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Today in Johnson City History: December 9

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 9, 2018 at 6:45 AM

Dec. 9, 1968: The Johnson City Evening Rotary Club received its provisional charter.

Dec. 9, 1979: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported members of the Junior Service League (now the Junior League) would staff The Christmas House for the children of Johnson City. At The House, children could choose gifts for their family and friends away from their parents, as well as play games and hear Christmas stories.

Dec. 9, 2005: Former Johnson City Police Chief and Washington County Sheriff Fred Phillips left his role as Tennessee Commissioner of Safety.

Dec. 9, 2010: A babysitter rescued four children from an early morning fire in a South Roan Street mobile home park. The Johnson City Press reported that when James Begley saw flames erupting from the back bedroom of his friends’ mobile home about 1:30 a.m., his first instinct was to get the children out of the trailer.

(Sources: History of Washington County Tennessee, Archives of Appalachia, Cox-Painter-Adams Family Papers, Johnson City Press.)

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