Today in Johnson City History: January 22

Johnson City Press • Jan 22, 2020 at 6:45 AM

Jan. 22, 1903: A new jeweler and optician was setting up shop in Johnson City soon. A Mr. Silvers of Chattanooga was planning to move to Johnson City.

Jan. 22, 1921: A man was fined $10 for violating the school ordinance. In the Johnson City Court Records, it is noted that his first name was Ed, but his last name is indecipherable. He paid the $10 fine.

Jan. 22, 1949: Tennessee Motor Co., 401 W. Market St., advertised the new 1949 Ford with “Sofa Wide Seats,” a “Mid Ship Ride” and “Equa-Poise” power in both a V6 and a V8.

Jan. 22, 1963: "Big Jim McLain," starring John Wayne, was playing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

Jan. 22, 1966: The East Tennessee State University Bucs lost a heartbreaker to Middle Tennessee State University’s Blue Raiders, 74-72. The teams had been tied at 37 at the half. The bright spot for ETSU was the play of forward Tommy Woods, who hauled down 27 rebounds and scored 19 points. 

Jan. 22, 1972: ETSU announced work with NASA that would photograph Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia from more than 400 miles up in space every 17 days starting that summer. ETSU’s Dr. Robert Peplies, director of the Commission on Geographic Applications of Remote Sensing of the Association of American Geographers, had been helping to establish the program since 1965.

Jan. 22, 2009: A break in the winter weather allowed Johnson City residents to remove salt and sludge built up over the weekend. Car washes had lines all over town.

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


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