Today in Johnson City History: November 20

Nov. 20, 1890: Workmen were busy digging a ditch to drain the lake on Roan Street.

Nov. 20, 1902: A man named Stinson was at the Hotel Carlisle in Johnson City for medical treatment. Several workmen had been returning to camp near Pagan’s on the South and Western Railway (later the Clinchfield) the previous Saturday when the lever car on which they were riding was derailed. Stinson was seriously injured.

Nov. 20, 1934: A round trip fare on the Washington County bus line between Johnson City and Kingsport was 75 cents. That’s about about $14.40 in 2019 money. Buses departed from Johnson City at 6 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Nov. 20, 1954: The ETSC Buccaneers lost to Florence State (Alabama) Lions 27-14 in Johnson City. Buddy Saulsbury and Bob Merritt scored touchdowns for ETSC.

Nov. 20, 1981: The Jimmy Swaggart Ministries team began the first of a three-day crusade at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 13,500 people heard the message.

Nov. 20, 1993: The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies accredited the Johnson City Police Bureau.

Nov. 20, 2005: The new Carver Recreation Center, an 18,000-square-foot facility, was dedicated. It replaced the original recreation center in the same park.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; City of Johnson City; Johnson City Press

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