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Today in Johnson City History: December 13

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Dec. 13, 1937: The Johnson City Business and Professional Women met at the Hotel John Sevier. Marie Harrison was program chairman for the evening; the topic was “What We Buy and Sell Within the United States.” Future Johnson City Mayor May Ross McDowell was the first chairwoman of the organization when it was founded in 1924.

Dec. 13, 1938: WJCW-AM went on the air with its first broadcast; at that time, the radio station was WJHL-AM, named for owner J. Hanes Lancaster. The radio station was later sold to Jim Wilson, and the station became WJCW-AM.

Dec. 13, 2005: The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at East Tennessee State University announced that Johnson City led Kingsport and Bristol in retail sales during the year’s third quarter. During the period, sales volume in Johnson City was $351 million, up 6.8 percent over the previous quarter compared with Kingsport at $287 million (up 3.6 percent) and Bristol at $220 million (up 2.6 percent).

Dec. 13, 2010: Johnson City experienced its second consecutive day of heavy snowfall and temperatures well below freezing. The conditions caused treacherous roads and widespread school closings. Many main thoroughfares were covered in a layer of snow and ice.

Sources: Archives of Appalachia, Cox-Painter-Adams Family Papers; Carl Swann, WJCW; Johnson City Press.

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