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JCP Week in Review, March 16 - VIDEO

Jared Bentley • Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 4:13 PM

In national news this week, students across the nation walked out of school to demand action on gun violence in what many hoped would be the biggest demonstration of student activism yet in response to last month’s massacre in Florida.

More than 3,000 walkouts were planned across the U.S. and around the world. Students were urged to leave class at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim of the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The effects of the walkout were not felt locally, however, as most schools in our region were closed due to snow and ice concerns.

Thousands of the protesting students, as well as others, gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, holding signs and cheering in support of gun control. President Trump was traveling in Los Angeles at the time.

 

 

 

As the Mueller investigation continues, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. The finding pleased the White House, but enraged Democrats who had not yet even seen the document.

After a yearlong investigation, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway announced Monday that the committee had finished interviewing witnesses and would share the report with Democrats for the first time the following day.

Hours later, Trump tweeted his own headline of the report in excited capital letters: “THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.”

The end of this investigation is in no way connected to the Mueller investigation, which has resulted in charges against several individuals already, and seems to be gathering steam.

There is also the Stormy Daniels affair to talk about, but until we have more facts, I will leave that to other news outlets who deal in speculation and editorials.

On Saturday, employee James Reed was killed when material inside a silo collapsed at QEP Co., while spraying sawdust off the inside walls of the silo. Just days later, another worker was killed at a fluorescent bulb recycling facility, the second industrial accident fatality in Johnson City this week.

The explosion at Lighting Resources Llc. rocked the surrounding area, as neighbors and workers at other nearby businesses reported feeling their homes and buildings shake. Another employee on the scene was sent to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Emergency workers have not yet released the cause of the explosion, nor the name of the person killed. To stay updated on the matter, follow the story on our website.

Jonesborough officials expected to fill a vacancy on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night, they just didn’t know it would be the Mayor himself.

Instead of a discussion about who would replace Jerome Fitzgerald after his recent resignation to run for a Washington County Commission seat, Mayor Kelly Wolfe dropped a bombshell on everyone in attendance by abruptly resigning.

While Wolfe said he enjoyed serving Jonesborough and leading the town’s considerable growth over the past decade, he decided it was “time to move on,” citing advice he received from his grandmother. The announcement left those in attendance shocked and surprised.

After a brief recess, Adam Dickson was sworn in to fill Fitzgerald’s vacant seat on the board, and Alderman Chuck Vest was appointed interim mayor.

On a personal note…

As everyone knows, it is March, and that means its time for madness. The NCAA tournament is in full swing, and while many have filled out brackets and made plans to watch and enjoy, keep in mind that there are many who live among us who don’t care about college basketball.

I know that’s a shocking revelation for many, but the main thing to remember is to not hold it against them, and simply enjoy your own private tournament moments without bringing attention to the matter.

We can all enjoy the season in our own way.

In all seriousness, I’m a die-hard UK fan, but my Cats have been a disappointment this year. I hope they do well, but I’m not betting any money on it. What I will bet on, though, is that Rick Barnes’ Tennessee program will overachieve, and the men from Charlottesville will overcome. Keep an eye on both shades of orange moving forward.

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