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Tennessee Electoral Votes Cast for Mitt Romney

Tennessee Electoral Votes Cast for Mitt Romney

Eleven Electoral College representatives from across Tennessee met in Nashville Monday to cast the state’s presidential votes for Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate, Paul Ryan. Like most states, Tennessee’s votes in the Electoral College are allocated based on a “winner take all” system – which means the electors pledged to award [...]

Marketing livestock in late December and January

As the year wanes and a new year begins, cattle movement starts to slow down. This slowdown includes local livestock markets across Tennessee. Dr. Andrew Griffith, a rural economist with University of Tennessee Extension, says producers planning to market cattle during this time, even through January, should call the market or market management to inquire [...]

The Affordable Care Act Proving Unaffordable For States

In 2010, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said to find out what was in President Obama’s health care bill Congress would have to pass it. After nearly three years, facts about the legislation are still trickling out and remain unclear. You’ve probably read about the 21 new taxes the bill requires in an effort to impose [...]

Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced last week that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate. The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part [...]

Jefferson County School Board Meets In Called Meeting

Jefferson County School Board Meets In Called Meeting

The Jefferson County School Board met in a Called Meeting on December 18, 2012 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School. The purpose of the Called Meeting was for action regarding the White Pine School Copier Settlement. Prior to the Called Meeting the School Board met in Executive Session with their attorney. The [...]

Recall – Contamination With Burkholderia Cepacia

Recall – Contamination With Burkholderia Cepacia

Matrixx Initiatives notified the public of a recall of one lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel. Burkholderia cepacia was found in a single sample of the product taken from the affected lot. The problem was detected during a routine review at the manufacturing facility. Tests on additional samples from the same lot have [...]

Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee

Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee

The meeting was called to order by Chairman O’Donovan at 10AM and introductions were made. Dan noted that Mike Keane, our colleague, friend and vice-chairman of LEPC, passed away on December 3rd. The vice-chair vacancy will be addressed at the next LEPC meeting in March 2013. Mike will be missed by all. · The September [...]

MEDIC Holiday Schedule

MEDIC Holiday Schedule

Medic Regional Blood Center reminds everyone that the need for blood never takes a break or a holiday. In fact, according to their reports, the need for blood can actually increase this time of year due to increased travel throughout our region. “We currently have an urgent need for O Negative—the universal blood type that [...]

States move forward to implement health care law, build health insurance marketplaces

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week that three more states are on track to implement the health care law and establish health insurance marketplaces, or Exchanges, in their states. HHS issued the first conditional approval of a State Partnership Exchange in Delaware and Minnesota and Rhode Island are conditionally approved [...]

U.S. Citizen Arrested in North Korea

U.S. Citizen Arrested in North Korea

A North Korean state news agency has reported the arrest of a United States citizen, this past Friday. The Korean Central News Agency reported that Bae Jun Ho entered the nation on November 3rd to carry out a tour, and that, upon being arrested, the man confessed to the still unspecified crime. A U.S. official [...]

TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

No Lane Closures on Interstates and State Routes from December 22 to January 2 Road construction will not slow travelers’ busy Christmas and New Year’s travel holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. [...]

Senate Aging Committee Examines International Approach To Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the committee’s ranking member, released an official committee report that offers a comparison of international approaches to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. The report examined five countries—Australia, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—and [...]

Milk Market Comments December 19, 2012

Milk production in the 23 major states during November totaled 14.9 billion pounds, up 1.1% from November 2011. Production per cow was 1,758 pounds in November, up 19 pound from November a year ago. There were 8.47 million cows, 3,000 less than November 2011, and 8,000 more than October. Revised October production was revised to [...]

East TN Regional Outbreak Area for Influenza

East TN Regional Outbreak Area for Influenza

The influenza season has arrived early in East Tennessee and the State is listed by the Center for Disease Control as one that has had regional outbreaks of influenza. Experts are encouraging all residents that have not yet received the influenza vaccination to get one as soon as possible. It is important to remember that [...]

Redistricting

Redistricting

In the most recent election, Jefferson County elected two Representatives to the State House. The redistricting process divided Jefferson County into Districts 11 and 17, sharing representation with Cocke and Greene Counties in District 11 and Sevier County in District 17. Jeremy Faison will represent Jefferson County in District 11. Faison is an incumbent and [...]

If the President Expects Compromise

If the President Expects Compromise, He Must Set the Table for Negotiation It’s past time for President Obama to offer concrete, realistic solutions to our nation’s fiscal crisis and to prevent the tax increases and arbitrary spending cuts set to go into effect on January 1, known as the fiscal cliff. While the president continues [...]