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The Buzz: Local news that will get you talking today

Staff Reports • Dec 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

You can't go without the Buzz. Here's a quick catch-up on pertinent recent stories:

Four more charged in Unicoi home invasion. ERWIN — The Unicoi Sheriff’s Department Office arrested four more people Friday in connection with a recent home invasion in Unicoi and the burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant, bringing the total to six.

Early January targeted for completion of South Roan Street construction. A three-month blockade of a portion of South Roan Street will disappear the first week in January when the relatively short but well-traveled stretch of road re-opens following major infrastructure improvements.

Generosity helps fire victims have Christmas for kids. An online fundraiser is now set up for a family that lost all their possessions in an early morning house fire earlier this week that initially left little hope for Christmas for two young children.

ETSU goes for season sweep of Austin Peay. Seventeen days after beating Austin Peay on its home court, the East Tennessee State basketball will try to sweep the series when the teams meet today at the Minidome.

135 kids face Christmas without gifts. When someone asks local, needy children what they got for Christmas, they need to have an answer.

Industrial site sales could bring 200 jobs. Two manufacturers are considering vacant industrial facilities in Washington County, and could soon bring more than 200 jobs and millions of dollars of new tax revenue to the local economy.

Former state employee allegedly stole personal info of 6,300 other state employees. NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation overnight arrested a former state employee for identity theft trafficking after he allegedly sent personal information of approximately 6,300 Nashville Metro School teachers and state employees to his personal email account.

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