Feb. 11, 1951: Charles Hodge Mathes passed away. He was one of the original faculty members of East Tennessee Normal School.
Feb. 11, 1992: The International Championship Rodeo started the first day of a six-day run at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Total attendance exceeded 13,500. A year later, on Feb. 11, 1993, the Rodeo returned to Freedom Hall for four days, and attendance was 14,625.
Feb. 11, 2010: Former Science Hill High School basketball coach and principal George Pitts was named among 12 people to be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame.
Sources: The Comet; Glimpses of Johnson City, Tennessee; Johnson City Postcard History Series; Bobbie H Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press.
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