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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 [...]

Seasonal Depression?

Seasonal Depression?

Many people find themselves feeling mild to sever depression at this time of the year. Often this “blue “ feeling is related to issues that resolve themselves with time, however, if the feeling of depression extends beyond a few days there could be another reason beyond holiday depression. Season Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, [...]

Temperatures Decrease Illness Increase

With the cool air of the late Fall and Winter months comes the inevitable onslaught of illness that accompanies increased time indoors. Jefferson County has recently been impacted by several viruses that are highly contagious. As is general, County schools have been hit by the variety of viruses. County School Officials stated last week that [...]

UT Institute of Agriculture

UT Institute of Agriculture

Fisheries biologists and students from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture say there’s good news as they sample for the presence of lake sturgeon in East Tennessee rivers. Lake sturgeon that once thrived in Tennessee are being reintroduced into the Tennessee River system near Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge on the French Broad River by [...]

Work To Begin In Jefferson County Schools

Work To Begin In Jefferson County Schools

Some Jefferson County Schools are slotted for work, as the Director of Transportation, Maintenance and Capitol Projects Phagan procured funding for several projects that had been postponed. Funding for the planned expenditures rolled into the School system fund balance at the end of the last fiscal year, which ended in June of 2012. Director of [...]

Holiday Stress

Holiday Stress

The countdown until Christmas has officially begun and some find the weeks preceding the holiday to be the most stressful time of the year. Experts suggest that taking hold of the holidays can ease the anxiety during the build up until Christmas. Unrealistic expectations are one of the top anxiety producers during this time of [...]

Jefferson County Commission

Jefferson County Commission

The Jefferson County Commission held their Regular Monthly Meeting on November 19, 2012 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. The Chairman announced the cancellation of the November 29, 2012 Facilities and Public Service Committee meeting. Commissioner Estes made a Motion to Suspend the Rules to [...]

Earthquake Shakes Local Region

Earthquake Shakes Local Region

Some Jefferson County residents slept thought the earthquake, while others were awoken by the thunderous noise. The earthquake, which struck on Saturday morning November 24th, had an epicenter was five miles from Sevierville. The quake registered a 3.0 magnitude and provided an early wake up call as it arrived at 6:03 a.m. A second quake [...]

Israel Hamas Conflict Shifts In Power

Israel Hamas Conflict Shifts In Power

Hamas and Israel have agreed to a cease-fire, the aftermath of which has greatly changed the political structure of the Middle East. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has drawn support to his new administration, as his leading of the negotiations between Hamas and Israel is convincing many that he is going to be a worthy leader [...]

BLACK FRIDAY TRENDS

BLACK FRIDAY TRENDS

The turkey left-overs are finished and the Black Friday shopping craze is nothing but a sleepy memory. There is nothing left to do but count the money and analyze the numbers from the extended holiday shopping extravaganza. Though there is still much data to analyze and the final tally may not be known for several [...]

Shop Small Big Success Saturday

Shop Small Big Success Saturday

Local businesses were alive with action last weekend, proving that big box retail isn’t the only way to go when looking to do a little holiday shopping. Saturday, the push was on Nation wide to shop small and local. Residents hit the Historic Town Square in Dandridge to jump start the shopping season. The shop [...]