Today in Johnson City History: March 20

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press

March 20, 1890: A representative from Philadelphia-based Young Brothers, the country’s largest water works builders, arrived in Johnson City to begin development of the city’s new water plant. The Watauga Water Company had been chartered in Tennessee earlier in the week. The contract between the city and the company called for the plant to be completed within a year. The Comet opined that it was safe to say Johnson City would have the largest and best water system in East Tennessee.

March 20, 1964: Johnson City resident Mrs. Ada Hawley Rogers was named Tennessee’s “Mother of the Year” by Gov. Frank Clement.

March 20, 2006: An unexpected snowfall struck Johnson City on the first day of spring.

March 20, 2018: Science Hill High School senior Junior Danso kicked off the Hilltoppers’ first home soccer game of the season with first-half goal at Kermit Tipton Stadium to beat Bearden 1-0 in a non-conference game.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press.

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