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From the files of the Polk County News …
In 1934, the Chestuee class carried off the banner in the annual county singing convention … Charles Guinn announced his candidacy for state senate .. J. Tom Taylor, the owner of Maggie’s Mill said he would not sell the old mill to Henry Ford for removal to Michigan … The road from Cleveland to Polk County was to be given a heavy coat of road oil and have culverts widened.
In 1954, sisters were reunited after 33 years during the Lewis reunion. Mrs. Lissie Anderson came from Lubbock TX to visit Mrs. Roy Robinson. Both were daughters of Dan Lewis … At the movies: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in “Scared Stiff” .. Food prices: yellow squash, 5¢/lb.; kidney beans, 2 cans/25¢; dog food, 3 cans/25¢ … Graduating from UTK: Robert Howard Rymer and Jimmie Lynn Verner.
In 1964, A fire in Copperhill threatened downtown and destroyed a grocery store and radio station studios … A rescue squad was organized in Benton with Homer Garren as captain … Tri-State Electric received a $500,000 loan to finance extensive improvements to its system … Zip codes were seen as a way to make mail delivery more economical … Sammy Rogers was elected president of the FFA … Chickens with numbers attached to their legs were tossed off the new Wilson Drug Store as part of a grand opening drawing.
In 1974, Cheryl Bishop was valedictorian at PCHS; Deborah Ratcliff was salutatorian … Deryl Curbow was a candidate for state Democratic committeewoman … Ruth Swayne, Eva Lee Bates and Marjorie Gilliland were honored for 20 years of more of teaching … 4-H trophy winners for high scoring individuals were Cindy Crothers, Patty Payne, Boyd Creasman and Vance Ingle … Cindy Boggs finished fourth in the mile run at the regional track meet with a time of 5 minutes, 54 seconds.
In 1984, Copper Basin valedictorian Martha Crouch was killed in a wreck … The county commission was considering a program whereby the state would provide a loan for up to half the tax money tied up in court, but the state would control finances … A $6.61 tax rate was needed to fund budget requests … A bear showed up in the back yard of a Parksville Road residence … The School Board was considering bus stops only on main roads as a way to save money.
In 1994, the county commission appointed a recreation committee to begin looking at area needs … Benton planned a sewer line expansion to serve the Courthouse area … A Headstart program was scheduled to open in Ocoee … Marian Presswood was named County Historian … The Polk County News won school bell awards for best continuous coverage of education and for editorial supporting education … Dr. and Mrs. J.T. Layne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary .. U.S. whitewater slalom team trials were held on the Ocoee.
Congressman Zach Wamp and other federal, state, and local officials celebrated the Hiwassee Rail Adventure with a rail excursion. The Appalachian Regional Commission praised the line, saying there was value in saving it … Polk County High School got approval for a new fieldhouse and practice field, but not a stadium … The school board and PCEA were at odds over the disbursement of a one-time $225 state bonus on their paychecks … JoAnn Finnell was praised for her book on the cemeteries of Polk County … A Turtletown native was featured in a Discovery Channell program … VEC grants reached the $1 million milestone … The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association received a $7000 grant from the TN Historic Commission to survey the rail line between Etowah and Copperhill.

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