Today in Johnson City History: October 7

Oct. 7, 1886: Matt Thomas, an enterprising youth, had secured the right of way from the city for a shoeshine stand in front of The Comet’s office. He offered “a dollar shine for only a nickel.”

Oct. 7, 1923: The Johnson City Staff, a newspaper later absorbed by Johnson City Press, carried a story about the Battle of Kings Mountain, which was 143 years prior.

Oct. 7, 1948: Johnson City Junior High School’s Little Hilltoppers beat Kingsport Junior High 13-0 in football before an estimated 500 spectators.

Oct. 7, 1989: Ray Stevens performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

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

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