Today in Johnson City History: June 30

June 30, 1887: The Comet reported that Gov. Taylor had “arrived in the city Saturday morning and left Monday for Carter County to visit his mother. His family are at Tates Springs.”

June 30, 1897: The Baltimore Sun reported that Charles Phillips, 23, “a brakeman on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad, was instantly killed at Johnson City today (meaning June 29), his body being mangled under the car wheels. His home was at Cranberry, N.C.”

June 30, 1937: The Johnson City Press and Staff News reported that Mayor Marion Sell had won “his race for re-election yesterday by polling more votes than the combined total cast for his two opponents, former Mayor Ben B. Snipes and Tom Watkins, business man.”

June 30, 1961: The grand opening was planned for The Skillet’s Blue Room, former site of the Derby Grill, on West Market Street.

June 30, 1967: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published an image of 11-year-old Donald Arnett, 12-year-old Robert Boyd and 15-year-old William Boyd with police Lt. George Adams. The boys had found a live grenade while searching through trash for “interesting items to use in their play.”

June 30, 1968: The Press-Chronicle published an image of kids in a bike-riding contest as Johnson City Park and Recreation playgrounds opened that week.

June 30, 1977: A letter of reasonable assurance of accreditation was approved for the new medical school at East Tennessee State University.

Sources: The Comet; The Baltimore Sun; Johnson City Press and Staff News; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Carol Sloan.

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