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Today in Johnson City History: July 13

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jul 13, 2019 at 5:15 AM

July 13, 1893: Johnson City railroader John T. Wilder planned to build a dam across the Nolichucky River near Unaka Springs, giving him “control of one of the finest water powers in the state.”

July 13, 1928: Several men were fined for operating a slot machine; however, it was noted that the case was not handled, simply because there was no case.

July 13, 1980: Kenny Loggins performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

July 13, 1990: Humorist Lewis Grizzard appeared at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Nearly 2,300 fans enjoyed his comedy show.

July 13, 2010: Four nearly 100-foot-tall stadium lights that for decades marked the inner boundaries of Memorial Stadium were felled by city workers, wrapping up salvage operations ahead of the stadium’s demolition. The stadium was razed to make way for Memorial Park Community Center.

Sources: Erwin Magnet; Johnson City Court Records, 1928; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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