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Today in Johnson City History: December 16

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Dec. 16, 1897: The City Coal Company advertised that it believed “in sticking to a thing. We stick to the Coal and Wood Business because we like it and understand it, Our customers stick to use because We Treat Them Right.”

Dec. 16, 1909: Large crowds were attending the performances at the Edisonia Theatre. “There were more ladies in attendance Tuesday night than at any time during the past six months. Mr. John Meany, who has been conducting a vaudeville house in Bristol for the past two years, is manager of the Edisonia and intends to give the public the best in the show business and everything will be moral, refined and up to date.”

Dec. 16, 1952: The Tennessee Valley Authority began flooding land to fill Boone Lake after the completion of the dam.

Dec. 16, 1998: Students toured the new Lake Ridge Elementary School, which was slated to open the following January. They were housed at time in the old Annie Wilder Stratton School building on East Oakland Avenue following a citywide rezoning.

Dec. 16, 2010: An ice storm caused slick roads, car crashes, delays, closings, power outages and general havoc in Johnson City and throughout the region.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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