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The Buzz: A week's worth of Buzz

February 10th, 2014 2:24 pm by Staff Reports

The Buzz: A week's worth of Buzz

Miss something? Here's a 10-pack of local news and sports stories from The Buzz to keep you in the loop:

• Alcohol consumption equals big business for some local communities. Regardless of one’s moral views on alcohol consumption, the sale of suds and spirits is big business, and some local communities have seen their cups runneth over from the monetary benefits of allowing libations.

• Autism license plate nearing goal. The Autism Society of America’s three Tennessee chapters are zeroing in on their goal to put a new autism awareness specialty license plate on the road to advance autism awareness and help families of children on the autism spectrum statewide.

• Former Buc soaring high with Seahawks. It’s been a super year for former East Tennessee State defensive back Maurice “Mo” Kelly.

• Food City to extend BMS sponsorship. Officials from Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway announced a five-year extension of the grocery chain’s sponsorship of the March NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during a Thursday morning press conference.

• Hundreds march for medical marijuana rights. Allison Folsom brought her family all the way from Bristol to tote her “Moms for Medical Marijuana" sign Saturday.

• Love of horses helps woman climb in sport’s rankings. It might surprise you to know there’s a world champion honing her skills out on Flyin’ W Ranch in Watauga.

• Man makes court appearance after being charged in golf club assault. A man who allegedly attacked another man, a woman and a car with a golf club last weekend had his first appearance in Sessions Court on Wednesday.

• Family seeking autopsy omission after WCDC death. The parents of a city man who died at the Washington County Detention Center after an apparent violent interaction with officers say their son’s autopsy should be stricken from proceedings of a federal civil case they’ve filed against the department.

• City neighborhood set for war against feathered foes. Gump Addition residents are in lock-and-load mode to rid their neighborhood of pesky and poop-happy flocks of starlings, even if it means donning goggles, roaming the streets and launching pyrotechnics at the critters from devices resembling flame throwers.

• U.S. Nitrogen plans to take from, return millions of gallons to Nolichucky. U.S. Nitrogen has submitted applications to the state to seek permission to withdraw water from the Nolichucky River, but some in the community are concerned about the facility’s possible impact on the western Greene County area.

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