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Schools should be the focus

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest’s first installment of his new monthly column in the Herald & Tribune.

It is my pleasure to share news and happenings in Jonesborough each month in the Herald & Tribune.  The month of August has many exciting things to be proud of; first and foremost is our town board proposing to partner with the Washington County Commission and Washington County School Board to develop a long-term improvement plan for our Jonesborough elementary and middle school facilities and our town’s recreational parks.

Schools play an important role developing pride in community and enhancing the quality of life. I’m a believer that a better educated child will develop into a good citizen making our community safer and stronger economically. 

Schools are also an economic driver and job creator that have a lasting impact on their communities. I’m hopeful this Thursday leads to stronger relationships and trusting partnerships between our three boards. It is time for good men and women to come together to better the future for the youth of Jonesborough and Washington County. 

Come join us Thursday at 6 p.m. at the McKinney Center! 

A few other things to be proud of in Jonesborough is our best ever score of 99 percent from Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation.  This multi-day evaluation examines all aspects of our water system the past two years and is a tribute to the effort and competency of a staff  that serves over 30,000 water users. 

Jonesborough is proud to produce safe and clean drinking water for our friends and neighbors throughout Washington County. This month we also open our new Fleet Maintenance Facility that will serve our town the next 30 years or more. I’m proud of the finished product our staff has produced and the frugality they used to build it. We’ve also seen continued progress in our historic Jackson Theater project!  

Lastly, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t say thanks to the volunteers and staff that produce such wonderful events in Jonesborough each month.  Whether it is Scoop Fest, a 5k Pioneer Glow Run,  the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre opening Gala, a new exhibit at Chuckey Depot Museum or an art-filled weekend at the McKinney Center, we are blessed by these tremendous quality of life events in Jonesborough.  Thanks to all involved.  Come join our board when we meet the second Monday of every month.  

Mayor Chuck Vest