If you’ve followed the news coming from the White House this week, then you know that things on the national stage are a little chaotic these days. Whether discussing the ongoing hearings of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a process that has been marked by controversy from the outset, or reading the New York Times Op/Ed written by a senior Trump administration official, the news has not been kind to the folks in charge.
Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear, is not helping matters, either. It makes many claims, refuted by the current administration, of people within the White House who are working to thwart or minimize the effects of President Trump’s decision-making. While many see the stories as fiction, others are sold on them completely, while others see them as validation of Deep State conspiracies and the proof of Illuminati-style interference.
An appointment Tuesday moved former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl into the open position left by John McCain’s passing, just in time for the heated Kavanaugh debates, and the upcoming midterm elections loom larger every single day.
While that’s going on, Amazon has become the second publicly traded company to reach $1 trillion in market value, and founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is now the wealthiest man in America, surpassing Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
Locally, instead of talking about what happened last week, lets jump into what’s going on this weekend - because there are several really good things to mention.
Beginning as a community Unity picnic in 1978, the UMOJA Festival has been a community event that, in the past several years, has grown larger and stronger. The festival features a wide variety of demonstrations, performances, and exhibits, starting tonight and moving on through Saturday.
You don’t want to miss out on the We Are One tribute band tomorrow night, or the children’s events and robotics demonstrations.
If you visit downtown and want to branch out and do a little shopping, you might first try the Tree Street yard sale, a yearly tradition that has become a major favorite among the people in our region. You’ll find just about everything you can think of among the fine folks participating in the yard sale, and if you’ve never been - give it a shot.
Football fans might want to head to the yard sale early, because you definitely want to make it back home in time to watch the UT vs ETSU game tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and East Tennessee State’s Randy Sanders worked together as assistants on Florida State’s 2013 national championship team, and this game represents a homecoming for Sanders, a former Tennessee quarterback and offensive coordinator.
Tennessee has lost eight of its last nine games, after going 4-8 and setting a school record for losses last season. Tomorrow’s game will mark the first time ETSU has faced a Football Bowl Subdivision team since relaunching its football program in 2015.
Whatever happens, the game is a big step for a new program, and a desperately needed homecoming for the Volunteers.