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Today in Johnson City History: January 5

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Jan. 5, 1888: The Comet reprinted this excerpt from the Elk Park Chronicle just across the state line in North Carolina: “Our neighboring town, Johnson City is coming rapidly to the front. If we are to answer what is doing all this for her, causing those old waste fields to lie dotted all over with attractive homes, and the noise of the various workshops and foundries to be heard; we sum it all up in about these words: Johnson City has within her borders live, energetic, business men. Men who believe in the use of printers ink, and whose souls are not so narrow as to let the politics of the paper interfere with their business. Just as long as this element is in the majority the place will continue to grow and prosper, but let the opposite party get on top and it is a gone case with the town.”

Jan. 5, 1928: A Mr. Ford was fined $25 for operating and possessing a still.

Jan. 5, 1954: The Tennessee Railroad and Public Utilities Commission granted permission for the Clinchfield Railroad to discontinue passenger service through the state.

Jan. 5, 2007: The Science Hill High School Hilltoppers routed Dobyns-Bennett’s Indians 74-41 in boys basketball. Senior Michael Forney led all scoring with 23 points. 

Source: The Comet, Johnson City Court documents, Johnson City Press-Chronicle, Johnson City Press.

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