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Today in Johnson City History: January 16

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 16, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Jan. 16, 1890: The Comet reported that U.S. Rep. Alfred Taylor had introduced legislation to create a United States circuit court at Johnson City and to erect public buildings at Bristol and Morristown at a cost not to exceed $20,000 each.

Jan. 16, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported that 5-year-old Buford Whaley, who lived near White Top on Buffalo Mountain, died from burns in a fire after he stood too close to the fireplace. The mountainous terrain had prevented the boy from receiving treatment in time. “He didn’t run down the winding trail this morning. Stumbling feet slowly carried his body down the winding way.”

Jan. 16, 2007: The inaugural class at East Tennessee State University’s Gatton College of Pharmacy began.

Jan. 16, 2012: Dr. Brian Noland became president of ETSU.

Jan. 16, 2018: Johnson City native and internationally known businessman Bill Bain died. He was founder of Bain & Company, a corporate strategy consulting firm, and Bain Capital, a private equity firm with Mitt Romney as its first CEO.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press, Larry Calhoun

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