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The Buzz: Local news and sports stories worth your time

Staff Report • Aug 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

In case you missed these items, here are 15 local news stories that will get you talking today:

Horse’s death likely to bring owner charges. A Jonesborough man is facing an animal cruelty charge related to a horse he owned that died from poor upkeep.

Man reportedly violated offender registry. KINGSPORT — A Johnson City man was arrested by Kingsport police on Tuesday for violation of the sex offender registry after it was learned he was operating a barber shop.

Police dog convinces man wanted on child-sex charges in Elizabethton to surrender. A man who was wanted on a sex charge involving a child was apprehended over the weekend with the help of a police dog.

Elizabethton schools honored by state for improved performance. The Elizabethton City School System was one of only five systems in the state to be recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education for “significantly improved student performance and narrowed achievement gaps under Tennessee’s accountability system.”

Unicoi County residents may face smaller property tax hike. The Unicoi County Commission’s Finance Committee has managed to shave several cents off the 12-cent property tax increase the county was facing for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Ground may be broken in 2-3 months on new Wash. Co./JC Animal Shelter. Animal Control Board members exuded a sense of confidence Tuesday regarding the coming start of construction on the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter that has not appeared in such a relaxed, informed and cognizant form in some time.

Storytelling to again be big part of Umoja. Whether you just want to sit and listen, or actually get on stage to tell your own tale, the East Tennessee State University Gazebo Storytelling Stage at this year’s 17th annual Umoja Festival has a little something for everyone.

9-year-old Carter Co. fiddler scheduled to perform on ‘Leno’ Thursday night. He may only be 9 years old, but local talent Fiddlin’ Carson Peters is getting noticed. On Thursday night, he will perform on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Washington County GOP delegates say no to caucus. Washington County Republican Party delegates voted down a motion Saturday to change the long-standing tradition of an open primary and instead move to a caucus, in which delegates would nominate candidates.

ETSU’s mass communication program loses accreditation. East Tennessee State University’s mass communication program has lost accreditation from Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Congestion, minor crashes occur near new Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen on North Roan Street. If you’ve driven by the newest fast food chain restaurant in town, it’s popularity is evident by the traffic congestion getting into and out of the parking lot.

Johnson City man accused of assaulting woman, stealing car and cash. A man who was accused of assaulting a woman in her home in June and taking her car and money has been arrested.

Elliott leads famous names at BMS test. Although second-generation driver Chase Elliott had never been in a Camping World Truck Series machine on the high-banked short track, he had plenty of not-so secret weapons.

At 59, McCormack is king of the road. Tom McCormack has been a runner for the ages. Since he turned 59 last year, McCormack has set eight state records for various distances in his age group.

South’s future looks bright in Class AA. Sullivan South became a bigger fish at the same time the pond got smaller.

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