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Today in Johnson City History: February 12

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 12, 2019 at 8:15 AM

Feb. 12, 1903: The Comet reported that H.J. Mackney had retired from the Johnson City Steam Laundry. The business was to be run by R.K. Williams and Co.

Feb. 12, 1949: Johnson City Recreation Director Howard Johnson announced that the city would again host the East Tennessee Championship Basketball Tournament at the Science Hill High School gymnasium in March. The prior year, the event attracted 44 teams from three states.

Feb. 12, 1969: The Rev. Loren Young, the executive director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was the speaker of the night for the Centennial Preaching Mission.

Feb. 12, 1980: Retro musical group Sha Na Na played at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Feb. 12, 2010: Johnson City joined Elizabethton in opposing Genesee and Wyoming’s plans to abandon 10 miles of the East Tennessee Railway line, formerly the ET&WNC, unless a purchase agreement was reached by July 4. Johnson City's offer was still on the table to buy the railroad for conversion into a recreational trail. Today, the old line is indeed the path of the city's Tweetsie Trail between here and Elizabethton.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press.

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