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The Buzz: A week of local news worth talking about

Staff Reports • Dec 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

In case you missed these posts, here are ten items worth reading today on JohnsonCityPress.com:

‘Agents of change’ educate on prescription drug abuse Indian Trail Intermediate School’s gymnasium is not usually considered a quiet place when a large group of fifth- and sixth-graders are gathered inside, but Tuesday afternoon was a different story as East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy students on the Generation Rx Committee spoke on the serious topic of prescription drug abuse.

Grief can make holiday difficult with added pressure It’s the holidays, the season of good cheer, glad tidings, merriment, home, family, tradition, peace, hope, joy and love. Good grief, that’s a lot of pressure.

Convicted killer testifies in bid for new trial Convicted killer Conley Fair is seeking relief on the murder and attempted murder convictions that netted him life in prison, and he appeared in Unicoi County Criminal Court on Wednesday for an evidentiary hearing on his most recent effort to have his case reviewed.

For most part, Sprint Cup field set for 2014 There will be a different look to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series when cars take to the track at Daytona in February.

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

Forest leaves Bucs The East Tennessee State basketball team lost a junior-college transfer for the second time this year when Darius Forest left the team.

Murder suspect allegedly assaults officer A man awaiting trial for second degree murder has picked up a new charge of assaulting an officer.

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.

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.

Woman’s tragedy now effort to help others When Angela Wills went on her first date with the man she eventually married, she noticed how his large hands enveloped her small ones. Little did she know those same hands would one day destroy her world and take her baby girl’s life.

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