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Today in Johnson City History: February 18

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 18, 1886: The Comet reported that Science Hill Institute had organized its second commencement. There were to be quite a number of contests for gold medals, and "many other literary exercises which the refined and cultured portion of our community will not fail to encourage and appreciate."

Feb. 18, 1935: Johnson City's newest educational project, the vocational school at Keystone, opened. About 20 boys over the age of 14 had enrolled. The first three-hour course was taught by Prof. W.W. Simmons in practical woodworking, and a fourth hour was devoted to such topics as planning blueprints, calculating materials and labor costs and other concepts related to manual work.

Feb. 18, 1935: The Hilltoppers defeated the Elizabethton Cyclones 33-25 in boys basketball. Team captain Bill McCarren, Johnson City's "smooth-working forward," led scoring with 11 points.

Feb. 18, 1960: In Boy Scouts’ 50th year, a local Scout executive reported the Sequoyah Council had 10,000 members.

Feb. 18, 1977: Boston and the Atlanta Rhythm Section appeared at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

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