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Property near Winged Deer Park has long history

April 27th, 2015 9:13 am by Bob Cox

In March 1987, Tom Hodge greeted George Devault to his office to view a priceless deed. The Devault Bridge and the Norton Arney Farm had been front and center in the news that year. The bridge was being widened with two additional lanes to accommodate the

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Daniel Boone's impact on area extended for many years

Daniel Boone's impact on area extended for many years

April 27th, 2015 9:54 am by Bob Cox

Today's feature is a continuation of my mid-march Daniel Boone tree column, which contained paraphrased news briefs taken from a variety of newspapers.

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Yesteryear: Billy goat stuff

Yesteryear: Billy goat stuff

March 30th, 2015 9:49 am by Bob Cox

A few weeks ago, Joe Avento, a Press staff writer, produced an interesting article for the newspaper titled, "From a goat to a parrot: ETSU's choices of nicknames, mascots quite the colorful tale."

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Pedigreed pottery once imported from Unaka Mountains

Pedigreed pottery once imported from Unaka Mountains

March 9th, 2015 9:28 am by Bob Cox

In 1929, Helen Jackson, a former resident of the Southern mountains and a current resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., had cautious words to describe the Southerners she loved so much.

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Yesteryear: Johnson City underwent needed improvements in 1904

February 20th, 2015 11:27 am by Bob Cox

This was four years before the downtown streets were paved. "How pretty the town looks," it said, "in its robe of green trimmed with roses and other flowers."

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One site housed many different kinds of businesses

One site housed many different kinds of businesses

January 26th, 2015 9:49 am by Bob Cox

I appreciate Harold "Hal" J. Hunter's Jan. 14 letter to the editor titled "Preserving History Should Be a Priority of the City." I wholeheartedly agree. Today's column contains the first of several articles I will feature over time involving a landmark th

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Lady of the Fountain's origins

Lady of the Fountain's origins

January 26th, 2015 9:42 am by Bob Cox

Today's feature is the first of two that will address the origin of Johnson City's beautiful Lady of the Fountain.

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No better than the best, better than the rest: Dinty Moore a downtown fixture in several locations

No better than the best, better than the rest: Dinty Moore a downtown fixture in several locations

January 19th, 2015 12:05 pm by Bob Cox

The eatery had been around for several years with essentially the same name but at four separate downtown locations.

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Fiddlin' Bob Taylor talks Christmas

Fiddlin' Bob Taylor talks Christmas

December 23rd, 2014 9:29 am by Bob Cox

During Christmas 1906, Gov. Bob Taylor submitted a depiction to The Comet newspaper, offering his views of what Christmas is all about, depicting both the spiritual and traditional side of the holiday:

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London-Kirkpatrick Hardware knew how to make Christmas merrier for downtown shoppers in 1914

London-Kirkpatrick Hardware knew how to make Christmas merrier for downtown shoppers in 1914

December 16th, 2014 4:41 pm by Staff Report

In the 1950s, many of us faithfully went to see western movies at the Liberty Theatre, at 221 E. Main Street. The building on the west (Fountain Square) side at 219 East Main was the Darling Shop, a ladies clothing store. If we were to turn the clock back

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Children's letters to St. Nick in 1909 show that in some cases, little has changed

Children's letters to St. Nick in 1909 show that in some cases, little has changed

December 1st, 2014 9:15 am by Bob Cox

A comparison of letters written to Santa Claus today with those penned in 1909 shows noted similarities and differences. Let's sample a few. You just might recognize a relative or friend listed:

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