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Today in Johnson City History: January 16

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 16, 2020 at 7:15 AM

Jan. 16, 1890: The Comet reported that while out rabbit hunting Loaf Jones, 12, had shot John Pearson, about the same age, through the head, killing him instantly. Jones told authorities the shooting was accidental, as he was shooting at a rabbit. The weapon he used was a .38-caliber revolver he had stolen from his mother's trunk. Some asserted, however, the boys were quarreling over the rabbit and Jones shot at Pearson not thinking what the result would be. An inquest was held, but no arrests were made.

Jan. 16, 1902: A contract had been signed for the purchase and shipment of 10,000 rail car loads of sand to be used in building the “Johnson City branch soldiers home.”

Jan. 16, 1930: Mack Lyle, 19, suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run crash. He was found unconscious on the side of the street.

Jan. 16, 1950: The Hilltoppers mauled the Erwin Blue Devils 80-59 in boys basketball. For the third game in a row, Science Hill’s Eddie Pate blasted the hoops for 19 points.

Jan. 16, 1969: Linda Sue Kilgore was named Miss East Tennessee State University in the pageant on campus. First runner-up was Betty Jo Marsh.

Jan. 16, 2006: Dillion Sneed came off the bench to score 14 points and pull down 11 rebounds as the Bucs defeated North Florida 86-71 in an Atlantic Sun Conference basketball game at the mini-dome.