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The Buzz: A review of top stories this week

June 30th, 2013 7:55 pm by Staff Report

The Buzz: A review of top stories this week

In case you missed these posts, here are 10 stories that made headlines this week on

• Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, clears way for gay marriage in Calif. without ruling
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday 5-4 that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court also cleared the way for such unions in California but avoided an overall ruling on gay marriage.

• Treyvon Martin murder case: Zimmerman's jury done for 1st day; heard openings
Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial have been dismissed for the day after listening to opening statements from the prosecution and the defense.

• History brings Haslam to interpretive center’s dedication
Gov. Bill Haslam said he was returning to the roots of his predecessor Friday during a visit to Sycamore Shoals.

• Proposed Johnson City methadone clinic denied
Members of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency denied a certificate of need filed by Tri-Cities Holdings, Inc. earlier this year to locate a methadone clinic at 4 Wesley Court.

• Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Board of Control attorneys reviewing hospital’s options 
The Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Board of Control is still in a holding pattern, awaiting word from its attorneys on how it should address the concerns of the attorney general’s office that have delayed the sale of the community hospital to Mountain States Health Alliance. 

• Unicoi County Memorial Hospital's move into Mountain States system put on hold
Steps to bring Unicoi County Memorial Hospital into the Mountain States Health Alliance system were under way prior to Tuesday’s announcement that approval of the proposed sale of the community hospital is now on hold.

• Judges step back from Unicoi County deputy case
Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street has recused himself from hearing the case of former Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Ricky Butler and has instead ordered that the case be heard by Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood.

• Fee dispute could end WJHL transmission for Dish Network subscribers
A fee dispute between Dish Network and WJHL-TV could leave viewers of the CBS affiliate in the dark if an agreement between both companies is not met.

• Appalachian Fair to feature variety of entertainers
The 87th annual Appalachian Fair will kick into high gear Aug. 19-24 at the fairgrounds in Gray with a lineup of highly popular music talent, including Florida Georgia Line and Gretchen Wilson.

• Jehovah's Witnesses baptize 55 new members during district convention weekends
The Jehovah's Witnesses celebrated two weekends of district conventions at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City.

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