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

Staff Reports • Jul 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

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

Storytelling director brings world view. The incoming executive director at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough hopes to open a new chapter in the organization’s development and propel its central festival to the world stage.

Investigation continues into man's girlfriend jumping from vehicle. ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Police Department has released more information about a Tuesday morning traffic accident on Broad Street in which a woman apparently jumped out of a moving vehicle.

Punctured gas line scrambles university. It took about an hour for gas company workers to send an “all-clear” signal after a backhoe operator punctured a gas line near the athletic center at East Tennessee State University.

Unicoi sheriff says pay plan would benefit county. ERWIN — Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said something he heard recently best sums up his department’s move to introduce a step raise system for its officers.

Former Buc Taylor to join Torbush's staff. Billy Taylor, a Morristown native who played and coached at the university, is reportedly leaving Tennessee Tech, where he was the defensive coordinator the last five years. He and former Dobyns-Bennett and Tennessee standout Teddy Gaines will officially be named to Torbush’s staff within days, becoming his first assistants.

Police: Burglary victim identifies man as television thief. A man was arrested by Johnson City police for burglary based on the victim identifying him as the person who stole a TV from their east Johnson City home.

Man charged in June burglary. A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a burglary at a north Johnson City home that was reported to police in June.

Police say man stole checks and pawned stolen property. A man was accused of pawning an acquaintance’s personal property and cashing stolen checks at a Johnson City business, according to police.