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Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen Send Property Rights Resolution to State Lawmakers

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen Send Property Rights Resolution to State Lawmakers

Citing a U.S. Supreme Court case and the U.S. Constitution, the Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen made a resolution calling on state lawmakers to protect private property rights, specifically promoting recently filed house and senate bills that close a “blighted area” loophole that enables local government and housing authorities to condemn viable non-blighted property […]

SCHOOL SYSTEM BRINGS ACTIVE LEARNING PROGRAM TO AFTER SCHOOL STUDENTS

SCHOOL SYSTEM BRINGS ACTIVE LEARNING PROGRAM TO AFTER SCHOOL STUDENTS

Both Dandridge Elementary and Mt. Horeb Elementary are now implementing the PowerUp Your School fitness and learning program as a part of their after-school activities thanks to support from the Jefferson County Schools Office of Coordinated School Health and student volunteers from Carson Newman University.  “We’re excited to provide this opportunity for students in the […]

Legislation Declaring Tennessee The “Volunteer State” Moves Forward

Legislation Declaring Tennessee The “Volunteer State” Moves Forward

Legislation officially designating the state of Tennessee as the “Volunteer State” is moving forward in the Tennessee General Assembly. House Bill 1562 designates the “Volunteer State” as the official nickname of Tennessee. While Tennessee has held this distinction since 1812, it is not currently documented in state law. The state of Tennessee has been referred […]

Representative Faison Files Proposed Legislation to Protect Farm Tourism Businesses from Liability

Representative Faison Files Proposed Legislation to Protect Farm Tourism Businesses from Liability

State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) has filed proposed legislation to protect agritourism businesses from claims of property damage by participants. The proposed legislation amends a Title 43 law that was enacted as part of a sweeping tort reform movement in 2009. House Bill 2371 strengthens protections that were previously enacted to create immunity from liability […]

Director Of Schools Addresses Possible Options for School Needs and Direction

Director Of Schools Addresses Possible Options for School Needs and Direction

Researchers revise timing of Easter island’s societal collapse

Researchers revise timing of Easter island’s societal collapse

The prehistoric collapse of Easter Island’s monument-building society did not occur as long thought, according to a fresh look at evidence by researchers at four institutions. “The general thinking has been that the society that Europeans saw when they first showed up was one that had collapsed,” said Robert J. DiNapoli, a doctoral candidate in […]

Comptroller’s Office Studies Student Growth Portfolios for Teacher Evaluation

Comptroller’s Office Studies Student Growth Portfolios for Teacher Evaluation

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a new report that evaluates the use of portfolios in Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. Portfolios contain collections of student work, selected by teachers, from two points in time during the school year to show students’ progress in mastering specified state academic standards. The portfolios are scored by fellow teachers, […]

Tennessee Needs at Least $54.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

Tennessee Needs at Least $54.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

Tennessee needs at least $54.8 billion worth of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2018 to June 2023—a $4.8 billion (9.7%) increase from the year before—according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  More than $3.7 billion of this year’s increase is attributable to increases in […]

Jefferson County Commission Stands Up for Property Rights, State Legislators File Proposed Bills

Jefferson County Commission Stands Up for Property Rights, State Legislators File Proposed Bills

After County Commission made a resolution on January 21, 2020 that aims to protect private property rights, bills were filed in the Tennessee General Assembly to better protect property owners from eminent domain that is initiated by government for private benefit and economic development. The framers of the constitution limited property takings to “public use” under […]

State Representative Andrew Farmer To Seek Re-Election In 2020

State Representative Andrew Farmer To Seek Re-Election In 2020

Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chair prioritizes safe communities; commitment to education (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) Monday announced he will seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2020. “It is an incredible honor to serve the men, women and families our community,” said Rep. Farmer. “District 17 and our state are thriving under […]

Jefferson County Schools, Lead Exceeding Allowable Limits Found In Recent Water Tests

Jefferson County Schools, Lead Exceeding Allowable Limits Found In Recent Water Tests

In a release from Dr. Shane Johnston, Jefferson County Director Of Schools – Jefferson County Schools recently tested water sources on the campuses of the school district in compliance Jefferson County School Board policy (3.212) that aligns with TCA 49-2-133. The tests were completed in December 2019. The first round of results was provided yesterday […]

Time to Move On

Time to Move On

As this impeachment trial drags on, it becomes more and more obvious the Democrats’ impeachment articles are backed by assumptions, not facts. They passed their two Articles of Impeachment – “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” – without evidence President Trump committed a crime and without bipartisan support. Constitutional and criminal law scholar Alan […]

President Trump’s bold vision for Middle East peace

President Trump’s bold vision for Middle East peace

Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead “Peace to Prosperity” is a fundamentally different vision for one of the world’s most complex problems. “My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides,” President Trump said today, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing alongside him. President Trump also took the step of meeting yesterday with Israel’s opposition leader, […]

County Commission First Vote Of 2020

County Commission First Vote Of 2020

In their first voting meeting of the year 2020, the Jefferson County Commission voted 13-8 to add two full time positions to the office of Circuit Court Clerk. The addition came as an amendment to a budget committee item which allowed one full time and one part time position to join the Circuit Court Clerk’s […]

Tackling Kudzu in East Tennessee

Tackling Kudzu in East Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry and the National Park Service are partnering with Keep Sevier Beautiful to host an educational event spotlighting kudzu in the Sevier County area. The public is invited to learn about this highly invasive and destructive plant and what homeowners can do to control it around their homes […]

Tennessee Cooking Up a Healthier Summer for Rural Children

Tennessee Cooking Up a Healthier Summer for Rural Children

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is seeking rural communities as it opens the application process for organizations to participate in this year’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The goal of the SFSP is to ensure that children 18 and younger who benefit from meal programs during the school year continue to have that […]

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