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Today in Johnson City History: December 10

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Dec. 10, 1885: Cargille and Hodges, who were the proprietors of a new art gallery, advertised they had the best facilities and could enlarge pictures, charging between $2 and $25 to do so. That would amount to $53 to $663 in 2019 when accounting for inflation.

Dec. 10, 1927: Rumors were circulating of a “big four” athletic conference involving Johnson City’s Science Hill High School, Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett High School, Erwin High School and Bristol’s Tennessee High School for the three major sports. The alliance would mean resuming games between Kingsport and Erwin, which had been severed in football in 1922 and basketball in 1924. It would also resume games between Johnson City and Kingsport, which stopped after a brawl ended a basketball game the previous winter.

Dec. 10, 1958: Christmas shoppers gathered to watch as firefighters battle a tobacco warehouse fire in downtown Johnson City. Many stood between Jobe and Cherry streets on the railroad tracks, now the path of State of Franklin Road.

Dec. 10, 1975: Tennessee Highway Commissioner Robert Smith predicted that the new Interstate 81 link between Knoxville and the Tri-Cities would be complete by the year’s end. 

Dec. 10, 2009: Freezing cold gripped Johnson City as temps dipped into the 10s, causing area shelters to fill up quickly.

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

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