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Today in Johnson City History: January 7

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 7, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Jan 7, 1886: The Comet reported that the barrooms of Johnson City had started to close every night from dark until sunrise, “the barkeepers having yielded to the inevitable, and the change is said to be working admirably for good. Such a law undoubtedly decreases drunkenness and deviltry in a town.”

Jan. 7, 1935: The Johnson City Staff-News, a newspaper later absorbed by Johnson City Press, carried an article in which Henry Johnson’s granddaughter told of his love of Johnson City. She recounted that her grandmother was known for her hospitality, preparing meals for countless travelers; ministers were never allowed to pay for their food. 

Jan 7: 1935: The Johnson City Press reported that a revival got underway at Friendship Baptist Church with a Rev. Adams from Asheville, North Carolina, conducting.

Jan. 7, 2007: Former state Rep. Bobby Hicks died at age 68. Bobby Hicks Highway in Gray is named in his honor.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Staff-News, Johnson City Press.

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