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10 things to know today from Johnson City, the region and around the world

Staff Report • Apr 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

A bit of what people are reading today on JohnsonCityPress.com:

1. Monetary settlement for U-Haul property to be recommended to JC Commission

An attorney representing Johnson City will recommend to the City Commission on Thursday a property settlement agreement with U-Haul which, if successful, would end about two years of litigation over possession of the company’s downtown location for use as a flood mitigation project. Read more: http://bit.ly/173kNFl


2. Multiple Wash. Co. criminal cases reset, including murder cases

Two first-degree murder cases were scheduled for hearings in Washington County Criminal Court Tuesday, but the cases — and several others with recent media attention — were reset because of various reasons. Read more: http://bit.ly/17ogkvs


3. Johnson City Press readers react to Boston Marathon attacks

The Johnson City Press asked subscribers of our Facebook page Tuesday afternoon to comment on their thoughts of safety in America, as well as whether their fears of terrorism have increased and how Americans should respond to the tragedy of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. Read more: http://bit.ly/11uUgOX


4. Local father watches Boston tragedy unfold, Johnson City cardiologist experiences event firsthand

When Richard Wesley Pectol Sr. watched the footage of the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday, there were a few context clues that relaxed and reassured him that his son, one of the local runners in the race, was OK. Read more: http://bit.ly/11uUCFk


5. Letter mailed to Obama contained suspicious substance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secret Service says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a "suspicious substance." Read more: http://bit.ly/14w4PWO


6. Washington County may try incentive to improve worker health

Washington County is betting that by giving full-time employees $300 every six months, or a reimbursement of monthly gym fees of $50 per month, they will be freer to choose a more convenient location, start moving more and, in the long run, save the county on insurance claims. Read more: http://bit.ly/15fy8Mx


7. Long-time school volunteer asked not to return

One of the Elizabethton School System’s longest-serving volunteers and activists has been told to leave Harold McCormick Elementary School because her stance against the system’s administration was “dividing our faculty and staff.” Read more: http://bit.ly/13j7YVa


8. NE Tennessee parents facing charges after 3-year-old apparently overdoses on pills

The mother of a 3-year-old boy who nearly died after apparently overdosing on her medication last month was formally charged Friday with child neglect/endangerment. Read more: http://bit.ly/17ohxCY


9. Helicopter, dogs sent to help search for missing SW Virginia hunter, who was safe at home

A search crew organized to locate a hunter reported missing Monday afternoon in Scott County turned out not to be needed after the man was found to be safe at home. Read more: http://bit.ly/Z3hwnQ


10. Washington County employees wait for BlueCross BlueShield, MSHA to renew contract

Washington County officials may or may not renew its health insurance with BlueCross BlueShield, depending on when, and if, negotiations between the company and Mountain State Health Alliance are worked out. Read more: http://bit.ly/12mFdrP

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