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The Buzz: Local news that will get you talking today

Staff Reports • Apr 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Miss something? The Buzz is here to fill you in on eight essential news and sports stories that might have slipped past you.

JCDA commits more money to Northeast State A new lease agreement between the Johnson City Development Authority and Northeast State Community College will provide the school with an additional $1.2 million to renovate the Downtown Centre.

A NIGHT IN THE LIFE at the emergency pet clinic The staff at the Airport Pet Emergency Clinic see the good, the bad and the ugly at their Blountville location directly across from the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Are joys of this world a taste of what is to come? In the past months, I’ve spent a fair amount of time puzzling over what comes next. And though I have no idea when I will make that transition — as my doctor said, “No one can tell you exactly when that will be” — understandably it’s been on my mind.

Fox News commentator discusses liberty vs. equality with local businesspeople There’s an important national debate to be had. At the root of the discussion is a fork in the road: Do we, as Americans, need more liberty or more equality?

UPDATE: Fire claims Boones Creek home, up to 17 animals' lives Despite spending approximately seven hours battling a blaze, firefighters were unable to save a Boones Creek home, or what could have been as many as 17 animals that were trapped inside.

County planners to review campground regulations The Washington County Regional Planning Commission will begin a review of current campground zoning allowances and restrictions tonight, following a number of requests to the county’s Zoning Administrators’ Office for more inviting outdoor recreational opportunities.

Local runners prepare for return to Boston Marathon after 2013 attack Three runners from the area are returning to the Boston Marathon after last year’s terrorist attack near the race’s finish line, and while their goal would normally be to set a personal-best time for the 26.2-mile distance, this year, things are different.

Jonesborough BMA approves plan aimed at reducing employee, town health care costs Despite facing increases to insurance premiums, the town of Jonesborough elected to play the odds that helping its employees pay for medical care would be cheaper than paying for policies with low deductibles.

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