Feb. 9, 1979: The Johnson City Preaching Mission concluded its six-night run with a total attendance of 3,800 at Freedom Hall Civic Center.
Feb. 9, 1983: Governor Lamar Alexander presented the Educator of the Year Award to Dr. Burgin Dossett, former ETSU President.
Feb. 9, 2011: Ashwin Jagadish, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Indian Trail Middle School, won the Johnson City Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “nadir,” a word defined as an extreme state of adversity, in the final round.
Sources: Johnson City Press; Herald and Tribune; Bobbie H Shirley, Freedom Hall.
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