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Today in Johnson City History: February 2

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 2, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Feb. 2, 1888: Jobe’s Opera House was the venue for a benefit to help the city’s destitute.

Feb. 2, 1911: The Comet opined that “Looking backward is dangerous. We must get a vision of a great city ten years hence, and we must build day by day. The possibility of today is the reality of tomorrow.” Elsewhere in the edition, it was reported that work on the Normal School was making good progress, and “will be pushed until the buildings are completed.”

Feb. 2, 1922:  The cornerstone for the Mayne Williams Public Library on Roan Street was laid.

Feb. 2, 1934: The Johnson City and Kingsport debate teams clashed on the question of whether the state and national governments should own and control hydroelectric power. Kingsport’s team argued in the affirmative while Johnson City argued the negative. At the time, local governments were questioning the role of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which had been formed in 1933.

Feb. 2, 1963: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published an article regarding Navy Corpsman James F. Edgemon, a 1963 graduate of Science Hill High School, who was stationed in Vietnam. He was with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division at Qui Lac, 10 miles northwest of Da Nang.

Feb. 2, 1969: "Hang 'Em High" starring Clint Eastwood began a five-night run at the Family Drive-In Theatre on the Jonesboro Parkway.

Feb. 2, 1975: The Johnson City Preaching Mission opened at Freedom Hall Civic Center. The ending session of the Preaching Mission was on February 7, 1975. Approximately 5,000 people attended over the six days.

Feb. 2, 2007: Science Hill stormed out to an early 21-4 lead and never looked back in a 70-50 Big Nine Conference win at David Crockett on Friday night. Omar Wattad had 13 points in the opening surge. The senior star ended the night with a season-high 30 points.

Sources: The Comet; “Greater Johnson City: A Pictorial History”; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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