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235th Anniversary Of Signing Of The U.S. Constitution Commemoration In Historic Dandridge

235th Anniversary Of Signing Of The U.S. Constitution Commemoration In Historic Dandridge

Bells rang out both in Dandridge and across America on Saturday afternoon, September 17, in commemoration of the 235th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Just as the bells sounded throughout Philadelphia when the original document was signed, they rang again in joyful celebration as the Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, […]

DARLENE ‘DEE’ GREELY

DARLENE ‘DEE’ GREELY Darlene Greely (75), loving servant and devoted mother, sister, and friend, completed her earthly mission and went on to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Celebration of life from 12-2p on Sunday, Sept 25 at Mynatt Funeral Home, Knoxville.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Jefferson County Board Of School Commissioners Meeting, October 6, 2022

PUBLIC NOTICE – Jefferson County Board Of School Commissioners Meeting, October 6, 2022

PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETING Board of School Commissioners Thursday, October 6, 2022 Work Session 5:30 PM with Business Session to follow. Historic Courthouse Dr. Tommy Arnold, Director Jefferson County Schools

AG Skrmetti Leads State AG Response to U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Regulations; Redefinition of “Sex”

AG Skrmetti Leads State AG Response to U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Regulations; Redefinition of “Sex”

Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti today objected to the U.S. Department of Education’s (the Department) proposed Title IX regulations in a formal comment letter joined by nineteen other state attorneys general. Title IX of the Education Amendment protects people from discrimination based on sex and applies to schools, local and state educational agencies, and other institutions […]

Tennessee’s Unemployment Rate Inches Up Slightly in August

Tennessee’s Unemployment Rate Inches Up Slightly in August

After three consecutive months of steady, near record low unemployment across the state, Tennessee’s jobless rate inched up slightly in August, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month is 3.4%, up just 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s rate of 3.3%. The all-time low […]

VITAL POLICY – Bidding Irregularities Uncovered Concerning Jefferson County Schools Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Training Contract

VITAL POLICY – Bidding Irregularities Uncovered Concerning Jefferson County Schools Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Training Contract

Jefferson County Schools (JCS) started a contractual business relationship with and made payments to a Texas based vendor to deliver Social Emotional Learning (SEL) staff training fourteen months before bids were advertised for the purchase of that service. State and Federal Laws require formal bidding on certain purchases made by government entities to ensure that […]

State Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to examine criminal sentencing and supervision

State Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to examine criminal sentencing and supervision

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, today announced he has appointed State Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, to chair a special committee to examine the adequacy of criminal sentencing and supervision following an uptick in serious violent crimes in Memphis. Created by the Speakers of the House and Senate, the joint ad hoc committee will review guidelines relevant […]

Constitution Week Begins September 17 In Downtown Dandridge

Constitution Week Begins September 17 In Downtown Dandridge

On September 17 two hundred thirty-five years ago, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the United States Constitution at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall). This year that event will be commemorated in Dandridge with a celebration organized by the Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of […]

EDITORIAL – New School Board, Old Ways?

EDITORIAL – New School Board, Old Ways?

It has been a really long time since I have been mad at a meeting. Years have gone by since I first started attending School Board Meetings. My first foray into the wonderful world of our local school board came long, long ago when I, as a parent, had some very serious concerns regarding the […]

School Board First Meet After Election

School Board First Meet After Election

The Jefferson County School Board convened last week for their first meeting following the seating of newly elected members Ibbetson and Cameron and re-seating of members Bradley and Jarnigan. Following the Call to Order, Jefferson County Director of Schools Arnold opened the floor for nominations for the position of Chairman of the Board. Board Member […]

VITAL POLICY – Citizen Activism, Public Policy, Education, and County Debt Discussed at Jefferson County Republican Town Hall Meeting

VITAL POLICY – Citizen Activism, Public Policy, Education, and County Debt Discussed at Jefferson County Republican Town Hall Meeting

Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger (TN-District 1) led the pack of speakers and presenters. State Representatives Jeremy Faison (TN-District 11) and Andrew Farmer (TN-District 17) visited with constituents and listened to views expressed by the party membership with the open mic format. Following Harshbarger’s presentation, Josh Cameron, JCRP Treasurer, presented the congresswoman with a donation check from […]

AEC is Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Broadband Grant from the State of Tennessee

AEC is Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Broadband Grant from the State of Tennessee

The State of Tennessee awarded Appalachian Electric Cooperative (AEC) with a broadband grant for a total $8,631,244.48 as part of the Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund-American Rescue Plan (TEBF-ARP). AEC will receive funding throughout and upon completion of the project. AEC General Manager Greg Williams states, “We’re very excited about receiving news from the State of […]

Director of Schools, Tommy Arnold – Exciting to see hard work pay off

Director of Schools, Tommy Arnold – Exciting to see hard work pay off

Director of Schools, Tommy Arnold regarding Reward Schools and District Status We are very proud of the hard work that goes into a school scoring well on the state assessment. It’s truly a team effort of all the stakeholders and we are excited for the three schools being recognized by the state as a Reward […]

Music On The Town Crowds Turn Out For Legendary Recording Group – The Tams

Music On The Town Crowds Turn Out For Legendary Recording Group – The Tams

Crowds filled Historic Downtown Dandridge again this year as legendary mucic group The Tams took the stage for the Annual Dandridge Music on the Town. The Tams originally formed in 1960 from Atlanta Georgia, and named for the Tam o’shanter hats they wore on stage, are a staple in the concert series held each year […]

Consumer unit expenditures in 2021 were $66,928; a 9.1% decrease from 2020

Consumer unit expenditures in 2021 were $66,928; a 9.1% decrease from 2020

Average annual expenditures for all consumer units(1) in 2021 were $66,928, a 9.1-percent increase from 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) During the same period, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) rose 4.7 percent, and average income before taxes increased 3.7 percent. The average annual expenditures of 2021 were broken […]

Researchers have identified antibodies that may make coronavirus vaccines unnecessary

Researchers have identified antibodies that may make coronavirus vaccines unnecessary

Tel Aviv University researchers have isolated two antibodies that neutralize all known strains of COVID-19 – including Omicron – with up to 95% efficiency. The researchers: Targeted treatment with antibodies and their delivery to the body in high concentrations may serve as an effective substitute for vaccines, especially for at-risk populations and those with weakened […]

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