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Today in Johnson City History: December 19

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 19, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Dec. 19, 1895: The back tax attorney, W.W. Faw, advised readers of The Comet that he would “offer for sale on the door of Jobe’s Opera House on December 30, 1895” properties of delinquent tax payers. The Comet was an early Johnson City newspaper.

Dec. 19, 1934: Movies playing in downtown Johnson City’s cinemas included “If I Were Free,” starring Irene Dunn and Clive Brook at The Tennessee; “Affairs of Cellini,” starring Constance Bennett, Fredric March and Frank Morgan at the Majestic; and “To The Last Man,” starring Randolph Scott at The Liberty. The Johnson City Press offered a two-word review of the Scott film: “No comment.”

Dec. 19, 2005: Movies playing in north Johnson City’s cinemas included the Naomi Watts’ remake of “King Kong,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” and the fourth film in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

Dec. 19, 2007: The Taco Bell on West Market Street was demolished to make way for a new Taco Bell on the same site. The building was damaged by fire earlier in the year.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press

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