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Today in Johnson City History: December 8

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 8, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Dec. 8, 1910: The Comet reprinted this from the Commercial Appeal: “Of course, that Memphis-to-Bristol highway can’t be built in a day, but the suggestion shows how crazy everything is to get connected up to Memphis.”

Dec. 8, 1910: The Commercial Club, which was “for all people,” had inaugurated a plan to increase its membership. Until Dec. 12 of that year, a membership campaign would be held. On the 12th, club members planned to call on the “men of the town and wage them to become members of the organization.” To make membership more attractive, dues were reduced from $12 a year to $6. Members were urged to “promote the power of the club, the grown of the city and the developments of the surrounding country.”

Dec. 8, 1939: Johnson City High School’s Kage Kittens opened the Southern Tier conference basketball season with a 32-24 win over Cortland. Johnson City’s Jaycees also beat the Purple Jaycees 34-21 in a preliminary.

Dec. 8, 1970: Jerry Bundy poured in 21 points to spark the undefeated Hilltoppers lo a 55-41 Big Seven Conference victory over Elizabethton. Randy Ferrell had 14 and Leroy Bridwell added 10.

Dec. 8, 2011: Comments ranged from polite concern to full-fledged anger at East Tennessee State University’s D.P. Culp Center Auditorium during a two-hour public meeting regarding a U.S. Postal Service proposal to move Johnson City’s mail processing operations to Knoxville.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press.

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