.H. Park, county court clerk; C.L. (Roxy) Campbell, circuit Court Clerk; John A. Harbison, Register; W.V. Davis, county judge. Justices of the Peace were W.a. Kerr, J.J. Taylor, W.a. Trevena, first district; R.b. Hammons, Ben Ramsey, second district; W.g. Davis, James Sherer, third district; W.C. Rose, Copperhill ... The Works Progress Administration announced a street improvement project in Conasauga ... On the war front, the Russians were driven back by the German forces ... Clark gable was inducted into the Army ... Gray’s restaurant in Benton was sold to Richard Moorehouse, who sold out to John Harbison and Ed Caldwell.
In 1952, GGL candidate John Edwards was elected sheriff, H.C. Sartin for trustee and Luther Taylor for Tax Assessor ... The Quarterly Court faced the need to raise taxes or cut expenses. The previous year, it had a deficit of more than $100,000 that had to be covered ... The court was also to decide on a special election to vote on bonds for new schools at Benton, Ocoee and Linsdale ... State Democrats nominated Frank Clement for governor and Albert Gore for congress ... E.P. Burt was hired as Director of Athletics and head football coach for Polk.
In 1962, new school personnel included George Prince, Copperhill Elementary principal; Oscar Crabtree, CBHS principal; Arthur gore, Linsdale principal; James Voight, basketball coach for PCHS. Deyo Taylor was elected chairman of the school board ... William G. Bates died at age 82 ... The school received $8,997 in state funds for textbooks ... Degree candidates at UTK were Dorothy Davis and Martha Sue Hawkins ... Ollie Snyder celebrated her 81st birthday.
In 1982, Charles Stevens was elected County Executive and Frank Payne was chosen as Sheriff .. Jerry Estes spent more than $15,000 to defeat incumbent DA Richard Fisher, who spent more than $12,000.
In 1992, members of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church were seeking ways to help save the old Methodist church in Copperhill ... Hopeful signs continued for approval of an Olympic event on the Ocoee ... A chemical seepage caused problems in Copperhill but did not affect the river ... Copperhill was looking at implementing subdivision regulations ... PCHS moved from a six-period day to a seven-period day ... Tourism Commissioner Sandra Fulton commented on the importance of heritage tourism.
In 2002, School enrollment was up … Ocoee River Days was being staged by the same group who handled Riverbend … The historic Mayes Cross was set to be moved in order to save it from the widening of Hwy 411 … County Commissioners voted to provide funds for the Chamber of Commerce and family violence program … Copperhill approved a water rate hike and at-will employment … McCaysville Lions Club celebrated 60 years … Friends of the Library held a successful book fair … DNA was being used to help identify Melungeon heritage.
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