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Today in Johnson City History: December 23

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 23, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Dec. 23, 1886: A heavy snowfall had damaged structures in the region, including the house on the Allison place, about 1 1/2 miles from town, the chimney on the west wing of the courthouse and 30-40 buildings in Leesburg. The graded school in Johnson City was again in full blast, the snow having melted sufficiently to allow the pupils to reach the building without difficulty.

Dec. 23, 1910: Taylor Burke was fined $25 for “carrying concealed on his person a pair of iron ‘knucks,’” according to the Johnson City Court Records.

Dec. 23, 1935: Christmas business in the region was the best since the beginning of the Great Depression, rivaling that of the boom years in 1927 and 1928. One gauge was postal receipts, which had sizably increased at the Kingsport, Johnson City and both Bristol post offices. The railroads were showing similar results.

Dec. 23, 1952: Unbeaten Johnson City claimed its first trophy in the basketball season, trampling a good but outclassed Kingsport crew, 66-47, in the finals of the first Big Five Invitational tourney at Memorial Gymnasium. Hilltoppers guard Ferrell Bowman did most of the damage, swiping the ball from Kingsport players five times for baskets en route to 22 points overall.

Dec. 23, 1974: Kingsport Hill’s Department Store security agent Earl Crawford was charged with the armed robbery of a Giant Food Store employee, in which $14,000 was taken, at a Johnson City bank. Johnson City police said the employee was delivering the Giant store’s receipts to the night depository at the First People's Bank branch at North Roan Street and Sunset Drive. Crawford was arrested as he walked along Browns Mill Road. He was convicted of simple robbery in October 1975.

Dec. 23, 2011: After East Tennessee State University guard Jarvis Jones’ potential go-ahead 3-point basket attempt went halfway down and spun out with 25 seconds left, the Tennessee Vols utilized made three of their final four free throws in a 66-63 victory over the Bucs in Thompson-Boling Arena.

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



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