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Nominating Committee Meeting Falls Short of Quorum

Nominating Committee Meeting Falls Short of Quorum

Five members of the Jefferson County Nominating Committee were present for a Called Meeting on April 2, 2013, that was the result of a request by seven Nominating Committee Members following the March 18, 2013 County Commission meeting. Actions surrounding the meeting call and alleged Open Meeting Act violation were the subject of a recent [...]

Legislation Providing Hall Income Tax Relief for Senior Citizens Passes Finance Subcommittee

Legislation Providing Hall Income Tax Relief for Senior Citizens Passes Finance Subcommittee

More senior citizens will qualify for Hall income tax relief under Republican-sponsored legislation approved by the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee this week. House Bill 192 is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative package to provide tax relief to citizens across the state. The package also includes House Bill 193 to reduce the state [...]

JCHS to host parent information sessions Thursday evening in conjunction with parent/teacher conferences

JCHS to host parent information sessions Thursday evening in conjunction with parent/teacher conferences

Jefferson County High School will host three separate parent meetings on April 4. Parents of 9th grade students will meet at 5:30 p.m. The session for parents of 10th grade students will begin at 6:30 p.m. The informational meeting for parents of 11th grade students will be held at 7:30 p.m. Topics to be covered [...]

Farm Service Agency Offers Producers a Free Online News Service

Farm Service Agency Offers Producers a Free Online News Service

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, CEO James L Giffin announced that farmers and ranchers in Jefferson, Cocke and Sevier Counties now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important FSA program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information. “FSA is now offering free online communications through our GovDelivery electronic news service,” saidCEO Giffin. [...]

Governor Bill Haslam Announces Tennessee Will Not Expand Medicaid Rolls

Governor Bill Haslam Announces Tennessee Will Not Expand Medicaid Rolls

Governor Bill Haslam announced this week to a Joint Session of the Tennessee General Assembly that he will not expand the state’s Medicaid rolls pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. Instead, Haslam plans to independently pursue a “Tennessee Plan” for expanding healthcare coverage to those truly in [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, April 1, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 to $3 higher on a live basis and $5 higher on a dressed basis compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $127 to $129 while dressed prices were $203 to $204. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $127.76 live, up $2.99 from [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, April 1, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 83.18 +0.65 Crude 97.23 +3.52 Dow 14,579 +67 Cotton prices are up while corn, soybean, and wheat prices are down for the shortened trading week. Grain markets responded negatively March 28 to the bearish grain stocks reports led mainly by surprisingly bearish corn stocks. Follow through electronic trading April 1 indicates [...]

More Open Meeting Act Violation Complaints

More Open Meeting Act Violation Complaints

The Jefferson County Commission may have cause for concern regarding an alleged Open Meeting Act violation following their March 18, 2013 meeting. In a letter addressed to Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mills and Nominating Committee Chairman Tucker, Open Records Counsel for the State of Tennessee, Elisha Hodge, addressed a complaint that had been filed regarding [...]

Town of Dandridge Regional Planning Commission Regular Meeting, March 28, 2013

New Business 1. Stuart Anderson of George Ewart Architects, West Price Road, Medical Facility – 17445 square foot building, on 4 acres with 115 parking spaces to house 12 professionals (doctors).  (Approved) 2. The Point Resort, 1376 Penninsula Lane,  Site Plan Review – RV hookup sites, 30 sites this summer and 30 sites next year, [...]

Unemployment Insurance Program Plagued by Overpayments and Delayed Benefits

Unemployment Insurance Program Plagued by Overpayments and Delayed Benefits

The $1.2 billion unemployment insurance program administered by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development has made overpayments exceeding $73 million due to fraud and errors over the last six years. State auditors found that the department’s internal controls for the program were ineffective or non-existent, resulting in overpayments of claims due to fraud [...]

Cool Disregard Over Recent North Korean Threats

Cool Disregard Over Recent North Korean Threats

The most recent volley of threats issued by North Korea against South Korea and the United States has been met with cool disregard. The dictator-led North Korea has frequently been assuring allied nations that any war that erupts in the area will not be confined to the local area, but will be escalated to an [...]

Jefferson County EDOC March 2013 Meeting

Jefferson County EDOC March 2013 Meeting

Jefferson County Economic Development Oversight Committee (EDOC) released draft minutes from their March meeting held March 18, 2013. Minutes from the meeting have not been presented to the Committee for approval, though Don Cason, Director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and EDOC employee, did review the minutes prior to release. Following the presentation [...]

Jefferson County Planning Commission Approves Body Farm Guidelines

Jefferson County Planning Commission Approves Body Farm Guidelines

The Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals held their meeting prior to the Regular Meeting of the Jefferson County Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The BZA Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Board Reneau. Upon a Motion from Board Member Batson and 2nd from [...]

Two Dandridge Arrests Part of Multi-State Drug Operation

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force, made two arrests on Monday, March 25, 2013. Arthur Jackson “Jack” Scarlett of 525 W. Hwy. 2570, Dandridge, and Lisa Michele Tipton of 1729 Haire Rd., Dandridge, face federal drug charges for conspiracy to distribute and possession of oxycodone. Jefferson County [...]

Vick vs. Jefferson County Board of Education Ordered to Mediation

A hearing was held March 19, 2013 in Hawkins County Circuit Court with the Judge Tom Wright presiding. Judge Wright was assigned the case after Judge Telford Forgety recused himself. Attorney Jonathan Taylor of Taylor and Knight, Knoxville, TN represented JCBOE at the hearing. He requested a summary judgment for the school board arguing that [...]

Hamblen County Driver Services Center Will Close March 28, Relocate to New Facility on April 1

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced today that the Hamblen County Driver Services Center is relocating to a new facility in Morristown. The current driver services center, located at 1901 State St. in Morristown, will permanently close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. The new center, located at 2567 Buffalo Trail, [...]