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Today in Johnson City History: December 2

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 2, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Dec. 2, 1885: The Comet reported that James Martin put on roller skates for the first time and was wearing a large piece off court plaster on his right cheek as a result of his endeavor to cut the "spread eagle." He complained of the floor being uneven.

Dec. 2, 1915: The Frank Taylor Store advertised “big reductions on all our Suits and Coats for the next few days.” The store was located at 212 Main St.

Dec. 2, 1926: Johnson City's tobacco market opened with sales beginning at the Washington County warehouse, where 100,000 pounds were on the floor when sales started. Floor prices varied from 2 cents per pound on a few odd lots to 31 cents. The average price was around 17 cents. Most of the tobacco was grown in this section.

Dec. 2, 1954: Police Capt. W.O. Roberts, a key figure several months earlier in the mass lie detector tests given police personnel, was suspended on charges made by City Manager Len Dolan that Roberts handed out liquor in police custody.

Dec. 2, 2006: Designs had been completed for renovations of Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s 103-year-old Building 7 to house East Tennessee State University’s new College of Pharmacy.

Dec. 2, 2009: The ETSU Bucs lost 78-66 to the University of Tennessee Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Justin Tubbs scored a game-high 22 points for the Bucs, who saw their three-game win streak snapped.

Dec. 2, 2014: Johnson City Board of Education members challenged Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge on his “not fair, but legal” approach to school capital funding that shut city students out of revenue from their parents’ county taxes.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press.

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