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Today in Johnson City History: January 13

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 13, 2020 at 6:45 AM

Jan. 13, 1887: The Johnson City Foundry and Machine works had installed a large whistle that could be heard 10 miles. It was expected to be of great benefit to the farmers in this vicinity as they could regulate their working hours by it.

Jan. 13, 1910: The Comet reported that A. Taylor Markwood, a resident of Johnson City, had “perfected a ‘perpetual motion’ machine.” This machine developed its own power, as well as extra power. Mr. Markwood and his friends claimed the machine “developed sufficient power to run a dynamo that furnished sufficient electricity to light a house of twenty-five rooms.”

Jan. 13, 1930: Johnson City was blanketed with 7 inches of snow.

Jan. 13, 1958: Tennessee Motor Company at 401 W. Market St. advertised the new 1958 Ford Custom 300, inviting car shoppers to come in for an “action test.”

Jan. 13, 1968: Sam Stewart scored 31 points in the Hilltoppers’ 79-50 victory over the Greeneville Greene Devils.

Jan. 13, 1974: Former Kingsport patrolman and Washington County Sheriff's Deputy, Billy Joe Friday, better known as "Joe Friday," was killed when his car rammed a truck parked on the side of Oak Grove Road. His car struck a leaf shredder attached to the truck before colliding with the rear of the truck.

Jan. 13, 2011: Micah Williams made six free throws in the final 57 seconds and the ETSU Bucs rallied from a late deficit to beat the North Florida Ospreys 66-61 for their seventh consecutive victory.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press

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