Johnson City Press: Today in Johnson City History: February 9

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Today in Johnson City History: February 9

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 9, 1935: Old-timers stood by with bared heads as “Uncle John” Lusk, veteran employee of Johnson City Traction Company, made a special run to State Teachers College, marking the end of more than 40 years of trolley and bus line service in the city. The original streetcar line had been established about 1890, operating from Johnson City to Carnegie with a branch down Oakland Avenue to Lake Watusee, later known as Cox’s Lake. The streetcar line had been discontinued in the late 1920s.

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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