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Today in Johnson City History: December 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Dec. 15, 1910: The Comet advised readers that the list of people in need of assistance around Christmas was growing bigger; readers were asked to send money. “If you want to enjoy your Christmas dinner help provide one for some poor mother who is too ill to work and the children who need the food. Let your dollars to their duty and make you happy.”

Dec. 15, 1910: The Comet published several letters to Santa from local children. “Dear Santa Claus, I go to Martha Wilder school and I am in the second grade. I want you to bring me a shotgun, a pair gloves, some candy, some nuts, some apples, and some oranges that is all I want. I will close for this time from your boy — Albert Gobble.”

Dec. 15, 1925: Claude Michen escaped from a Kingsport courtroom after his arrest in Johnson City on a charge of felonious assault with the intent to kill. The assault had taken place near Borden Mill in Kingsport, and the victim encountered Michen on the train in Johnson City, leading to the arrest.

Dec. 15, 1952: Johnson City Business and Professional Women's Club had given $1,000 to officials of Oakland Park Juvenile Home to go toward building an isolation ward and in the same action expressed "full confidence" in the city's juvenile judge, Mrs. Ben Taylor.

Dec. 15, 1970: Johnson City's big boys, 6-7 Jerry Bundy and 6-6 Preston Campbell, shot over Happy Valley's defense for a combined total of 40 points as the Hilltoppers posted a 68-49 victory. Bundy led with 21 points, Campbell added 19, Joe Whitehead scored 12 and Randy Farrell got 11 for the undefeated Toppers.

Dec. 15, 2005: Despite an inability by the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission to approve an overlay district for the entire south side of West Walnut Street, the City Commission passed the measure in an attempt to settle the controversial issue resulting from the discovery that many businesses were out of compliance with zoning and parking regulations.

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