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Today in Johnson City History: March 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 15, 2019 at 7:45 AM

March 15, 1884: The Comet, an early Johnson City newspaper, began publishing. Nathaniel C.T. Love was publisher, and attorneys Robert Burrow and Robert L. Taylor (later governor of Tennessee and U.S. congressman and senator) served as the newspaper’s editors. Local news included the new rollerskating rink planned for Jobe's Opera House and the opening of Hunt & Lide's Hardware and Grocery Store.

March 15, 1950: Two road gang escapees had been bound to the grand jury on charges they had robbed cab drivers in Johnson City and Bristol during their time at large. George Black and Bill Teague were held in the Washington County Jail on $10,000 bond each.

March 15, 1989: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, which was established as the Mountain Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in 1903, was officially renamed the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center in honor of U.S. Rep. James H. Quillen.

March 15, 1997: Former City Commissioner and Mayor Shirley Chapman died. She was a  commissioner from 1983-1991 and mayor from 1987-1988.

Sources: Chronicling America; Johnson City Press; City of Johnson City.

For more about Johnson City’s 150th birthday, visit johnsoncity150.com .

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