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Today in Johnson City History: December 12

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 12, 2019 at 7:45 AM

Dec. 12, 1895: The Comet reported Plato had said centuries earlier, “I call education the virtue which is shown by children when the feelings of joy or of sorrow, of love or hate, which arise in their souls, are made conformable to order.”

Dec. 12, 1901: Noah Collins, a fireman at William Uptegrove & Brothers veneer mills, had been terribly scalded by the bursting of a blow-off pipe on one of the boilers. Collins was immediately taken home and medical aid was summoned, but he did not survive.

Dec. 12, 1921: E.R. Pate and Robert Lucas of Johnson City were guests at the Homestead Hotel in Kingsport.

Dec. 12, 1949: Edwin C. Huster, a University of Tennessee advertising instructor and Knoxville advertising agency executive, told members of the newly organized Tri-Cities Advertising Club at a dinner meeting in Johnson City that more than $5 billion per year was spent on advertising, including some $2 million in the Tri-Cities — the equivalent of about $21.6 million in 2019.

Dec. 12, 1973: East Tennessee State University’s Bucs whipped Appalachian State 78-65 under new head coach Leroy Fisher. Sharpshooting guard Kenny Reynolds led the Bucs by hitting 12 of 25 floor attempts to finish with 26 points. Johnson City’s own Charlie Stuart had an 8-for-15 evening for 17 points.

Dec. 12, 2005: ETSU announced that classes for the new Gatton College of Pharmacy would be delayed until 2007, rather than the following fall, to meet accreditation standards.

Dec. 12, 2011: ETSU scientists announced they had unearthed two fossil specimens from a previously unknown species of prehistoric bear at the Gray Fossil Site.

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


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