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Johnson City celebrates 150th anniversary

Current U.S. Congressman Dr. Phil Roe, a former mayor of Johnson City, presents a proclamation to current Johnson City mayor Jenny Brock during Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Grand Finale on Sunday in King Commons. Dec. 1 marked the 150th anniversary of Johnson City receiving its official charter. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE

Citizens of Johnson City gathered in King Commons on Sunday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the city receiving its charter.

The birthday bash was billed as the grand finale of a yearlong sesquicentennial celebration that included concerts, festivals and several other special events. The Sesquicentennial Commission, which included Diana Cantler, Joy Fulkerson, Lester Lattany, Jenna Moore, Donna Noland, Larry Reeves, Marci Walker, Brenda Whitson and Rebecca Henderson helped plan the yearlong celebration and developed a legacy project adjacent to King Commons.

Those in attendance on Sunday were able to shop for unique items commemorating the city’s milestone and received cupcakes, hot chocolate and coffee. City leaders were on hand to place items in a time capsule that will be opened during the city’s bicentennial celebration in 2069, which will include a proclamation presented to Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock by U.S. Congressman Dr. Phil Roe.

A group of children closed out the official program by singing Happy Birthday to Johnson City.


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