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Staff Report • Jul 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

In case you missed these posts, here are 10 stories worth knowing on JohnsonCityPress.com:

Out of My Head with Jan Hearne — Flap over Paula Deen obscures significant anniversary. On June 21, the hoopla over Paula Deen’s termination by the Food Network obscured the anniversary of a national tragedy.

Relay for Life gives woman chance to give back to Cancer Society. Johnson City resident Georgita Washington, a 10-year breast cancer survivor, said her cancer story begins with her maternal grandmother, who died from breast cancer.

Habitat family gains a sense of pride with new home. Planning for the project began in March and the foundation laid April 24, but as of Sunday, Simone Andrist and her two children, 14-year-old Austin and 13-year-old Amber, received the keys to their new East Holston Avenue home.

Police: Johnson City man tried to stab woman intervening in argument. A Lamont Street man was arrested Saturday on a charge that he tried to stab a woman who tried to intervene in an argument.

23-year-old man drowns at Morristown marina. Authorities say a man who was swimming with relatives drowned at a Morristown marina.

As I See It with Robert Houk — DOMA vote one step in long journey. Much has been written and spoken in the last few days regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a major portion of the Defense of Marriage Act. Many pundits have used the word “step” in their analysis.

Downtown business owners say perseverance paying off. Madison Mathews talked with longtime downtown Johnson City business owners about how their hard work through the lean times have paid off as the downtown area makes a comeback.

Locals mining for stories in Africa. Jimmy Neil Smith, president emeritus of the International Storytelling Center, and Jules Corriere, outreach director for the McKinney Cultural Arts Center, are just back from a nine-day “story mining” trip to Comoros, East Africa, a tiny island nation near Madagascar and the target of ISC’s first international outreach.

Jehovah's Witnesses baptize 55 new members during district convention weekends. To the many members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, faith and family are interchangeable.

Police say men threw bricks at each other. An investigation into a fight at about 2 a.m. on Thursday revealed that two men had been beating each other up with bricks before going to jail, according to a Johnson City police report.

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