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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 [...]

Haslam Announces $1.7 Million in Recycling Equipment and Hub Grants

Haslam Announces $1.7 Million in Recycling Equipment and Hub Grants

Haslam Announces $1.7 Million in Recycling Equipment and Hub Grants 18 Grants Will Help Communities Meet Waste Reduction Goals Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau on December 13 awarded approximately $1.7 million in Recycling Equipment and Hub / Spoke Grants for FY 2013 projects to help reduce landfill [...]

TDOT Ready to Tackle Winter Weather

TDOT Ready to Tackle Winter Weather Despite the mild start to winter, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this season. Over the last several weeks, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks for [...]

Corker Offers Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling

Corker Offers Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling in Dollar-for-Dollar Exchange for Entitlement Reform Anticipating the possibility than an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff might not adequately reduce the nation’s long-term deficits, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling by roughly $1 trillion in exchange for roughly $1 trillion [...]

Teacher Planning Time

Teacher Planning Time

Teacher Planning Time Varies Greatly in Tennessee Schools The amount of time teachers have to work on lesson plans, grade papers, attend training sessions and meet with parents differs considerably in school districts across the state, a new report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) shows. The report, Teacher [...]

Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue: “Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.  “I’m not a fan of the law. The more I [...]

Farmers market boot camps to be offered in 2013

For many producers, selling their produce and farm-based products at local farmers markets is, pardon the pun, their bread and butter. To help vendors better understand how to market their produce and how to address certain business issues, the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture are offering farmers [...]

Dr. Bob and Dr. Terry Douglass to deliver Carson-Newman’s fall commencement addresses

Dr. Robert Overholt, known across much of Tennessee as “Dr. Bob,” will deliver Carson-Newman College’s fall commencement address to undergraduates at 2 p.m. Friday, December 14, in Holt Field House. Dr. Terry Douglass will address those receiving graduate degrees at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, at Jefferson City’s First Baptist Church. “We are certainly [...]

Tennessee Valley Fair Receives International Recognition

The Tennessee Valley Fair has received four Awards of Distinction in the Competitive Exhibit and Communications categories from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) headquartered in Springfield, MO. The fair was recognized in one Competitive Exhibit category: · Category – 1st Place: Outstanding New or Unique Strategy to Increase the Number of Competitive [...]

Haslam and TDEC Announce Next Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Cycle

Haslam and TDEC Announce Next Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Cycle

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced a second offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants, totaling $2.25 million to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts, and other similar entities across Tennessee. Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean [...]

Comptroller’s Report Examines Professional Development for State Teachers

Comptroller’s Report Examines Professional Development for State Teachers

There is a lack of research data about teacher professional development in Tennessee, according to a new report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA). The report, titled Teacher Professional Development in Tennessee – Part 2, is part of a series on professional development. Teacher professional development is training that [...]

No Significant Increase in Earthquake Activity In The Area

Some Jefferson County residents felt a seemingly increasingly familiar sensation last week as another minor earthquake shook the region. Though the epicenter of last week’s quake was not centered in Jefferson County, it is the fifth time that local residents have encountered a quake since the November 10th quake in Kentucky. The Jefferson County area [...]