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Today in Johnson City History: December 3

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 3, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Dec. 3, 1885: The Comet reported that “Chancery Court at Jonesboro closed Wednesday evening. Clerk & Master Bowman and his excellent deputy W.F. Young were busy until a late hour in the night getting up the record. Many cases have been tried and a large amount of public business transacted. Chancellor St. John is cleaning up the dockets of the various counties in his division, and seems determined to get rid of the old, worn out, superannuated cases that have been dragging along and encumbering the dockets for years. The people are taking note of this and heartily approve of it.”

Dec. 3, 1908: The Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio railway, the first modern high-class railway for coal ever built in the South, was expected to be completed between the Clinchfield coal properties at St. Paul, Virginia, and Marion, North Carolina, about the first day of January. Freight and passenger service would commence soon after. The railroad was complete with the exception of the steel bridge over the Holston River at Kingsport.

Dec. 3, 1945: The comedy “Christmas in Connecticut” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan was playing at the Sevier Theater on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City. The film is now a holiday classic.

Dec. 3, 1964: Professional wrestling matches took place at the city’s recreation center. The card included Ronnie Ethison vs. Pedro Zapata, Ron Wright vs. Chris Belkas and Alex Perez vs. Johnny Walker. Ringside seats were $1.50 each. General admission tickets were $1, and children were admitted for 50 cents.

Dec. 3, 2009: East Tennessee State University’s mini-dome was renamed the “ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center.” MSHA was the largest regional corporate donor to the university, having given in excess of $8.4 million, primarily for the College of Medicine.

Dec. 3, 2013: The Hilltoppers got 16 points from Calvin Songster and 12 from Peyton Wingate to outlast preseason favorite Dobyns-Bennett 57-53 in a Big Seven Conference game. It was the 15th straight win in the Johnson City-Kingsport rivalry for the Hilltoppers.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press