Johnson City Press: Today in Johnson City History: December 14

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Today in Johnson City History: December 14

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Dec. 14, 1947: Local historian and Judge Samuel Cole Williams died. He and his wife donated land and $10,000 to build Johnson City’s first public library after their son died. Judge Williams helped the State of Tennessee prepare for the Tennessee Sesquicentennial in 1946. He had written six books on early Tennessee history.

Dec. 14, 1995: Shelbridge, the East Tennessee State University presidential residence, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally a private residence, the mansion was completed in 1921.

Dec. 14, 2008: The Johnson City Press reported that 7-year-old Gray resident Jet Harris was chosen as a top-20 finalist in Gap’s search for its newest GapKids models. This year, Jet was a standout linebacker for Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett High School Indians, at 6 feet tall and 194 pounds.

Source: Johnson City Press, Johnson City Public Library, Johnson’s Depot.

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