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Boyd Speaks at EDA Dinner

Boyd Speaks at EDA Dinner

The Jefferson County Economic Development Alliance hosted investors, potential investors and interested parties Thursday evening, April 20, 2017 at the First Annual Economic Development Alliance Investor’s Dinner at the Carriage House in Dandridge. Current Chairman of the EDA, Langdon Potts, offered the welcome address and recognized Board Members and distinguished guests. Potts also introduced the [...]

She Said, He Said: Millennials

She Said, He Said: Millennials

The following is the sixth entry in “She Said, He Said,” a new series of articles seeking to compare and contrast the various views, political, social or otherwise, of Millennials in today’s world. Elizabeth Lane is a 2016 Carson-Newman University graduate with a BA in Creative Writing, and has worked at the Jefferson County Post [...]

Maury Bat Update As Testing Week Begins

Maury Bat Update As Testing Week Begins

As students and teachers ready themselves for a week of testing, bats continue to plague Maury Middle School. According to Jefferson County School’s Director of Facilities and Business Affairs Michael Phagan, one classroom at Maury has been quarantined due to the presence of bats. Phagan stated that, following last weekend’s attempt to seal the entrance [...]

District 9 Commissioner Seal Speaks Out On Mayoral Veto

District 9 Commissioner Seal Speaks Out On Mayoral Veto

Resolution 2017-20 was moved in County Commission on behalf of a growing number of citizens that believe that they are being left out of economic development decisions made in Jefferson County by the Industrial Development Board (IDB).  As the resolution states, “citizens of any community in Jefferson County deserve to be made aware of any [...]

House Approves Legislation To Remove Burdensome And Outdated Regulations From Law Books

House Approves Legislation To Remove Burdensome And Outdated Regulations From Law Books

The full House passed legislation this week to remove unneeded governmental regulations and red tape from the system by exempting those whose profession is shampooing hair from having to acquire a barber or cosmetology license before being able to run their businesses. Currently, a person in the shampooing business must submit an application, pay a [...]

House Republicans Enhance Transportation Safety For Tennessee Students

House Republicans Enhance Transportation Safety For Tennessee Students

Monday evening, House lawmakers unanimously approved legislation designed to enhance safety and create more oversight of school bus transportation for Tennessee students. As passed, House Bill 322 requires all school districts, including charter schools, to appoint a transportation supervisor to monitor and oversee student transportation. This supervisor must receive annual training developed from the Tennessee [...]

Legislation Aimed At Protecting Elderly Tennesseans From Abuse Moves Forward

Legislation Aimed At Protecting Elderly Tennesseans From Abuse Moves Forward

Legislation sponsored by House Republicans that cracks down on elder abuse and exploitation continues to advance through the House committee process. House Bill 810, known as the Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, closes legal loopholes in existing abuse laws to further protect some of our most vulnerable from criminal targeting. The legislation increases penalties [...]

TWRA Conducts Research on Pygmy Rattlesnakes

TWRA Conducts Research on Pygmy Rattlesnakes

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is assisting wildlife biologists at Tennessee State University in research to determine the distribution of pygmy rattlesnakes in Tennessee. The pygmy rattlesnake is listed as a threatened species in Tennessee and the research will help in conservation efforts to preserve the species in the state. Native to Tennessee, pygmy rattlesnakes [...]

Happy Earth Day 2017!

Happy Earth Day 2017!

April 22nd is Earth Day 2017, a day devoted to conservation and environmental awareness. Earth Day has its origins back in 1970, when United States Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the holiday as an environmental teach-in. Danis Hayes, who was involved in an unrelated Earth Day celebration earlier that year, took Nelson’s idea and spread it [...]

State Representative Jeremy Faison Responds To The Passage Of The IMPROVE Act

State Representative Jeremy Faison Responds To The Passage Of The IMPROVE Act

This week in Nashville, members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Bill 534, the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” — a proposal that Governor Bill Haslam introduced in January that raises the gas and diesel tax and implements a series of other fees in an effort to [...]

IMPROVE Act Passes House Of Representatives

IMPROVE Act Passes House Of Representatives

This week, members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Bill 534, the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” — a proposal that Governor Bill Haslam introduced in January in an effort to help fund the state’s $10 billion backlog of road construction projects. House Bill 534 is a [...]

Quick Tips for Choosing Graduation Gifts

Quick Tips for Choosing Graduation Gifts

Graduation season is quickly approaching! Over the course of the next month, millions of students around the nation will walk across the stage to receive a diploma at high schools and colleges. If they are heading off to university in the fall, or hoping to land that huge job interview, here are a few gift [...]

Mayor Vetos Public Input Resolution

Mayor Vetos Public Input Resolution

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri has exercised his veto power on a recent resolution of the Jefferson County Commission that recommended the Jefferson County Industrial Development Board consider holding public meetings to receive public input on development projects. Resolution 2017-20 was passed Monday evening, April 17, 2017 at the Regular Voting Meeting of the Jefferson County [...]

Commission Puts Priority on Citizen Input

Commission Puts Priority on Citizen Input

Jefferson County Commissioners approved a motion on Monday, April 17, 2017 that sends a recommendation to the Jefferson County Industrial Development assuring that residents will have more input into projects that are initiated by the Jefferson County Industrial Development Board. In a motion presented by Commissioner David Seal and 2nd by Commissioner McGraw (with amendments [...]

Solomon Arrested On Multiple Charges

Solomon Arrested On Multiple Charges

Frank Solomon, Alderman of New Market, Tennessee and Constable of the 7th District, was arrested around 10:30 am on Monday, April 17, 2017 on charges stemming from an investigation by the State of Tennessee Comptrollers Office. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig, his office carried out the arrest warrant that followed a Grand Jury [...]

Bats Invade Hornet’s Nest – Bat Infestation Causing Problems For Maury Middle School

Bats Invade Hornet’s Nest – Bat Infestation Causing Problems For Maury Middle School

Concerns from parents at Maury Middle School precipitated questions regarding the possible infestation of bats at Maury Middle School. According to information provided by parents, bats have been plaguing the school since the weather warmed up in late March. Though the situation has been brought to the attention of school administrators, it has been kept [...]

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