Jan. 8, 1903: The Comet reported that the Washington County Court elected a Democrat as its chairman for the first time in many years. Local attorney S.S. Kirkpatrick received 17 of 32 votes to defeat the incumbent.
Jan. 8, 1935: Magistrate A.E. McCorkle married East Maple Street residents Josie Curtis and A.R. Gilliam in a ceremony at Johnson City Police Headquarters. Police reported that both had been held since Jan. 2 in default of fines.
Jan. 8, 1973: Ron Hardin hit a layup with 15 seconds remaining allowing East Tennessee State University’s Buccaneer men’s basketball team to hold off Georgia Southern for a 68-65 victory. Hardin led scoring with 21 points.
Jan. 8 2007: The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy held its first White Coat Ceremony.
Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press, Larry Calhoun