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