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Audit Finds Serious and Pervasive Problems with the Department of Economic and Community Development’s TNInvestco Program

Tennessee’s TNInvestco Program, which is administered by the state Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), has serious and pervasive problems, according to report released today by the Comptroller’s Division of State Audit. TNInvestco was launched in 2009 as a program that provides tax credits to businesses which invest in certain types of start-up companies. [...]

Tennessee State Parks Announce Special Winter Rates

Tennessee State Parks will offer special winter rates for 360 villas and cabins, along with six state park inns from Nov. 15, 2012, through March 15, 2013. With a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee, families and groups seeking unique recreation opportunities and high-quality accommodations can find the perfect [...]

Will Shehata Negotiate a Cease-Fire?

Violence has flared between Gaza and Israel, as Israel seeks to end the daily rocket strikes that have been assailing Israeli cities. Israel has led three days of air strikes against Gaza, who is now calling for Israel to end its assault and “all acts of aggression and assassination,” as well as ending its blockade [...]


It may seem like only yesterday that Jefferson County residents were shooting off fireworks and celebrating the birth of the Nation and it certainly doesn’t feel like much time has passed since trick or treaters were knocking on the door. Believe it or not, it is time for Thanksgiving and all the accompaniments that traditionally [...]

Dandridge Gets Ready For Christmas Kickoff

Dandridge Gets Ready For Christmas Kickoff

It takes a lot of time and preparation to dress a Town for the holidays and volunteers were hard at work last week preparing for the decoration of the Town of Dandridge. A group of dedicated individuals met throughout last week to begin the removal of Fall decorations and start the process of Christmas decorating. [...]

Video Game Purchases

With the Christmas season fast approaching (and Black Friday just around the corner), I have heard several concerns by parents and grandparents as to what video games might be appropriate for children. Now many people know that games have a rating system, but a shocking number of buyers don’t actually know what the ratings are. [...]

No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee again this year during this busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on [...]

Facilities Committee Elect New Officers

The Jefferson County Facilities Committee held the regular scheduled meeting prior to the County Commission work session on Friday, November 13, 2012 at 6:00pm in the Jefferson County Historic Courthouse in Dandridge. Present were commissioners Dockery, Carmichael, Griffith and Turner. Tabor was not present at the meeting. The agenda consisted of one main item of [...]

Tennessee State Parks’ Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family, while surrounding yourself with Tennessee’s natural wonders during this season of thanksgiving. Once again, Tennessee State Park officials are pleased to announce that all eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, Nov. 22, serving their annual Thanksgiving Day feast. Thanksgiving turkey [...]

Public Service Committee

Public Service Committee

The Jefferson County Public Service Committee met on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The meeting was for organizational purposes, following the seating of new Committee Members. Committee Member Turner, who requested the meeting, Called the Meeting to Order. Present were Committee Members Turner, Dockery, Carmichael and Barreiro. Absent was Committee [...]

The perfect holiday gift? Double lifetime earnings

As the holiday shopping season kicks into full swing, many parents and grandparents are searching for gift ideas that are meaningful and make financial sense. With the overall cost of college expenses on the rise, the TNStars College Savings 529 Program is a great solution for many Tennesseans. The TNStars program offers an easy way [...]

Jefferson County Commission Work Session

Jefferson County Commission Work Session

The Jefferson County Commission held their Regular Monthly Work Session on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Commissioner Tucker stated that the Approval of the Minutes slotted for vote at the next meeting are dated one year back. Tucker asked that [...]


After a day of feast and floundering, residents will awaken on Friday morning to find the Nation in full holiday swing. Black Friday is a National phenomenon that finds normal and rational people dragging themselves from bed during the wee hours of the morning the day after Thanksgiving to power shop. Millions of Americans will [...]

UT Extension offers tips to avoid weight gain during the holiday season

If you’re a typical American, you’ll weigh one pound more on January 2, 2013, than you did November 21, 2012. On average, we gain a pound during the holiday season when we come face-to-face with many desserts, candies and treats. One pound doesn’t sound like a big deal, but what if you don’t lose that [...]

$780,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants Awarded

$780,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants Awarded

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded $780,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to fund energy efficiency projects at four Tennessee educational institutions across the state. These projects are designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings. The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program [...]


The TWRA announces that it will continue to manage the former Rocky Fork tract of the Cherokee Wildlife Management Area until the property deed is transferred to the Tennessee Department of Conservation (TDEC) later this winter. The TWRA has in previous years leased the property from private landowners for public outdoor use and will continue [...]