A glance at the week's top local stories on JohnsonCityPress.com:
• THP to be out in full force for checkpoints In an effort to cut down on statewide drinking and driving, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting “no refusal” enforcement in the days surrounding the New Year’s holiday.
• Local nurse provides aid in danger zone Nathan Hitchcock still finds it hard to believe that he’s back in the United States, following his rather quick exit from South Sudan just a few days ago.
• Unicoi County mayor seeks re-election Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch wants to keep his job for at least four more years.
• The Top 10 sports stories of 2013 Dormant for a decade, East Tennessee State president Brian Noland breathed new life into football with the April announcement that the Bucs would return to the field in 2015.
• Seeing Bogues is still a big deal Seeing Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues in the flesh is a big deal.
• Castillo stepping down from WCEDC position The Washington County Economic Development Council has lost its fourth higher-level employee this year now that Shannon Castillo, the organization’s Director of Redevelopment, left her position with the council Thursday.
• District DA offers precautions for holiday season While law enforcement officials often warn area residents to take precautions against burglars during the Christmas shopping season, it’s also wise to be careful after the presents are opened.
• Christmas trees recycled for fish habitats in local TreeCycle program You selected it. You somehow got it through your front door. You placed it. You decorated and admired it. But at some point, you’ll have to get rid of it.
• Elizabethton official warns of deed-fee scam Although the companies are not breaking the law, Carter County Register of Deeds Jody Bristol is warning new property owners not to pay any attention to official-looking letters that ask for a “document fee” of $83 for a copy of their deed.