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In 1923, war clouds gathered over eastern Europe while France was busily engaged in military activities in Germany ... The Tennessee Power Company and the county were each spending $16,000 to build a road from Parksville dam to the Caney Creek.

In 1933, state legislators reduced their own office expenses to help the state budget ... The dreadful alarm sounded at the outer door and the spirit of John D. Nuchols was taken from his earthly home to his eternal home ... New Year’s resolutions at the grammar school were for clean hands, clean teeth and hair brushed well before coming to school ... Ladies’ oxfords and strap slippers were on sale for $1.49.

In 1953, Tennessee railroads paid Polk County nearly $62,000 as part of $7.9 million paid 80 of the counties in the state ... Freshman Barbara Ward led the Lady Wildcats with 24 points against Ooltewah and 23 against Etowah ... Citizens were waiting to see who the Quarterly Court would elect as school superintendent and court chairman ... Ben Parks died at age 52 ... Woodrow Higgins was Worshipful Master at the Conasauga Lodge ... George Scarbrough was assigned to teach in Paris, France at a school for Air Force personnel.

In 1963, TVA said it planned to dredge and widen the lower Hiwassee channel and raise a bridge over the river ... Bobby Nicholson was named secretary of Alpha Gamma Sigma at Tennessee Tech ... On the Dean’s List at UTK: Stephen Hughes, William Kilpatrick, James Passmore, Robert Ross, Henry Smith Jr. ... Sandra Webb attended the national Pi Omega Pi convention in Chicago ... A second suit was filed seeking to oust the county’s two Democrat election commissioners on charges of conspiracy in the issuance of absentee ballots.

In 1973, a snowstorm hit the area ... Tennessee’s first “freedom tree” was planted at the National Guard Armory in Cleveland in honor of CWO William Kimsey Jr. of Reliance, missing in action in Vietnam ... In the largest narcotics raid in county history, Sheriff Whitey Ramsey arrested seven people smoking pot at a party in Ocoee.

In 1983, after three jam-packed meetings, the School Board voted to delay budget action until after the county commission meeting in hopes that more money would be allocated ... High school principals were angry at County Exectuive Charles Stevens for removing exension telephones ... A team from Polk was competing on “Toss Up” competition on Channel 45.

In 1993, the long-awaited Elvis stamp went on sale and post offices sold out within minutes ..  The county commission approved joining the National Flood Insurance program, which includes some land use controls in floodplains ... The British Broadcasting Company was looking at Etowah for the site of a railroad documentary ... The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Associated created a booklet featuring sites in Polk, McMinn and Monroe and had signs on order for gateways to the region ... Excitement was increasing for the World Cup race.

In 2003, citizens in Benton voiced concerns over a rock crusher off Parksville Road…The Polk County School Board won arbitration against the PCEA regarding whether or not the School System could assign a half-hour of bus duty to each teacher…the man who robbed the Home Bank in Copperhill was caught and questioned by the FBI…the unemployment rate in Polk County rose from 4.6% to 5.9%...the State called for volunteers to train as response teams in case of a smallpox emergency…a Horse College was sponsored by the Polk County Agricultural Extension Office…Officials in Polk and McMinn Counties met to discuss the creation of a Rail Authority to oversee the Old Line Railroad renovation…

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