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The Buzz: Local news that will get you talking today

April 11th, 2014 12:10 pm by Staff Reports

The Buzz: Local news that will get you talking today

Miss something? The Buzz is here to fill you in on 10 essential news and sports stories that might have slipped past you.

• WETS-FM starts fundraiser with appreciation for listeners WETS-FM’s spring fundraising drive is under way and will continue through April 18.

• UPDATE: Victim admits he lied about robbery The victim of a robbery on the East Tennessee State University campus earlier this week was conducting a drug transaction when the holdup took place, police said. 

• Community rallies to support Elizabethton newspaper's ex-carriers For decades the Elizabethton Star has enjoyed strong support in Elizabethton and Carter County, but in recent weeks that support is being directed to former employees of the newspaper and former carriers who were discharged in two downsizing moves by the Star’s new ownership. 

• Higher forensic services costs hitting counties' budgets dead on Rules and regulations revolving around death investigations in the state are making for some lively discussions in eight Northeast Tennessee counties.

• City vacates hotel-motel tax hike On March 6, the City Commission approved a first reading of an ordinance to raise the local hotel-motel tax from 5 percent to 8 percent on lodging costs charged by operators. 

• Jonesborough mayor leading giver to PAC Town of Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe is the largest single contributor to Washington County Citizens for Better Government, a local political action committee that recently singled out County Commissioner Mark Ferguson as being “Embarrassing” in a flyer distributed throughout the county.

• Report: Man involved in 13-hour standoff with Johnson City police punched neighbor A 13-hour standoff between Johnson City police and an armed convicted felon that started as a domestic assault ended peacefully Tuesday morning when the man finally agreed to leave his residence off Watauga Road and surrender.

• Walk-ons looking for 'second chanceCarl Torbush was looking for a few good walk-ons Wednesday. 

• Bill would add early 8,000 acres of NE Tennessee land to protected wilderness in Cherokee National Forest Nearly 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, legislation to protect nearly 20,000 acres of public land within East Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest has cleared its first hurdle. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee passed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013. 

• UPDATE: One charged, two suffer minor injuries in five-car crash Lieutenant Larry Williams of the Johnson City Police Department called a midday five-car accident on West Market Street on Thursday a “chain reaction.”

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