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JCP Week in Review, October 27 - VIDEO

Jared Bentley • Oct 27, 2017 at 1:11 PM

A narrow 216-212 House budget vote yesterday permits Republicans to begin work on a follow-up $1.5 trillion tax cut and move it through Congress without fear of blocking tactics by Democrats. The tax bill is the top item on the GOP agenda, would be Trump’s first major win in Congress — and, Republicans hope, a much-needed boost for the party’s political fortunes on the eve of next year’s midterm elections.

Trump has promised a $4,000 approximate tax savings for the average American household.

President Trump also took Thursday to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, and local and state health leaders such as Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner and Mountain States Health Alliance CEO Alan Levine are thankful for the progress.

 

Effective for 90 days, Trump’s declaration allows the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to redirect federal resources, waive or modify certain Medicare requirements and adjust requirements for grants distributed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Namely, it was specified Trump’s declaration will expand access to substance abuse treatment in rural areas through the use of telemedicine services.

Heavy rains on Monday afternoon led to the flooding of Tenn. Highway 143 below Roan Mountain State Park, and caused some serious damage and hard work for local road crews.

Carter County Highway Superintendent Roger Colbaugh said the state highway and several of the county roads that branch off Tenn. 143 were flooded by the Doe River, with some of the worst damage to Barlow Hollow Road in Cove Creek. The floodwaters cut into the road and part of the road is now missing.

The floodwaters receded quickly, though, and at 7 p.m.. Colbaugh instructed the Tennessee Highway Patrol that Tenn. 143 could reopen.

While most of the high water was above the village of Roan Mountain, the water also rose in Elizabathton, missing the bottom of the covered bridge by a few feet at most. The Carter County Rescue Squad was kept busy with at least two emergencies, including a vehicle accident in Butler and a car that had run into the raging Doe below Simerly Creek.

Rescuers said a man driving northbound near the intersection with the Simerly Creek Road lost control of his vehicle and ran into the river. The force of the water moved the car about 200 feet downstream before it became lodged on the river bottom.

Wednesday evening, Attorney General Jeff Sessions presented the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement to Capt. Patrick White of the Elizabethton Police Department.

White was one of a group of law enforcement professionals from East Tennessee to be presented the award "for their extraordinary teamwork in the successful investigation and prosecution of a violent drug dealing and human trafficking organization."

The eight officers from the group who were recipients of the award included three FBI special agents: Allen P. Pack Jr., Gregory J. Smith, and Steven T. Fogarty; two Homeland Security Investigations special agents, Ted S. Francisco and Michelle L. Evans; Carl Richard Walker Jr., special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Trooper Sollie W. Rabun of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Capt. White.

This weekend, nine women will vie for the chance to wear the Miss Johnson City or Miss Historic Jonesborough crown for 2018 in the 70th anniversary pageant.

A preliminary to the Miss Tennessee and Miss America scholarship pageants, the pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in the D.P. Culp Center auditorium at ETSU.

Contestants are:

Anne McKay Sandelovich

Alley Morgan

Samantha Jo Hess

Megan Tipton

Harley Follis

Emma Brown

Ally Mattie Steadman

Morgan Munsey

Nicole Schicker

To find out more about the contestants, or get more information about the pageant, visit our website.

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