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Today in Johnson City: December 11

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 11, 2018 at 7:15 AM

Dec. 11, 1934: Temperatures in Johnson City plunged into the teens. The low of 12 degrees was a record for time. The Johnson City Press reported the following day that “Johnson Citians and East Tennesseans shivered under the grip of bitter cold, motor traffic was almost eliminated and pedestrians walked with caution as ice covered the sidewalks.” 

Dec. 11, 1965: Diane Barker wrote in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle of Donna Rose’s recent trip to Guaranda, Ecuador. As the reigning Miss Johnson City, Miss Rose visited Johnson City’s Sister City of Guaranda and helped Quito, the capital of Ecuador, celebrate its 420th birthday.

Dec. 11, 2006: Botched explosions at the future site of Sam’s Club off State of Franklin Road sent rocks smashing into dozens cars parked in the shopping center below. Some scurried to safety. “We were right here about to put her in the car. I looked and it was seriously like smoke everywhere,” Josh Maselli told the Johnson City Press. “Once the rocks started coming down on cars I knew something was wrong. I just told (my wife) to put her hands over her head. Then I grabbed (our baby) and ran.”

Sources: Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection, Johnson City Press

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