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Today in Johnson City History: February 10

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Feb. 10, 1935: Lever Brothers Co. offered Johnson City moviegoers free tickets to shows at the Tennessee Theatre on West Main Street with the purchase of their products, including Lux, Lifebuoy and Rinso. Movies at the Tennessee that week included “The World Changes” with Paul Muni and Mary Astor, “I Gave My Love” with Paul Lukas and Wynne Gibson, and “Before Midnight” with Ralph Bellamy and June Collyer.

Feb. 10, 1960: The Tennessee State Supreme Court upheld the annexation of approximately 2,000 acres in North Johnson City. The newly annexed area ended just past the North Roan Street split going to either Kingsport or Bristol. Johnson City sought the annexation in November 1957.

Feb. 10, 1979Merle Haggard played to more than 3,600 fans at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Feb. 10, 2012: The Lady Hilltoppers concluded their first undefeated regular basketball season in Science Hill High School history with a 71-27 win against Greeneville.

Sources: Johnson City Press-Chronicle, Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

For more about Johnson City’s 150th birthday, visit JohnsonCity150.com.

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