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Today in Johnson City History: February 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 15, 2020 at 7:15 AM

Feb. 15, 1894: Bill Bowman from Boones Creek had recently visited Johnson City. He was reported to be “looking big and strong enough to make another race for the Legislature.” Col. Tom Reeves had been in Johnson City the day before. He was editor of the Jonesboro Herald and Tribune. The article opined that Col. Reeves was “making a nice paper of it.”

Feb. 15, 1923: Science Hill’s boys lost to rival Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett in basketball, 33-15. For Johnson City, “Givens” played hard on defense while “Preas” was best on offense.

Feb. 15, 1949: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle carried an advertisement sponsored by the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, and several “Progressive, Civic Minded Firms.” The advertisement reported that Johnson City now had over 76 miles of streets, with more than 63 of those miles having hard surfaces. Washington County banks had nearly $44 million on deposit. There was seating capacity for more than 3,000 people in restaurants in Johnson City, which had 417 hotel rooms.

Feb. 15, 1951: The first baby was born at Memorial Hospital at 3:30 p.m. The not-yet-named baby girl was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Copas of West 10th Avenue.

Feb. 15, 1957: The Press-Chronicle published a photo depicting North Side Elementary School first-graders Grover Walker, Carolyn Doyle, Gaines Walker and Jo Anne Tester, with teacher Edna Dickey as she helped them get ready to leave school for the day.

Feb. 15, 1958: Johnson City had 9 inches of snow on the ground.

Feb. 15, 1962: The Southern Railway had a new hopper car called “Big John.” Even though “Big John” dwarfed standard-size cars, it was lightweight, because it was made from aluminum.

Feb. 15, 1972: Wrestling at the Johnson City Recreation Center included a tag team match, Ron Wright and Dave Connor vs. the Samoans.

Feb. 15, 1993: Fifty-one people had applied in the search for East Tennessee State University’s next president. The post eventually went the man already holding the position on an interim basis, Dr. Roy S. Nicks.

Feb. 15, 2006: U.S. Rep. William L. “Bill” Jenkins announced that he would not seek a sixth term.

Feb. 15, 2010: U.S. Rep. Phil Roe announced his bid for a second term.

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

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