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Today in Johnson City History: September 25

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Sep 25, 2019 at 5:00 AM

Sept. 25, 1890: Arrangements had been made to grade the streets for the new Highland Park Addition.

Sept. 25, 1928: King’s Department Store opened at the corner of East Main and South Roan streets.

Sept. 25, 1947: The planning committee for the Burley Tobacco Festival in Johnson City met at the John Sevier Hotel. Free Service Tire Co.’s Dan Wexler was chairman. The annual festival was slated for Thanksgiving Day.

Sept. 25, 1971: Congressman Jimmy Quillen blamed “petty bickering” for the holdup in the creation of a medical school at ETSU. He said he could not imagine why the state would turn down federal funding for the school. “The lack of cooperation by some in Knoxville and the rest of the state is unbelievable.”

Sept. 25, 2006: The Johnson City Public Building Authority voted unanimously to approve an offer from the Carnegie Development Group for the purchase of Lot 1 in Millennium Park. The group planned to construct a 60,000-square-foot retail and office tower, the Regency Tower at Millennium Park. The effort failed in 2010. Today, ETSU’s new Martin Center for the Arts is under construction on the site.

Sources: The Comet; Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Kingsport Times News; Johnson City Press.

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