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Today in Johnson City History: January 2

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 2, 2020 at 5:15 AM

Jan. 2, 1885: Arthur Love’s Comedy Company performed in Jobe’s Hall.

Jan. 2, 1902: The Comet reported that Elizabethton was to have an electric steel plant that would produce in 30 minutes what had been taking 30 hours.

Jan. 2, 1902: Mrs. Ed Wilson and her children had recently arrived from Columbia, Tennessee. Mr. Wilson was the new proprietor of the Johnson City Bowling Alley. Previously, he had served as county court clerk of Maury County.

Jan. 2, 1927: The Rev. E.O. Woodyard of Johnson City filled the pulpit at First Methodist Church in Kingsport. Woodyard had founded First Methodist before becoming Johnson City superintendent for the Holston Methodist Conference.

Jan. 2, 1949: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a full-page “Happy New Year” greeting on the front of its B section, featuring a 1949 baby with a January calendar.

Jan. 2, 1966: The week’s most requested tunes list from WETB was topped by the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” followed by Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” and the Righteous Brothers’ “Ebb Tide.”

Jan. 2, 2006: The East Tennessee State University women’s basketball team outscored the Kennesaw State Owls 14-9 during the final five minutes for a 74-66 victory.

Jan. 2, 2013: Virginia Commonwealth hammered ETSU men’s team, 109-58, in a non-conference basketball game at the Minidome.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press

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