Today in Johnson City History: November 21

Nov. 21, 1889: A new sidewalk was being laid on Spring Street. The Comet predicted it would be among the best in town.

Nov. 21, 1947: Science Hill’s Hilltoppers closed out the regular football season in Jacksonville, Florida, with a 13-7 loss to Landon High School. The ’Toppers only score followed a blocked punt at the Landon 25 in the second quarter. Left end John Mackley took a pass in the end zone from Carroll Willis. Doug Kelley kicked the extra point.

Nov. 21, 1951: The double feature at the Liberty Theater in downtown Johnson City was “Frances the Talking Mule” and “Ma and Pa Kettle.”

Nov. 21, 1986: The Johnson City Press reported that the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra had recently received a challenge grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Nov. 21, 2011: Brian Noland was named East Tennessee State University’s president, becoming the ninth man to occupy the office the following January.

Nov. 21, 2011: One of Johnson City’s oldest chain restaurants, Bennigan’s, was demolished.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee Memories; Johnson City Press.

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