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35,000 Users Download TDOT’s New SmartWay Application

More than 35,000 users have downloaded the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) SmartWay Mobile App since its launch in late December. The App is designed to help drivers navigate Tennessee highways, providing up-to-the-minute customized traffic information. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for [...]

Landowners Amass to Battle Megasite

Landowners Amass to Battle Megasite

Property owners and citizens with concerns regarding the proposed Megasite that is slotted to be located on 1860 acres in the Valley Home Road area of the I-40 and I-81 split met on Saturday morning to discuss the project. Around 100 people participated in the organizational meeting of Save Our Farms and Homes, a ground [...]

Myths and Facts About Proposed Megasite

Myths and Facts About Proposed Megasite

The proposed Jefferson County Megasite has brought many questions regarding the particulars of the site. Interest in the project and multiple sources of information has left some residents trying to delve through the mass of conflicting answers. The Post has received several questions regarding the site and requests for accurate information. We consulted multiple sources [...]

Corker Applauds Court Ruling on Unconstitutional Obama Appointments

Corker Applauds Court Ruling on Unconstitutional Obama Appointments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today applauded a federal appeals court’s ruling that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate’s advice and consent authority in making so-called “recess” appointments last January. “This ruling is a huge victory for all who believe in [...]

Ice Covered Start

Ice Covered Start

Jefferson County residents awoke on Friday morning to a glaze of ice covering the area. Icy streets limited road travel, as freezing rain moved into the area before daybreak. Temperatures did not recover as quickly as expected and, as a second bout of precipitation moved across the Cumberland Plateau and headed for East Tennessee, forecasters [...]

Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Concern

Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Concern

Antibiotics, those wonderful drugs that fight bacteria, are losing their healing powers for growing numbers of people. The Tennessee Department of Health is working to educate Tennesseans that some antibiotics are no longer effective for some people due to antibiotic resistance, a condition that can be created when antibiotics are overprescribed or misused. “When we [...]

Early Tennessee Legislative Records

Early Tennessee Legislative Records

Tennesseans who want to get a glimpse at the foundations of our state’s political and social history can do so with the help of a new resource from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The Early Tennessee Legislative Records database is now online, providing an index to records from as early as 1793 through the [...]

School Board Meets

School Board Meets

The Jefferson County School Board held their Regular Monthly Voting Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Board Potts. All members of the Board were present. Director of Jefferson County School Edmonds recognized Supervisor Mandy Schneitman for [...]

Dandridge Planning & Zoning

Dandridge Planning & Zoning

Town of Dandridge Regional Planning Commission Regular Meeting January 24, 2013 New Business WODA/Mark Jackson, Shrader Road, Map 67, Parcel 87, Concept Plan for Apartments.  Concept plan for Community Revitalization Plan on Shrader Road property adjoining the Field of Dreams property, involving THDA Tax Credit Program. Commission was presented information on a 50 apartment unit [...]

Tennessee School Districts Part of Wave of New Teacher Pay Plans

Tennessee School Districts Part of Wave of New Teacher Pay Plans

Four Tennessee school districts have joined a small but growing group of districts nationwide that are experimenting with alternative ways to pay teachers, a new report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) highlights. Alternative salary plans base teacher pay increases on positive performance ratings rather than on years of [...]

Farm Service Agency Announces Important Program Updates

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013. FSA administers these programs. [...]

Treasury Targets Leading Figures of Transnational Criminal Organizations

Treasury Targets Leading Figures of Transnational Criminal Organizations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today took action against three transnational criminal organizations (TCO), the Camorra, the Yakuza, and the Brothers’ Circle. Today’s designations include four members of the Camorra, one of Europe’s largest criminal organizations; the Inagawa-kai, the third-largest clan within the Japanese Yakuza criminal network; and an individual providing support [...]

Flu Risks for Seniors

As you age, your immune system weakens. This weakening makes seniors—adults 65 years and older— more susceptible to the flu. For seniors, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. It is important all seniors [...]

Late filing and FASFA

Late filing and FASFA

January is the month that most college bound or enrolled students typically prepare their Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FASFA). This year, however, a delayed date for filing income tax returns, announced by the Internal Revenue Service  has some students and parents in limbo regarding the filing of the FASFA, which requires the most [...]

ISAF Training Mission Bolsters Afghan Gains, Commander Says

ISAF Training Mission Bolsters Afghan Gains, Commander Says

As Afghan forces assume full security responsibility in their country, a “fundamental shift” in operations will occur, a senior NATO International Security Assistance Force commander said here today. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of ISAF Joint Command, briefed Pentagon reporters on what the shift will look like and what role NATO forces will [...]

Official: Pentagon to Lift Rule Excluding Women From Combat

Official: Pentagon to Lift Rule Excluding Women From Combat

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official said today. The policy change will begin a process in which the services will develop plans [...]