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The Buzz: Local news worth talking about

Staff Report • Jul 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

In case you missed these posts, here are 12 local items that will get you talking today from JohnsonCityPress.com:

Popeyes to open July 30. A spokesperson for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen confirmed Thursday that the restaurant will officially open for business at its first Tri-Cities location at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30.

Reactions to Internet sales tax mixed. Local business owners banded together Thursday in support of a national bill to require online retailers to collect sales taxes, a move that they said would make business more equitable and spur economic growth.

Woman charged in man’s death released on bond. A Johnson City woman who police say stabbed her boyfriend after they drank together and had a political argument earlier this month is now free on bond.

Sunday's Press to feature Parade story about 'Duck Dynasty'. This Sunday, Parade goes behind the scenes with the Robertsons, the hairiest, happiest, hunting-est family on TV. Duck Dynasty, the hit A&E show about a family that got rich (but stayed humble) making products geared toward hunters, has become the golden goose of reality TV.

Infant avoids serious injury as car hits bedroom. An 8-month-old child’s life was narrowly spared when a vehicle crashed into a family’s bedroom at 510 Hamilton St. around 1:45 a.m. Thursday.

Gray woman charged with helping son elude Carter Co. deputies in chase. ELIZABETHTON — A Washington County woman was arrested Wednesday by the Carter County Sheriff's Department on an allegation she had helped her juvenile son avoid arrest.

Three juveniles to be charged in Erwin vandalism, theft spree. ERWIN — Theft and vandalism charges are pending against a trio of local juveniles who Unicoi County police officials say spray- painted “obscene, vulgar and satanic” graffiti on several county churches, buildings and vehicles.

Carter Co. Commission overrides mayor's veto, passes budget. ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Commission overrode Mayor Leon Humphrey's veto on Friday morning and approved a property tax rate of $2.33 per $100 of assessed value. That represents an 18 cent increase on the property tax rate over last year.

Judge denies diversion in murder-for-hire plot. ERWIN — Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp denied granting diversion to a Unicoi County man charged nearly two years ago for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot.

Plan could bring changes to Washington County schools. In the next 10 years, Washington County schools could see major changes if Board of Education members approve a plan proposed Thursday evening by hired consultants.

Former Buc Taylor to join Torbush’s staff. Another familiar face is joining the staff of new East Tennessee State football coach Carl Torbush.

Trial postponed in child sex case. The federal trial of a Johnson City man charged in late May with attempting to solicit sex from an underage boy has been postponed until October.

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