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Today in Johnson City History: January 11

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 11, 2020 at 7:45 AM

Jan. 11, 1894: Though momentarily painful, it was a sweet time John Hatcher had at the depot that morning when a barrel of sugar rolled over him.

Jan. 11, 1910: Blanch Rutledge and Beulah Hall were each fined $3 for walking the street after 9 p.m. On the same day, a Mr. Gordon was fined $3 for “exposure of person” and put up his gold watch as bail.

Jan. 11, 1912: The Comet reported that the new girls’ dormitory at Washington College had recently been completed, replacing the old one that had burned the previous spring.

Jan. 11, 1952: The film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Lee was showing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

Jan. 11, 1963: The Langston High School Golden Tigers defeated rivals Kingsport Douglass 62-47 in basketball. Kenneth Hamilton tossed in 29 points for the Johnson City team.

Jan. 11, 1974: Sammy Simpson hit a fourth-quarter search to boost Science Hill over Sullivan East, 64-54. Johnson City led by a single point late in the game before Simpson scored eight of his 18 points. Teammate Mike Vaughn led the Hilltoppers with 21.

Jan. 11, 2010: There was little rest for Johnson City firefighters with simultaneous and back-to-back fire calls in freezing weather — including one house fire that claimed three family pets. Firefighters rescued two dogs from the fire at 1503 E. Myrtle Ave., but three cats died.

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

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