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Today in Johnson City History: August 11

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

Aug. 11, 1887: The Comet opined that “Bristol may be ahead of Johnson City in some things (?) but she has to lift her hat to our hotels and Opera House.”

Aug. 11, 1927: Construction began on a new highway between Elizabethton and Johnson City. It was called the Glanzstoff Highway after the Bemberg Glanzstoff Company, which had established rayon factories in west Carter County. The two-lane road is now Tennessee Highway 91 from East Main Street in Johnson City to the Happy Valley area, where its path becomes four-lane West Elk Avenue and U.S. 321.

Aug. 11, 1968: A Johnson City man was one four men on the run after breaking out of the Washington County Jail in Jonesboro. Tony Miller, who was waiting to be transferred to Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary to serve 1-3 years, escaped with three others by sawing through a second-floor window.

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