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

Staff Reports • Jul 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM

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

Woman charged in murder-for-hire plot gets year in jail. ERWIN — The Unicoi County woman charged nearly two years ago with attempting to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband was sentenced to spend the next year in jail at a Friday hearing in Unicoi County Criminal Court.

Directors select new leader for Hands On! After a six-month national search, the board of directors of Hands On! Regional Museum has selected Andy Marquart to serve as the museum’s new executive director.

Summer program educates, introduces students to science and math career opportunities. STEMsummer 2013, is an initiative started by Michael Cummings, INSIGHT Educational Center’s CEO, and Adam Dickson, Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union community development coordinator and INSIGHT COO, designed to enhance math and science skills, while also introducing them to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

Sandusky newspapers win a total of 46 awards in 2013 TPA contest. For the 2013 contest, the Johnson City Press won first place in headline writing and second place in best business coverage.

Police: Drunken man charged with Johnson City carjacking. A drunken Johnson City man — tossed out of an acquaintances’s apartment late Wednesday — pulled a knife on a woman and tried to carjack her, according to a court document charging him in the incident.

Rally cars, monster trucks to invade BMS. BRISTOL — Austin Dyne expects the intensity to be turned up several notches at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Los Angeles driver will compete on the high-banked short track today in Global Rallycross, although there will be some notable differences from when he raced in March as part of the NASCAR K&N Series.

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