Today in Johnson City History: August 3

Aug. 3, 1893: The Comet reported that there had been a little excitement among the hands working the streets when Tom Lytton hurled a pick at Nelson Hunt striking him in the head and inflicting a painful wound.

Aug. 3, 1911: The Memphis-to-Bristol Highway Commission had announced the route for the great trans-state highway. From Knoxville to Bristol, the route was to lead through Jefferson City, Greenville, Jonesborough, Johnson City, Elizabethton and Bluff City. Today, the 538.8-mile-long State Route 1 mostly runs concurrently with U.S. Highways 70 and 11W, which takes it through Kingsport instead of Johnson City.

Aug. 3, 1957: The Johnson City Phillies won both games of a double-header against the Kingsport Orioles in Appalachian League Baseball play on a hot day. As the nation was in a heatwave, the temperature in Johnson City reached into the 90s. The Phillies slammed Kingsport 16-2 in the first game and then overcame a deficit to win the nightcap 6-3.

Aug. 3, 1983: Tom Hodge opined in his column “the best vacation is the one where you don’t go anywhere.”

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle

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