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The Buzz: Local news worth talking about

Staff Report • Sep 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Busy as a bee? Don't fret. The Buzz has been keeping up with local and regional news and is here to catch you up on what you may have missed. Check out these posts from JohnsonCityPress.com:

3-year-old boy burned with acid in Elizabethton. A 3-year-old boy received chemical burns to his abdomen and feet at midday on Wednesday when a glass soft drink bottle broke and spilled the highly acidic liquid on him.

Woman arrested after recanting story about Johnson City child rape; boyfriend released. A Johnson City woman who told police earlier this month she witnessed her boyfriend sexually abuse a 3-year-old girl has been charged with filing a false report for recanting her story.

Kingsport police sort through conflicting statements in fatal crash. Kingsport police have yet to identify a woman who crossed into oncoming traffic on Saturday at 104 mph — igniting a head-on collision that killed both her and another driver — and continue weeding through conflicting witness statements about the incident.

Johnson City police: Man dodged wife's meat cleaver in apartment parking lot. A woman heaved a meat cleaver at her husband Thursday night during an argument at a north Johnson City apartment complex, Johnson City police said.

Local superintendents support petition critical of state education leader. Local school superintendents who signed a petition critical of the Tennessee Department of Education and its head, Commissioner Kevin Huffman, said communication from the state has been lacking, especially regarding recent reform measures.

Noise ordinance doesn’t skip beat, City Commission approves measure on second reading. Johnson City is moving without hesitation to dampen booming and thumping bass-driven noises that are not necessarily dangerous to the eardrums but apparently are causing sleepless nights and mental discomfort.

Carter board to dispose of Range school, property. The Carter County Board of Education approved a motion by newly-elected Chairman Ronnie McAmis to authorize board attorney John Banks and Carter County Finance Director Ingrid Deloach to explore ways to dispose of the school building and property.

Deputies seize 80 marijuana plants in S.W. Virginia field. An anonymous tip led Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies to seize 80 marijuana plants, Sheriff Fred Newman announced Thursday in a news release.

Update: Jurors convict Rep. Hawk of reckless endangerment. An East Tennessee jury on Thursday convicted state Rep. David Hawk of reckless endangerment stemming from an incident in which his ex-wife alleged he had struck her.

Tennessee awards anti-drunk-driving grants to local law enforcement. Agencies in Washington County have been awarded nine grants worth more than $350,000 for anti-drunk-driving initiatives, state Sen. Rusty Crowe announced Thursday.

East Tennessee boy's death followed punishments that included eating cigarette butts. SPRING CITY — A deputy has testified that the death of a 5-year-old Tennessee boy followed punishments that included eating cigarette butts and drinking dish soap.

Local retailers enjoy second quarter rebound in retail sales. After a disastrous first quarter, retail sales in the Tri-Cities rebounded moderately in the second, ending a yearlong slump in real sales.

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