Johnson City Press: Today in Johnson City History: June 21

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Today in Johnson City History: June 21

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jun 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM

June 21, 1884: A letter to The Comet advocated for low U.S. tariffs. The writer stated that foreign markets would retaliate against high tariffs, causing a glut of American goods and hurting domestic manufacturers and farmers.

June 21, 1958: Vice President Richard M. Nixon passed through Johnson City en route to Roan Mountain to deliver a speech at the Rhododendron Festival.

June 21, 1961: The Johnson City Rotary Club held its annual picnic at Rotary Park. Nat Winston was honored, as he recently had died. Winston was founder and president of Home Federal Savings and Loan. Members of the Spade and Trowel Garden Club served as hostesses. Raymond Long, who was chairman of the Rotary Club’s Park Committee, spoke of the history of Rotary Park.

June 21, 2010: A Washington County jury sentenced Howard Hawk Willis to death for killing a teenage couple in Johnson City in 2002. The bodies of newlyweds Adam and Samantha Chrismer, ages 17 and 16, were found inside a downtown Johnson City storage unit. Adam’s head and hands had been discovered in Boone Lake.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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