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The Buzz: Eight news and sports stories to keep you in the know

March 15th, 2014 6:48 pm by Staff Report

The Buzz: Eight news and sports stories to keep you in the know

Too many distractions on race weekend? We've got you covered with eight news and sports stories to keep you in the loop:

• UPDATE: Double shooting in Sullivan leaves wife dead, husband wounded. KINGSPORT — Sullivan County authorities believe a domestic situation played a role in a double shooting in Kingsport Friday afternoon that left a woman dead and her husband in critical condition.

• Preliminary hearings set for 3 charged in Johnson City home invasion, shooting. Preliminary hearings for two men charged in a home invasion robbery and a man charged with shooting one of them are scheduled for next week in Washington County Sessions Court.

• A Leg Up: Injured Cloudland player stands for first time since injury. ELIZABETHTON — Come on legs! WORK. Those were the words written on a Twitter post by Haley Johnson, accompanied by a picture of her non-functioning legs, one day after her spinal cord concussion injury during Cloudland's Class A girls sectional basketball game against Meigs County on March 1.

• Federal judge: Same-sex marriage legal for some Tennessee couples. A federal judge in Nashville has granted a preliminary injunction against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

• UCHS teacher was under investigation by school system, USCD. ERWIN — Unicoi County High School ROTC instructor Sgt. Melvin Cooper, the school system employee suspended last month during an investigation, retired from his post in late February rather than face dismissal, according to Unicoi County Director of Schools Denise Brown.

• Proposed development facing fightA North Carolina company is testing the waters in Washington County for feedback on a proposed $12 million student-housing development just outside the Johnson City limits in the Sinking Creek Road neighborhood.

• Area retail sales report reflects tough 4th quarter for region. There’s no way to sugarcoat a Tri-Cities Retail Sales Report put out Wednesday by East Tennessee State University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

• Teacher Licenses: Hill's bill passes two tests. A bill that would forbid the granting and renewal of teacher licenses based on students’ standardized test scores took steps toward passage this week, despite opposition from the State Education Department.

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