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Today in Johnson City History: May 24

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 24, 2020 at 11:30 AM

May 24, 1884: Readers of The Comet learned, “There will be a mass meeting of the citizens of Johnson City and vicinity at Science Hill Academy on Wednesday evening May 28, for the purpose of organizing a plan for the establishment of a first-class school in Johnson City.”

May 24, 1915: The Johnson City Staff reported, “Col. E.C. Reeves transacted legal business at Jonesboro today.” The paper also reported, “Attorney Thad A. Cox has returned from a business trip to eastern cities.” Reeves designed the Tennessee Flag, and Cox was an attorney and later a judge who built the Oaks Castle in Johnson City.

May 24, 1935: The Johnson City Chronicle reported that “Magistrate A.E. McCorkle reported ‘dull business’ yesterday, attributing his lack of cases to the court session at Jonesboro. ‘I haven’t even issued a warrant,’ he said.”

May 24, 1944: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that “Howard McCorkle, recently elected Science Hill High School principal, was chosen chairman of the newly created park and recreation board at an organization meeting ... yesterday in the city commission chamber at the municipal building.”

May 24, 1957: The Press-Chronicle published an image of five Junior High School students who had received Good Citizenship Awards. They included Sheila McDaniel, Betty Spencer, Mike Lacy, Graham Norman and Leroy Berry.

May 24, 1967: East Tennessee State University announced a new early childhood education program designed for kindergarten teacher certification.

May 24, 1973: A Tennessee Bureau of Criminal Identification agent, Gary Melton, Knoxville, was in poor condition after jumping from the second story of Johnson City’s Camara Inn the night before "on a bet." Melton, who had a University of Tennessee football player, had attempted to dive into the pool. It was raining and his foot may have slipped, causing him to land on the concrete, a TBI spokesman said at the time.

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