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Today in Johnson City History: November 29

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 29, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Nov. 29, 1888: From the pages of The Comet: “Our friend S.H. Hendrix, of Carters, has replaced our sick rooster with great big frizzly one. It is a fine crower and if we that do not get chicken hungry before that time, he will crow for the democracy in 1892.”

Nov. 29, 1906: The Comet’s advertising included the Southern Railroad, which offered holiday excursion rates. Readers were advised that “We seldom repent of having eaten too little,” which was one of Jefferson’s Ten Rules the paper printed that day.

Nov. 29, 1955: Leonardo Thomas Cumberbatch, a player for the Kingsport Cherokees, was awarded 50 percent disability for an injury he received in a Johnson City baseball game that August. A Johnson City doctor testified that while the knee injury ended Cumberbatch’s playing career, he could still do some forms of manual labor. The player’s attorney had argued for 100 percent disability from the Cherokees’ insurance carrier.

Nov. 29, 1974: The Gospel Sing at Freedom Hall Civic Center was attended by 400 people.

Nov. 29, 2011: Science Hill High School went on lockdown and a senior student was arrested after school resource officers discovered a handgun inside his trench coat. The .22-caliber handgun was loaded and there was additional ammunition in his backpack, police said at the time.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall: Johnson City Press

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