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Today in Johnson City History: April 22

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 22, 2020 at 11:15 AM

April 22, 1893: John Harr was beginning to build a house on the corner of Roan Street and Watauga Avenue.

April 22, 1909: The Comet opined, “The educational bill just passed down not require that the normal school for East Tennessee shall be located in Johnson City, but nature does.”

April 22, 1919: H.R. Parrott Motor Company advertised “If the weather is favorable, we will be demonstrating the Fordson Tractor with No. 7 Oliver plows on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week on the farm of Mr. C.L. Marshall, 8 miles southwest of town on the Jonesboro Pike.”

April 22, 1929: The Kingsport telephone exchange had been destroyed by fire the day before. The fire completely razed the offices and exchange of the Inter-Mountain Telephone Company in Kingsport. It would take at least 48 hours for service to be restored.

April 22, 1953: "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" was showing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street.

April 22, 1957: A Johnson City youth was killed early Easter Sunday morning while warming up for a drag race in Carter County. Clyde Wayne “Pete” McKee Jr. crashed at the end of the Butler Memorial Bridge on Tenn. Highway 67.

April 22, 1965: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of the Clark Street Baptist Church basketball team, which had recently won the State Royal Basketball Ambassador championship in Jackson.

April 22, 1968: The Ray Charles Show was live at the ETSU Memorial Gymnasium.

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

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