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Today in Johnson City History: December 21

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 21, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Dec. 21, 1934: Johnson City Mayor Ben B. Snipes called for the abolition of the Tennessee Railroad and Public Utilities Commission amid a statewide debate over regulatory control over municipal power purchases from the Tennessee Valley Authority. “It looks like a movement, which would permit cities to contract for purchase of their own power as they see fit, is a step in the right direction,” Snipes told the Johnson City Press.

Dec. 21, 1941: Famed New York artist Frank Reilly presented Robert L. Fine, President of the Washington County Bar Association, a mural. It showed three early East Tennessee judges: Andrew Jackson, David Campbell, and Hugh Lawson White.

Dec. 21, 1976: Giant Food Markets were ready to help Johnson City families with “Christmas feasting.” The local grocer advertised turkeys for 49 cents per pound, canned yams for 39 cents, 3 pounds of brown sugar for $1, pumpkin pies for 89 cents, 5 pounds of White Lilly flour for 49 cents and 3-pound canned hams for $3.99.

Dec. 21, 2006: Science Hill High School’s Hilltoppers led all the way in a 65-52 Big Nine Conference basketball victory over Volunteer. Future Science Hill Hall of Fame member Omar Wattad led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds. Wattad went on play at Georgetown and UT-Chattanooga before an overseas professional stint. He is now an assistant coach at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate.

Sources: Johnson City Press; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection.

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