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Today in Johnson City History: December 20

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 20, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Dec. 20, 1906: Readers of The Comet were advised that “It is better not to be witty than it is to be half-witted.” In “How to Treat Your Town” The Comet readers were advised to praise, improve, talk and write about their town. Trading at home, being public spirited, having home pride, speaking of the natural advantages of the town, subscribing and supporting the local paper, supporting institutions that benefit the town, and looking ahead of yourself when the entire town is considered were all suggested as ways to treat your town.

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.

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