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From the files of the Polk County News …
In 1924, W.H. Williamson was elected Mayor of Benton. Aldermen were Mrs. J.D. Clemmer, Hoyt L. Lillard, G.E. Stephenson, H.C. Wilson and John S. Shamblin … A number of residents were disqualified from voting on account of not having paid their poll tax 60 days prior to the date of the election.
In 1934, the Republican convention nominated A.R. Arp for re-election as County Court Clerk, Henry Crox for Sheriff, Frank Duncan for trustee and Joe Allen for register … The state was encouraging community gardens in every county. Funds were to be made available for vegetable canners … The Junior Girl Reserves went on a camping trip to Hiwassee Beach.
In 1964, the Benton Lions and booster club sponsored the first basketball banquet. Janice Fulbright was named Best Offensive Player and Judy “Best Defensive Player.” For the boys, Frank Lowery was Best Defensive Player and Chuck Sanford was Best Offensive Player … Glenda Rice won the countywide Spelling Bee Ben Harris McClary received a grant to attend the University of Manchester in England … The Land Judging Team placed sixth in the state. Members were Sue Poston, Douglas Womac, Harry Rymer, and Wanda Freeman Margaret Trew died at age 87.
In 1974, Weymon Dooley was installed as Chamber of Commerce President at the organization’s third annual meeting … Lou Biggs Wright as named Mother of the Year … The state legislature abolished the “loyalty oath” for voting in primary elections … Cities Service announced a pollution abatement program and construction of a new $20 million acid plant … A cleanup day was planned at the Copperhill cemetery … Carole Underwood was the state winner of the National Council of Garden Club’s speech contest.
In 1984, nearly every key organization in the county endorsed the upcoming sales tax referendum … Four bridge projects were expected to fall victim to the county’s shortage of money … The site for the Ramp Tramp was moved from Big Frog to Sylco Campground and additional festivities were added … District Attorney General Jerry Estes said he would be closely monitoring the local election … The school system’s projected deficit was reduced from $455,000 to $300,000 … Tina Rymer was named Miss Polk County. Paquita Bailey was Junior Miss, Amanda Freeman was Little Miss, Karen Rymer was Wee Miss, Jeremy Blackwell was Little Mister and Dustin Harden was Wee Mister … Kim Witt was named PCHS’s top Scholar Athlete. Robin Parker took the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Award.
In 1994, controversy surrounding the opening of a gun factory in Ducktown … Pieces of a Bailey bridge were delivered to the site of the Olympics … Gov. Ned McWherter announce his intention to seek an addition $4.75 million to support the Olympic effort … Japanese consultants arrived to study heritage tourism in the Overhill … Tonya Wilcoxon was named Miss Polk County. Kelly Davidson was Junior Miss, Amber Silvers was Little Miss, Chloe Ledford was Wee Miss … Certified as rescue divers: Jim Bostic, buster Bramblett, Tina Cate, James Goode, Ricky King and Robert Yates.
In 2004, The Planning Board gave approval for Ocoee Town and Country shopping complex at the intersection of Hwy 64 and Hwy 411 … Matthew Sloan and Anthony Sims won first place in the state Auto Skills contest … A county website and emails were in the works at no cost to the county … PCHS students attended National History Day … CBHS students learned about environmental cleanup during a visit to Glenn Springs Holdings and tour of areas to be reclaimed … Shelby Calhoun was named Miss Polk County … Daniel Rogers was named Mr. Polk County … JP Bates was celebrating his 80th birthday … CBHS freshmen were starting a scholarship fund in honor of Dakota Ingle … Ken and Kenny Stuart were heading to an international kneeboarding competition as a father-son duo.

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