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Today in Johnson City History: October 26

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Oct 26, 2019 at 5:15 AM

Oct. 26, 1893: The Hotel Carnegie had closed, perhaps temporarily, because of light bookings. Meanwhile, Thomas Brown, the hotel’s former chief cook, had entered business with Billy Stinson, a local baker, to furnish breadstuff for the town.

Oct. 26, 1911: Maj. Fondo, the depot builder for the Southern Railway, was in town to look over sites for the line’s new depot. The Comet accurately predicted the depot would be built between Roan and Market streets.

Oct. 26, 1953: The first telecast from WJHL, Channel 11, was at 6 p.m. with a 30-minute newscast.

Oct. 26, 1982: Jimmy Buffett played at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 3,200 fans enjoyed the performance.

Oct. 26, 2012: With a last-man-standing slugfest unfolding in front of a standing-room-only crowd, Science Hill at Dobyns-Bennett lived up to the hype at Kingsport’s J. Fred Johnson Stadium. In a clash of undefeated teams, the Indians’ Chad Diminick kicked a 35-yard field goal with 17.7 seconds remaining, completing a 20-point fourth-quarter outburst that gave D-B a 37-34 victory, its 19th straight in the series.

Sources: The Comet; “Greater Johnson City: A Pictorial History”; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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