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Today in Johnson City History: February 2

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 2, 2019 at 7:45 AM

Feb. 2, 1888: Burgin Dossett was born in Campbell County. He was president of East Tennessee State College from 1949 to 1968, during which time the institution achieved university status.

Feb. 2, 1922: The cornerstone for Mayne Williams Public Library was laid.

Feb. 2, 1935: The Beer Commission was investigating whether the beer sold in local establishments was too strong. The Johnson City Press reported numerous complaints that the beer in Washington County contained a higher percentage of alcohol than allowed by state law. Commission members included A.E. McCorkle, Rex Pierce, Dr. W.P. Willis, Edge Hall and Ural Bolton.

Feb. 2, 1965: The Science Hill Hilltoppers trounced the Elizabethton Cyclones 65-49 in boys basketball. James Hairston led the ‘Toppers with 27 points.

Sources: Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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