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The Buzz: Today's look at local & regional news worth knowing

Staff Report • Jul 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

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

Police: Man dies after girlfriend stabs him with large knife during argument. A woman has expressed remorse for her actions during an altercation involving a kitchen knife and alcohol, which created a deadly situation for her boyfriend early Tuesday morning, according to the Johnson City Police Department.

Woman dies in crash on U.S. Highway 19E in Carter County. HAMPTON — A Johnson City woman was killed Tuesday afternoon in a three-car accident on U.S. Highway 19E involving two pickup trucks and a logging truck.

Official misconduct charges dismissed against former Unicoi sheriff Harris; prosecutors may not proceed with remaining charges. ERWIN — Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood told the jurors chosen to hear former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris’ trial on six counts of official misconduct that he had little doubt that a violation of the law had occurred. However, Blackwood said the evidence heard over the two-day trial was not sufficient to charge Harris with the felonies.

No shortage of details as Torbush settles in at ETSU as new football coach. Carl Torbush is officially on the clock.

Lawsuit against Johnson City, state agency challenges denial of methadone clinic citing federal law violations. A complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville Monday against the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency and city of Johnson City, citing violations of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act for not allowing Tri-Cities Holdings LLC to locate a methadone clinic in the city.

Johnson City nursing home appealing fine imposed after investigation of patient injury. A fine has been imposed on a Johnson City assisted living facility following an investigation that alleges a certified nurse assistant injured a resident and allowed another to sit in filth for hours.

Property owners blamed for some Carter County flooding. ELIZABETHTON — It has been a rainy first half of 2013, but Monday’s meeting of the Carter County Highway Committee indicates recent flooding problems are being caused by property owners diverting water on their downstream neighbors.

Rain pushes Watauga Lake to record mark for second time this year. At its crest Monday, Watauga Lake reached this year’s second record water level at 1,967.1 feet above sea level, which was about 8 feet higher than the normal summer pool level.

Stream, fill material on Animal Shelter site creates concerns. An engineers’ field report conducted in January 2012 shows the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter site contains an active stream that runs through the property in a buried culvert and that past grading has placed 20-year-old fill soil and rock from nearby road construction over the majority of the site at a depth of about 15 feet.

Singer Randy Travis remains in critical condition. NASHVILLE — Country singer Randy Travis remained in critical condition Tuesday in a Texas hospital after doctors inserted a device to stabilize his weakened heart.

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