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Today in Johnson City History: May 13

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM

May 13, 1897: The Comet reported that the Hon. F.P. Burch, state agent for the Tennessee Centennial, came to Johnson City in consideration of moving the Boone tree to the Centennial. The reference was to trailblazer Daniel Boone, who had carved “D. Boon cilled a bar in year 1760” on a beech tree in what is now known as Boones Creek.

May 13, 1914: Three men were fined $10 each for trespassing in the reservoir. This would be a bit more than $252, or $756 total, in today’s dollars.

May 13, 2009: East Tennessee State University announced that the school would shut down its in-house printing press operation by September, eliminating 11 positions. University Press did offset printing, letterheads, business cards, brochures and other quick copy items where thousands of copies were printed for various departments on campus.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1914; Johnson City Press.

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