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New Report Examines Impact of Ineffective Teachers on Students

New Report Examines Impact of Ineffective Teachers on Students

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a new report that explores how students in Tennessee’s public schools are impacted when they are taught by an ineffective teacher for two consecutive years. The report was prepared at the request of Senator Dolores Gresham. More than 8,000 Tennessee students (1.6 percent of students included in the study) […]

March Brings Full Agenda For County Commission

March Brings Full Agenda For County Commission

The Jefferson County Commission held their March voting meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Chairman Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts called the meeting to order. Absent from roll call were Commissioners Solomon and Patterson. Upon the approval of the minutes (Commissioners Scarlett / Carmichael) and the approval and correction […]

DeFoe Storybook Win In 2019 Bassmaster Classic

DeFoe Storybook Win In 2019 Bassmaster Classic

Tennessee anglers captured the top two places and posted two additional spots among the top seven in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic. The impressive performances capped off the three-day event in Knoxville. Ott DeFoe put the finishing touches on a storybook performance in his hometown. The Knoxville angler was the overall champion with a total of […]

TDEC Shares Update on Fish Sampling in Nolichucky, Pigeon Rivers

TDEC Shares Update on Fish Sampling in Nolichucky, Pigeon Rivers

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) in August 2018 issued precautionary fish consumption advisories for smallmouth bass and channel catfish in the downstream portion of the Nolichucky River in Cocke and Hamblen counties and in the downstream portion of the Pigeon River in Cocke County. The advisories were issued due to levels of […]

Gov. Bill Lee Announces $14.8 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Gov. Bill Lee Announces $14.8 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced $14.8 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand broadband service to more than 8,300 households and businesses in 17 counties across Tennessee. “I am pleased to announce that we are getting our rural areas up to speed and expanding broadband in the areas that need it most,” said Lee. […]

When it Comes to Monarchs, Fall Migration Matters

When it Comes to Monarchs, Fall Migration Matters

Scientists studying monarch butterflies have traditionally focused on two sources for their decline – winter habitat loss in Mexico and fewer milkweed plants in the Midwest. New research conducted by Michigan State University and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, however, shows that a critical piece of the butterfly’s annual cycle was missing […]

Multi Sports Field Topic of Discussion at School Board Meeting

Multi Sports Field Topic of Discussion at School Board Meeting

Jefferson County High School is on its way to an athletic facility upgrade that will answer the needs of several student athletes, as well as putting Title IX concerns to rest. Thursday, March 14, 2019, the Jefferson County School Board met in a Work Session/Voting meeting at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The School Board […]

Consumers Must Be Wary of Flood-Damaged Vehicles After Disaster

Consumers Must Be Wary of Flood-Damaged Vehicles After Disaster

As Tennessee property owners recover from February’s heavy flooding and severe weather, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, which is part of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Regulatory Boards, reminds consumers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged vehicles that will likely be popping up for sale. After a flood or natural disaster, […]

Lawmakers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

Lawmakers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

House lawmakers joined with farmers and agriculture groups from across the state this week to celebrate Tennessee’s annual ‘Ag Day on the Hill’eventat the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville. The event coincides with National Agriculture Week and recognizes the important contributions of farmers and forestland owners provide to the state and nation. This year’s ‘Ag […]

Republican Leaders Pass Legislation To Stop Elder Abuse

Republican Leaders Pass Legislation To Stop Elder Abuse

This week, House Republicans supported House Bill 249 on Thursday, in efforts to stop elder abuse in Tennessee. House Bill 249 requires the task force to assess the current status of elders and other vulnerable adults covered by the Tennessee Adult Protection Act related to financial exploitation. The panel will also examine existing barriers, services, […]

Sergeant Baker Bill Continues To Advance In The House

Sergeant Baker Bill Continues To Advance In The House

Republicans continue to advance House Bill 258, commonly known as the Sergeant Baker Act. This bill removes the intermediate appeal to the court of criminal appeals in death penalty cases and provides for automatic direct review by the Tennessee Supreme Court for convictions for which a sentence of death is imposed. Additionally, House Bill 258 […]

School Safety Legislation Passes Out Of Education Committee

School Safety Legislation Passes Out Of Education Committee

On Wednesday, members of the House Education Committee supported a new investment to secure our Tennessee schools. Backed by Republican leadership and Governor Lee, House Bill 947 proposes a $40 million investment for the school safety grant fund and additional changes to existing law to prioritize the distribution of these grants to help secure school […]

Civic Seal Legislation Moving Through Committee Process In The House

Civic Seal Legislation Moving Through Committee Process In The House

This week, Republican leaders advanced legislation that establishes the Governor’s Civics Seal program. House Bill 944 recognizes Tennessee’s public schools and school districts that implement high-quality civic education because it is essential to preserving our constitutional democracy. This initiative seeks to promote efforts to increase access to quality civics education, while also developing specific standards […]

House Republicans Pass Legislation Creating Balance Within Community Oversight Boards

House Republicans Pass Legislation Creating Balance Within Community Oversight Boards

This week in Nashville, House Republicans passed House Bill 658, which will create balance within community oversight boards across Tennessee. House Bill 658 balances both the interests of our citizens to voice their opinion while also protecting the fundamental rights of police officers and their families from malicious or politically focused persecution. Community oversight boards […]

ADA Compliance Plan on December Deadline

ADA Compliance Plan on December Deadline

American Disabilities Act compliance deadline is looming on the horizon for Jefferson County, as well as other counties across the state. With an eye on a December 2019 deadline from Tennessee Department of Transportation for total County compliance, for both County and Schools, Jefferson County Facilities Director David Longmire addressed the issue with the Jefferson […]

Budget Committee Allows Dip into Landfill Funds Despite Ongoing Deficit

Budget Committee Allows Dip into Landfill Funds Despite Ongoing Deficit

Despite an on going audit finding in excess of $3 million dollars deficit for Landfill post closure costs, the Jefferson County Budget Committee recently approved the use of around $588,000. The monies are to be used for excavation and engineering services for a Class III Cell B Closure at the Jefferson County Landfill. The post […]

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