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Today in Johnson City History: April 2

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 2, 2019 at 7:30 AM

April 2, 1891: The Comet stated that “Jonesboro is near Johnson City but Johnson City is not near Jonesboro. A planet may have a moon, but a moon never has a planet.”

April 2, 1936: A Mr. Casida was fined $50 for possessing 1.85 pints of whiskey.

April 2, 1947: Johnson City resident Mary Lou Cox was one of four people killed when a private plane crashed near Roan Mountain. She was a senior at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol.

April 2, 1966: A massive shakeup took place in East Tennessee State University athletics. Head football coach John Robert Bell was named athletic director, succeeding Sidney Rice, who returned to the physical education department. Basketball coach Madison Brooks was named assistant athletic director. Shifts also were made in head coaching positions in baseball and track. Thus began the tenure of legendary track coach Dave Walker.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1936; Johnson City Press-Chronicle

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