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Today in Johnson City History: January 25

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 25, 2020 at 7:45 AM

Jan. 25, 1894: Chief Raider Taylor and his deputies — Henry Ray, Nat Campbell and Dan McCoy of Johnson City and Clarence Staples of Elk Park, N.C. — had made a destructive raid on a still located on Painter's Creek and captured three of the operators, Silas Foster, Bert Foster and James Painter. The distillery was one of the best equipped and best hidden of any found.

Jan. 25, 1912: The Comet opined, “This is leap year and we expect to jump the court house from Jonesboro to Johnson City.” Elsewhere, the newspaper reported that The Embroidery Club had recently met at the home of Mrs. Paul E. Devine.

Jan. 25, 1927: Johnson City attorneys Thad A. Cox and Ben L. Taylor were engaged to defend Jake Shankle in his murder trial. Shankle was indicted that same day in the slaying of young Bristol policeman Clarence Maines. Maines was shot and killed while making an arrest for public drunkenness. While walking the man to jail, Shankle pulled out a small handgun and shot Maines in the side. Maines succumbed to his wound two days later. Shankle was convicted in February and died in prison while serving a life sentence.

Jan. 25, 1951: Langston’s unbeaten Golden Tigers racked their eighth-straight victory by edging the Kingsport-Douglass Tigers, 43-42. A Johnson City guard with the last name Horner tossed in a foul shot with 12 seconds remaining to secure the win.

Jan. 25, 1964: The Four Preps, a nationally known collegiate quartet, performed at East Tennessee State University. Tickets for the Memorial Gymnasium concert were $1.50 for general admission and $2.50 for reserved seating. Those prices equate to roughly $12.50 and $21 in today’s money.

Jan. 25, 2010: WETS, the East Tennessee State University public radio station, announced it would stop airing music in favor of news shows on weekdays, a major change for the 36-year-old station.

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

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