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Today in Johnson City History: April 9

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM

April 9, 1891: The Comet carried this compliment from the Chattanooga Evening News: “If there is a paper in East Tennessee that has a more liberal advertising patronage than the Johnson City Comet, we do not know it. The merchants up there have sense like folks, and appreciate the value of advertising. And what’s more, The Comet shows that it deserves and appreciates this patronage. It is bright, newsy and neat, and is pulling for its town.”

April 9, 1935: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tunnell announced the birth of a daughter recently at the Parker-Budd Clinic.

April 9, 1939: The Sunday Press-Chronicle carried the ominous headlines “Rome-Berlin Axis On March.”

April 9, 1948: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of Science Hill's ROTC on parade down East Main Street in observance of Army Day.

April 9, 1949: Dr. Charles Slade, of the medical department at Mountain Home, had recently given a talk to the Monday Club at their April meeting. Dr. Slade advised that cancer had been around for centuries, and that the three primary ways to treat cancer were X-rays, radium and surgery.

April 9, 1965: "Crack in the World,” a science fiction disaster film starring Dana Andrews, started at the Majestic Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Johnson City.

April 9, 1967: The Dixie Drive-In Restaurant on East Main Street advertised 37 years of serving Johnson City and East Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. George Parker were the owners. The Dixie was located where the East Main McDonald’s sits today.

April 9, 1967: Harold Benton King of Jonesboro was killed in action in Vietnam.

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

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