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Today in Johnson City History: Dec. 17

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 17, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Dec. 17, 1908: Munsey Memorial Methodist Church had been dedicated the previous Sunday morning. The Comet reported, “The interior has been divided into several compartments, viz: Main auditorium, pastor’s study, society room, and Sunday-school class rooms, by large rolling panels, finished in golden oak. The blending and harmonizing of the colors are at once noticeable and pleasing, while the beautiful many colored windows cast a soft light that is sweet and restful. There are many handsome and costly windows, which have been donated by members in memory of some loved friend.”

Dec. 17, 1936: State Highway Department Highway employee Sid Campbell died from injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run crash in Johnson City a week earlier.

Dec. 17, 1955: Five traffic deaths — three in East Tennessee and two in West Tennessee — slammed the state's highway fatality toll into a tie with the all-time high for a single year, 894 in 1953. One of the three crashes was a head-on collision that killed a Johnson City man, P.F. Patrick, on U.S. Highway 11E.

Dec. 17, 1965: "Love and Kisses," starring Ricky Nelson, and William Castle's "The Night Walker," starring Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck began a run at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Johnson City.

Dec. 17, 2008: East Tennessee State’s senior forward Kevin Tiggs scored 32 points, hitting his career high for the third time in four games, and Courtney Pigram added 24 to lead the Bucs past Chattanooga 82-70 in Memorial Center.

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

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