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Weekly Livestock Comments, May 31, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 31, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly steady to firm compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $124 to $125 while dressed prices were primarily $199 to $200 on limited trade. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $124.81 live, up $0.36 from last week and $199.06 [...]

Trapping Gets Underway for Tree Pest Across Tennessee

Trapping Gets Underway for Tree Pest Across Tennessee

Purple three-sided insect traps that resemble a box kite can be seen in ash trees across Tennessee in the next few months as part of a surveillance program by state and federal agencies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) are partnering [...]

Patriot Academy Ready To Welcome Class of 2017

Patriot Academy Ready To Welcome Class of 2017

The Patriot Academy is close to completion and the Department of Education is gearing up to welcome the Class of 2017. Though the academic freshman academy program has had a year to become established, Administrators are excited that there will soon be a new facility to house the program. Jefferson County High School Principal Dr. [...]

Obama administration releases final rules on employment-based wellness programs

Obama administration releases final rules on employment-based wellness programs

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury continued to move forward to implement the health care law today, by issuing final rules on employment-based wellness programs. The final rules support workplace health promotion and prevention as a means to reduce the burden of chronic illness, improve health, and limit growth [...]

ALEXANDER, CORKER, ROE APPLAUD EASTMAN’S $1.6 BILLION EXPANSION

ALEXANDER, CORKER, ROE APPLAUD EASTMAN’S $1.6 BILLION EXPANSION

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Congressman Phil Roe were in Kingsport today as Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Eastman Chemical Company chairman and CEO Jim Rogers announced “Project Inspire,” a $1.6 billion investment in Eastman’s Kingsport site, which will add 300 new jobs during the next seven years. “The important news is [...]

Treasury Identifies Virtual Currency Provider Liberty Reserve as a Financial Institution of Primary Money Laundering Concern under USA Patriot Act Section 311

Treasury Identifies Virtual Currency Provider Liberty Reserve as a Financial Institution of Primary Money Laundering Concern under USA Patriot Act Section 311

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named Liberty Reserve S.A. as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Section 311). Liberty Reserve – a web-based money transfer system or “virtual currency” – is specifically designed and frequently used to facilitate money laundering in cyber space. [...]

Jefferson County Rescue Squad Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Jefferson County Rescue Squad Celebrates 50 Years of Service

The Jefferson County Rescue Squad hit a milestone birthday this weekend, as it turned one half a century old. In celebration of five decades of service, the Rescue Squad welcomed the public on Saturday to get an overview of their operation and enjoy some time listening to great music and talking with squad members. The [...]

Corker Reiterates Call for Congress to Update 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Al Qaeda to Address Evolving Terrorist Threats

Corker Reiterates Call for Congress to Update 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Al Qaeda to Address Evolving Terrorist Threats

In advance of President Obama’s address on U.S. counterterrorism policy today at National Defense University, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today reiterated his call for Congress to have a serious debate about updating the 2001 congressional authorization for use of military force against al Qaeda and its [...]

Jefferson County Tomorrow Retains Hurley Law Firm

Jefferson County Tomorrow Retains Hurley Law Firm

Citizens with Jefferson County Tomorrow met on Thursday evening to address concerns regarding the proposed Norfolk Southern Intermodal that is slotted for the New Market area. Though the concerned citizen’s group has been vocal in their opposition to the location of the proposed Intermodal, it was revealed in Thursday’s meeting that they have retained legal [...]

School Board Meets – Possible Property Tax Hike on Horizon

School Board Meets – Possible Property Tax Hike on Horizon

The Jefferson County School Board met on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Jefferson County High School. The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Board Potts. Absent from Roll Call were Board Members Vines and Rogers. Special Recognition was given to student winners of the Director’s Art Gallery and those that attended the [...]

What’s Your App?

What’s Your App?

With the new age of technology slowly integrating itself into our daily lives, it appears more and more as if everyone has a smart phone. With these, comes the inevitable multitude of applications available for download. What seems to be becoming the most popular of these lately are “re-sale” apps. Applications like Etsy, Poshmark, and [...]

The Un-Official Start To Summer!

The Un-Official Start To Summer!

Memorial Day is on the horizon and with it comes the unofficial start to Summer 2013! Many are looking forward to a much needed three day weekend and planning some fun activities to fill the time. If a quick jaunt to the beach just isn’t in the cards for the holiday weekend, do not fret. [...]

Alarming Decline in Amphibian Life within the U.S.

A new study from the USGS shows an alarming decline in amphibian life within the U.S.

Corker Statement in Honor of Memorial Day

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statement in honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27: “My job gives me the opportunity to meet with members of our military serving all over the world. It is humbling and often emotionally overwhelming to be in their presence. On Memorial Day we remember those who made [...]

Funds Intended to Benefit Homeless and Abused Animals Stolen from Morristown Shelter

Funds Intended to Benefit Homeless and Abused Animals Stolen from Morristown Shelter

An employee of the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society altered receipts to conceal the theft of $51,130 from the organization’s adoption fees and other funds, an audit by the Comptroller’s Division of Investigation has revealed. Receipts in the humane society’s computer system were backdated – up to 11 years before the installation of the computer system – [...]

2nd Round of Storms blow through AEC Service Area

A second round of severe storms hit the AEC service area on 5/22/2013, causing interruption to electric facilities and resulting in power outages for local members. At approximately 3:00 pm. on Wednesday afternoon, a storm with high winds and heavy downpours caused problems in the Alpha and Bean Station areas of the cooperative service area, [...]