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Today in Johnson City History: March 6

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 6, 2020 at 4:45 AM

March 6, 1890: The Comet reported that a new mayor and board would be elected later in the month. “It seems to be pretty well understood that Ike T. Jobe will be re-elected mayor and it is not likely any other candidate will be in the field….The Comet don’t care about the politics of the candidates so they are good men. We mean practical business men and men who will dare to do right. Johnson City wants and must have a business administration, regardless of politics.”

March 6, 1902: The Comet reported that “Mayor Summers and Alderman Linville when to Chattanooga Tuesday to ... look at a chemical fire apparatus in use there, with a view of buying a similar outfit for Johnson City.”

March 6, 1926: Johnson City Chronicle readers learned of several quick dishes that could be prepared from canned sweet potatoes. Recipes for candied sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes with pineapple and sweet potato waffles were listed.

March 6, 1942: Six secondhand dealers faced the grand jury on charges of buying from “youth snatchers.” They were charged with receiving, buying and concealing stolen goods. It was estimated that nearly 1,000 people attended the hearing.

March 6, 1949: Readers of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle were reminded of an upcoming municipal election and the need to pay the poll taxes. “Poll taxes as a prerequisite to voting must be paid in advance. The 90-day advance of our city election falls on March 11 – that’s next Friday.”

March 6, 1956: Kermit Tipton had been named the new head football coach at Science Hill High School. The school’s stadium now bears his name.

March 6, 1965: William P. Diehl Jr., Jonesboro, was pictured in a Griffith Motors ad receiving a check for $75 from Lanny Bowman after drawing from the dealership’s Treasure Chest Contest. Diehl had purchased a 1965 Pontiac Custom Tempest Sedan. Griffith Motors was on the New Jonesboro Highway.

March 6, 1970: The  ETSU University Center Committee presented Dionne Warwick in concert in Memorial Gymnasium.

March 6, 2007: A morning fire earlier in the week had destroyed a newly opened group home for veterans and others working their way out of homelessness prompted Good Samaritan Ministries to find home furnishings for two men displaced by the fire. Ron Von Esson of the nonprofit Horizon Community Development Corp. of Bristol said he had worked more than a year to win federal and state funding and approval for the group home at 806 Dresden Ave. The first residents, a veteran and a Good Samaritan client employed as the home’s caretaker, had just moved in.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Staff-News; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers, Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press

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