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The Buzz: Local news that will get you talking today

Staff Reports • Sep 21, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Miss something? The Buzz has your back. Here are seven local news stories worth your time.

Ex-Carter law officer leaving military post. ELIZABETHTON — After two years in command of the Department of Defense task force responsible for conducting criminal investigations on a global basis, Lt. Col. James Parrish will be returning home to Carter County to resume his law enforcement career.

SNAP cuts make food agencies' jobs to feed the hungry more difficult. By chance, Thursday’s U.S. House of Representatives vote to cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program, also known as food stamps, coincided with the Feeding America food bank network’s SNAP Challenge, a request for everyone to try live one week on $4.50 worth of food per day, or the average amount SNAP food stamp recipients receive.

Police share crime-stopping tips amid recent car break-ins. A string of auto break-ins in recent weeks has the Johnson City Police Department urging citizens to take all precautions in securing their vehicles, and police have released a list of tips to prevent auto break-ins.

Development Council officially names Mitch Miller CEO. After months of helming the Washington County Economic Development Council, the organization’s board officially dropped the “interim” from the front of Mitch Miller’s CEO title Thursday, giving him the reins to drive the county’s future growth.

Leadership through tortilla making: ETSU students learn how to make tortillas from nothing. Tortillas eaten by East Tennessee State University students in the Roan Scholars Leadership program Friday night came by the sweat of their own brows and the blisters on their hands.

Drug charge against ex-ETSU basketball player dismissed. A Washington County Criminal Court judge said it was unconstitutional for a college postal employee to open a student’s package, which led to that student’s being charged with possession of marijuana for resale.

Johnson City man charged with choking girlfriend. A Johnson City man was arrested for domestic assault after an argument between he and his girlfriend turned physical, police said.

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