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Today in Johnson City History: January 9

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 9, 2020 at 6:00 AM

Jan. 9, 1896: Twenty-seven lumbermen had traveled through Johnson City on their way to Erwin. Gen. John T. Wilder had contracted with a “giant company” to get several million feet of timber, hence their travels.

Jan. 9, 1911: Nate Miller, Sam McClure, Will Clark, Pink Taylor, Alvin Cox and Frank Clark were each fined $6 for gaming. Court records further noted that it was not gambling, but gaming.

Jan. 9, 1940: The Sequoyah Council of Boy Scouts of America announced that nine Eagle Scouts, including Ben Hall of Johnson City, would be honored at upcoming ceremony in Johnson City.

Jan. 9, 1959: Wreckage from Southeast Airlines Flight 308 was spotted on snow-covered Holston Mountain by Kingsport resident Glenn Harr, a co-pilot for Piedmont. The DC-10 had crashed the day before. All 10 people aboard were killed including three Johnson City residents, W. Leslie Dennis, Dr. R. Leonard Hasche and Wanda Nailey, 104 E. Tenth.

Jan. 9, 1968: "To Sir, With Love" was showing at the Tennessee Theatre on the corner of Main and Boone Streets in downtown Johnson City.

Jan. 9, 1970: East Tennessee State University students Sandra Loving and Harry Nelms appeared in a local Pepsi ad in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

Jan. 9, 2010: Both the Science Hill boys and girls basketball teams scored victories over Daniel Boone. The boys outscored Boone 26-9 during the final 11:15 for a 67-51 win. The Lady ’Toppers solidified their first-place standing in the Big Eight Conference with a 46-34 road win.

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

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