JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) — Some Jonesborough residents are upset over an advertisement in the March issue of Southern Living magazine that features a photograph of their city with the words “Start Your Adventure in Johnson City.”
The advertisement was placed by the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and “Start Your Adventure in Johnson City” is the chamber’s slogan.
Chamber President and CEO Gary Mabrey told the Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/10Bjxrc) said the group’s national ads often feature sites outside of Johnson City, such as the Gray Fossil Site.
“I see it as advertising this community,” he said. “I see it as Johnson City advertising a community and all that we have to offer and all that we offer around us.”
But Jonesborough resident and business owner Steve Cook said he felt it was almost false advertising. He said Jonesborough is attractive and has a lot going on but not given any credit by the chamber.
“We just thought it was real strange that they would post that, and then they come down here and want businesses to join their Chamber … and they give you a sticker that says ‘Start Your Adventure in Johnson City,'” he said. “I don’t think so.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Jonesborough is considering utilizing a law that allows public buildings to display “historically significant documents,” such as the Ten Commandments.
The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/KB1zKp) reports that Washington County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Monday that authorizes the county to form a committee that would design and recommend the documents for possible display in the George P. Jaynes Justice Center.
The law allows documents to be displayed in the form of statues, monuments, memorials, tablets or in any other way that in the words of the legislation “respects the dignity and solemnity of such documents.”
Besides the Ten Commandments, other possible documents include the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has stated counties that act with a predominate purpose of advancing religion in placing a monument or plaques that includes the Ten Commandments would violate the Constitution.
County Attorney John Rambo said the resolution was not about the placement of the Ten Commandments, and that a letter he wrote to commissioners earlier this month was aimed at explaining legal interpretations and possible constitutional ramifications for doing so.
“The government activity in establishing a historical documents display for county courthouses is allowed only if it has a secular purpose; it must not have a primary effect of advancing or inhibiting religion, or foster an excessive entanglement with religion,” Rambo wrote.
A three-year effort to obtain a pardon from the president of the United States ended Monday when a Jonesborough, Tenn., man learned Barack Obama had pardoned him of a 16-year-old federal felony conviction, reports the News Sentinel. In a written statement, Thomas Paul Ledford of Jonesborough said he was contacted by phone at 9:50 a.m. on Monday that the president had signed his pardon.
“I’m stunned,” he wrote. “I am a pardoned felon. My wife believed it was possible. I believed the pardon would never be granted.”
Ledford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit gambling on June 12, 1995. He was fined $50 and served 12 months of probation.
“Although I never spent one day in jail, the gravity of my conviction follows me always,” he said in a Dec. 9, 2008, request for pardon.
…Saundra Ledford got the application from the Department of Justice online. Next, they collected the necessary documentation, court transcripts and letters of recommendation. Then they sent the package off to Washington, D.C.. An FBI agent then interviewed Ledford’s friends, family and employers.
“My husband was very adamant no calls be placed to anyone,” Saundra Ledford said. “We don’t know anybody in positions of power. A lot of people say you have to have clout. We’re just regular people.”
In his statement, Tom Ledford thanked the president: “By God’s grace, I won’t let them down.”
Former District Attorney General Joe Crumley turned himself in Friday night on charges stemming from a September pursuit by Jonesborough Public Safety, according to the Johnson City Press. According to booking information from the Washington County Detention Center, Crumley, 58 215 Scott Lane, Jonesborough, arrived at the jail Friday with a bondsman and was booked on charges of reckless driving, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and failure to yield.
His bond was $12,500. He bonded out of the jail that night.
Crumley, who was district attorney general from 1998-2006, was stopped by Jonesborough officers just after noon on Sept. 21 after nearly striking a patrol vehicle head on in the 100 block of East Main Street, according to JPS.
Crumley was pursued to Tenn. Highway 81 South, where he was stopped after reportedly running several vehicles off the road. Once stopped, Crumley’s vehicle lurched forward, striking a JPS vehicle involved in the pursuit. No one was reportedly hurt in that crash.