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The Buzz: A week's worth of Buzzworthy stories

Staff Reports • Sep 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Miss something? The Buzz has your back. Here are 10 stories from the last week worth your reading.

SNAP cuts make food agencies' jobs to feed the hungry more difficult By chance, Thursday’s U.S. House of Representatives vote to cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program, also known as food stamps, coincided with the Feeding America food bank network’s SNAP Challenge, a request for everyone to try live one week on $4.50 worth of food per day, or the average amount SNAP food stamp recipients receive.

Celebrating 100 years at the Johnson City Country Club The Johnson City Country Club, celebrating its 100th year this year, was established in 1913. The club’s first location was on East Holston Avenue and New Street on 60 acres of land leased by Harry Gump, said former Johnson City Country Club president and co-chairman of the centennial committee Tony Ferro.

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.

Unicoi County Memorial Hospital administrator prepared to lead transition Big changes are in store for Unicoi County Memorial Hospital once its acquisition by Mountain States Health Alliance becomes official, and one man who will be heavily involved in much of this work is newly-hired UCMH administrator Tracy Byers.

Inspection finds locally maintained bridges to be structurally deficient Nothing lasts forever. The latest inspection of 289 bridges revealed that 16 locally maintained bridges and three state-maintained bridges in Washington County are “structurally deficient,” according to the Tennessee Inventory and Appraisal Report, an account compiled by the Tennessee Department of Transportation as required by the Federal Highway Administration.

ETSU considering outsourcing custodial services Custodial services provided by around 100 East Tennessee State University employees could be outsourced to a third party company, according to a university spokesman, a move that would save the benefits costs.

Downtown businesses feel pain of progress Downtown merchants are keeping their eyes on the prize of an updated and beautified Johnson City while suffering the lost business and delays of construction.

Drug charge against ex-ETSU basketball player dismissed A Washington County Criminal Court judge said it was unconstitutional for a college postal employee to open a student’s package, which led to that student’s being charged with possession of marijuana for resale.

Police share crime-stopping tips amid recent car break-ins A string of auto break-ins in recent weeks has the Johnson City Police Department urging citizens to take all precautions in securing their vehicles, and police have released a list of tips to prevent auto break-ins.

Paleontologists build ties between fossil site, China While you wouldn’t normally associate East Tennessee with China, some East Tennessee State University paleontologists quickly made the important connection between related species of the two areas.

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