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Today in Johnson City History: March 31

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 31, 2019 at 8:00 AM

March 31, 1912: Robert Love Taylor died. He was the congressman from the 1st District in Tennessee from 1879 to 1881 and governor of Tennessee from 1887 to 1891 and again from 1897 to 1899. He was U.S. senator from 1907 until his death. Taylor was the founding editor of The Comet in Johnson City in 1884.

March 31, 1949: City Commissioner Ted Deakins resigned from the commission. His term was from 1947-1949.

March 31, 1977: A Clinchfield Railroad freight train derailed in Boones Creek. The 3 a.m. crash left the diesel engine and 46 cars strewn off the tracks at a ridge near the trestle over Boones Creek Road, while another 32 cars stayed upright. The train had been northbound from Johnson City, and the engineer told reporters it appeared the tracks had buckled in front of the train.

March 31, 2009: Chas Byrne allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings and Troy Mendez went 3 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI in East Tennessee State’s 9-3 defeat of Tennessee at Cardinal Park.

Sources: Congress.gov; City of Johnson City; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press.

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