July 10, 1897: One hundred and twenty-five years ago today, the Houston Daily Post reported news with a Knoxville deadline and a July 9 date. Readers were told: “The news of Senator Harris’s death had barely been announced to the public when the fight for his (several undecipherable words) began. It was generally (several indecipherable words) for some time that in the event of Senator Harris’ death, the contest for his seat would be between Congressman Benton McMillin and Governor Robert L. Taylor.
“He was here today and only left an hour before news of the senator’s death reached here. A large number of delegations were sent to Governor Taylor to his home in Johnson City tonight asking him to become a candidate.
“For several months, Governor Taylor had expected to resign. If he did now, John Thompson would become governor, and that would appoint Governor Taylor to serve the unexpired term.
“Governor Taylor said he didn’t want to go to the Senate, but his friends say he should take over from Harris.”
“McMillin has a strong following.”
According to www.loc.govthe Houston Daily Post was a newspaper published in Houston, Texas, was published from 1886 to 1903. Johnson City had no daily newspaper in 1897. The Comet was published weekly.
July 10, 1922: Exactly one hundred years ago today, The Journal and Tribune reported news with a Johnson City deadline and a July 9 date. Readers learned that ‘Through the efforts of Frank Henderson, Past President, and Frank Smith, Secretary, and supported by the Board of Directors, the Retail Credit Men’s Association meetings at the Windsor Hotel, held here today’ today were a success.
“A list of speakers gave the dinner and the meeting ample entertainment and several of the speakers addressed the assembly on the present business conditions of the city.”
“The adoption of a resolution denouncing the current Tennessee tax law has been passed. The resolution calls for the improvement of the (indecipherable) tax law that is supposed to hit merchants in the state. The measure calls on all merchants to cooperate against the law.
The Johnson City Chronicle was not published on Mondays in 1922. July 10, 1922 fell on a Monday.
The Journal and Tribune, according to www.loc.govwas published in Knoxville from 1898 to 1924.
July 10, 1935: The Johnson City Chronicle alerted readers to the fact that “reports of a case of infantile paralysis in the Embreeville area were verified and found to be unsubstantiated yesterday by Washington County Health Department officials. A four-year-old child has a paralysis-like condition but does not have the actual disease, said department head Dr Wallace Poole.
“Constant citizen vigilance is requested by health officials due to the paralysis epidemic in parts of North Carolina. Any indication of illness should be reported immediately to the health department.
“The dysentery epidemic, which has been raging in Embreeville for several days, is said to be under control.”
Infantile paralysis is more commonly known as poliomyelitis and can be prevented with a vaccine.
Embreeville is a rural community in Washington County.
Dysentery is an intestinal infection and is treated with antibiotics.
July 10, 1947: Seventy-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported, “A 14-year-old was sentenced to serve until age 21 at the Tennessee Industrial School in Nashville during a a hearing yesterday afternoon before County Judge HH Gresham in Jonesboro. charged with a series of robberies, Sheriff Luke M. Warrick’s Office reported.
“Officers say the youth allegedly robbed five homes – two in Washington County, two in Sullivan and one in Carter. The loot included a Kingsport “motorcycle”, jewelry and approximately $150 in cash.
“The miner was arrested in the Brown’s Mill section of the Kingsport Highway on Sunday.”
Jonesboro was spelled that way in 1947.
One hundred and fifty dollars in 1947 is now worth about 1966 dollars, according to www.dollars2013.com.
July 10, 1972: Fifty years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported: “Four people who suffered separate accidents were released from Memorial Hospital over the weekend.
“This is Clarence Langford, 40, of Knoxville, who was shot in the chest by his wife at the Broadway motel on June 26;”
“Richard Hughes, 32, right. 1, who was injured in a motorcycle accident on July 1;”
“John O’Brien, 25, right. 2, Limestone, who was injured in an accident involving a car last Thursday;”
“And Lee A. Buckingham, 712 Orleans St., who was injured when his truck hit the back of a car on the Jonesboro Freeway Thursday.”
Memorial Hospital was a precursor to Johnson City Medical Center.
Jonesboro was spelled that way in 1972.
July 10, 1997: Twenty-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press reported, “Appalachian Christian Village Set to Begin Construction of Assisted Retirement Apartments on 12 Acres Near Pine Oaks Golf Course .
“The nonprofit ACV hopes to complete the Pine Oaks campus, adjacent to University Parkway and South Roan Street, in about a year. It will provide housing and supported living services for 80 people in 60 apartments. private and 10 semi-private apartments.
“Services will include 24-hour staff assistance, 24-hour nurse call, 24-hour resident safety monitoring, three meals a day, and housekeeping.”
“The new campus is close to Interstate 181 and shopping, hotels, restaurants and churches to encourage residents to maintain their independence and encourage family involvement.”
“The main building will have a central dining hall and a common entrance. Single studios will measure 275 square feet, large apartments 400 square feet, and each will include a kitchenette and private bathroom.
“An extension is planned, ACV hopes to add an Alzheimer’s care centre, garden chalets, independent living units, adult day care and other services to meet the future needs of the retirement community.”
“ACV has also purchased 14 acres in Greeneville, where a third campus will be built.”