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The Week in Review: Local stories that made headlines

June 23rd, 2013 10:00 am by Staff Report

The Week in Review: Local stories that made headlines

A glance at the week's top local stories on

TBI investigating death of Washington County jail inmate. An inmate in the Washington County Detention Center being held on a weapons charge was found hanging in his cell Monday, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The death of Aaron Michael Bever, 29, 2280 Palmwood Drive, Dunedin, Fla., is the fourth WCDC inmate death this year.

Child, 3, found wandering partially clothed in rain in downtown Johnson City. A 3-year-old Johnson City boy found walking in the rain alone and wearing only a T-shirt Tuesday was returned to his father and there are no charges at this time.

Elizabethton Twins bus involved in fatal crash in Florida. A charter bus carrying the Elizabethton Twins baseball team from its training facilities in Florida to Elizabethton was involved in a fatal crash early Tuesday morning near Jacksonville. No one aboard the bus was injured, according to early reports.

2 charged in 'vicious' pit bull attack that injured mother, daughter in Bristol, Va., park. Police announced Thursday the arrests of two people in what had been described as a "vicious" dog attack that injured a woman and her daughter last week in a Bristol park.

• Man killed by train in Johnson City. A pedestrian was killed by a train on CSX tracks off West Market Street on Saturday.

Name of S. Holston teen drowning victim released. The name of a teen who drowned near a boat dock in South Holston Lake Thursday evening has been released.

Torbush to lead new Bucs football team. Carl Torbush said he was “stunned” when the opportunity to build a football program from scratch at East Tennessee State first presented itself a couple of weeks ago.

• Judge signs order ending U-Haul fight with Johnson City. Johnson City now has legal access to a large, low-lying, but strategically important, piece of downtown property on which a flood relief project is planned that likely will result in aesthetic improvements and redevelopment opportunities when the fixes are complete.

Elizabethton school board denies principal’s request to cancel transfer. The Elizabethton City School Board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to deny a request by former West Side Elementary Principal Doug Mitchell to appeal his recent non rehire as principal and transfer a teaching position at T.A. Dugger Jr. High School. Board members Catherine Armstrong and Connie Baker were the only ones who voted to allow the appeal.

ETSU education dean says report ranking program among worst in nation flawed. A recently released national report that lists one of East Tennessee State University’s College of Education programs among the worst in the nation for teacher training used data that was no longer relevant and research methods that were flawed, according to the school’s dean of education.

Longtime Unicoi Co. commissioner quits to avoid business conflict. Longtime Commissioner Doug Bowman notified County Mayor Greg Lynch and fellow commissioners of his intent to resign from the commission and the county’s Planning Commission.

Johnson City fire chief pulls fire engines from parades, cites safety concerns. For as long as anyone can remember, the Johnson City Fire Department has rolled out at least one of its bright red fire engines along city streets during various parades, complete with nerve-rattling horn bursts and waving firefighters. 

City Commission budgets $1.5 million to build new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter. The City Commission on Thursday unanimously voted to add $1.5 million to its fiscal 2014 budget for the purpose of constructing the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter. 

Erwin alderman presents funding alternative for Unicoi County Animal Shelter. Erwin Alderman Robie Sullins said he has been racking his brain for the past week to come up with a solution to the situation involving the Unicoi County Animal Shelter that would be beneficial to both the shelter and the town of Erwin.

Atlanta Drum Corps take Science Hill stadium audience a few ‘steps’ back to Roaring Twenties. The 150 members of Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps took a Tuesday night audience back in time to the 1920s during their preview performance at Science Hill’s Kermit Tipton Stadium.

JCMC gets new germ-exterminating robot. Germs no longer stand a chance at Johnson City Medical Center thanks to a new robotic system that is being used by the hospital.

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