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Today in Johnson City History: July 11

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jul 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM

July 11, 1889: Chief of Police Henry Weiler kept one eye on the cleanliness of the city and finding the dirty places with a vim. “Stir 'em up, Henry, and get the city in a good sanitary condition for the summer,” The Comet opined.

July 11, 1957: The Mayes Brothers Tool Manufacturing Company announced it was moving from Port Arthur, Michigan, to Johnson City. Mayes Brothers manufactured such items as aluminum ladders and carpenter’s tools. 

July 11, 1992: Jennifer Allen was crowned Miss Johnson City.

July 11, 2009: Four Democratic candidates for Tennessee governor appeared in the Muster on the Mount Democratic Rally. Kim McMillan, Ward Cammack, Roy Herron and eventual nominee Mike McWherter spoke at Rocky Mount State Historic Site. McWherter, son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, lost in the general election to Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam by nearly a 2-1 margin.

Sources: The Comet; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Jennifer Allen; Johnson City Press

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