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Today in Johnson City History: April 4

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 4, 2019 at 7:00 AM

April 4, 1885: The Comet reported that Ike T. Jobe had opened an elegant sample line of clothing in the City Hall from clothiers Chas. Weiller & Son of Baltimore, Maryland. Jobe, who was Johnson City’s mayor from 1889 to 1892, owned and operated Job’e Opera house at East Main and Spring streets, which was the city’s cultural center in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

April 4, 1936: James Lollen was fined an unspecified amount for drunkenness and disorderly conduct, as well as refusing to support his family. The charges were dismissed.

April 4, 1958: Constance Ann Shulman was born in Johnson City. She is an actress and producer; she is known for “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Orange is the New Black.”

April 4, 2011: Former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter died at age 80. In 1974, McWherter broke the tie in the state Legislature to override Gov. Winfield Dunn’s veto of the bill to establish East Tennessee State University’s Medical School.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1936; imdb.com; Johnson City Press.

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