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TDOT HELP Trucks Heading to Bristol

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be sending special “HELP” to the Tri-Cities this weekend to assist with the heavy traffic expected in conjunction with NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Three lime-yellow HELP trucks from Knoxville will patrol the area, assisting with incidents in an [...]

Appalachian Electric Cooperative Announces Upcoming Rate Change

We’ll all soon be paying a bit more for the electricity we use. That’s according to Appalachian Electric Cooperative General Manager Greg Williams. “As of April 1st, rates are projected to increase by about 1.97 percent,” he announced. “This rate change is not just advisable but necessary in order to remain financially stable and secure.” [...]

County Commission Working On Issues For Next Week’s Meeting

County Commission Working On Issues For Next Week’s Meeting

The Jefferson County Commission met for a regular Work Session on Monday evening. Attorney Scott Hurley addressed the Commission of behalf of his clients who are property holders in opposition of the proposed Megasite. Hurley stated that the Commission had been distributed a letter that includes signatures representing more than 1400 acres in the footprint [...]

Monday Night Budget Committee

Monday Night Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman Griffith. Upon a Motion from Committee Member Akard and 2nd from Committee Member Carmichael the Minutes were Approved. Jefferson County Director of Finance Helton presented the Committee with 4 Budget [...]

JMH Foundation Board One Step Closer To Answer

JMH Foundation Board One Step Closer To Answer

The Jefferson County Commission met in Called Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Commission Mills. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners Patterson and Barreiro. Jefferson County Attorney Drinnon addressed the Commission regarding a request from the Jefferson Memorial Hospital [...]

Army, Marines Stop New Tuition Assistance Enrollments

Army, Marines Stop New Tuition Assistance Enrollments

Budget problems have forced the Army and Marine Corps to cancel the tuition assistance program, service officials said Friday. Navy and Air Force officials said they are studying the way forward with the program and expect decisions next week. Thousands of service members take advantage of the tuition assistance program, which allows them to take [...]

Watts Bar Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor Licensing Brings Stability Testing Upstream

Watts Bar Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor Licensing Brings Stability Testing Upstream

The Tennessee Valley Authority was in Jefferson County last week taking core samples at the Dandridge Dike. According to Travis Brickey, a representative of TVA, the drilling is a part of a “health check” that is going on at around 18 locations in the TVA region. Brickey stated that each site could have multiple drillings, [...]

Jefferson County Population Changes

Jefferson County Population Changes

The State of Tennessee has released its population projections for individual counties across the State through the year 2020. According to the Division of Health Statistics State of Tennessee Department of Health, Jefferson County is currently on target to have an influx of around 4,000 residents between 2013 and 2020. The largest growth areas are [...]

Missile, Space Intelligence Center Saves Warfighter Lives

Missile, Space Intelligence Center Saves Warfighter Lives

Engineers, scientists and analysts of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center provide high-confidence assessments of foreign missile and space systems and other critical intelligence products that help to keep warfighters from harm. Spread out over some of the 38,000 acres of the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in the Appalachian highlands of northern Alabama [...]

Corker: Congress Needs to Stop Hamstringing the Postal Service

Corker: Congress Needs to Stop Hamstringing the Postal Service

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statement last week in reaction to reports that the House has added legislative language to the “CR” (continuing resolution spending bill to fund government) that would force the Postal Service to continue six-day delivery. The Postal Service estimates it would save roughly $2 billion a year by [...]

Multiple Megasite Proposals Targeting Auto Industry Revealed – SOFAH Prepares for Worksession

Multiple Megasite Proposals Targeting Auto Industry Revealed – SOFAH Prepares for Worksession

The Save Our Farms and Homes group met on Saturday afternoon to make plans in advance of the upcoming Jefferson County Commission Work Session and County Budget Meeting on Monday evening. Attorney for the group, Scott Hurley, stated that the opposition group continues to hold 1400 acres of the proposed 1800 for the East Tennessee [...]

Protect Yourself against Shingles: Get Vaccinated

Almost 1 out of 3 people in America will develop shingles during their lifetime. Your risk increases as you get older. People 60 years of age or older should get vaccinated against this painful disease. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster. It causes a painful, blistering skin rash that can last 2 to 4 [...]

Greene County Airport Receives Over $1 Million Aeronautics Grant for Relocating Airport Access Road Including Utilities

Greene County Airport Receives Over $1 Million Aeronautics Grant for Relocating Airport Access Road Including Utilities

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $4,413,873 have been approved for fifteen Tennessee airports. For more details on each of these grants visit: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/news/2013/AeronauticsGrantDetails.pdf The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the [...]

Curbing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Advances

Curbing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Advances

On Tuesday, Republican lawmakers on the House Health Subcommittee gave approval to a bill designed to help curb abuse of purchases made using Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. House Bill 119, if passed by the legislature, will prohibit use of a welfare recipient’s EBT card in liquor stores, adult cabarets, casinos, and other gambling facilities. [...]

Cyber Command Adapts to Understand Cyber Battlespace

Cyber Command Adapts to Understand Cyber Battlespace

Since the Defense Department officially made cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011, experts in the public and private sectors have been working to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control. In July of that year, the first initiative of the first DOD Strategy for Operating in [...]

Lawmakers Move To Better Protect Student Athletes

Lawmakers Move To Better Protect Student Athletes

Legislation designed to protect student athletes who suffer concussions from risking further medical complications passed the House Education Subcommittee this week with full support from Republican lawmakers. As introduced, House Bill 867 would ensure guidelines are in place to help coaches, youth athletic instructors, and parents recognize a concussion and its symptoms in order to [...]