Officials accepting time capsule submissions Saturday

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

A week after opening a disappointing time capsule from 1970, Hamblen County officials and historians are preparing to bury their own capsule that they hope will be found in better shape 50 years from now. Items from the 1970 capsule, many of which were ruined when the capsule’s seal failed, will be on display Saturday at the Hamblen County Courthouse.

“There was a vault about three-and-a-half feet deep. The problem was, in the vault, they did not put the materials in a time capsule inside of the vault,” Hamblen County Register of Deeds Jim Clawson said. “(The items were in) plastic bags, double wrapped. The vault took on water through the years and everything was spoiled.”

Some coins, a few pieces of jewelry, a commemorative plate and various waterlogged papers, including a laminated letter from Governor Buford Ellington, are all that remains of what was in the time capsule.

At the same time, officials will set up shop at 11 a.m. in the large courtroom in the courthouse to accept new items for burial in a time capsule that will be opened five decades from now.

“We’re going to put another capsule in the ground to be opened in 2070,” Clawson said.