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Today in Johnson City History: April 1

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 1, 2019 at 7:15 AM

April 1, 1886: The Comet reported that Johnson City’s new Board of Mayor and Aldermen had been sworn in. The city leaders had elected T.H. Lusk, Esq., as recorder and Oliver Burleson as marshal. “We have no doubt they will faithfully look after the interest of the town, but they should be careful not to tinker with the hog law or the barroom ordinance.”

April 1, 1969: The Humanities Festival, as a part of Johnson City’s Centennial, was held in the Reese Museum on the East Tennessee State University campus.

April 1, 1977: The AAU Swim Meet began at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

April 1, 1982: The Junior Service League of Johnson City became the Junior League of Johnson City.

April 1, 2009: Johnson City-based Mountain States Health Alliance announced it had acquired a majority of Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia, after it borrowed more than $100 million earlier to consummate the $132 million deal.

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

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