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The Buzz: Local news worth talking about

Staff Report • Sep 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

What's that sound? It's The Buzz, keeping you up to date on items you may have missed from JohnsonCityPress.com. Here are 13 local stories worth buzzing about today:

International Storytelling Center board discloses new director’s yearly pay. Members of the governing board and senior staff of the International Storytelling Center organization came to the consensus Thursday that the salary of ISC’s newly hired executive director should be made public.

Johnson City man arrested for possession of crack cocaine, MDMA and firearm during traffic stop. A Johnson City man was arrested Tuesday after police reportedly located crack cocaine in his possession during a traffic stop, a Johnson City police news release said.

Science Hill's Adams comfortable in long shadow of 'Shorty'. Addison Adams proudly follows in his father’s deep footprints, and they’re doing it side by side.

Former Johnson City Commissioner Phil Carriger may seek Hill’s 7th House District seat. Former Johnson City Commissioner Phil Carriger said Thursday he is seriously considering taking on incumbent state Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, for the 7th House District seat, beginning with an entrance into the 2014 Republican primary.

MSHA: Long-term outlook uncertain. Mountain States Health Alliance CEO Dennis Vonderfecht said Thursday that there are no plans to close any of the system’s soon-to-be 14 hospitals in the immediate future, but said uncertainty in the health care industry leaves the long-term outlook uncertain.

Feds sentence 7 to prison in Johnson City meth operation. GREENEVILLE — Seven local people convicted on federal charges in a meth manufacturing operation that included a lab at a Johnson City motel room have been sentenced in federal court.

Homecoming still big deal for SHHS queen, students. Already a Science Hill High School band member and swimmer, senior Michaela Humby added a bit more sparkle to her high school resume Sept. 6, as she was crowned the school’s 2013 Homecoming Queen.

ETSU's Bluenanza is moving outdoors. The Bluenanza event that attracts East Tennessee State basketball fans for a preseason get-together each fall is moving outdoors.

Runway resurfacing to shut down flight operations at Tri-Cities Regional Airport. BLOUNTVILLE — A resurfacing project for the 8,000-foot main runway at Tri-Cities Regional Airport will take place this weekend and next weekend.

Johnson City pizza delivery driver charged with forging receipts. Altered debit card receipts resulted in a pizza delivery man's arrest on forgery charges Thursday, Johnson City police said in a news release.

Federal Court in Tennessee: Bristol dispatchers sue over ‘comp time'. GREENEVILLE — One current and one former Bristol dispatcher claim the city of Bristol has implemented an illegal “comp time” system for its hourly workers and for years has failed to pay them for overtime work — both in violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act.

Ramsey stands by 9-11 anniversary Tweet accusing President Obama of allying with al-Qaida in Syria. Sullivan County state lawmaker Ron Ramsey is standing by his controversial 9-11 Tweet about President Barack Obama's strategy for dealing with chemical weapons use in Syria.

Johnson City officials hope amended ordinance will result in fewer noise complaints. Johnson City is moving toward a tougher noise ordinance that would penalize those exceeding certain low frequency decibel levels in residential areas.

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