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Today in Johnson City History: August 12

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Aug 12, 2019 at 5:15 AM

Aug. 12, 1886: The Comet published a letter from Michael Campbell, superintendent of the recently completed East Tennessee Insane Asylum, who noted that there was ample room for the all the insane in East Tennessee and several counties in Middle Tennessee. “I am satisfied that there are a great many insane persons in this Hospital District whose friends do not know that we are ready to admit them, or are ignorant of what steps to take in order to get them admitted.”

Aug. 12, 1909: Johnson City’s doctors were rushed to the scene of a “terrible disaster” on the Southern Railroad line near Midway. The doctors were aboard the C.C.&O. Railway’s wrecking car on a special train after a passenger train derailed on the “Greeneville Grade.” The train’s engineer, Samuel Bush, later died from injuries received in the wreck.

Aug. 12, 1959: Deputies confiscated a 240-gallon still off Watauga Road northeast of the city but made no arrest. The fire was still burning beneath the still, which was full of mash, when they arrived.

Aug. 12, 1970: The last passenger train to make a regular run in Johnson City made its last stop at the depot here.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History

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