In case you missed these posts, here are eight local items that will get you talking today from JohnsonCityPress.com:
• $118.5M budget heads to Washington County Commission. The Washington County Commission’s Budget Committee will recommend to the full commission Aug. 26 a proposed $118.5 million budget, pending review by the Board of Education of a three-step move to balance the school system’s budget and leave it with about $3 million in the bank.
• Two more charged in Facebook slayings. MOUNTAIN CITY — Two more people have been charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 deaths of Billy Clay Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth.
• First day of Umoja Festival a success for storytellers. Just as craft and food vendors were starting to wait on visitors at the 17th annual Umoja Festival Friday, the chairs in the gazebo area between East Main and East Market streets were quickly being claimed, as many festivalgoers took a break in the shade to listen to some stories.
• See Carson Peters on 'The Tonight Show'. ELIZABETHTON — Nine-year-old Carson Peters and his parents flew back to East Tennessee on Friday after a busy and successful week that included winning a bluegrass championship in Virginia and his first nationwide television appearance on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
• Bonecrusher shares experiences with JCAC. Whether he was punching muscular men or hitting the books, James “Bonecrusher” Smith made his mark.
• Police: Speeding, drunken driver crashes into truck, utility pole in Johnson City. Johnson City police arrested an Elizabethton man on multiple charges after an officer clocked him speeding and he attempted to get away.
• Man dies from Piney Flats crash injuries; charges pending against Johnson City woman. BLUFF CITY — Charges were pending against a Johnson City woman after a man died in a two-vehicle crash last weekend.
• Cards beat Blue Jays on passed ball. It was a classic example of how low-scoring baseball games can still be entertaining.