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

Staff Report • Aug 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

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

Greenspace along State of Franklin Road to remain Founder's Park. Founder’s Park by any other name just wouldn’t do on Thursday when city commissioners voted unanimously to christen the $2.8 million, 5-acre greenspace along State of Franklin Road — Founder’s Park.

Traffic concerns idle $20M development at Sunset/State of Franklin. Traffic, and all the potential problems linked with high vehicles counts and crowded streets, became the main focus at Thursday’s City Commission meeting when a second reading to rezone a 29-acre parcel off North State of Franklin Road to accommodate a $20 million retail development was deferred pending the outcome of a comprehensive traffic study.

Washington County Board of Education votes to limit enrollment at four schools. Students in Washington County can no longer stray outside their designated zones to enroll in four overcrowded schools.

Familiar TV pitchman Bill McConnell suffers carbon monoxide poisoning at Kingsport paint shop. KINGSPORT — Kingsport businessman Bill McConnell was found unresponsive Friday morning in an office of his automobile paint shop, where fire department officials discovered elevated levels of carbon monoxide throughout the building.

Kingsport police say Facebook post advertising stolen goods led to arrest. The pitfalls of sharing too much information via social media have worked in favor of Kingsport police, who located a felony theft suspect after he allegedly advertised stolen merchandise for sale on his Facebook page.

Mystery Diner: Chop House continues tradition of Southern Hospitality. This year’s Kingsport Fun Fest was both fun and festive for the members of the dine-around bunch. Lots of fun, lots of things to do and of course, lots of things to taste. The shank end of our day, however, found us wanting something more substantial than corn dogs and funnel cakes for supper.

Out & About Five Things to Do This Weekend. The Smokehouse BBQ, 1941 Milligan Highway, Elizabethton, hosts Murder Mystery Caravan in “In Memoriam” by Marlene Remington Saturday. Seating begins at 6 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets for dinner and a show: $25. Reservations: 547-7427

First Friday to feature local band, Science Hill mega reunion. As merchants and restaurant owners open their doors for locals during this month's First Friday events tonight, some attendees will be reuniting with old classmates and friends from their high school days.

Law enforcement to increase presence as local schools open. Parents and schoolchildren won’t be the only additions to the morning and afternoon traffic flow next week, because there will also be plenty of law enforcement on hand to make sure everyone is safe.

Softball tourney to provide payday for local economy. While hundreds of girls from across the South warmed up their bats, businesses in Johnson City were preparing to fill their coffers.

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