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Today in Johnson City History: May 10

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 10, 2019 at 7:15 AM

May 10, 1894: The Comet reported that Johnson City’s police chief, Mr. Remine, had witnessed a “great ball of fire about the size of a big cheese fall out of the heavens and roll along the ground for thirty or forty yards.” The phenomenon lighted up the neighborhood with a lurid glare, but it soon disappeared, making a sputtering noise and filling the air with sulphureous odor.

May 10, 1911: Johnson City’s first hospital opened at 712 2nd Ave., which is now East Fairview Avenue. The newly opened Memorial Hospital had a capacity of 10 beds. Three years later, the hospital moved to a house on 7th Avenue (East Chilhowie Avenue) in the Carnegie Addition.

May 10, 1955: Johnson City voters voted to become a home rule municipality.

May 10, 1980: Heart performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: The Comet; History of Washington County, Tennessee; Municipal Technical Advisory Service; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall. 

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