JCP Week in Review, March 1

Jared Bentley • Mar 1, 2019 at 4:02 PM

Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress, testified Wednesday that President Donald Trump knew that emails damaging to Hillary Clinton would be released before the election, used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex, and lied about his business interests in Russia.

Mr. Trump’s former attorney likened the president to a “mobster” who demands blind loyalty from underlings and expects them to lie on his behalf to conceal information and protect him — even if it means breaking the law - but he also said he has no “direct evidence” that the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia.



The man who once boasted he’d “take a bullet” for Trump will soon report to prison for a three-year sentence, and as Republican lawmakers tell us he can’t be trusted, he claims he is finally ready and able to tell the truth, saying, “I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore.”

For more details on Cohen’s testimony, and the possible ramifications of his statements, please visit our website.

Plans for the Johnson City Development Authority to buy and redevelop the John Sevier Center failed Monday evening in a 7-7 vote of the Washington County Commission, as they refused to back a proposed $4.6 million tax increment plan.

JCDA board member Craig Torbett said the county’s action will force his organization to seek other options for funding the John Sevier Center project, including working with the building’s current owner to ask for more time to purchase the 94-year-old property.

“We will have to find a way to do this without the county’s support,” he said following the tie votes.

Remember the names Carol Jones, Ashlee Connor Perdue, Krysten Kelch and Amber Hubbard. Those four ladies make up the crew of the West Carter County Volunteer Fire Department, believed to make up the first all-female duty crew in the region.

The department has always kept a duty crew on at night in order to provide a quicker response time going back to the fire department’s founding in 1970. Women have often been at the fire hall during the night while the duty crew passed the hours, but those women have traditionally been the wives of duty crew members.

Now, the ladies of the fire hall are there to work, and work well - congratulations and thank you for what you do.

Elizabethton’s favorite son Jason Witten is coming out of retirement and rejoining the Dallas Cowboys after one season in the Monday Night booth.

The 36-year-old Witten, who starred at Elizabethton High School and the University of Tennessee, says the “fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong.”

The Cowboys announced Thursday that the 11-time Pro Bowl tight end had agreed to a one-year contract.

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