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Sen. Niceley Appointed to Leadership of Two Key Senate Committees

Sen. Niceley Appointed to Leadership of Two Key Senate Committees

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) has been appointed to the leadership of two key committees in the Tennessee Senate.  Niceley will serve as 1st Vice-Chairman of the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Transportation and Safety Committee.  The appointments were made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally during the General Assembly’s 2019 [...]

Speaker Casada Names Representative Farmer Chairman of House Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Speaker Casada Names Representative Farmer Chairman of House Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville)Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. The 7-member subcommittee will be responsible for all matters and legislation related to criminal law. “Chairman Farmer has a remarkable record of legislative excellence during his time serving his community as a member of our General Assembly,” [...]

Heating Woes Leaves Students Shivering

Heating Woes Leaves Students Shivering

The return of frigid temperatures to the area has brought more than inconvenience to students and staff at the Patriot Academy. For several days, they have struggled with working in a space that has ranged from uncomfortable to cold due to heating issues at the Patriot Academy. With multiple classrooms without heat, administrators have moved [...]

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from the Jefferson County Post! In honor Martin Luther King Day and to celebrate the life works of Dr. King, a parade and ceremony were held at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse in Dandridge. A standing tradition, the program is open to all that follow and appreciate the [...]

Number of Federal Unemployment Claims Doubles in Ten Days

Number of Federal Unemployment Claims Doubles in Ten Days

 The number of federal employees applying for Tennessee unemployment insurance benefits has more than doubled during the last 10 days as the partial shutdown of the United States government moves into its fourth week. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (TDLWD) Unemployment Security Division processed 400 claims for federal employees from the day [...]

Over 50 Percent of Tennessee Public High School Seniors Raise Score on ACT Senior Retake

Over 50 Percent of Tennessee Public High School Seniors Raise Score on ACT Senior Retake

Interim Commissioner Dr. Lyle Ailshie announced today that 76.1 percent of the state’s public high school class of 2019—53,478 students—participated in the department’s third ACT Senior Retake opportunity in October 2018, the state’s highest participation rate on record. Of those seniors who retook the ACT in 2018, more than 50 percent increased their composite score [...]

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady During December

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady During December

New data released Thursday by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips showed Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate held steady during the final month of 2018. The seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for December 2018 was 3.6 percent, which mirrored the rate from the previous month. “Tennessee’s unemployment [...]

AG Slatery Joins $1.5M Settlement with Neiman Marcus Over 2013 Data Breach

AG Slatery Joins $1.5M Settlement with Neiman Marcus Over 2013 Data Breach

The Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement policies to resolve an investigation with 43 states and the District of Columbia into the 2013 breach of customer payment card data at 77 Neiman Marcus stores in the United States. In January 2014, Neiman Marcus disclosed that payment card data collected [...]

Farmers Offered New Cost Share Opportunity for Certification Program

Farmers Offered New Cost Share Opportunity for Certification Program

Tennessee farmers looking to expand their markets and increase food safety by becoming Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA). GAP certification allows producers to sell directly to more businesses and institutions with stringent food safety requirements, such as grocery stores or [...]

By the Numbers: JCHS Report Card Shows Improvement Needed in Academic Achievement and School Climate

By the Numbers: JCHS Report Card Shows Improvement Needed in Academic Achievement and School Climate

Just prior to Christmas Break, the Tn Department of Education rolled out its’ 2017/2018 District/School Report Card complete with a new, easier to read system of scoring schools and districts. The new report card follows much the same system as student report cards. The various areas of scoring are done on a scale of 0-4 [...]

State Rep. Jeremy Faison Urges A New Approach To Criminal Justice Reform: Restorative Justice

State Rep. Jeremy Faison Urges A New Approach To Criminal Justice Reform: Restorative Justice

“Buzz Words” are thrown around during campaign season by passionate politicians to emphasize their platform and to bolster support. Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) is one of these “buzz words.” From conservative groups such as the Beacon Center to liberal groups such as the ACLU, public support for CJR is on the rise. President Trump, Nancy [...]

SFMO Offers Do’s and Don’ts for Using Wood-Burning Heating Alternatives

SFMO Offers Do’s and Don’ts for Using Wood-Burning Heating Alternatives

Colder temperatures are in the forecast for many Tennesseans as we approach the weekend, and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding Volunteer State residents to keep safety in mind when choosing to use alternative heating options as a way to stay warm. Wood-burning heat sources, like wood stoves and fireplaces, are common [...]

TWRA Launches New Smartphone App with Enhanced Features

TWRA Launches New Smartphone App with Enhanced Features

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is launching a new smartphone app, “TWRA on the Go,” with enhanced features to make it easier to hunt, fish, boat, and enjoy wildlife.  “We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for those who enjoy the outdoors,” said Michael May, TWRA Assistant Director. “The new app [...]

Federal Employees May Be Eligible for Unemployment

Federal Employees May Be Eligible for Unemployment

The partial shutdown of the United States government currently impacts more than 25,000 Tennesseans. Many furloughed federal workers are not on the job, while others continue to work without pay. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) manages the federally funded unemployment insurance program. The state received its appropriation for the program before [...]

Pre-Medicare Years Bring Health Insurance Worries for Many, U-M/AARP Poll Finds

Pre-Medicare Years Bring Health Insurance Worries for Many, U-M/AARP Poll Finds

With the dawn of a new year, most Americans have just started a new health insurance coverage period — whether they receive their coverage through a job, buy it themselves or have a government plan. But a new national poll suggests that many people in their 50s and early 60s harbor serious worries about their [...]

UIC Study Details How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’s

UIC Study Details How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’s

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Texas at Austin, have found that while many high school peer crowds and influences have remained constant over time, changing demographics, cultural influences and the increasing number of college-bound youth have led to the emergence of new peer groups [...]

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