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Consumer Update: Takata Airbags Recall Continues to Expand

Consumer Update: Takata Airbags Recall Continues to Expand

42 million vehicles are now part of a recall the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) calls “one of the largest and most complex in U.S. history.” Takata Corporation, an automotive parts company based in Japan, has recalled airbags installed in vehicles from 19 different automobile manufacturers. These airbags can explode when deployed, causing serious [...]

Ancient DNA results end 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy mystery

Ancient DNA results end 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy mystery

Using ‘next generation’ DNA sequencing scientists have found that the famous ‘Two Brothers’ mummies of the Manchester Museum have different fathers so are, in fact, half-brothers. The Two Brothers are the Museum’s oldest mummies and amongst the best-known human remains in its Egyptology collection. They are the mummies of two elite men – Khnum-nakht and [...]

Poultry Owners Urged to Help Prevent Outbreak of Avian Influenza

Poultry Owners Urged to Help Prevent Outbreak of Avian Influenza

When the temperature drops, the risk of avian influenza rises. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is advising poultry owners to take precautions to safeguard their flocks. Avian influenza has not been detected in any domesticated poultry in Tennessee in 2018. However, in March 2017, strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and low pathogenic avian [...]

Nearly 75 percent of Tennessee high school seniors participate in 2017 ACT Retake Day

Nearly 75 percent of Tennessee high school seniors participate in 2017 ACT Retake Day

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that 74.7 percent of the state’s high school class of 2018—nearly 52,000 students—participated in the department’s second ACT Senior Retake Day in October 2017. This number is double the number of seniors who chose to participate in the first ACT Senior Retake Day the previous fall. Of those seniors [...]

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today, Monday, January 15, 2018. In observance of the holiday, government offices, both state, local, and federal, will be closed. Many school systems will also be closed, including Jefferson County Schools. Banks and other organizations that operate on a federal holiday schedule will not be open for [...]

Mayor Palmieri Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

Mayor Palmieri Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri announced Friday, January 12, 2018 that he will not seek a fourth term as Mayor of Jefferson County. Department Heads, past and present elected officials and members of the press gathered in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse Friday morning, at the invitation of the Mayor, to hear the announcement. Though [...]

The Future of Grocery Shopping; Faster, Cheaper, Smaller

The Future of Grocery Shopping; Faster, Cheaper, Smaller

Walmart was once considered the future of grocery shopping, offering consumers a slew of discounted choices, compared to the competition. Yet, market trends point toward a faster, cheaper, smaller and more streamlined experience. The result: One of the most common shopping experiences in American life is fundamentally changing, according to a new study in the [...]

Tennessee Department of Education Releases New State Report Card

Tennessee Department of Education Releases New State Report Card

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has unveiled the latest version of the state Report Card, which is now available on the department’s website. This annual snapshot of school, district, and state performance offers users the ability to view multiple achievement and growth measures – in addition to metrics such as student enrollment, HOPE scholarship eligibility, school [...]

TDOT Ready for Winter Weather

TDOT Ready for Winter Weather

The Tennessee Department of Transportation can assure motorists it is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow. In preparation for the winter season, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks. “We begin our winter preparations months in advance,” TDOT Commissioner John [...]

Protecting the Civil Liberties of All Americans is Our Constitutional Duty

Protecting the Civil Liberties of All Americans is Our Constitutional Duty

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting against S. 139 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: “Protecting American citizens is among my top priorities, but security does not have to come at the expense of Americans’ Constitutional rights. I have long held concerns that intelligence operations have not prioritized civil liberties, [...]

State Rep. Jimmy Matlock Introduces Legislation To Defund Planned Parenthood In State

State Rep. Jimmy Matlock Introduces Legislation To Defund Planned Parenthood In State

On Tuesday, Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City) announced he would be introducing legislation to outlaw funding of Planned Parenthood in the state of Tennessee following the federal appeals court decision to uphold the 2014 vote on Amendment 1. “A false narrative exists in Tennessee that Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive Tennessee tax-payer dollars. Media and professional politicians [...]

Lt. Governor Announces Committee Changes

Lt. Governor Announces Committee Changes

Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) today announced state Senate committee assignment changes for the second annual session of the 110th General Assembly. The changes come as a result of the resignation of three Senate members since the legislature adjourned in May. Two of the resigning senators, Doug Overbey and Jim Tracy, accepted presidential appointments. [...]

Jessica Chambers Elder Announces Run For County Trustee

Jessica Chambers Elder Announces Run For County Trustee

Jessica Chambers Elder is announcing her candidacy for the Office of Trustee in the Jefferson County May 1, 2018, Republican Primary. Jessica is a lifelong resident of Dandridge. She graduated from Jefferson County High School in 2005. She then financed her own college education earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Tennessee State [...]

State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Safety During Deadliest Week For Fire Deaths

State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Safety During Deadliest Week For Fire Deaths

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges Tennesseans to focus on home fire safety during what has traditionally been the most tragic week for fire-related incidents in the Volunteer State: The second week of January. SFMO data shows that Tennessee has averaged 3.6 fire deaths (29 in eight years) during the second week of [...]

Winter Road salt, Fertilizers Turning North American Waterways Increasingly Saltier

Winter Road salt, Fertilizers Turning North American Waterways Increasingly Saltier

Across North America, streams and rivers are becoming saltier, thanks to road deicers, fertilizers and other salty compounds that humans indirectly release into waterways. At the same time, freshwater supplies are becoming more alkaline or basic, the “opposite” of acidic. Salty, alkaline freshwater can create big problems for drinking water supplies, urban infrastructure and natural [...]

Budget Committee Faces Hot Topic Issues In First Meeting Of New Calendar Year

Budget Committee Faces Hot Topic Issues In First Meeting Of New Calendar Year

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met for the first time in the new calendar year on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Vice Chairman McGraw took the gavel for absentee Budget Committee Chairman Scarlett and presented a lengthy agenda for the committee’s consideration. Following the appearance of citizens, all of whom [...]

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