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Rebels Attack Syrian Military Airport

Seeking to deny the government of its overwhelmingly powerful air support, rebel forces in Syria attacked the Taftanaz military airport on Saturday, November 3. According to SANA, the state-run news agency, many terrorists were killed in the attack, and all of the terrorists’ weapons and vehicles were destroyed, as well. In response, Syrian Observatory for [...]

Corker, Isakson Continue to Press State Department for Disclosure of Communications from Benghazi Attacks

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week, U.S. Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continued to press the State Department for disclosure of all communications regarding security in Benghazi, Libya leading up to the deadly September 11 attacks on the U.S. [...]

Tennessee Successful Early Voting Period Concludes with Biggest Day

Tennessee’s early voting period concluded on Thursday with the highest single-day turnout of the year. Over 134,000 voters cast their ballots across the state yesterday, the fourteenth and final day of in-person early voting for the November 6 election. The overall total of 1,456,824 voters represents the second-highest early voting turnout in Tennessee history, having [...]

Homelessness: An Issue for Tennessee Schools, Students and Families

The number of homeless students attending public schools in Tennessee has increased substantially since a national economic downturn that began in late 2007, according to a report recently released by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability. Nationwide, the number of homeless students grew from 679,724 to 939,903 from the 2006-2007 academic year to [...]

Tennessee Titans Locker, State Treasurer Lillard, Tennessee Jump$tart and Visa Inc. Collaborate to Launch Statewide Rollout of Financial Football

Titans quarterback Jake Locker joined Tennessee State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., Tennessee Jump$tart and Visa Inc. today in tackling head on the issue of financial literacy among Tennessee teens. They announced the statewide rollout of a new effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students. This free educational [...]


USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director James Giffin announced that the 2012 FSA county committee election will begin on Monday, November 5. The deadline to return the ballots to the Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke County FSA office is December 3, 2012. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a [...]


Jefferson County early voting polls have closed for the November 6, 2012 election cycle and the numbers for early voting in the County are strong. Beyond the neck and neck Presidential contest, there are also two open seats on the Jefferson County Commission that are highly contested in Districts 7 and 3. The field is [...]

County Attorney To Lead Investigation of “Doggy-Gate”

County Attorney To Lead Investigation of  “Doggy-Gate”

The Jefferson County Mayor’s Office received an inquiry letter and demand for investigation from Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) in regard to a recent issue that has garnered attention in both the community and at County governmental meetings. The letter, dated October 25, 2012, informed Director of Facilities for Jefferson County David Longmire [...]

Happy Halloween

Jefferson County residents will welcome Halloween 2012 on October 31. Halloween is believed to have originated from the Celtic festival Samhain, which was a time when people would don costumes and light large bonfires to ward off ghosts. During the 8th century, November 1st was designated as All Saints’ Day and some of the traditions [...]

Early Voting Ends Tomorrow

Early Voting Ends Tomorrow

As the end of the early voting period approaches tomorrow, Tennessee voters continued to turn out in large numbers. On Tuesday, more than 107,000 voters cast their ballots for the November 6 election. The overall turnout of 1,215,458 voters statewide already represents the second-highest early voting turnout in Tennessee history, having surpassed November 2004, the [...]

New Health Care Challenges Coming With New Year

As 2012 comes to a close, we face many challenges: averting the fiscal cliff that could send us spiraling back into a recession, tackling our crippling deficit and the dire need to balance our budget. But equally worrisome are the sweeping changes coming to our health care system in the new year. These changes include: [...]

Town of Dandridge Regional Planning Commission Regular Meeting

New Business 1. 2 lots or less subdivision 902 Oak Village Court, Milldale Square, Michael Horne. Action approved by Commission. 6. Change Meeting Date For November and December. Due to Thanksgiving and Christmas the next meeting will be November 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm. There will be no meeting in December 2012. Miscellaneous Business Received [...]

Feel Your Best for the Upcoming Holiday Season!

Beginning November 5th, “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” will be offered FREE as a 6 session series. This program will offer tips and skills to help individuals manage problems common to chronic health conditions as well as skills to work effectively with health care professionals. The program also helps individuals take day-to-day responsibility for the [...]

Jefferson County School Board

The Jefferson County School Board held a Called Meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2012 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School. The Meeting was Called to Order by Acting Chairman Jarnigan. Absent from Roll Call were Board Members Potts and Cavanah. Upon a Motion from Vines and 2nd from Rogers the Agenda was [...]

Unemployment Rates in Jefferson County Show Significant Decrease for September, 2012

Unemployment Rates in Jefferson County Show Significant Decrease for September, 2012

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released unemployment numbers for September and Jefferson County posted a significant decrease in unemployment. In August, Jefferson County was one of two counties that saw an increase in unemployment, posting a 10.7% rate. In the month of September 2012, Jefferson County had an unemployment rate of 8.8% [...]

Newsweek Magazine Goes Full Digital After 80 Years of Circulation

After 80 years of circulation as a weekly print magazine, Newsweek is changing to a fully-digital format at the end of 2012. According to Barry Diller, head of the company that owns Newsweek, the decision does not come as a surprise to those working with the magazine. Diller claims that the publication had been examining [...]