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Today in Johnson City History: March 6

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 6, 2019 at 6:45 AM

March 6, 1890: The Comet reprinted a Knoxville Sentinel article about Johnson City’s development, which said the city was in a great boom — “not a ‘mushroom’ affair as some short-lived towns but a good, solid, steady boom, the bottom of which will not fall out.” The reporter noted the manufacturing and railroad business in Johnson City, pending railroad plans and growth in the “suburb” of Carnegie.

March 6, 1928: A Mr. Silvers was fined $50 for transporting whiskey.

March 6, 1935: In the Johnson City Press, Sears & Roebuck advertised a 1935 Silvertone high-fidelity radio with features including seven powerful Silvertone tubes, a rubber cushioned chassis and an “airplane dial” with American and foreign bands clearly displayed.

March 6, 1975: State Rep. Palma L. Robinson expressed regret over the release of a legislative survey of East Tennessee State University faculty regarding discontent with ETSU President D.P. Culp, saying it could hamper efforts to gain accreditation for the university’s new medical school.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Documents, 1928; Johnson City Press; Kingsport Times News,

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