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

Staff Reports • Jul 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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

Storm debris blamed for death of 10-year-old car passenger. A 10-year-old girl has died from injuries she got when storm debris hit the vehicle she was traveling in during a Thursday evening storm.

Johnson City murder defendant's brother charged with witness coercion.The brother of a man charged with murder in a Johnson City shooting death has been charged with witness coercion in the case.

Unconscious, drunken child found on Johnson City school grounds; Elizbethton man charged with giving him alcohol, using wrench in robbery. Johnson City police arrested an Elizabethton man this week on charges of robbery and giving alcohol to a minor — an incident that put a 12-year-old boy’s blood alcohol at 0.25, more than three times the legal limit for driving a car — according to warrants filed in Washington County Sessions Court.

Detroit man arrested in pill trafficking investigation in Johnson City. Johnson City police on Thursday arrested a Detroit, Mich., man on drug charges following an investigation into prescription pill trafficking coming from Detroit into Johnson City.

Man draws 30-year prison sentence in robbery, police chase. ELIZABETHTON — Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood sentenced Travis Grover Richardson, 31, to 30 years in prison as a career criminal Thursday.

Unicoi County Memorial Hospital board again accepts MSHA offer. ERWIN — For the third time, the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Board of Control has opted to move forward with allowing Mountain States Health Alliance to acquire the 60-year-old hospital, and MSHA officials and supporters hope this time is a charm.

ETSU Arts Initiative fundraising campaign nearing halfway mark. Right around 45 percent of the $9.5 million East Tennessee State University needs to raise for it’s part of a proposed $38 million fine and performing arts center has in fact been raised in five months.

Elizabethton school board gives Superintendent Alexander two-year deal. ELIZABETHTON — By a 3-2 vote, the Elizabethton City School board decided Thursday night to give Superintendent Ed Alexander a new two-year employment contract. Board members Catherine Armstrong and Connie Baker voted against the motion.

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