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Weekly Livestock Comments, March 15, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $1 lower compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $126 to $127 while dressed prices were primarily $201. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $126.51 live, down $1.21 from last week and $202.85 dressed, down $0.41 from a week ago. A year ago [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, March 15, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 82.45 -0.51 Crude 93.84 +1.54 Dow 14,514 +117 Corn, cotton and wheat prices are up while soybean prices are down for the week. U.S. stocks fell Friday ending the longest winning streak for the Dow in nearly 17 years. Prior to today, the Dow had closed up 10 straight days. Watch [...]

Corker: Japan’s Interest in Joining Trans-Pacific Trade Talks Is “Positive Step” Toward Expanded Economic Opportunities for U.S.

Corker: Japan’s Interest in Joining Trans-Pacific Trade Talks Is “Positive Step” Toward Expanded Economic Opportunities for U.S.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Friday said Japan’s interest in joining trade talks between the U.S. and 10 other nations ringing the Pacific Ocean is a positive step toward an eventual agreement, which would provide significant, expanded economic opportunities for the United States. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [...]

Regional Governmental Bodies Pass Resolution In Support Of East Tennessee Regional Megasite

Regional Governmental Bodies Pass Resolution In Support Of East Tennessee Regional Megasite

Five governmental bodies in East Tennessee have passed resolutions in support of the Jefferson County megasite, saying the development would be of “great benefit” to their areas as well as Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Economic Development Oversight Committee (EDOC) said the megasite planned at the junction of I-40 and I-81 is estimated to create [...]

Secretary Of State Tre Hargett Visits Jefferson County Library Board

Secretary Of State Tre Hargett Visits Jefferson County Library Board

A large group attended the March 14, 2013 meeting organized by the Jefferson County Library Board and hosted by the Jefferson City Library. The meeting’s main subject of discussion concerned the future for the Parrott-Wood Memorial Library in Strawberry Plains and how the services can be expanded to serve the community more effectively. The small, [...]

Jefferson County School Board Addresses Bus Issues

Jefferson County School Board Addresses Bus Issues

The Jefferson County School Board met in a Special Session prior to their Work Session on Thursday, March 14, 2013 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Vice Chairman of the Board Jarnigan due to a delay of Chairman Potts. Absent from Roll Call were Board [...]

TACIR Releases Eminent Domain Report

TACIR Releases Eminent Domain Report

Today, the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) released its report Eminent Domain in Tennessee, a study of two bills referred to TACIR by the General Assembly last year: Senate Bill 1566 (Ketron) [House Bill 1576 (Carr)] and House Bill 2877 (Gotto) [Senate Bill 2745 (Johnson)]. The government cannot take your land without paying [...]

Amazon Champions Early Childhood Literacy in Tennessee with $25,000 Gift to Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation

Amazon Champions Early Childhood Literacy in Tennessee with $25,000 Gift to Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation

At an event on March 11 hosted by the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam thanked Amazon – the world’s largest online retailer and a statewide partner of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) – for its recent $25,000 contribution to the GBBF and Tennessee’s statewide Imagination Library. The [...]

EDOC Director Wagley Responds To Megasite Concerns

EDOC Director Wagley Responds To Megasite Concerns

There has been much discussion in Jefferson County, among officials and during meetings, regarding the proposed Megasite that would be located near the I40 and I81 split in Jefferson County. Attorney Scott Hurley, who represents 1400 acres of property in the footprint of the site, spoke in opposition to the project at the Monday evening [...]

Bush Beans Honored in House Resolution

Bush Beans Honored in House Resolution

Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) sponsored House Joint Resolution 72 honoring Bush Brothers & Company. HJR 72 congratulates this East Tennessee economic treasure on their 105th anniversary of its founding. Other members of the East Tennessee delegation assisted in the resolution’s passage. “This family-owned business has served our community for years. [...]

Azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax): Drug Safety Communication – Risk of Potentially Fatal Heart Rhythms

Azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax): Drug Safety Communication – Risk of Potentially Fatal Heart Rhythms

FDA is warning the public that azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax) can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm. Patients at particular risk for developing this condition include those with known risk factors such as existing QT interval prolongation, low blood levels of [...]

Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training class offers limited number of scholarships

Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training class offers limited number of scholarships

The American Red Cross will offer a limited number of Nurse Assistant Training scholarships for its upcoming class starting the last week in March.  Anyone needing details must attend an information session, which starts at 10:00 a.m. every Thursday at the Red Cross 1741 Triangle Park Drive in Maryville and lasts approximately an hour. No [...]

Agbiosciences driving economic growth and job creation in the South

Amid news of a still sputtering U.S. economic recovery, a recently released report shows the nation’s agbioscience industries are growing, especially in the South. According to a Battelle study, “Impact and Innovation: Agbioscience in the Southern United States,” agriculture, forestry, and fisheries production generates $240 billion in regional economic activity within the Southern region and [...]

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 [...]