JCP Week in Review, December 8

Jared Bentley • Dec 8, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Friends and family are left perplexed and saddened after the tragic and senseless murders of a young couple and their unborn child earlier this week.

The outpouring of grief, love and questions from those who loved Robert Aaron ‘Rack” Vaughn, 25 and his wife, Kyanna Howes Vaughn, 24, continues to grow. The couple had married in July and were expecting their first child together, but those three lives were cut short sometime before Tuesday evening.

That’s when a friend of the couple’s went to check on them and found the two shot to death in a bedroom. Kyanna Vaughn was six to seven months pregnant, and two children, ages 6 and 3, were left at the residence unharmed, according to authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies and EMS were called to the scene after receiving a report from that friend, who hadn’t been able to reach the Vaughns by phone for two days. When he got to the residence, the door was locked, but the couple’s 6-year-old unlatched the deadbolt to let him inside.

Since Vaughn was pregnant at the time of the shooting, the crime has been labeled a triple homicide.



The decision has been made by the Washington County Board of Education this past Thursday night to “tear down the round.”

After months of talk about renovating or replacing the saucer-shaped Jonesborough Elementary School, it seems a final decision is on its way to the County Commission to see if the plan moves forward. There was lots of discussion and argument leading up to Thursday’s final agreement, and for the full rundown, check out Jessica Fuller’s article in the Johnson City Press.

One of the area’s harshest critics of the Jonesborough school, and Washington County schools in general, has decided to throw his hat, or helmet, into the political ring next year.

Embattled, outspoken David Crockett High School head football coach Gerald Sensabaugh, whose suspension from coaching in October ignited a firestorm of debate between Washington County school leaders and community members, picked up qualifying petitions Wednesday to run for mayor in neighboring Sullivan County.

The former National Football League player will run as an independent, which means once he becomes a qualified candidate, he would progress straight to the August general election ballot without a primary. Sensabaugh has built a team to help him in his quest to become mayor, and tells the Johnson City Press that his desire to run comes from a desire to be a “voice for the people.”

“A lot of people from the area go out there and they are successful,” says Sensabaugh, “but they never come back and contribute here. I believe that’s what our area is missing. We need to change the perception.”

To read more about his complete platform, search for the article on our website.

Speaking of football, the University of Tennessee has finally hired a football coach. After more than two weeks of searching, and a multitude of gaffes and denials, the program settled on Jeremy Pruitt, defensive coordinator from Alabama.

Pruitt has been part of national championship seasons at Alabama and Florida State, and is regarded as one of the finest recruiters in the nation. It looks like the Vols have gotten a first-rate hire, and fans should be looking forward to the future, as long as they realize that this is a long-term decision, and only time will tell how successful Pruitt can be.

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