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Patriot Pals Host Annual Spring Fashion Show

Patriot Pals Host Annual Spring Fashion Show

The Patriot Pals and other students from Pod Five at Jefferson County High School hosted their Annual Spring Fashion Show on Monday. The models strutted their stuff on the catwalk during lunch, showing off spring fashion ensembles. The formal wear, which came from several area shops, including Goodwill and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, were [...]

Happy Good Friday from the Jefferson County Post

Happy Good Friday from the Jefferson County Post

Today is the kickoff to one of the fundamental weekends in the Christian faith. Good Friday is Friday, April 14, 2017, which is the Friday preceding Easter commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. While the holiday does not have a fixed date, many around the area have the day off. It is said that Jesus [...]

Eligible Tennesseans Urged to Submit Claims for Provigil Settlement

Eligible Tennesseans Urged to Submit Claims for Provigil Settlement

On August 5, 2016 Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced that Tennessee, along with 48 other states and the District of Columbia, reached a $125 million settlement with Cephalon, Inc. and affiliated companies, now part of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. The settlement ended a multistate investigation into alleged anticompetitive conduct by Cephalon designed to block [...]

When it Comes to Reading, Kindergarten is the New First Grade

When it Comes to Reading, Kindergarten is the New First Grade

A new nationwide study has found that children entering first grade in 2013 had significantly better reading skills than similar students had just 12 years earlier. Researchers say this means that in general, children are better readers at a younger age, but the study also revealed where gaps remain — especially in more advanced reading [...]

Consumer Alert: IRS Authorizes Four Private Companies to Collect Overdue Federal Taxes

Consumer Alert: IRS Authorizes Four Private Companies to Collect Overdue Federal Taxes

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds residents that beginning April 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to use four designated private agencies to collect certain overdue federal tax debts on the government’s behalf. The program was enacted by Congress in December 2015 under Section 32102 of the [...]

Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”

Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”

This week I’m reviewing a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting: Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Gaiman’s work. Naturally, I was interested when I heard he was working on an adaption of Norse myths. Most everybody has heard the absolute basics of Norse mythology: Thor, his trickster brother Loki, [...]

Surviving the TCAP Season

Surviving the TCAP Season

With the end of the year comes the anticipation of summer for both students and parents. Before the fun in the sun can begin, students around the area must take standardized testing at the end of the school year. For younger students this involves TCAP testing. TCAP testing for students in Jefferson County will be [...]

Boxes for Creative Play

Boxes for Creative Play

Boxes are wonderful ways to assist in creative play by springing your child’s imagination, which will enhance more complex play schemes. Become An Animal: This simple box horse can be modified to become any animal your child might want to become. Supplies: Large cardboard box, scissors, markers/temper paints, yarn, masking tape, wide cloth ribbon/strips of [...]

The Buzzz!!

The Buzzz!!

The buzz word this week is “ridiculous.” A demi hive met this week to discuss the pollination for the fire fighter nests but Buzzy Bees in the Know are buzzing lots of humm and little action. The low humm is that the push back may bee the source of more exterior push back than was [...]

To Save Honey Bees, Human Behavior Must Change

To Save Honey Bees, Human Behavior Must Change

In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look in the mirror. In a research essay to be published this week in the Entomological Society of America’s Journal of Economic Entomology, [...]

Public Service Committee Passes Torch Back To Fire Chiefs

Public Service Committee Passes Torch Back To Fire Chiefs

Fire Department Funding was the topic of discussion as the Jefferson County Public Service Committee met last week at the Patriot Academy. Charged by the Budget Committee with reviewing established areas of service, the possibility of combining stations and bringing back a formula for equitable funding, the Public Service Committee and representatives of most of [...]

Memories of Easter

With Easter this week, my thoughts have ventured to Easter’s past. And, while I now love the Easter feast and all the wonderful food associated with it, my childhood memories involve egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and Easter frocks. Egg hunts were so great. I have always loved the feel of fresh new grass in the [...]

Creamy Marsala Pork

Creamy Marsala Pork

This is the perfect weeknight meal. It tastes like it took hours to prepare, but really only takes about 30 minutes. For a side, try riced cauliflower. It holds the sauce and is a fantastic taste to pair with the pork. Ingredients: 6 thin sliced boneless pork chops 3 T olive oil 2 T butter, [...]

Slighted

Slighted

I remember, years ago, when Jefferson County was so deeply split that living in a different city or part of the County was like living in a different Country. Some of that went by the wayside when Jefferson County High School opened the doors. For the first time, cross county rivals were on the same [...]

Invisible to All

Invisible to All

It’s amazing the difference one little word can make. Take the Pledge of Allegiance, for instance. Should a well-meaning but obviously contextually confused boy say the pledge over his school’s loud speaker and change “indivisible” to “invisible,” the meaning shifts dramatically. “One nation invisible to all” doesn’t seem to capture the essence of what I [...]

TDOE Releases Report on New Teacher Landscape, Proposes Recommendations to Strengthen Educator Preparation and District Partnerships

TDOE Releases Report on New Teacher Landscape, Proposes Recommendations to Strengthen Educator Preparation and District Partnerships

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced her plans today to strengthen the new teacher pipeline in key areas through additional state support and focus on partnerships between districts and preparation programs. This new work aims to address two key challenges: shortages of educators to teach in certain subject areas and new teacher quality. At an event [...]