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From the files of the Polk County News …
In 1934, the government planned to acquire around 3 million acres of forest land in the Southern Appalachians as part of a forest conservation program .. PCHS had 35 graduates … On the court docket: failing to provide, murder, killing a calf, killing a dog, public drunkenness … Arthur McCay announced his candidacy for County Judge … At the movies: Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night.”
In 1954, Henrietta Johnson was valedictorian at Polk; Margaret Burchfield was salutatorian … On the honor roll at UTK: Ben McClary, James McCroy, Patricia Bullard, Judith Moulton … Food prices: kidney beans, 2 cans/25¢; Bama jelly, 12 oz. Tumbler, 5/$; Kook air, 5 pkgs, 25¢ … Peggy Liner was the Senior 4H speech contest winner.
In 1964, Frank Clement announced his candidacy for the unexpired term of U.s. Senator Estes Kefauver … Richard Massengill Jr. was elected president of the Benton Lions Club … William Marion Bradford died at age 103 … Wendell Richardson was presented the Jon Phillip Sousa Award at the PCHS band’s spring concert. Nicholas Hayes was named outstanding band member. Perry James was named most promising elementary band member.
In 1974, Weldon Allen won out over Gene Chancey in the race for Sheriff’s nomination at the Republican convention. Glenda Hatcher was the nominee for Circuit Court Clerk, Charles Moorhouse for Register of Deeds, Floyd Humphreys for Trustee, Dennis White for County Judge and Curtis Hampton for Sessions Judge and Parks Burger for County Court Clerk … The legislature failed to approve a plan for an elected school board … CBHS had 64 graduates, led by valedictorian James Darrell Harper and salutatorian Judith Annand. PCHS had 87 graduates.
In 1984, budget deficits exceeded $800,000 … School buses were to finish the year in full operation, thanks to Operation Rolling Wheels … Stella Raines was named Mother of the Year … Copperhill School held Heritage Day … There were no bids on the Sylco school land … Martha Crouch was named valedictorian at CBHS; Anona Mealer and Paula Weaver were co-salutatorians. Shannon Lindner was valedictorian at Polk, while Linda Talley was salutatorian … Jason Campbell had the Grand Champion at the Livestock Show.
In 1994, county schools were to get more money from the state as part of the BEP plan to equalize funding, but the new money could not be used to supplement county funds and came with strings attached … Greasy Creek residents were considering forming a Township Commission to oversee the school land and make sure it would not be sold or traded … Copperhill was considering a curfew for unattended juveniles … Tammy Dunn was invited to attend a national conference on Educational Technology … Copper Basin was planning to begin an innovative block scheduling program … Nancy German retired as owner of the Humpty Dumpty kindergarten … Tanya Meachen was named valedictorian at PCHS. Angela Farrell was salutatorian … Daniel Swanson was valedictorian at CBHS; Thomas Crowder was salutatorian.
In 2004, An illegal landfill located behind Ducktown City Hall was closed by the state … An employee of the City of Benton was charged with theft over $500 and doctoring the books … PCHS’s football facility was being re-considered … Opinions on ability grouping were voiced at a Town Hall meeting in Benton … 30 local students were benefitting from HOPE Scholarships … Benton police officers busted a theft ring and recovered $12,000 in stolen property.
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