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Today in Johnson City History: January 10

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 10, 2020 at 2:42 PM

Jan. 10, 1885: About 25,100 pounds of tobacco had been shipped that week from Johnson City to Bristol and Lynchburg. Most of it was handled by the Johnson City Warehouse.

Jan. 10, 1907: The Comet reported that Tennessee Gov.-Elect Malcolm Patterson would need to fill several offices after taking office. The Commissioner of Agriculture, two prison commissioners, a chief mine inspector and a factory inspector were among those positions that Patterson would be filling after he took office.

Jan. 10, 1907: The Comet reprinted commentary from The Rockwood Times about The Comet’s own editor: “It is with regret that we note that Cy Lyle ... has embarked in journalism of the yellow variety. The paper used for the edition Christmas week resembled a small-pox sign.”

Jan. 10, 1949: Alfred Hitchcock's "ROPE" was showing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

Jan. 10, 1954: "The Steel Lady" was showing at the Tennessee Theatre on the corner of Main and Boone streets.

Jan. 10, 1968: Johnson City’s North Junior High split contests with Kingsport’s Ross N. Robinson in basketball. North’s eighth-grade boys won 26-23, while the seventh-graders lost 25-20.

Jan. 10, 2007: Snap-On Tools announced that it was closing its Johnson City plant on Watauga Road after 32 years of production there. Nearly 150 people were affected.

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

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