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

Staff Report • Jul 18, 2013 at 5:02 PM

In case you missed these posts, here are 10 local and regional items that will get you talking today from JohnsonCityPress.com:

Hampton woman charged in child abuse, rape case involving bought, traded pictures. A Hampton woman is facing state and federal charges following an investigation of what Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said was one of the worst crimes he has seen in his long career.

Johnson City woman killed in afternoon accident along Tenn. Highway 91. A 20-year-old woman was killed and a 12-year-old girl was injured when they were hit by sport utility vehicle while walking along Tenn. Highway 91 in the Stoney Creek community Wednesday afternoon.

Four former Johnson City nursing home employees enter guilty pleas to abusing elderly patients. Three former CNAs accused of spraying Appalachian Christian Village nursing home patients with water just for kicks, and another who failed to report the incidents, pleaded guilty to their charges Tuesday in a Washington County courtroom and face sentencing in September.

City Commission begins process to host 29-acre retail development. Brentwood’s GBT Realty Corp. has proposed a new retail development that would sit on a roughly 29-acre parcel off North State of Franklin Road — a plan the City Commission will review publicly for the first time Thursday.

Former Carter County sheriff Henson takes Alford plea in sexual battery case. Former Carter County Sheriff John Henson, 67, who served as sheriff for over a decade and was a member of the sheriff's department for over four decades entered an Alford plea of guilty in Criminal Court on Wednesday to a charge of sexual battery.

Flooded roads and power outages sweep city. Marking the third consecutive Wednesday the area has seen heavy rain and severe storms, yesterday’s thunderstorm, this time with severe lightning, hit fast and hard, which caused flooding and power outages throughout Johnson City and the region.

Community critical of 90-day vehicular homicide sentence. Community reaction to a 90-day jail sentence — implemented by a visiting judge in a vehicular homicide case on Tuesday — has been harsh not only toward the judge but also one of the man’s attorneys.

Process for filling Unicoi County Commission vacancy to be decided Monday. ERWIN - Several big items, including approval of the county's 2013-14 budget and possible consideration of the approval of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital's sale, are on tap for the Unicoi County Commission in the near future.

Two charged with trying to use bogus prescription at Johnson City pharmacy. A Virginia man and an Elizabethton woman were arrested Wednesday on charges they tried to pass fake prescriptions at a Johnson City pharmacy.

Police: Drunk, semi-nude woman resists arrest, tries to bite officer in East Tennessee. She was very drunk, semi-nude, didn’t want to get dressed and tried to bite an Oliver Springs policeman during the arrest process, according to an incident report.

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