A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 6/21/03:

The Story Two teenagers were killed in an auto accident at the intersection of 287 and highway 1810.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin The intersection, by far, is the most dangerous area in Wise County. It needs to be changed or more people will die.

The Story Beer flies of the shelves in Decatur. One store owner said, "We put it in the corner of the store so that anyone who objected to it wouldn't stumble on it."
News worthiness **
The Spin On the other hand, the condoms will remain by the M&M's and Butter Fingers in the checkout line.

The Story A wrongful death case was settled in Wise County during jury deliberations. The Plaintiffs had asked for at least $24 million and the Defendants conceded the case was worth at least $7 million. "Although dollar amounts for the settlement have not been disclosed pending finalization, the main objective achieved was [the company's] undertaking of a new safety policy."
News worthiness ***
The Spin And a few million dollars might have had something to do it as well.

The Story The county commissioners begin work on the new budget. "The most significant number on the first draft showed revenues of ... an anticipated $11.6 million in property taxes. That's a whopping 32 percent increase over last year's revenue paid by property owners . . . and an astounding 85 percent increase in [all] tax revenue since 2001."
News worthiness ***
The Spin Holy cow! Where's H.D. Boswell when you need him?

The Story Runaway Bay, the former king of beer sales, is now seeing it sales plummet. "In reality, our income is dropping like a rock in regards to our sales tax," said the mayor.
News worthiness **
The Spin "Our sales to folks in Decatur have completely dried up except for their Baptists who prefer to buy it incognito. That's a bunch of sales, but not enough to make up for the lost revenue," said one fictitious city official.

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