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Today in Johnson City History: December 28

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 28, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Dec. 28, 1893: Notice was given to that state and county taxes were due and could be paid at H.C. Hart’s office until the first Monday in February, after which the constable would come around to collect.

Dec. 28, 1911: The Comet readers learned that David McCurry, who escaped from the jail in Jonesboro earlier in the month, had been recaptured on Christmas Day. The recapture took place in Kingsport by Sheriff J.E.T. Williams and Deputy United States Marshall Brown Seaton. McCurry was serving time for alleged bootlegging.

Dec. 28, 1931: Johnson City had two competing city judges who both claimed the right to hear cases. Hugh F. Anderson contended he was city judge by virtue of a commissionership program in the city, while M. E. Tipton claimed he was judge under authority of a legislative act. Both heard the same cases with the same prisoners on this date. Anderson performed the duties at 4:30 p.m. and Tipton repeated the duties 30 minutes later. The dual verdicts in each case were the same.

Dec. 28, 1956: Hampton’s Bulldogs defeated the Hilltoppers 52-45 in the Kingsport Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Dec. 28, 1967: Sammy Stewart led the Hilltoppers with 29 points for a 62-54 victory over the Elizabethton Cyclones in the Hampton Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Dec. 28, 2006: Mountain States Health Alliance announced it had earned $11.5 million from operations in fiscal 2006 — more than double what health system officials had projected.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Staff-News; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press. 

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