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Buzzworthy: 15 local news stories you should know today

Staff Report • Aug 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Just in case you missed these posts, here are 15 local and regional news items worth your time:

Johnson City man faces 20th driving on suspended license charge. A Johnson City man with 19 previous driving on suspended license convictions was arrested again Saturday after Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies spotted him in driving in an emergency lane on Boones Creek Road, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said in a news release.

Three charged with making meth in wooded area in Boones Creek. Washington County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men suspected of making meth in a “rolling lab” in a wooded area off Hales Chapel Road, according to court documents and a news release.

Start of season bearing down on local teams. It’s the week before The Week, and that means some area high school football teams are getting really close to game mode.

After the Deluge: Boone Street Detention Basin nearing completion. Johnson City’s Public Works Department employees Monday utilized a heavy-duty pump to pull water collected from Saturday’s heavy rains and route it into the city’s stormwater system.

Rain takes toll on Johnson City Umoja Festival. A torrential downpour Saturday probably negatively affected attendance at this year’s Umoja/Unity Festival in downtown Johnson City, according to one organizer.

Reactions have been strong to a Tennessee judge changing a baby's name from Messiah. What do you think?A Tennessee judge's decision to change a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin is drawing strong reactions from people who believe the judge overstepped her powers and those who think parents' creativity should have some limits.

Burglar takes 2 turkeys, ham from downtown Johnson City church. Two frozen turkeys and a frozen ham were reported stolen from a downtown Johnson City church in a burglary on Monday.

Former Jonesborough officer gets 18 months for steroid trafficking. GREENEVILLE — A former Jonesborough police officer who sold more than $80,000 worth of illegal steroids over a three-year period has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for steroid trafficking.

West Market Street liquor store robbed at gunpoint. A man robbed a Johnson City liquor store at gunpoint Monday night.

North Carolina fugitives caught in Elizabethton. ELIZABETHTON — A man and woman wanted in North Carolina were arrested in Elizabethton on Monday.

Carter Co. residents sound off on drainage woes. ELIZABETHTON — Once again, the discussions of the Highway Committee of the Carter County Commission were focused on drainage problems instead of roads. Residents from Brown’s Branch, Braemer, Biltmore and other areas have attended recent committee meetings to discuss drainage problems they want the county to correct.

$1.5 million bid approved for Jonesborough water treatment plant project. The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday approved a $1.5 million bid for construction of an effluent outfall line from the town’s wastewater treatment plant to the Nolichucky River.

Erwin property tax hike closer to reality. ERWIN — The town of Erwin’s property tax rate has held steady for more than a decade, but according to Erwin Town Recorder Randy Trivette, the costs associated with operating the town have continued to rise.

Ex-state Rep. Cochran to challenge District Attorney General Clark. Local attorney and former state representative Jerome Cochran confirmed Monday he intends to challenge District Attorney General Tony Clark in next year’s general election.

2 arrested on pot charges after traffic stop on Tenn. 107. A traffic stop in southern Washington County led sheriff's deputies to arrest two Unicoi County men Saturday on drug and related charges.

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