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Today in Johnson City History: October 12

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Oct 12, 2019 at 6:15 AM

Oct. 12, 1899: Former Johnson City mayor (1889-92) and Jobe’s Opera House founder Ike T. Jobe had been arrested in Washington on the charge of mailing war penalty envelopes for private letters. Jobe, an infantry captain who had been discharged in March, also had recently been arrested in New York on charges he sold a number of blank transportation requisitions to ticket scalpers. Notice of Jobe's death also recently had appeared in a Covington, Kentucky, newspaper in a “complimentary obituary.” He actually died in 1919 at age 56.

Oct. 12, 1935: Construction began on what is now the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. It was a Works Progress Admiration project.

Oct. 12, 1978: Marty Robbins played to nearly 4,000 fans at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Oct. 12, 1979: Johnson City Transit began operation.

Oct. 12, 2012: The Science Hill High School Hilltoppers’ football team improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Big Eight Conference with a 49-7 victory at Volunteer.

Sources: The Comet; “History of Washington County Tennessee”; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; City of Johnson City; Johnson City Press.