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Today in Johnson City History: May 6

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

May 6, 1873: The Tennessean in Nashville reported, “A joint stock company is now mining for coal in Buffalo Mountain, some two miles from Johnson City. The indications are already very fine, and quite an excitement exists in the community on that subject.”

May 6, 1880: The Fayetteville Express, a newspaper in Fayetteville, Tennessee, reported that Mr. P.Q. Miller, of Johnson City, east Tennessee, was in town on a visit.

May 6, 1886: The Comet brought news of a new bank, the Bank of Johnson City. “Messrs. Crandall and Shuler have arrived in Johnson City and have opened the Bank of Johnson City, in the west room under Jobe’s Hall. A fire-proof vault is being erected and inside of it will be placed a splendid Hall’s burglar proof steel safe, with a time lock. The gentlemen who will conduct the banking business come to this community with the highest recommendations. They have plenty of capital and are now ready for business. The bank will be a great convenience to Johnson City and will no doubt prove to be a paying institution.”

May 6, 1939: The regional track and field meet was held in Johnson City. The Hilltoppers finished third in the overall point total behind champ Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett and runner-up Knoxville City High. A ’Topper with the last name Darden won the 120-yard hurdles. Science Hill also won the medley relay with a time of 3:53:3.

May 6, 1947: The Southernaires performed at the Junior High School auditorium. The Southernaires were a vocal group in the ’30s and ’40s known for spirituals and work songs, particularly for their rendition of “Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen.”

May 6, 1951: The Technicolor western "Sugarfoot," starring Randolph Scott, was at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street.

May 6, 2010: The first class graduated from the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.

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

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