1889: The First Christian Church is organized in Middlesborough by nine charter members.
1891: A Board of Education was established in Middlesboro. Their first job was to hire a Superintendent of Public Education at a salary of $1200 a year.
1893: Frank L. Cowan was the first African-American to run for Middlesboro City Council. The newspaper editorialized, He words for A.C. Titus &Co., is steady, hardworking, and reliable and has the confidence of all who know him…if elected we believe he will make a good councilman.”
1921: The Salvation Army opened a “working man’s reading room” which offered magazines, newspapers, and checkerboards along with hot chocolate, coffee and buns and a place for free baths.
1930: Middlesboro High School is selected as one of the 1000 outstanding high schools in the U.S. by Phi Beta Kappa, the college honorary society.
1946: The Tennessee-Alabama football game was dedicated to the memory of four former Tennessee football stars who made the supreme sacrifice in the just ended war. One of them was Clyde (Ig) Fuson of Bell County.