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Buzzworthy: 10 local news stories that will get you talking today

Staff Report • Jul 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

In case you missed it, here are 10 stories worth reading on JohnsonCityPress.com:

Items stolen in Johnson City skateboard shop burglaries listed on Internet; 17-year-old arrested. Police charged a teenager Thursday with burglarizing two Johnson City skateboard shops this month after stolen items were listed for sale on the Internet.

Driver charged with 4th DUI after wrong-way trip in downtown Johnson City. A wrong-way trip through downtown Johnson City's one-way streets early this morning landed a woman in jail on her fourth DUI charge, according to police.

Nurse nearly breaks down describing injuries to 2-year-old in abuse case. A forensic services nurse who testified in two separate and unrelated child abuse cases nearly broke down at one point Thursday as she testified about the bruises on a 2-year-old boy who investigators say was abused by either his mother or her boyfriend.

Washington County Board of Education trims system's deficit by $1M. The Washington County Board of Education announced at Tuesday night’s meeting that they had trimmed down the $3.4 million the school system is out of balance by $1 million.

Freedom Hall hoops? Discussions underway to play ETSU basketball at city facility. Discussions are being held right now to determine whether East Tennessee State University basketball games should continue to be held on campus or if those games should be played at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

West Virginia man dies in Johnson County crash. A West Virginia man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Johnson County Wednesday night.

New ETSU football stadium concept approved by State Building Commission. An $18 million football stadium project for East Tennessee State University was approved Thursday by the Tennessee State Building Commission, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; however, any funding the state may provide still needs to be included in a future budget.

Pulaski grabs win over JC Cards before rains come. Birthday boy Luke Guarnaccia’s three-run home run was the icing on the cake in the Pulaski Mariners’ 7-3 victory at Cardinal Park in game one of a scheduled doubleheader on Thursday.

Johnson City middle school science teacher finalist for state Teacher of the Year Award. Christopher Bowen may not have always known that teaching middle schoolers was his destined career path, but according him “it is the only job that I’ve ever had that I enjoy getting up every day and doing, because it’s different every day.”

As We See It — Enough is enough with former sheriff trials. We urge District Attorney General Tony Clark to go with his first instincts on whether to prosecute former Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris on remaining charges. After a judge dismissed six official misconduct charges against Harris on Tuesday, Clark said he would most likely not pursue trials on three other charges.

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