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The Buzz: Local news that will get you talking today

Staff Report • Sep 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Miss something? The Buzz has your back. Here are 15 local news stories worth your time.

4-year-old boy killed in Kingsport ATV crash. KINGSPORT — A 4-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain-vehicle accident at a Kinsgport residence on Tuesday.

Prep players of the week - Week One. A look at the top performances from the second week of the area high school football season.

State Line Drive-In owner hopes he's a winner. ELIZABETHTON — Although the contest is designed so that no one knows how well they are doing, State Line Drive-In owner Andrew Wetzel is hopeful he may be one of the five drive-ins to be awarded an $80,000 digital projector in the Honda Project Drive-In online voting contest.

17 home games on Bucs’ schedule, including three at Freedom Hall. It may take awhile to get a feel for a revamped East Tennessee State basketball team this season, but the home fans will have plenty of chances early.

Mountain States severs blood ties with Wellmont. Mountain States Health Alliance announced Tuesday that it has left its blood supply collaboration with Wellmont Health System’s Marsh Regional Blood Center and will instead be using a Chattanooga-based supplier.

Lots of snaps, points makes for long night. Is three-plus hours too long for high school football games?

Early morning fire destroys Johnson City house. Fire destroyed a Pine Ridge neighborhood house early this morning.

Governor Haslam stands by Tennessee Board of Education policy changes. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam stood by recent controversial teaching license policy changes by the state Board of Education, saying a job performance measure for educators is needed to help the state’s students improve.

Johnson City school board urges testing policy reversal. Contrasting Gov. Bill Haslam’s statements Tuesday, the Johnson City Board of Education unanimously passed a symbolic resolution in opposition of using standardized testing data as a prerequisite for granting professional teachers’ licenses and urged lawmakers to overturn it.

Police say DUI suspect leaves trail of damage in Elizabethton. ELIZABETHTON — Officer Sarah Ellison of the Elizabethton Police Department did not have much trouble making an arrest in a case of leaving the scene of an accident shortly after midnight on Sunday. She said all she had to do was follow the fluid trail laid down by the vehicle from Highland Cemetery to Burgie Street. The trail was often more than a foot wide.

Erwin recorder submits resignation to mayor. ERWIN — Randy Trivette said his decision to leave the post he has held for nearly a decade was not an easy one, but he is looking forward to his next endeavor.

Science Hill golfers embrace challenges before postseason. Science Hill may be a stroke or two off Dobyns-Bennett’s pace this season, but Hilltoppers’ head coach Kevin Vannoy said he likes something he has seen from his boys’ golf team this year.

Elizabethton church burglarized, vandalized. ELIZABETHTON — A burglary and vandalism case at CrossPointe Fellowship Church on Parkway Boulevard was reported over the weekend.

More details emerge in attempted Johnson City store robbery. Johnson City police investigators found articles of clothing along a route between an attempted convenience store holdup and the location where two people were arrested that matched the suspects’ clothes, according to a court document.

Thesis captures quick fall of Depression-era Elizabethton. The story of the good times of the Roaring ’20s being followed by the hard times of the Great Depression is national in scope, but in the Tri-Cities, the disastrous decline was felt hardest in Elizabethton.

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