In case you missed these posts, here are five local items that will get you talking today from JohnsonCityPress.com:
• ETSU to continue growth despite $3.7 million budget shortfall. East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland announced Monday how the university plans to continue growth despite a $3.7 million budgetary shortfall expected in the fall, which is the result of a 3 percent decline in enrollment.
• Erwin board again supports MSHA acquisition of hospital, approves half of funding request for shelter. ERWIN — The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen took steps Monday to address a pair of divisive issues that have recently faced Unicoi County.
• County mayor, commissioners play tug of war over spending methods. Hours of debate, political finger-pointing and a merging of old and new budget numbers took Washington County commissioners near the four-hour mark Monday, when a proposed $9.5 million spending plan fell to about $4 million.
• Virginia man arrested on charges from out-of-state following report of suspicious activity in Johnson City. A Saltville, Va. man was arrested Sunday following an investigation into a suspicious person on West Market Street, which led to the discovery of charges from another state.
• Weather playing havoc with football practices. Area football teams face some challenges this summer, and it's not just the usual heat.