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The Buzz: Local stories you should know today

Staff Report • Aug 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Here are 10 posts worth your time today from JohnsonCityPress.com:

Motorcycle rider killed in head-on crash on Kingsport Hwy. crash near Washington/Sullivan Co. line. A Kingsport motorcyclist was killed Sunday afternoon when an oncoming vehicle hit him head on in Gray.

Elizabethton police: Video images helped identify laptop thief. ELIZABETHTON — Police have charged a 20-year-old Elizabethton man with stealing a laptop computer from a local fast-food restaurant.

Company leading new animal shelter campaign reveals 8 firm commitments. Private, capital campaign consultants are notorious for not rushing to reveal the names and numbers of who and how much they have secured until a “good bet” or a “strong possibility” materializes into a hard and fast reality.

Teachers, legislators question state board’s voting methods. Teachers statewide are questioning the ambiguity of a new licensure policy passed by the Tennessee Board of Education last week linking the approval of teaching licenses to standardized performance data.

Kenseth holds off Kahne for BMS win. BRISTOL — As determined as Kasey Kahne was to get by Matt Kenseth in Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kenseth was even more determined to hold him off.

No left turns — Courthouse traffic pattern changes under way. The town of Jonesborough is wrapping up construction on the redesigned U.S. Highway 11E intersection with North Cherokee Street that was put in place to reduce the high number of traffic accidents in front of the Washington County Justice Center.

Big concerts bring big crowds at fair. It might be considered a tall order to compete with the summer race week at the Bristol Motor Speedway, but the Appalachian Fair has done well for itself in bringing in crowds of people.

Police roundup: Nap while car running results in multiple charges. An Elk Park, N.C., man was arrested Friday after he fell asleep behind the wheel, did not have his vehicle in gear and his car rolled into a police cruiser, according to a Johnson City police report.

Local United Way kicks off $1.7 million drive at event. The United Way of Washington County kicked off its 2013 fall fundraising campaign Thursday with 33 percent of this year’s $1.7 million goal pledged by 47 pacesetter companies and organizations that conduct their in-house drives early to get the fundraising off to a solid start.

2 charged with sexually assaulting woman, beating boyfriend in Johnson City; 2 more on loose. Two Johnson City men accused of sexually assaulting a woman and beating up her and her boyfriend were arraigned on burglary, assault and attempted rape charges Friday in Washington County General Sessions Court.

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