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The Buzz: Today's look at local news worth knowing

Staff Report • Sep 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Miss something? Never fear, The Buzz is here to keep you updated on local news, sports and commentary. Here are just a few things to pique your interest from JohnsonCityPress.com.

As We See It: Was sentence against those who abused patients just?It just doesn’t seem right. That’s the feeling many readers have expressed after a judge decided the nursing home workers convicted of abusively teasing patients in their charge should serve no jail time.

19 dead rabbits found at abandoned Hawkins house. ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman reportedly found 19 dead rabbits at a home in the Clinch Valley community late last month after they were apparently abandoned a month ago by the most recent resident.

Allergens at sports events a conundrum for city schools. Concerns raised by the parent of a child with life-threatening allergies could lead to a policy change at Science Hill High School sporting events. Debate is raging about this issue in our comment section. Read the comments and join the discussion.

Wellmont to close Virginia hospital, points to Obamacare, patient loss. Citing "reimbursement cuts associated with the Affordable Care Act, extremely low community use of the hospital and a lack of consistent physician coverage," Wellmont Health System announced Wednesday the closure of Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, Va., effective Oct. 1.

Where were you? Local residents reflect on 12th anniversary of 9/11 attacks. Clarence Hall, a barber in downtown Johnson City who’s been cutting hair for over 40 years, said he was attached to his television for the entire day, watching all the news. Changes resulted from the attacks, he said, and they haven’t gone unnoticed.

4A football appears to be loaded for playoffs. Moving out of Class 3A may have seemed like a good thing for Elizabethton, even though the Cyclones were moving up to 4A for football playoff purposes.

Commissioners reject budget in Unicoi County. ERWIN — Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch has consistently used one word when discussing the county’s 2013-14 fiscal year budget process — contentious.

Browder, 'Toppers beat Boone in soccer. Grace Browder spent much of the night in pain thanks to minor injuries to her ankle and shin.

Update: Boy killed in Kingsport fire remembered as kind, loving. KINGSPORT — A 3-year-old boy has been identified as the victim of a fatal home fire, leaving neighbors shocked by the tragic loss on their quiet Kingsport street.

Support spurs Unicoi County man’s mayoral bid. ERWIN — Unicoi County resident John Day said fellow residents began approaching him around two months ago to see if he would consider running for county mayor.

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