Dec. 20, 1934: Doctors at the Jones Hospital at 105 Boone Street in Johnson City used a bronchoscope to remove a button from a 10-year-old boy’s lung. Horace Waddell accidentally swallowed the two-pronged button and sucked it into his lung. During his surgery, Horace also had a tooth extracted, making the ordeal a twofer.
Dec. 20, 1974: The James Agee Film Project was founded and led by documentary director and Johnson City native Ross Speers.
Dec. 20, 2005: A real estate agent announced that an Atlanta-based developer had purchased the old Model Mill property at West Walnut and Sevier streets with plans to renovate for a mixed-use development. The plan was to maintain “the historic character of the property to an old-fashion mill vintage look.”
Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press, Ross Spears.