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Today in Johnson City History: December 29

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 29, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Dec. 29, 1892: City Attorney W.W. Faw, together with attorneys S.C. Williams and Charles H. Jennings, were working on a new city charter. The existing charter was drawn in 1883 and was only suitable for a municipality of 1,000 inhabitants. The population had climbed to more than 5,000, so the new charter would be drawn for 5,000 to 10,000.

Dec. 29, 1910: Capt. J.J. Marshall, who lived in Limestone, had been in Johnson City attending a farmers’ meeting.

Dec. 29, 1937: Lee Sanders, a former employee of the Washington County Highway Maintenance Department, was killed by his own car in Johnson City. Sanders apparently left the car in gear while cranking the engine. It ran over him before crashing into a fence.

Dec. 29, 1962: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of a holiday dance. Those pictured included future WJHL-TV anchorman Bob Lewis, who was a senior at Science Hill High School at the time. Also pictured were Brenda Trivette, Ken Love, Florence Wofford, Gail Wofford and David Morrison.

Dec. 29, 1970: Remaining undefeated, Science Hill clobbered Clinton, 61-45, in the Johnson City Holiday Doubleheader feature game.

Dec. 29, 2005: The Hilltoppers (11-4) defeated an athletically-gifted Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy 63-55 to advance to the semifinals of the 23rd annual Arby’s Classic.

Dec. 29, 2011: A fire gutted the house at 114 W. Poplar St., but injured none of its three occupants.

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