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The Buzz: A week's worth of news with our top 10 stories

March 9th, 2014 7:51 pm by Staff Reports

The Buzz: A week's worth of news with our top 10 stories

Out of the loop? The Buzz is here to help put you back in with 10 of the biggest news and sports stories from the past week:

• FULL STORY: Stratton found guilty of murder. There were no outbursts of emotion Friday afternoon when a jury foreman announced Justin Allen Stratton, aka Puff, was guilty of first-degree murder, but he shook his head in disbelief and looked away.

• Lady Cyclones win it all. MURFREESBORO — Conquering the state with a we-first attitude, the Lady Cyclones banded together like sisters — twins even — and made history.

• Missing teen found dead in apartment complex's pond. The body of a 19-year-old Johnson City man who was reported missing in early February was found Saturday floating in a retention pond behind an apartment complex.

• Police say man bruised, burned 9-month-old son. A Jonesborough man was arrested this week after police said he bruised and burned his 9-month-old son.

• Man receives animal cruelty charge after animal control says dogs found in garbage can. An incarcerated man received a charge of animal cruelty after animal control personnel said they found six dogs in a trash can outside of his house.

• Lawmaker hopes upcoming daylight savings will be Tennessee's last. When Tennesseans spring ahead this weekend, it could be the last time they change clocks.

• North Carolina driver arrested after hitting two pedestrians Thursday morning in Unicoi County. UNICOI — A 6-year-old boy and his grandmother were injured Thursday morning when they were struck by an SUV at a bus stop on Unicoi Drive. The driver of that SUV was later arrested, according to law enforcement officials.

• Surging rental market keeps apartment developers flocking to area. Favorable conditions in the rental housing market and a shift in how apartments are perceived have led real estate developers to Johnson City.

• Mayor calls for Crowe to withdraw annexation bill. Johnson City Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin began Thursday night’s City Commission meeting by reading a two-page statement calling for state Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, to withdraw legislation that, if passed, would require municipalities to hold referendums for annexations other than those requested.

• Sisters, teacher seek funds to buy headstone for Hawkins child killed with grape soda. SURGOINSVILLE — Five-year-old Alexa Linboom’s horrific 2012 death made headlines from coast to coast last month, but one thing that only her closest family and friends knew was that Alexa doesn’t have a proper headstone on her grave.

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