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Buzzworthy: 15 local news stories that will get you talking today

December 9th, 2013 8:00 am by Staff Report

Buzzworthy: 15 local news stories that will get you talking today

Just in case you missed these posts, here are 15 local and regional articles worth your time from JohnsonCityPress.com:


• Johnson City mayor hopes to keep guns out of city parks. Johnson City Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin hopes the city will not be following an action neighboring Bristol took last week in repealing the ban on guns in its local parks.


• Pair of former ’Toppers catching on at next level. Former Science Hill wideouts Ryan Mitchell and Greyson Janeway received some love from their college coaches this week.


• Man arrested on warrant after panhandling call. An investigation into a subject’s panhandling Friday evening led to an arrest on a warrant on charges of aggravated domestic assault and theft from a building, Johnson City police said in a news release.


Project to make Jonesborough's Five Points intersection under way. Work to improve safety while maintaining a continuous traffic flow at Jonesborough’s Five Points intersection is now under way, and officials say the project could be complete by summer. 


Lehman Brothers suing Wellmont for $21 million. Regional health care provider Wellmont Health Systems has been named in the latest lawsuit filed by the left-behind pieces of financial services firm Lehman Brothers in an attempt to recover a portion of its soured portfolio.


Fatz Cafe closes in Johnson City shopping center. Two years after opening in a strip mall between Johnson City and Jonesborough, chain restaurant Fatz Cafe has closed its doors permanently.


• Health care changes extra tough for rural hospitals. The country’s drastically changing health care system has brought tumultuous times for all hospitals, but rural facilities, with higher proportions of uninsured patients, face increased risks.


Washington County Detention Center responds to high number of inmate deaths. Taking a look at the number of inmate deaths at the Washington County Detention Center during the last decade, it’s apparent 2013 has not been a typical year for the jail. In fact, jail records said, the five inmate deaths that took place there this year are more than the facility had from 2000 to 2011 combined.


• Johnson City woman accused of assaulting mother. A Johnson City woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly assaulting her mother.


• Update: Gray gunshot wound appears to be self-inflicted. Washington County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Shawn Judy said a shooting that took place Friday night near the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray appears to be self-inflicted.


• City ponders land purchase at Winged Deer. City commissioners are looking into the possible purchase of 30 acres of land near Winged Deer Park.


Update: 2 charged with Johnson City ATM burglaries after surveillance images released to media. Two Sullivan County men were arrested Friday after Johnson City police released video surveillance images from two automated teller machine burglaries that occurred earlier in the week.


• Election Day security risks concern Washington County Board of Education. The Washington County Board of Education elected to send next academic year’s calendar back to committee for revisions rather than hold school on Election Day in the first week of school.


• Crash doesn't keep Hobbs out. Hunter Hobbs woke up in a hospital bed not knowing what had gone on. The 18-year-old Johnson City resident was knocked out after crashing his No. 82 motorcycle at Muddy Creek Raceway.


• Update: Police say Johnson City physician threatened to kill wife after she planned to leave country. A Johnson City physician threatened to shoot and kill his wife Wednesday after she told him she planned to return home to their native India, police said in a court document.

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