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Today in Johnson City History: June 10

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jun 10, 2020 at 11:30 AM

June 10, 1886: Miss Kittie Saunders, a charming young lady of Mossy Creek, was visiting her bewitching little lady friend, Miss Nannie Patty, at her suburban residence.

June 10, 1890: The Johnson City Baptists had expelled Rev. D.P. Chockley from the church by a large majority.

June 10, 1906: A new First Christian Church building was dedicated at 335-339 E. Main St. The building has been occupied by Downtown Christian Church since First Christian moved to north Johnson City.

June 10, 1912: Mrs. Ella Murray was fined $7.50 for selling “near beer on Sunday.” The fine was paid.

June 10, 1935: The Kingsport Times opined against routing the Memphis to Bristol Highway through Johnson City as opposed to Kingsport, claiming that reports of the Johnson City route were in error. “The highway would, of course, barring any shady political maneuvering, go from Bristol to Knoxville by way of Kingsport. This is the direct route, and it is inconceivable that it would be detoured by way of Johnson City and Morristown, thus missing Kingsport and Rogersville. We would emphasize the fact that the route by way of Kingsport and Rogersville is the direct route from Bristol to Knoxville, and consequently is much shorter than the detour route by way of Johnson City and Morristown.” Tenn. Highway 1 indeed was paved through Rogersville and Kingsport, but the Morristown-Johnson City route also was improved. Both highways were later designated as part of U.S. Highway 11 — 11W through Kingsport to Bristol and 11E through Johnson City.

June 8, 1947: "Angel and the Badman," starring John Wayne, was at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

June 10, 1948: Cadet Midshipman Charles D. Tolley, of Johnson City, was graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

June 10, 1956: The Little Stores advertised a six-bottle carton of Coca-Cola for 15 cents plus a deposit for the returnable bottles. That 15 cents is about $1.41 in today’s money. Could you get a six pack for that?

June 10, 1960: "The Oregon Trail" and "Fiend Without A Face" were showing at the Tri-City Drive-In Movies on the Kingsport Highway. Meanwhile, Tennessee Williams's "The Fugitive Kind," starring Marlon Brando, was at the Sevier Theatre.

Sources: The Comet; The Chattanooga Daily Times; Johnson City Postcard History; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Court Records; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.