Ferry Days Gone By

Cleo Jenkins Retires after 57 Years Operating Ferries. This Is Cleo Jenkins Story from 1972. After more than half a century, an era may be coming to an end – as Mr. Cleo Jenkins, operator of the Washington Ferry for nearly 30 years and other ferries for 27, is retiring. It all started 57 years

Rhea County Jail History

The feature photo above shows one of the cells from the 1998 addition of the jail. (Photo by Dean Wilson) Old Rhea County Jail Downtown Now a Certified Juvenile Jail Facility In March of this year, 2021, the county opened a new Rhea County Jail and Justice Center located on the property of the former

Rhea’s James Evans Missing In Action

James Floyd Evans, Jr. was born July 27,1920. James grew up on the Cunnyngham farm along the Tennessee River in Rhea County. He graduated from Rhea Central High School, then he worked for the TVA. In early 1943, James enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After training at an Idaho air base, James was a

Rhea Records Hold Past

Historian David Gray above under took a project in the early 1980’s to clean and care for some of the county’s neglected records. Gray was a dedicated member of the Rhea County Historical Society. (Photo courtesy Rhea Historical Society) Time had not been kind to Rhea’s Records Rhea County Courthouse and the county’s records tell

Fort Bluff Cabin-Then and Now

For those of you that have been up to Fort Bluff, I’m sure you’ve seen the cabin that is adjacent to the large three story Bluff House. The original cabin, shown above in the early 1950’s, was owned by the R.E. Winsett family.  The Winsett family purchased and used the cabin for many years as

Governor of Tennessee sets Strawberry Festival Week 1961

Governor of Tennessee Buford Ellington is pictured above in 1961 handing Miss Imogene Wilkey, 1960 East Tennessee Strawberry Queen, his proclamation setting the week of May 15 -21, 1961, as “East Tennessee Strawberry Festival Week.” Also pictured above with  the Governor and Miss. Wilkey is “Miss Dayton” Nancy Shipley. Visit The Official Page Of The

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