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Today in Johnson City History: December 16

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 16, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Dec. 16, 1859: The Blue Plum Post Office discontinued service. Henry Johnson was the first Postmaster of Blue Plum, appointed in 1849.

Dec. 16, 2012: Christmas came a few days early for the family of U.S. Army Spc. Marshall Lane, as the once critically injured soldier returned home to Johnson City. After four months of recovery in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Marshall and his wife, Amanda, were ushered home by members of the local Rolling Thunder, his old unit with Army Reserve 7244th Medical Support Unit, as well as lots of friends and family. Marshall, a combat medic for the 549th Military Police Company, had been shot while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Sources: History of Washington County, Tennessee; Johnson City Press.

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