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Today in Johnson City History: December 30

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 30, 2019 at 6:15 AM

Dec. 30, 1897: A young man by the name of Lowrance had forged Joe Laws' name to an order for $3.00 on M. Jackson's store. The order was presented by a Mr. Strickland and duly paid. Lowrance was arrested and had a preliminary hearing before a magistrate at Jonesboro.

Dec. 30, 1915: The three-story boys’ dormitory at Milligan College had recently burned; thankfully, there were no injuries.

Dec. 30, 1915: The Comet’s readers learned that “Johnson City’s first municipal celebration of Christmas occurred Monday night, under the auspices of the Monday Club, around the big cedar tree placed on the square in from of The Comet office and Windsor Hotel.” Mayor S.E. Miller made some remarks.

Dec. 30, 1942: News arrived in Johnson City that Charles Peters Jr., a fireman second class in the U.S. Navy, had been declared missing in World War II. Peters was aboard the U.S.S. Preston was sunk while actively engaged in surface battle against Japanese naval forces in the Solomon Islands on Nov. 15. Peters already had been declared dead before the report reached home.

Dec. 30, 1967: Sammy Stewart scored 29 and James Hairston added 28 as the Hilltoppers won the Hampton Invitational Tournament with a 76-59 victory over the Cloudland Highlanders from Roan Mountain.

Dec. 30, 2006: The 21st ranked Tennessee Vols escaped a threat from the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball team with a 5-point margin in Knoxville’s Thompson-Boling Arena. The Bucs erased an early 18-point deficit thanks in part to a 16-0 first-half run. The final score was 93-88.

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