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Staff Report • Aug 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

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Update: Johnson City police investigating infant death at Knob Creek Road apartment. Johnson City police are looking into the death of an infant at a Knob Creek Road apartment.

Four local schools earn high marks on state tests. Four local schools were recognized by the state of Tennessee for academic growth and achievement on standardized tests for the 2012-13 school year.

Petree remembers Earnhardt, other drivers at BMS. Andy Petree has been to Bristol Motor Speedway in a variety of roles and with a variety of race car drivers.

Washington County Sheriff's Department files answer to family's $20 million lawsuit regarding inmate death. A Washington County Detention Center inmate who died after officers used a Taser and pepper spray to subdue him during an outburst was “extremely strong and manic,” according to the department’s answer to the family’s federal lawsuit.

Jamborees offer early glimpse of area teams. Sometimes there are things to be learned by watching a football jamboree.

Encouraging words: Reaccreditation team hears praise of JCPD. A public information session for Johnson City Police Department’s reaccreditation was held in the Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building Monday night, and there was a general consensus of those who spoke.

Key ETSU parking lot now ready for classes to start Monday. East Tennessee State University administrators know that truth all too well as completion of the school’s new $26 million parking garage has been pushed back until well after the start of the fall semester, which begins Saturday, due to inclement weather for much of the past year.

MSHA’s new CEO brings public policy experience to table. Board members believe Mountain States Health Alliance’s new CEO has the right mix of public policy and private sector managerial experience to help lead the health care company through looming changes and the fight over expanding Medicaid coverage.

Police roundup: Stolen laptop; assault; domestic disturbance. The Elizabethton Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a man who is suspected of stealing a laptop computer from the McDonald’s Restaurant on Broad Street shortly after midnight Aug. 12.

Dragon Boats lined up for Regional Cancer Centers. The Mountain States Foundation’s eighth annual Dragon Boat Festival is set to run Sept. 7 on the lakefront at Winged Deer Park.

Miss Fairest of the Fair 2013 crowned. This year's Fairest of the Fair Contest winner was Kayla Hobbs, 18, of Kingsport.

Sullivan Co. Commission ‘tables’ resolution aimed at removing weapons signs at courthouse. BLOUNTVILLE — Most Sullivan County commissioners indicated in a resounding vote Monday that they don’t want “no weapons permitted” signs removed from the doors of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse.

MSHA hires Byers as new administrator of UCMH. Mountain States Health Alliance has hired Tracy Byers, CEO of Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, Okla., to serve as the new administrator of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.

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