Today in Johnson City History: April 17

April 17, 1905: A flag designed by Johnson City native Col. Le Roy Reeves became the official flag of the State of Tennessee.

April 17, 1914: A jury found a Mr. Leonard guilty of “failing to send two of his children to public school in said city.” He was charged $12.

April 17, 1938: The Appalachian Baseball League met in Johnson City to consider admitting franchises from Morristown, Kingsport, and Pennington Gap, Virginia. The latter two were admitted, and Pennington Gap was the league’s champion that year.

April 17, 1969: The Centennial Miss Johnson City Pageant began. It was held three consecutive days, with the winner crowned on April 19. Miss Johnson City Mary Susan Cox would go on to win the Miss Tennessee Pageant that July — the last Miss Johnson City to do so thus far — and represent the state in the Miss America competition in 1970. She later toured with the the Miss America USO Troupe.

Sources: Johnson City Press; Johnson City Court Records, 1914; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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