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Happy Fall, Y’all!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

It has been a long hot summer full of scorching heat, thunder and rain and a few tropical storms. For those of you looking for a relief from the heat be comforted that fall is just around the corner. Saturday September 22, 2018 is the start of the fall equinox and also happens to be [...]

Safety Awareness at Rush Strong School Begins at Young Age

Safety Awareness at Rush Strong School Begins at Young Age

Rush Strong Elementary School brought together their Kindergarten classes for a morning of safety awareness and instruction with SRO officer Moose Soloman. Rush Strong’s kindergarten teachers partnered with personnel to give the schools newest arrivals important tips about their new surroundings. SRO officer Soloman gathered with the 46 kindergartener’s along with eight grade volunteers to [...]

Unemployment Remains Near Historic Low Levels in Tennessee

Unemployment Remains Near Historic Low Levels in Tennessee

Tennessee’s unemployment rate remained near historic low levels in August, despite a slight increase, according to the latest statistics released today by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 3.6 percent, just 0.1 of a percentage point higher [...]

Jefferson County High School Announces Homecoming Court for 2018

Jefferson County High School Announces Homecoming Court for 2018

Jefferson County High School is set up to celebrate homecoming this week.  Each class elected members of the Homecoming Court to represent them throughout homecoming week.  The 2018 Jefferson County Homecoming Queen will be crowned Friday night at the game against the William Blount Governors.  Each member of the court will be escorted by cadets [...]

Park Conducts Two Day Search, Finds Body of Missing Man – Evidence of Wildlife Scavenging

Park Conducts Two Day Search, Finds Body of Missing Man – Evidence of Wildlife Scavenging

Searchers in Great Smoky Mountain National Park found the body of William Lee Hill, Jr., 30, of Louisville, Tennessee yesterday afternoon around 1 pm, off Rich Mountain Road, approximately two miles north of Cades Cove. Park officials were notified on Sunday, September 9, that Hill and a companion, Joshua Morgan, came to the park on [...]

One In Three College Freshman Worldwide Reports Mental Health Disorder

One In Three College Freshman Worldwide Reports Mental Health Disorder

As if college were not difficult enough, more than one-third of first-year university students in eight industrialized countries around the globe report symptoms consistent with a diagnosable mental health disorder, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “While effective care is important, the number of students who need treatment for these disorders far [...]

TDOE Names 52 School Leaders for Rural Principal Network

TDOE Names 52 School Leaders for Rural Principal Network

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today the 52 principals who will serve in the inaugural class of the Tennessee Rural Principals Network, one part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Transforming School Leadership Initiative, which is a comprehensive approach to improve the preparation, retention, and development of Tennessee’s principals. The department is also providing funding for scholarships [...]

TDCI Shares Safety, Preparedness Tips Ahead of Hurricane Florence

TDCI Shares Safety, Preparedness Tips Ahead of Hurricane Florence

As residents of the Carolinas and Virginia evacuate ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is sharing safety reminders to ensure Tennesseans are prepared for the residual rainfall, potential flash flooding, power outages and high winds that Florence will likely bring to the areas in its path. [...]

Scarlett Elected Budget Chair

Scarlett Elected Budget Chair

The Jefferson County Budget Committee hosted their first meeting,following election of a new cohort of County Commissioners, preceding the meeting of the full body Monday evening, September 10, 2018. While most of the agenda consisted of the items that were in the nature of general housekeeping, including the passage of school and county budget amendments, [...]

Freshman Commissioners – First Work Session

Freshman Commissioners – First Work Session

A new class of County Commissioners took their first steps in public office on Monday, September 10,2018, as the Jefferson County Commission held its first Work Session since the August elections that placed nine new commissioners at the table. Because officers cannot be elected until the first voting meeting, which will take place next week, [...]

AAP Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2018-2019

AAP Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2018-2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot this season with the goal to provide the optimal protection against all strains of influenza, a serious illness resulting in a record number of pediatric deaths during this past year. The annual flu vaccine significantly reduces [...]

Innovative Partnership is Key to Financing New Industry

Innovative Partnership is Key to Financing New Industry

“This unique funding partnership is a great example of how good things can happen when entities work together across conventional boundaries for the greater good of the local economy.” That’s the way Appalachian Electric Cooperative (AEC) General Manager Greg Williams characterizes the innovative arrangement that is making it possible for a new industry to locate [...]

Jefferson County Schools Receive Settlement For Building 8 Collapse

Jefferson County Schools Receive Settlement For Building 8 Collapse

Thursday, August 30th the Jefferson County Board of School Commissioners held a special called meeting and authorized the Director of Schools to work with the attorney representing Jefferson County, Mr. Albert Harb, to agree with Traveler’s Insurance on a final amount. Jefferson County Schools has received the final settlement check from Traveler’s Insurance Group in [...]

Support Local Dairies, Look for New Tennessee Milk Logo

Support Local Dairies, Look for New Tennessee Milk Logo

Consumers now have a way to know that their milk comes from Tennessee dairy farms with the new official Tennessee Milk logo. Milk labeled as Tennessee Milk must be entirely sourced, processed, and bottled in Tennessee. The program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA). “This logo allows consumers the opportunity to support [...]

Tennessee AG Joins More Than a Dozen Other States Urging SCOTUS to Review Federal Decision Redefining “Sex” to Include “Transgender Status.”

Tennessee AG Joins More Than a Dozen Other States Urging SCOTUS to Review Federal Decision Redefining “Sex” to Include “Transgender Status.”

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has joined 15 other States asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals interpreting the term “sex” in federal antidiscrimination law to include transgender status. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. RG & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., the Sixth Circuit [...]

Campbell County Homicide Victim Identified After More Than Three Decades as a Result of TBI Investigation

Campbell County Homicide Victim Identified After More Than Three Decades as a Result of TBI Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help in providing information about a homicide that took place more than 30 years ago. On January 1, 1985, TBI Special Agents were requested to work with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the homicide of a female whose body was found along Interstate [...]

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