Today in Johnson City history: April 26

Johnson City Press • Apr 26, 2019 at 8:00 AM

April 26, 1884: Johnson City had the finest police force in the world, sarcastically stated the town’s newest newspaper, The Comet. Editors noted that Officer Jack Hickey tackled an actor, who had entered the ring in a recent show disguised as a drunken sot. “Tho actor gave a yell or two, and Jack harnessed him.”

April 26, 1949: Science Hill High School’s Hilltoppers grabbed first place in the Big Five baseball conference by defeating Kingsport’s Indians 10-9, stretching their winning streak to five games. The Science Hill boys scored the winning run after singles by Howard Leonard and Byron Leonard and a fielder’s choice grounder by Charley Hughes, who had homered in the second inning.

April 26, 2009: A post-prom party in the wee hours of that Sunday morning resulted in police charging several Science Hill students and some young adults for underage drinking and landed the house’s owner a citation for an alcoholic beverage law violation. Police were called to a residence about 1:30 a.m. for a complaint about a loud party and saw 45 to 50 juveniles there drinking.

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