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Today in Johnson City History: January 3

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 3, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Jan. 3, 1901: The Comet’s readers learned that “The principal social event of the year was the reception given by the Monday Club, of Johnson City, to the Tuesday Club of Jonesboro, and other friends at the elegant resident of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Hunt on Unaka Avenue last Thursday night.”

Jan. 3, 1901: Former Tennessee Gov. Robert L. Taylor was getting over a severe case of grip, according to The Comet on January 3, 1901. We now call the grip influenza.

Jan. 3, 1912: Sheler Scott, a mail carrier on route 3, was thrown from his horse near Garbers and was so seriously hurt that he was paralyzed.

Jan. 3, 1932: The Mecca advised men to “take her out to dinner at least once a week.” The restaurant on Fountain Square was open day and night.

Jan. 3, 1951: B. Carroll Reece of Johnson City and Howard Baker Sr. of Knoxville were sworn in as the newest members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Reece was beginning his 13th two-year term after a four-year absence.

Jan. 3, 1966: Science Hill alumnus Steve Spurrier set five new individual Sugar Bowl records and was named the game’s MVP despite Florida’s loss to the sixth-ranked Missouri Tigers, 20-18. The junior quarterback set new records for attempted passes, most passes completed, most yards gained through the air, most plays run and passed and most combined yards gained in running and passing.

Jan. 3, 1970: East Tennessee State University announced it would offer a new course for graduate credit, “Effective Application of Instructional Media,” over WSJK-Channel 2. Along with the televised lectures, students would attend five seminars, including the final exam.

Jan. 3, 2009: Adam Sollazzo saved his best for last, and the East Tennessee State basketball team wound up celebrating an unlikely victory. Sollazzo banked in a driving hook shot with 3.7 seconds left and ETSU survived a wild last-second shot to beat Mercer 62-61.

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

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