Dec, 7, 1898: William Exum was chosen to be the new mayor of Johnson City, replacing William G. Mathes. His term would end on Oct. 8, 1900.

Dec. 7, 1941: Johnson Citians were aghast at hearing Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese. Among the 2,500 who perished in the attack, seven were servicemen from the Tri-Cities, three of them died aboard the USS Oklahoma, including Navy Seaman Second Class William V. Campbell, whose remains finally were returned to Carter County in 2018.

Dec. 7, 2016: The Johnson City Press joined the nation in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks with an article highlighting the perspectives of World War II veterans and local historians.

(Sources: Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection.)

Rebecca Henderson is a contributing columnist for Johnson City Press.

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