Today in Johnson City History: June 18

June 18, 1926: The Johnson City Chronicle reported that Mrs. J.E. Crouch and J.H. Preas Jr. were elected the evening prior to the Johnson City school board.

June 18, 1936: Clarence Hanks and Chester Carroll had a hearing before U.S. Commissioner W.R. Repass on a charge of operating a still. The still they were accused of operating was seized by federal officers midway between Bristol and Mountain City.

June 18, 1940: The Johnson City Press reported that King’s Department Store would soon be undergoing extensive redecorating.

June 18, 1944: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle informed readers that “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” was soon be playing at the Tennessee Theatre.

June 18, 1949: The ‘49 Ford was on display at Tennessee Motor Co. at 401 W. Market St.

June 18, 1965: The all-night show at at the Family Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway was all about The Duke. The dusk-til-dawn bill was John Wayne in “North to Alaska,” “McClintock,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “Red River” and “The Horse Soldiers.”

June 18, 1965: The grand opening began for the Burger Chef on the Bristol-Kingsport Boulevard. Hamburgers were 15 cents. So were fries. A shake was 20 cents. That’s a whole meal for 50 cents. This was on the left going north where Interstate 26 crosses now.

June 18, 1967: The Press-Chronicle  published a photo of 5-week-old Lisa Starr Spurrier cuddled up to her All-American, Heisman Trophy-winning father Steve Spurrier with mom Jerri looking on.

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