Today in Johnson City History: September 29

Sept. 29, 1904: The Comet, an early Johnson City newspaper, published an account of the Southern Railroad’s train wreck near New Market in Jefferson County. Two Southern Railway passenger trains traveling at high speed collided head-on the previous Saturday, killing 56 passengers and crew and injuring 106.

Sept. 29, 1914: A Mrs. Decker was fined $25 for keeping a bawdy. “Fine dismissed if she quits —otherwise enforced.” 

Sept. 29, 1918: A company from Johnson City “participated in breaking the Hindenburg line of the German army,” which was a “major feat of the war.”

Sept. 29, 1957: East Tennessee State College announced it would offer credit for a 32-week series of TV courses broadcast by NBC about “Atomic Age Physics.”

Sept. 29, 2006: The Hilltoppers fumbled the ball six times, lost three of them and allowed Bearden to spoil Homecoming with a lopsided 42-13 outcome at Memorial Stadium.

Sources: Johnson City Court Records, 1914; History of Johnson City and Its Environs; Johnson City Press.

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