Johnson City Press: Today in Johnson City History: February 6

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Today in Johnson City History: February 6

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 6, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 6, 1928: Mr. Ed Garland was fined $25 for possessing ginger ale.

Feb. 6, 1935: State Teachers College, Johnson City, President Charles C. Sherrod told the Johnson City Press he opposed legislative efforts to charge tuition at the state’s colleges. “The state of Tennessee cannot afford to have uneducated people,” Sherrod said. “It’s the educated people who bring business; it’s the educated people who will bring about progress in government and society. Why, we will have to educate our people, the poor as well as the rich, and it’s to the benefit of the state to help do that.” Sherrod was the second president of what is now East Tennessee State University.

Feb. 6, 1959: East Tennessee State College received word that it would share in the U.S. Department of Education’s $6 million fund for the establishment of national defense student loan programs. ETSC’s share was $1,719.

Feb. 6, 2009: Ponder’s Auto Repair Shop on West Market Street was heavily damaged by fire.

Sources: Johnson City Court Records, 1928; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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