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Today in Johnson City History: September 27

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Sep 27, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Sept. 27, 1892: The Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church was organized; originally, it was known as Second Presbyterian Church.

Sept. 27, 1914: Catherine Wood Marshall was born in Johnson City as a daughter of the Rev. John Ambrose Wood and Leonora Whitaker Wood. Marshall was the author of many books, including “A Man Called Peter,” a biography of her late husband, and “Christy,” which was inspired by the story of her mother's time in Appalachia teaching impoverished children. “A Man Called Peter” was adapted into film and released in 1955, and “Christy” was the basis of a CBS television series aired in 1994-95.

Sept. 27, 1955: The Federal Communications Commission heard arguments for rival applications for a second Tri-Cities television station. Appalachian Broadcasting, a consortium of four Bristol businessmen, eventually won the right to establish WCYB on channel 5 in Bristol Virginia-Tennessee and began broadcasting on Aug. 13, 1956.

Sources: “Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History”; “In the Footsteps of Faith: A Tour of 14 of Johnson City’s Century-Old Churches”; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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