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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 [...]

Portable Classrooms To Remain At JCHS, Jefferson Academy, and White Pine School

The Jefferson County School System is in the process of removing portables from some local schools. The relocation of some of the units has been the source of questions in the County. Director of School Facilities and Business Affairs, Michael Phagan, provided information regarding the relocation of County owned units to replace leased units at [...]

EMS / EMA / E911 Receives Patriotic Addition

EMS / EMA / E911 Receives Patriotic Addition

The new Jefferson County Emergency Combination Building received a new Patriotic addition last week, thanks to the generous contribution from Modern Woodmen of America. Two local Modern Woodmen of America chapters joined together to provide a flag pole for the new facility. The 30 ft tall aluminum flag pole is adorned with a 15 inch [...]

Syrian Civil War Spreading

Syrian Civil War Spreading

The Syrian civil war spread into Lebanon on Sunday, December 8. Reports indicate that there were four fatalities from gunfire in clashes that took place in the city of Tripoli. Rebel forces have recently gained influence in Northern Syria, as well as near Damascus. the United Nation’s Special Representative for Syria and the Arab League, [...]

New Carson-Newman online option for high school students “hard to beat”

Carson-Newman is now enrolling for its new Dual Enrollment Online Courses for the spring semester. The new option allows students to earn high school and college credit for the same course, online. The opportunity is open to both high school juniors and seniors. The preferred deadline for spring enrollment is December 17. Melanie Redding, C-N’s [...]

Comptroller Releases ‘Roadmap to Tax Increment Financing’

Comptroller Releases ‘Roadmap to Tax Increment Financing’

Comptroller Justin P. Wilson is trying to take some of the mystery out of tax increment financing (TIF) by sending brochures about the economic development tool to local government and economic development officials throughout the state. The brochure outlines, in plain language, the changes to tax increment financing law that were approved by the Tennessee [...]

Tennessee Historical Commission Now Accepting Nominations for Certificate of Merit Awards

The Tennessee Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for its Certificate of Merit Awards to honor individuals or groups that have worked to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2012. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2012. “Although much of our work at the Tennessee Historical Commission focuses on efforts to preserve and to restore [...]