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The Buzz: Local stories you should know today

Staff Report • Jul 4, 2013 at 7:45 AM

In case you missed these posts, here are 11 stories worth knowing today on JohnsonCityPress.com:

Carter County sheriff says 4-year-old boy's death suspicious. Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said his department is investigating the death of a 4-year-old child on Tuesday, and said there were “suspicious circumstances” about the death.

Johnson City father jailed on abuse charge after hospital reports bruising on 18-day-old child. A Johnson City man accused with his wife of abusing their 18-day-old girl was arrested this morning.

Massive search for missing NE Tennessee frog gigger reveals he was on covert romantic liaison. ROGERSVILLE — More than 30 Hawkins County rescuers spent nearly three hours searching for a “missing” frog gigger late Monday night before learning that he was in a different county, apparently involved in a covert romantic liaison.

Strickland gets close to action in Brazil. David Strickland got an up-close and personal look at soccer at its highest level, and he really liked what he saw.

Final parcel of Rocky Fork conveyed to state, setting stage for new state park. The final parcel of Rocky Fork property owned by the Conservation Fund has now been conveyed to the state of Tennessee, clearing the way for work to begin to convert the area into the state’s next state park.

McLeod cancer doctors ordered to pay $4.25M in settlements. A group of Johnson City physicians will pay $4.25 million in settlements for false claims submitted to Medicare and TennCare/Medicaid programs regarding misbranded cancer drugs administered through the McLeod Center, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday in a news release.

Pitching, not power, fuel JC Cards. Power has been scarce for the Johnson City Cardinals, but they have generated enough runs to stay above water.

Financial future a bit brighter for new animal shelter. Johnson City’s recent $1.5 million commitment to help build the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter had an immediate effect as far as funds are concerned, but the move also has produced a stir on the positive side of the financial ledger in other ways and appears to have returned to the Animal Control Board a sense of urgency to get things moving.

Local NAACP officials: Voting Rights Act change wrong decision. The recent Supreme Court decision invalidating a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is a “setback” for fair representation in this country, according to a local NAACP official.

Johnson City man accused of threatening man with knife after coming home drunk from bar. A Lamont Street man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he threatened to stab another man in a drunken argument and had marijuana.

Caldwell encouraged by BMS ticket sales. Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell looks at the early indicators and is encouraged by ticket sales for next month’s IRWIN Tools Night Race.

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