Feb. 19, 1977: Elvis Presley played at Freedom Hall Civic Center before 8,000 people. Tickets were $12.50 and $15. In today’s dollars, the tickets would be about $52.15 and $62.60, respectively. Elvis died just six months later.
Feb. 19, 1981: A Johnson City Press-Chronicle editorial lauded Ross Spears for writing and directing a feature-length documentary about James Agee.
Sources: Johnson City Press; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.
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