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Today in Johnson City History: January 27

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 27, 2019 at 8:15 AM

Jan. 27, 1887: The Comet opined that “Knoxville makes a great fuss over two sawmills. Johnson City has 19 right back of her and has never made half the fuss about them.”

Jan. 27, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported that enrollment at the Junior High School had reached 1,065, the largest in the school’s history. The growth resulted from the promotion of 147 pupils from grammar schools with 82 moving up to Science Hill for a net gain of 72 students.

Jan. 27, 1960: Former Johnson City Mayor Steve Darden was born.

Jan. 27, 1961: Former Johnson City Mayor David Tomita was born.

Jan. 27, 1983: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported the Johnson City Board of Education would likely vote to combine Constitution Hall and Independence Hall, the City’s two junior high schools. One reason cited in the recommendation prepared by the Central Office and school staff was that the two junior highs already shared the same campus. Today, the campus is Liberty Bell Middle School.

Sources: Johnson City Press, City of Johnson City, Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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

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