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Alexander, Corker Urge Congress to Focus on Making Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Solvent

Alexander, Corker Urge Congress to Focus on Making Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Solvent

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both Tennessee Republicans, today voted against H.R. 325, the House-passed debt limit bill, and urged Congress to focus on reforming Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. “I voted against this bill because it raises the debt ceiling without taking steps to reduce the debt. Senator Corker and I have [...]

Airman Plans Journey to Top of World

Airman Plans Journey to Top of World

The Tibetans call it “Chomolungma,” meaning “Mother Goddess of the World.” GPS equipment measures its peak at 29,035 feet. If all goes well for Air Force Capt. Colin Merrin, Mount Everest soon will be a line on his mountaineering resume that can’t be topped. Merrin, a GPS operator from the 2nd Space Operations Squadron here, [...]

State gets Federal Grant to help Expand Juvenile Court Screening Project

State gets Federal Grant to help Expand Juvenile Court Screening Project

The state was recently awarded a federal Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) grant of $221,000 that will be used by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to expand the juvenile court screening project, which will be led by Dr. Jeff Feix, Director of the Office of Forensic and Juvenile Court Services [...]

Tennessee Business Spotlight Promotes Businesses in Counties Named for U.S. Presidents

In February, we celebrate President’s Day. So this month’s Tennessee Business Spotlight highlights businesses in each of the seven Tennessee counties named after United States presidents. Tennessee Business Spotlight is a feature on the Secretary of State’s web site that showcases some of the state’s businesses that create jobs, produce quality products and give back [...]

Dandridge Limits and Decisions

Dandridge Limits and Decisions

The Town of Dandridge may soon have to make a decision regarding the Town’s limits and the proposed Megasite. Town of Dandridge Administrator McCarter and Water Management Facility Superintendent Mike Norton stated recently that it will be necessary for the Town to make adjustment to either the boundaries of the Town or lift the current [...]

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk This Super Bowl Sunday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Titans and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security are once again teaming up to remind Tennessee football fans that real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl weekend.  “We want everyone to enjoy Super Bowl weekend, but more importantly, we want everyone [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, Feb 1, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $3 higher on a live basis compared to last week. Live prices were primarily $125 while limited dressed trade occurred between $199 and $200. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $124.96 live up $2.43 from last week and $197.63 dressed down $0.30 from a week ago. A [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, Feb 1, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 79.18 -0.64 Crude 97.64 +1.76 Dow 14,010 +114 Corn, cotton and soybean prices are up while wheat prices are down for the week. Weather and how it will affect South American grain production has been supportive of the corn and soybean markets this week. There has been some concern whether the [...]

Will Gov. Haslam’s Voucher System Impact Jefferson County Schools?

Will Gov. Haslam’s Voucher System Impact Jefferson County Schools?

Education reform has been a topic on the forefront of the Republican controlled Tennessee legislature and the various changes in collective bargaining and teacher evaluations have met with some degree of resistance from educators across the State. In his most recent State of the State address, Governor Haslam unveiled his most recent proposed Education Initiatives [...]

Department of Education, Local Districts Host School Safety Summit

Department of Education, Local Districts Host School Safety Summit

State leaders joined representatives from more than 120 Tennessee school systems today at The Factory in Franklin for a summit to discuss school districts’ safety practices. Gov. Bill Haslam, officials from state agencies, including education, homeland security, mental health and emergency management attended this one-day event designed to engage stakeholders in a conversation around the [...]

Proposed Bill Will Protect Tennessean’s Right To Keep And Bear Arms

Tennessee lawmakers will consider a bill during the current legislative session that would strengthen the Firearms Freedom Act of 2009 and protect Volunteer State residents from any unconstitutional federal regulation of firearms. Signed into law by Gov. Phil Bredesen, the Firearms Freedom Act of 2009 exempted firearms manufactured and kept within the borders of Tennessee [...]

White Sands & Solar Panels

White Sands & Solar Panels

The U.S. Army dedicated its largest solar photovoltaic system at White Sands Missile Range in a ceremony led by Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, White Sands commander, joined by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. “I came here about four months ago talking about how White Sands is a national [...]

Weather Takes Another Swing

Weather Takes Another Swing

Jefferson County residents have been hit with a plethora of strange weather swings this Winter and the trend looks to continue into the first week of February. Last week’s ice has turned into yesterday’s storms and looks to make another transformation into possible snow flurries. Not only has the precipitation had difficulty determining which form it [...]

New Interactive Web Tool Helps Tennessee Families

The TNStars College Savings 529 Program unveiled a new interactive program guide today on its web site. The online tutorial is designed to help Tennesseans quickly and easily learn about the State of Tennessee’s new college savings program. Anyone who visits www.tnstars.com can use the interactive guide for free. The interactive guide helps people explore [...]

Sub Committee Appointed for Body Farm and Cadaver Research Study Site

Sub Committee Appointed for Body Farm and Cadaver Research Study Site

The Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman Reneau. Absent from Roll Call was Board Member Batson. Following Approval of the Minutes, Director of Zoning Compliance Tim Seals brought for administrative review and determination of district [...]

Economic Impact Study Shows East Tennessee Regional Megasite

  Once certified, the East Tennessee Regional Megasite in Jefferson County has the potential to produce more than 4,900 jobs and more than $2.7 billion in economic impact annually, a study by a firm that specializes in economic impact studies shows. The study by Younger Associates said that more than 7,000 jobs would be created [...]