Today in Johnson City History: March 22

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press

March 22, 1884: The Comet reported that Miss Lathan, who was a traveling agent for the “Sunny South,” a literary magazine, had spent a day in Johnson City. “With her charm, she was able to sell quite a few subscriptions.”

March 22, 1947: Appalachian Baseball League added veteran umpires Dick McNabb and Roscoe Shepard to its ranks, league President Carl A. Jones Jr. announced. Jones was the longtime publisher of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle, predecessor of the Johnson City Press, at the time.

March 22, 1977: A glass shortage was blamed as Johnson City’s Coca-Cola bottler doubled deposit costs. A case that had been $1.50 went up to $3 — just for the bottles. Some customers could take advantage of the increase by cashing in any old bottles in storage, doubling their return.

March 22, 2010: Johnson City Police Chief John Lowry announced two more intersections would be monitored by red light cameras: State of Franklin Road and Browns Mill Road — just below Wal-Mart near I-26 — and North Roan Street and Springbrook Drive near the Peerless Center.

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

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