Remember When ...
From the files of the Polk County News ...
In 1932, 160 jobs were created with the state highway project of concreting Highway 33 from Etowah to the Hiwassee River bridge .. A ten year old was shot by a playmate when they found an old rusty rifle and decided to play cops and robbers ... A Charleston banker battles bandits who were trying to rob the bank ... The Monday Book Club celebrated Education Week in local schools ... George Scarbrough was president of the Creative Writing Club. Other officers were Gladys Arthur, Ruth Birchfield, James Passmore, and Genevieve Russell.
In 1942, Dr. W.A. Trevena died in a Chattanooga sanitarium. He was a long-time physician and Democrat figure ... The President was not considering the compulsory registration of women, either as auxiliaries to the armed services or for the defense industry ... Two five-generations were present when the Holden and Porter families of Benton held a reunion ... Communities were practicing blackouts, with all lights to be out in two minutes.
In 1962, Circuit Judge Wayne Oliver nullified the results of four of five major races because of 969 absentee ballots cast illegally. Elections hanging in the balance were for sheriff, circuit and county court clerks and register of deeds. The race for trustee was won by a margin large enough not to be affected by the absentee ballots. Lorine Akins and Erma Brewer were chosen to participate in “Operation Heartbeat - Science Explorer’s Day” in Nashville ... Mr. and Mrs. Traynor Witt celebrated their 50th anniversary.
In 1982, a second sanitary trash compactor was operating in Reliance ... Circle J stables in Ocoee offered horseback riding ... The Cougars lost to Marion 14-12 in playoff action, ending the most successful season in Basin gridiron history with 9 wins and two losses.
In 1992, Chris Newton said he would not contest a close loss to Richard Fisher for state rep ... More than 1,000 passengers enjoyed a ride between Etowah and Copperhill on the Old Line ... Bill Clinton and Al Gore were headed to the White House ... The Ocoee set a record of 189,796 users ... Industrial zoning was recommended for the Staffordtown area, which was recently annexed into Copperhill ... School Superintendent Deborah Williams said the state department had set goals for school systems .. The water line project was completed in Copperhill ... The Cougars defeated Midway in first round playoff action ... Polk lost to Marion in the first round.
In 2002, 3 Polk County High School students and one middle school student received year-long suspensions for possession of Xanax and morphine on school property…Phil Bredesen was elected Governor and Lamar Alexander for U.S. Senate…High winds and rain caused considerable damage to the Gee Creek campground and other homes across the County…PCHS advanced to the 2nd round of playoffs…Ducktown held a public meeting to discuss repairs needed at Copper Basin High School, as well as Copper Basin Elementary…the 1st Annual Miss Snowflake Pageant was held in Turtletown…Two PCHS classes sat in on a Supreme Court hearing in Bradley County.
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