Aug. 16, 1884: The Comet reported that the midnight train had killed a hog on a recent night. “It is a shame that the authorities of Johnson City permit the hogs to root about the streets and sidewalks.”
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Aug. 15, 1889: The Board of Mayor and Alderman had set tax rates in Johnson City. The ad valorem tax (transactional) was 75 cents on $100, and the privilege tax was 80 cents on $100.
Aug. 14, 1890: The new power house for the Electric Light Company was being pushed rapidly to completion. The stone work was being finished with brickmasons and carpenters at work. A number of experienced workmen had been brought from Connecticut. The company was also making arrangements to commence work on the electric street car line. Several car loads of poles had arrived and were being distributed along the route. “As soon as Roan Street and Watauga Avenue are graded, the lines will be put down and operated,” The Comet reported. “The street force is now at work on Roan Street.”
The Washington County Budget Committee voted Wednesday to approve use of funds from tax increment financing for two key projects in downtown Johnson City.
Aug. 13, 1885: The Comet reported that a “young tornado” had visited several sections of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. It struck Johnson City the previous Sunday, causing considerable damage to trees and cornfields. “Our town looked the next morning like it had been struck with a boomerang.”
Aug. 12, 1886: The Comet published a letter from Michael Campbell, superintendent of the recently completed East Tennessee Insane Asylum, who noted that there was ample room for the all the insane in East Tennessee and several counties in Middle Tennessee. “I am satisfied that there are a great many insane persons in this Hospital District whose friends do not know that we are ready to admit them, or are ignorant of what steps to take in order to get them admitted.”
Aug. 11, 1887: The Comet opined that “Bristol may be ahead of Johnson City in some things (?) but she has to lift her hat to our hotels and Opera House.”
Aug. 10, 1893: E.C. Cooper had opened a grocery and provision store in the Crouch Block on the Public Square.
Aug. 9, 1884: Seven loads of watermelon had arrived in Johnson City. The Comet reminded merchants that “editors sometimes eat watermelons.”
Aug. 8, 1889: The Comet ran an ad for the Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works. The ad noted that all of the company’s work was guaranteed; it repaired machinery as well as built it. Among other things, it made car wheels, window sills, cane mills, and sash weights.
Johnson City, TN
Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. 2017 estimated population was 66,391, making it the ninth-largest city in the state.