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The Buzz: Local news worth talking about

Staff Report • Aug 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

In case you missed these posts, here are 10 items worth reading today on JohnsonCityPress.com:

Elizabethton Police: Alcohol may have been factor in Wednesday crash. Police believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a head-on traffic crash Wednesday on West Elk Avenue near Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton.

What should Johnson City call its new park? The time has come for City Commissioners to choose a permanent name for the 5-acre downtown greenspace that most have known as Founder’s Park.

Ohio man gets life term in kidnapping of Amanda Berry and 2 other women held captive for decade. CLEVELAND — The man convicted of holding three women captive in a house he turned into a prison and raping them repeatedly for a decade was sentenced Thursday to life without parole plus 1,000 years.

Johnson Co. Sheriff: Fugitive wanted on local meth charges caught in Colorado. MOUNTAIN CITY — A man wanted for methamphetamine trafficking in Johnson County has been arrested in Colorado, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece announced in a news release.

Another defendant claims 'In God We Trust' signs trampled rights. CLINTON — Another criminal defendant is seeking to have charges against him dismissed because “In God We Trust” signs erected over Anderson County Courthouse doorways are allegedly violating his constitutional rights.

Ready or not: Students, teachers prepare to head back to class. As the first day of school approaches for schoolchildren in Johnson City and Washington County, teachers and administrators are preparing their classrooms and hoping the learning curve won’t be too steep when a new curriculum debuts.

City Commission to resume discussion on 29-acre retail development. Commissioners move tonight to round two of a three-step process to rezone a 29-acre parcel off North State of Franklin Road that would open the door for a significant retail development.

Active shooter training, mass casualty exercise played out at Unicoi County High School. ERWIN — Shots rang out in the parking lot of Unicoi County High School on Wednesday morning.

Another hole discovered on grounds of shuttered Love Chapel Elementary in Unicoi Co.ERWIN - As crews continue work to ready the site adjacent to Unicoi County High School to temporarily serve as Love Chapel Elementary School, a reminder of why the work was necessary has presented itself.

Gaines named ETSU football assistant. Carl Torbush is no longer a one-man football program at East Tennessee State.

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