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Prohibition Exhibit at State Library and Archives and Online

Prohibition Exhibit at State Library and Archives and Online

It was the constitutional amendment that tried – often unsuccessfully – to put Americans on the path to sobriety and in the process created a booming market for Tennessee’s providers of illegal moonshine whiskey. The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which launched the Prohibition era in 1920, was called the country’s “noble experiment.” That [...]

Tennessee Ranks as 2nd Bike Friendliest State in the Southeast

In honor of National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest Bicycle Friendly States (BFS) ranking. In the sixth annual assessment, Tennessee ranked 2nd in the southeast region, while placing 17th nationally. Tennessee has improved its national ranking from 26th in 2012. “With all the competing transportation needs we have, Tennessee [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 3, 2013

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 3, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $128 to $130 while dressed prices were $206 to $207. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $129.02 live, up $1.77 from last week and $206.56 dressed, up $3.96 from a [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, May 3, 2013

Weekly Crop Comments, May 3, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 82.11 -0.47 Crude 95.46 +2.58 Dow 14,973 +232 Soybean, corn, cotton, and wheat prices are up for the week. This is Aaron Smith with University of Tennessee Extension on May 3, 2013. Going forward, I will be taking over the weekly and monthly crop commentary from Chuck Danehower. I would like [...]

Corker to President Obama: Secret U.S. Cash Payments to Karzai Lack Accountability, Promote Corruption, and Break Trust with Taxpayers

Corker to President Obama: Secret U.S. Cash Payments to Karzai Lack Accountability, Promote Corruption, and Break Trust with Taxpayers

In a letter to President Obama today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, requested an explanation regarding recent reports alleging the U.S. has made millions of dollars in secret cash payments to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the past decade. “Our support for the Karzai administration should have [...]

Legislation to Curb Rx Abuse & Pill Mills Passes

Legislation to Curb Rx Abuse & Pill Mills Passes

Major legislation sponsored by State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) designed to curb the abuse of prescription drugs in Tennessee is on its way to Governor Bill Haslam for his signature. Faison said the bill is a result of “comprehensive and collaborative effort by citizens, legislators, law enforcement and medical professionals to enhance and tighten the [...]

School Board Gives $12 Million Go-Ahead For JCHS Renovations

School Board Gives $12 Million Go-Ahead For JCHS Renovations

The Jefferson County School Board met on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 and Approved a request from their Construction Manager to release specific scopes of work to begin the renovation to Jefferson County High School. Their approval will allow time critical materials and equipment to be purchased, as well as drawings and other work to ensure [...]

County Budget Committee Takes First Steps For 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

County Budget Committee Takes First Steps For 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met to begin the budgeting process for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman Griffith. Absent from Roll Call were Committee Members Cureton, Maples, Dockery and Blevins. Under Capitol Projects, Director of Business Affairs [...]

Accident At High School Intersection Hwy 92 & Dumplin Valley Tuesday Evening

Accident At High School Intersection Hwy 92 & Dumplin Valley Tuesday Evening

Tuesday evening at the busy intersection of Dumplin Valley Road and Highway 92, Dandridge Police & Fire Departments along with several other emergency responders were called to the scene of an accident involving a pickup truck and Ford Escort.  According to Dandridge Police Sergeant Dave Hager the pickup truck was West bound on E. Dumplin [...]

Public Service Committee Addresses Intermodal Costs, Dirty Lots, & Noise Ordinance

Public Service Committee Addresses Intermodal Costs, Dirty Lots, & Noise Ordinance

The Jefferson County Public Service Committee met on Monday, April 29, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Tabor. Absent from Roll Call was Committee Member Dockery. Two citizens addressed the Committee regarding the proposed Norfolk Southern Intermodal and the Dirty Lot Law. The Agenda was accepted [...]

Native Wild Dogwoods Threatened

Native Wild Dogwoods Threatened

Several years ago, flowering wild dogwood trees were found in abundance in the mountains and valleys of East Tennessee. Over the course of the last two decades, however, their numbers have drastically decreased, leaving Jefferson County residents searching the local wooded areas in vain, hoping to spot one of Tennessee’s favorite flowering trees. The rapidly [...]

50 Year Lease For Strawberry Plains Library Passes Committee

50 Year Lease For Strawberry Plains Library Passes Committee

The Jefferson County Facilities Committee met on Monday, April 29, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Turner. Absent from Roll Call was Committee Member Dockery.  Upon a Motion from Committee Member Tabor and 2nd from Committee Member Griffith the Minutes were Approved. The Agenda was [...]

Secretary Hargett Announces Changes to Photo ID Law

The General Assembly amended Tennessee’s voter photo identification law during its recently-concluded legislative session. Amendments sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet) seek to clarify and strengthen the law that was successfully implemented during the 2012 election cycle. Voters may no longer use photo IDs issued by other states as [...]

Class I Recall: Failure to Provide a Warning at Extremely High Blood Glucose Levels

Class I Recall: Failure to Provide a Warning at Extremely High Blood Glucose Levels

AUDIENCE: Consumer, Health Professional, Pharmacy ISSUE: At extremely high blood glucose levels of 1024 mg/dL and above, the OneTouch Verio IQ Meter will turn off instead of displaying the message “EXTREME HIGH GLUCOSE above 600 mg/dL” as intended. When turned back on, the meter enters the “Set-Up” mode and requires the user to confirm the [...]

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Keynote at GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Keynote at GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

The Jefferson County Republican Party held their annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on Saturday evening, April 27, 2013 at Carson Newman College. Key note speaker for the event was United States Senator Lamar Alexander. Other dignitaries that participated in the program were, in order of appearance- Chancellor Telford Forgety, Judge Dewayne Sloan, U.S. Representative Jimmy Duncan, [...]

Fallout From Federal School Lunch Dictates

Fallout From Federal School Lunch Dictates

The Jefferson County Department of Education is feeling the financial fallout from Federal dictates regarding the content of school lunches. In a push to address the trend of childhood obesity, the USDA-with significant support from First Lady Michelle Obama-instigated strict guidelines for school lunches during the 2012-2013 school year. Some school officials, however, are questioning [...]