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Norfolk Southern Intermodal Still Question Mark

Norfolk Southern Intermodal Still Question Mark

In the wake of proposed development in Jefferson County, questions have arisen concerning Norfolk Southern’s intent regarding the proposed Intermodal site slotted to be located in the New Market area. Susan Terpay, Director of Public Relations for Norfolk Southern, would neither confirm nor deny reports that Norfolk Southern is nearing completion of the necessary property [...]

State Library and Archives Commemorates Black History Month with Updated Online Exhibit

In celebration of Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is introducing a greatly expanded version of one of its most popular online exhibits: “This Honorable Body: African American Legislators in 19th Century Tennessee.” Available at http://tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/blackhistory/index.htm, the revised exhibit offers many intriguing new features. The original site was created in 2006 at [...]

Department of Economic & Community Development Gives Positive State Outlook

Department of Economic & Community Development Gives Positive State Outlook

During House budget hearings this week, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty presented lawmakers with a positive overview of  the success Tennessee has had over the last several months in creating an environment statewide where businesses have the opportunity to grow and thrive. Since the election of Governor Haslam, Hagerty announced, nearly 80,000 [...]

Panetta Condemns North Korean Test, Calls Regime Danger to U.S.

Panetta Condemns North Korean Test, Calls Regime Danger to U.S.

North Korea is a threat to U.S. interests in Northeast Asia, U.S. allies in the region and to the American homeland, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today. Panetta condemned the “apparent” nuke test the North Koreans conducted Feb. 11 U.S. time. American experts still are collecting data to determine whether it was a [...]

Special Called School Board Meeting

Special Called School Board Meeting

The Jefferson County School Board met in a Called Meeting and Workshop on Thursday evening, February 14, 2013. After a Call to Order from Chairman of the Board Potts, Mt. Horeb Principal Sandra Austin presented a list of requested items for purchase from the remaining funds from the QCSB account (building bonds). Money from the [...]

MADD Partners with Lawmakers to Advocate for Ignition Interlock Legislation

MADD Partners with Lawmakers to Advocate for Ignition Interlock Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) joined with legislators this week to call for the advancement of House Bill 353, a piece of legislation which would update state law to require the installation of ignition interlock devices for all future convicted drunk drivers in Tennessee. Interlock devices are small pieces of equipment attached to the steering [...]

Governor Haslam Requests Disaster Recovery Assistance

Governor Haslam Requests Disaster Recovery Assistance

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam formally requested assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Henderson, Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Hardin and Madison Counties recover from wind, tornado and flooding damages that occurred on January 29, 2013. The assistance, if approved by the SBA, will come in the form of low-interest disaster [...]

Crime Prevention Bills Score First Legislative Victory

Crime Prevention Bills Score First Legislative Victory

Republican lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee this week passed a series of bills which continue the push for crime prevention in Tennessee. Building on the success Republicans had during the 2011-2012 legislative session to cut down on crime across the state, this new crime prevention package addresses issues related to crimes against children, [...]

Corker Comments on Hagel Nomination Debate

Corker Comments on Hagel Nomination Debate

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statement after voting against ending debate on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to serve as Secretary of Defense. “Generally, I believe a president’s cabinet nominee deserves an up-or-down vote in the Senate, but in this case, I believe a number of my colleagues have raised legitimate concerns about information [...]

Vehicle Owner Still Being Sought After Wednesday Night Fire

Vehicle Owner Still Being Sought After Wednesday Night Fire

New Market Volunteer Fire Department responded to an automobile fire call on Wednesday night on John Barber Road in Strawberry Plains.  The vehicle was totally lost to flames.  According to Captain Sammy Solomon, early determination of ownership was impossible due to the vin number and plates being totally destroyed at the time of this article. [...]

Chamber Chairman Resigns

Chamber Chairman Resigns

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, David Haston, has resigned his board position with the Chamber. Don Cason, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Director, confirmed that Haston exited his position on Monday, just a few short weeks after assuming the position at the helm of the Board. Cason did not indicate the [...]

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce New Tennessee Export Strategy and Foreign Offices

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce New Tennessee Export Strategy and Foreign Offices

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced an international strategy focused on increasing the exports of Tennessee goods to key markets around the globe. Efforts will be led by ECD’s International Division with new Export Development Offices in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany serving the entire European Union, [...]

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen, February 12, 2013

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen, February 12, 2013

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen met on Tuesday evening for discussion and action on several items of general housekeeping including adjustments in the personnel handbook regarding inclement weather policy, bookkeeping adjustments for the previous fiscal year and adding a Municipal Tax Levy of $13.25 to cases involving judicial action in the Town’s Municipal Court. [...]

First Group Of Property Owners Commits To Options

Property owners representing 400 acres of the proposed megasite in Jefferson County have signed options with real estate representatives of the Jefferson County Economic Development Oversight Committee (EDOC), it was announced February 11th, 2013. Since the Jan. 9 announcement of the megasite proposal, Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate has been communicating with property owners about [...]

COMMISSION GIVES MEGASITE GO-AHEAD

COMMISSION GIVES MEGASITE GO-AHEAD

The Jefferson County Commission held a Special Called Meeting on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners Maples and Dockery. Commissioner Barreiro made a Motion to set aside the rules and allow the Attorney for property [...]

Asteroid FlyBy On Friday

According to NASA, an Asteroid about half the size of a football field will pass incredibly close to Earth.  It will pose no threat, as the orbit of the large rock will fly by Earth at a distance of just over 17,000 miles away.