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Today in Johnson City History: January 19

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Jan. 19, 1879: Johnson City relinquished its first charter. We are not sure why, but several reasons are cited. The reason most often cited is “To receive the benefits of the Act of the Legislature of the State which prevented the sale of intoxicating liquors within one mile of a chartered school save in incorporated cities and towns.”

Jan. 19, 1905: The Comet opined that the Southern Railway should “appreciate the business it gets in Johnson City sufficiently to accommodate the shippers by installing a telephone, even if it had to be paid for.”

Jan. 19, 1954: The Science Hill High School Hilltoppers beat neighboring Happy Valley in a one-point victory at the wire, 40-39, for their 13th win of the season. Jerry Wolff’s free throw gave the ’Toppers a three-point lead, leaving a last second-basket from Happy Valley as a moot point.

Jan. 19, 2009: Johnson City Press Copy Desk Chief Don Armstrong was in Washington, D.C., for the first of his reports on the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press-Chronicle, History of Washington County Tennessee, Johnson City Press

For more about Johnson City’s 150th Birthday, visit www.johnsoncity150.com.

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