Jan. 5, 1911: The Comet reported, “The Salvation Army Christmas tree was held Monday night and was largely attended.” Almost 200 children received toys, shoes and clothes on the previous Monday night, which was Jan. 2.
Jan. 5, 1951: The Johnson Cit y Hilltoppers annexed a thrilling 46 to 43 victory over invading St. Paul, Va., in overtime, and East Tennessee State College polished off Carson-Newman 75 to 55 in a basketball doubleheader on the Science Hill floor.
Jan. 5, 1968: The Boones Creek Bars hit the century mark in a lopsided victory over Fall Branch, 110-30. The Bars were led by Dickie Hamilton with 26 points and three others in double figures.
Jan. 5, 2009: East Tennessee State scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back in an 88-57 romp over the North Florida Ospreys that kept it firmly atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings.
Jan. 5, 2014: Johnson City Schools district officials advised parents to keep children exhibiting flu-like symptoms home rather than sending them back to school after winter break. Flu cases were rampant in the region.