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Today in Johnson City History: March 28

Johnson City Press • Mar 28, 2019 at 7:45 AM

March 28, 1885: The Comet called on the new Board of Mayor and Aldermen to improve Johnson City streets. “Our muddy streets and shabby sidewalks are a disgrace to any town, to say nothing about a city. At the rate in which improvements have been made it will take, something like twenty years to give Main Street a decent look.” The Comet also reported that the supply of provisions in Johnson City was not meeting the demand. “We have heard a good deal of complaint about the market. There were two days last week when there was no butter in a store in town.”

March 28, 1947: Johnson City filed suit against the state of Tennessee seeking a larger share of the recently enacted 2 percent sales tax. The suit claimed the state was not giving Johnson City credit for its true population. The state used the early estimate of 22,783 residents vs. the official U.S. Census figure of 25,332.

March 28, 1965: Appalachian Christian Village, now Cornerstone Village, held its groundbreaking ceremony.

March 28, 1975: Tom Hodge mentioned in his Johnson City Press-Chronicle column that if it rained on Easter, it would rain for the following seven Sundays. Hodge also wrote, “A white Christmas means a green Easter and a green Christmas means a white Easter.”

March 28, 1975: Johnny Winter and the James Cotton Band were at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Cornerstone Village; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

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