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Buzzworthy: 10 local & regional news stories that will get you talking today

Staff Report • Jul 31, 2013 at 9:25 PM

In case you missed these posts, here are 10 local and regional items that will get you talking today:

Unicoi Co. residents may face 12-cent property tax increase. ERWIN — Although a few weeks of work lie ahead and the county’s budget has not yet been finalized, at this point Unicoi County citizens are facing an approximate property tax increase of 12 cents in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Your turn: Should Tennessee schools paddle students? The Associated Press is reporting that there will be no paddling in the unified Shelby County school system. Tell us what you think.

Numerous domestic assault calls keep city, county officers busy. Local law enforcement agencies in Johnson City and Washington County have responded in the last week to numerous domestic assaults, which have included quarrels between family members and boyfriend and girlfriend disputes.

It’s almost time for sales tax holiday. Area parents are hoping to score back-to-school deals while some retailers are preparing for an onslaught of business rivaled only by Black Friday as Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday weekend approaches.

Taylor hire shows ETSU football on right track. When the return of football to East Tennessee State was announced back in April, university officials vowed to do it the right way.

Crashes reported on 11-E, I-26 in Washington County; traffic backed up. Three crashes with injuries have been reported on highways in Washington County.

Johnson City to install guardrail on street where car hit home. About one week after a woman charged with drunken driving veered off Hamilton Street and crashed into a home, Johnson City’s Public Works Department Director Phil Pindzola said guardrails will be installed at and near the residence in an effort to improve safety at the site.

Bluegrass Half Marathon to benefit Niswonger Children's Hospital. Johnson City’s popular Bluegrass Half Marathon is set to run Sept. 22 and, for the first time this year, all proceeds from the music laden road race will go to Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Serving ETSU with pride: Public safety first TBR force to receive accreditation honor. Self defense is a skill set that students at East Tennessee State University can learn for free from the campus Department of Public Safety.

Heritage: Tidbits from Jan. 3, 1934, edition of Johnson City Staff-News. On Jan. 3, 1934, the Johnson City Staff-News announced a new comic strip page as part of a “New Deal” for its readers.

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