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CORKER VS. TRUMP #1 TENNESSEE NEWS STORY OF 2017

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Another year passes and statewide news was as restless as that of the nation. According to the Associated Press, the antics of Sen. Bob Corker was the #1 story of 2017. Corker decided earlier this year that he was not going to run for re-election of his senate seat. Instead he took it upon himself to begin a critical assessment of President Donald Trump which led to a “war of words” between the two on Twitter. Although Corker stated that he would oppose the GOP tax plan, he did vote for it despite saying earlier that it was “fiscally irresponsible.” Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to increase the state’s gasoline tax in order to pay for repairs and upgrades to Tennessee roadways and bridges was the second biggest news story of the year. The third biggest news story came out of Antioch, Tennessee when violence erupted at the Burnett Chapel Church of Christ on a Sunday morning. Emmanuel Sampson reportedly entered the church with firearms blazing, killing one woman, and wounding 7 people. Church member Robert Engle was able to stop the shooter, wounding Sampson in the struggle. The fourth biggest news story of the year played out at the University of Tennessee when, after losing all SEC games of the season, Butch Jones was fired from his position of head football coach. During the turbulent time, UT Athletic Director John Currie would also be fired to be replaced by former Vol’s head coach Phillip Fulmer. After the dust settled, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was named head football coach at UT.

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