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The Buzz: Local news that will get you talking today

Staff Report • Feb 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Miss something? Here's a 8-pack of local news and sports stories from The Buzz to keep you in the loop:

  • Violin star gets students ready for Saturday night concert Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Journey, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Bach and Vivaldi — some of these things are not like the others, and that’s the point.
  • Lady Toppers win; Tarter to sit after two technicals The Science Hill Lady Hilltoppers will have to avoid a technical knockout to reach the sectional basketball tournament for a fourth straight season.
  • Second Barberitos to open next week An established Johnson City Tex-Mex chain announced the opening of a second franchise Friday, hoping to cash in on the college and medical employee populations.
  • Jonesborough planners grant approval for farm winery Even though the Jonesborough Planning Commission met for less than 10 minutes, it was long enough to grant a business an opportunity to expand.
  • UPDATE: Commissioners explain why they voted how they did in rezoning of mill property A nearly four-hour debate Thursday night resulted in the City Commission’s narrow 3-2 approval of a second reading to rezone the former Mennel Milling Co. and current Mize Farm & Garden sites to make way for an $18.5 million, 216-unit apartment complex.
  • Volunteers sought for emergency-response team training class Citizens trained to act during a crisis are a valuable asset for Washington County, and there is an opportunity for residents to become a certified citizen responder next month.
  • Meth lab found near elementary school in Elizabethton A methamphetamine laboratory was found across the street from Keenburg Elementary School shortly after noon on Wednesday.
  • Hall of Fame receiver scores big bucks for Salvation Army Fred Biletnikoff, the National Football League Hall of Fame wide receiver who spent 14 years on the field with the Oakland Raiders and another 18 years as a Raiders assistant coach, scored a $33,000 win for the Johnson City Salvation Army on Friday as the guest speaker for the army’s annual Souper Bowl for the Hungry.
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