JCP Week in Review, January 12

Jared Bentley • Jan 12, 2018 at 2:04 PM

Donald Trump made what is seen as yet another embarrassing statement yesterday, when during an Oval Office conversation about the ongoing DACA debate, he questioned why the U.S. should permit more immigrants from “shithole countries.”

Trump specifically questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from Haiti. He also mentioned Africa and asked why more people from “shithole countries” should be allowed into the U.S., suggesting instead that the U.S. should allow more entrants from countries like Norway.

It was another in a long line of contradictory statements from the President. During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, Trump said “the Haitian people deserve better” and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to “be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion.”


This morning, Trump took to twitter, saying, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!”

He followed that with “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!”

While the initial reports of the meeting were from anonymous witnesses, Senator Dick Durbin confirmed this morning that the reports were accurate, and that Trump made the statements repeatedly.

In local news, a highly respected sexual assault nurse who has testified in dozens of child and adult sexual assault cases throughout the Tri-Cities was arrested Thursday, accused of disclosing case information to a suspect’s relative in a child sex abuse case and destroying evidence, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Tessa Proffitt, one of seven sexual assault nurses in the Mountain States Health Alliance system, came under investigation in July regarding allegations involving the release of confidential information associated with a child sex abuse case that began in January of 2017.

An Elizabethton child, who was reportedly raped, was later medically examined by Proffitt. Elizabethton Police Department investigators suspected confidential information had been shared. They then took the case to the proper authorities to investigate the matter, who later determined Proffitt disclosed confidential information to Alicia May, a relative of the suspect in the initial rape investigation who was also charged.

Proffitt and May were arrested Wednesday and booked into the Washington County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond each. Both were released on bond.

Repairs at Boone Dam are on target for a 2022 completion date as the project nears the final yet longest leg of the repair process.

Work to fortify the downstream berm was completed before the holidays, now attention moves to the upstream berm to fortify the 900-foot long earthen embankment and prepare it for the construction of the diaphragm wall.

The wall, once in place, will help stop the internal erosion of the porous bedrock under the dam. Officials said that while everything looks to still be on-track for a 2022 completion, there’s still a little work to be done before looking to the next step of the repairs.

A Hawkins County man wanted in Virginia for attempted murder was shot and killed Monday evening by Hawkins County deputies attempting to serve a fugitive warrant at a mobile home park near Church Hill.

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Clintwood Police Department that Eugene Lee Loftis was wanted for attempted murder and should be considered armed and dangerous. Deputies attempted to serve a fugitive warrant on Loftis at a mobile home park on Okolona Road in the Carters Valley community when Loftis pulled in with a lady driving. He was asked to show his hands and would not comply, and was then shot by officers as he pulled a handgun.

Loftis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The weather forecast for the weekend seems to change hourly, as many expect the temperature to drop drastically, and yet others say it should have already, and we may not get the cold front that had been expected. Whatever it does, remember that freezing rain and cold nights can make driving conditions hazardous for us all, so be careful and stay safe.

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