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Today in Johnson City History: August 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Aug 15, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Aug. 15, 1889: The Board of Mayor and Alderman had set tax rates in Johnson City. The ad valorem tax (transactional) was 75 cents on $100, and the privilege tax was 80 cents on $100.

Aug. 15, 1907: W.C. Smith, sewing machine representative for the Tennessee Furniture and Supply Company, had broken his left leg below the knee while alighting from a vehicle.

Aug. 15, 1948: Three home runs in one big inning propelled the Johnson City Cardinals to a 6-4 win over the New River Rebels in Appalachian Baseball League play. James Dickey, Spencer Causey and Whitey Ries all homered in the 4th inning. Dickey and Ries had long careers in the minors but never made it to the Big Leagues.

Aug. 15, 1983: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle featured an article about the recent “Fifth Annual Old Time Country Radio Reunion,” which played on WJCW.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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