[EDITORS NOTE: This is a continuation (and the conclusion) of the late Carmel Burkes year by year highlights of local, state and U.S. history, which were compiled in booklet form during Americas Bicentennial year. We begin here with the year 1964 and continue through 1976].
1964 JOHN DUNCAN of Knoxville (formerly of Huntsville) elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1965 Huntsville incorporated.
1965 Scott County Hospital expanded.
1966 Pine Creek Watershed Lake built near Oneida for the citys water supply.
1966 HOWARD H. BAKER , Jr. of Huntsville elected to the U.S. Senate.
1966 U.S. Post Office and Federal Building constructed in Oneida.
1966 First canoe race held on the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River between Leatherwood Ford (in Scott County) and Yamacraw (in Kentucky).
1967 Mr. H. F. COOPER died in Oneida
1967 The Ponderosa Golf Course is completed.
1967 First National Bank in Oneida constructs new headquarters on Alberta Avenue.
1967 Oneida Vocational School opens.
1967 First National Bank branch at Helenwood robbed.
1968 Train wreck at Winfield. (Molasses, automobiles, etc.).
1968 MARTIN LUTHER KING assassinated in Memphis.
1968 Senator ROBERT KENNEDY assassinated at Los Angeles, California.
1968 Explosion damaged Southern Labor Union Building in Oneida.
1968 Worst drought in East Tennessee history.
1969 USA lands first astronaut on the moon (NEIL A. ARMSTRONG).
1969 "Oil Boom" starts in West Oneida.
1969 Senator EVERETT DIRKSON died in Washington, D.C. (He was the father of Senator BAKERS wife).
1970 Freight train wrecks at Robbins.
1970 Scott Countys population was 14,762.
1970 Tennessee had 3,924,164 people.
1970 Mr. A.V. ELLIS died. He served education here in Scott County and with the U.S. Government overseas. He became ill in Vietnam.
1970 Large (8"x 10") article appeared in the Wall Street Journal concerning the "Oil Boom" in West Oneida field.
1971 Glider lands at the Scott county Airport after a flight from the St. Louis area.
1971 Strike at Scott county Hospital caused trouble.
1971 New Scott High finished.
1971 Federal Building at Huntsville completed.
1971 Four lane highway constructed through Huntsville.
1971 Bowaters Paper Company dedicated a park at Honey Creek Trail.
1971 U.S. Army helicopter makes forced landing near Oneida.
1972 New Methodist Church dedicated in Oneida.
1973 Southern Railway purchases the Tennessee Railroad, and then Southern provided all rail service within the county.
1973 Vietnam War ends for most Americans. Prisoners of War were released.
1973 Watergate Investigation started in Washington, D.C. Senator BAKER was appointed Vice Chairman of the Senate Investigating Committee.
1973 National TV coverage by CBS focused on Senator BAKERS hometown in Huntsville:
1973 Arvin Industries announced plans to move their plant from Oneida to Mississippi.
1973 SPIRO AGNEW resigned as Vice President of the United States. GERALD FORD was selected to replace him.
1974 RICHARD M. NIXON resigned as President of the United States, and GERALD FORD became the 38th President.
1974 Freight train wrecked at New River.
1974 Dr. WILSON GREENE (local optometrist) died of heart attack at Harriman.
1974 Brushy Mountain Prison at Petros was closed by Governor DUNN.
1974 Urban Renewal Project completed at Huntsville.
1974 TED Q. WILSON injured by helicopter accident at Knoxville.
1974 Gasoline shortage felt, because of the Arab embargo. Long lines were found at service stations, and some gas stations closed.
1974 B.F. Goodrich announced plans to locate a manufacturing plant in the vacated Arvin facility.
1974 The U.S. Corps of Engineers announced authorization of the Big South Fork National Recreation Area (park).
1974 Tornado hit Scott County with heavy damages near Oneida and Jamestown.
1974 Southern Railway announced plans to excavate the tunnel at Tunnel Hill.
1974 Aircraft owned by West Coal Company crashed in Knoxville. The pilot, DALLAS CHRISTIAN, was killed.
1974 Navy Jet Trainer (T2C Buckeye Basic) named the "City of Oneida" was dedicated in a ceremony at the Scott County Airport by personnel of the base at Kingsville, Texas.
1975 Large snow (15 inches) covered Scott County.
1975 Largest flood (50 year flood) since the 1929 flood does heavy damage.
1975 Six Gypsies robbed businesses in Scott county and nearby counties of at least $1800 in goods. They were arrested and returned to the Scott County Jail.
1975 Communists over run South Vietnam and ended 30 years of war there.
1975 Tennessee Highway 63 project was started at the Scott Campbell line to rebuild and improve this route.
1975 Southern Railway freight train crashed into and destroyed the High Point bridge.
1975 Dynamite explosion accidentally destroyed the new Piggly Wiggly supermarket under construction in the new Northtown Plaza shopping center in Oneida.
1975 Recreation Center dedicated in Oneida.
1975 Major expansion of the water system started. New lines were extended to Winfield, Grave Hill, Paint Rock, Capital Hill, Fairview, Robbins and Rugby Road.
1976 Republican rally at Huntsville (Scott High) drew approximately 1800. Numerous national and state Republicans attended (including Presidential candidate RONALD REAGAN, U.S. Senators HOWARD BAKER and BILL BROCK, U.S. Congressman JOHN DUNCAN and many others).
1976 Plans announced for recreation center at Huntsville.
1976 Freight train wrecked in Oneida.
1976 Plans announced for new overpass from Depot Street to South Oneida. This would close the old surface crossing.
1976 Armathwaite Manufacturing Company announced plans for a garment plant at Huntsville.
1976 Plans announced for the removal of the tall water tank in Oneida at the high school.
1976 High Point bridge opened.
1976 JIMMY CARTER announced that he has enough delegates to be the Democratic candidate for President in November. The Republican Primaries did not produce a first choice candidate before the convention.
1976 Independent Herald, new newspaper, started in Oneida.
1976 Scott County had a Bicentennial Celebration, which included many types of activities. The Canoe Race was held again. Numerous sporting events were sponsored, and the central site on the Mall at Huntsville was programmed for almost all kinds of arts and crafts. A Bicentennial revival was also held at Scott High School.
FNB Chronicle, Vol. 2 No. 3 Spring 1991
First National Bank
P.O. Box 4699
Oneida, TN 37841
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