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

Staff Reports • Jul 27, 2013 at 9:23 PM

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

Sewage dumping disappoints activist. Bill Francisco drives past a long-closed construction site every day on his way to work, never realizing that a local company was dumping an environmental hazard he is fighting hard to prevent.

Johnson City schools exceed averages in standardized tests. Johnson City Schools received high marks last year on systemwide standardized testing, outdoing state averages in all measurable marks.

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.

Spending plan goes back to committee. Commissioner Mark Ferguson threw the County Commission a curve ball earlier this week when he unexpectedly introduced an amended version of a $6 million capital projects spending plan, originally hammered out and recommended to commissioners by the Budget Committee.

ETSU doctors studying specific vitamin E form, use in cancer prevention. An interdisciplinary research team that draws on faculty members from East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine and Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy is studying a specific form of vitamin E called tocotrienol that is derived from a bean found in the world’s tropical regions and may be effective in preventing cancer.

Knoxville man charged with selling crack in Johnson City. Johnson City police arrested a 29-year-old Knoxville man Thursday on a charge that he been selling crack locally.

Police: Johnson City man admitted involvement in residential burglary. A Johnson City man was arrested Friday after confessing to his involvement in a local burglary, police said in a news release.

Cards beat Twins to end skid. Johnson City battled through two rain delays to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Elizabethton Twins on Friday night at ETSU’s Thomas Stadium.

Innovation Lab director to attend environmental-leadership training. Director of the ETSU Innovation Laboratory Dr. Audrey Depelteau will travel to Chicago on Monday for the Climate Change Reality Leadership Corps Training program that focuses on various environmental issues and how to create more awareness of those issues.

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