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Today in Johnson City History: March 8

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 8, 2020 at 5:15 AM

March 8, 1923: An Automobile Association had recently been formed in Johnson City. Frank Smith, who had been secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, had been induced to assume direction of the organization of the Automobile Club.

March 8, 1925: The Blue Stocking Club in Bristol would soon be sponsoring a charity benefit at Hotel Bristol. “This club is the leading organization of that city doing charity work and has handled many cases of worthy charity successfully.”

March 8, 1948: The final book review in a series of book reviews sponsored by the Monday Club would be held soon at the home of Mrs. Edward T. Brading.

March 8, 1948: Mrs. Panhorst Cook had recently been the weekend guest of Mr. and Mrs. George Oldham.

March 8, 1953: About 1,200 people had seen the second of two performances of the Kiwanis Frolics. Profits from the Frolics would be contributed to the Kiwanis Park projects; the club had already signed a contract for another show in 1954. Also, the Junior Monday Club had recently admitted 14 new members. The Club sponsored various projects in and around Johnson City.

March 8, 1956: The 10-day grand opening began for the new Powell's as the store moved into the old Little Stores building on the corner of West Market and Commerce streets.

March 8, 1961: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that Daly Reed, the principal of Langston High School, had passed away the day before in Memorial Hospital. “Official reported that Reed was stricken while at the school and was rushed to the hospital.” Mr. Reed was a member of Thankful Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge.

March 8, 1968: The Hilltoppers escaped a scare from the Cloudland Highlanders to win the Region 1 Tournament, 60-59. The Science Hill boys took an 11-game winning streak into the state tournament.

March 8, 1977: Circuit Court Judge Wayne Garland set a March 15 trial date over a proposed annexation taking in 4,319 acres southwest of the city limits. The question was whether the annexation would change voting patterns in violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as argued by opposing residents.

March 8, 2006: “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion Reunion” was among the movies playing at Real to Reel Cinemas in Johnson City. The Carmike 14’s selections included “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

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

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