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Hope Scholarships, Timing Critical

Some Tennessee college students that are the recipients of the Hope scholarship may find themselves in a financial bind. Students that were awarded the Hope Scholarship in the Fall of 2009 or after have an expiration date on the funds. Prior to 2009, the Hope Scholarship was available to Tennessee students who met the criteria [...]

Vick vs. Jefferson County Board of Education Court Date Set

Former principal of Jefferson Elementary School Dr. Robert C. Vick and Jefferson County Board of Education have a court date set for March 19, 2013 to hear arguments over his demotion from his position as principal at Jefferson Elementary School. The lawsuit, filed by Dr. Vick, contents that his demotion on June 18, 2009 violated [...]

Annual Tennessee Horticultural Expo and Agritourism Conference to bring farmers together

Agritourism operators, fruit and vegetable growers, on-farm winemakers, flower growers and farmers market vendors and managers will all gather in Nashville for the 2013 Tennessee Horticultural Expo and Agritourism Conference on Jan. 24-26. According to Megan Bruch, marketing specialist with the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture and co-chair of the agritourism session, “The [...]

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting will be held January 15, 2013, UT Extension Office in Dandridge at 6 PM A 2013 planning meeting for the Dandridge Farmers Market will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 6 PM at the UT Extension Office on Lake Drive in downtown Dandridge. The Dandridge Farmers Market [...]

North Korean Missile Launch May

North Korean Missile Launch May

Evidence has arisen regarding the December 12 North Korean missile test launch that is causing concern with United States and South Korean officials. The launch came as a surprise to both the U. S. and Asian allied nations, in spite of extensive intelligence-gathering operations centered around North Korea. U. S. officials are now investigating the [...]

TDOT Launches New SmartWay Application

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has launched a new tool for motorists. The new TDOT SmartWay Mobile App will help drivers navigate Tennessee highways, providing up-to-the-minute customized traffic information. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. “We are excited to be [...]

Corker to Obama

In a letter December 30, 2012, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., asked President Barack Obama to lay out specifics regarding the “over $1 trillion in additional spending cuts” he alluded to in his interview with David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press which aired this morning. “In your interview with David Gregory that was broadcast [...]

Tennessee State Parks Kick Off 2013 with First Hikes of the New Year

Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day in commemoration of the park system’s 75th Anniversary. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year. “We are very excited to continue the celebration of Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary in 2013, beginning [...]

Resolve to Give Blood

Resolve to Give Blood

Medic Regional Blood Center hopes that blood donation is on top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions. “If all donors gave just one more donation per year, our area would rarely experience a blood shortage,” explains Christi Fightmaster, Director of Public Relations. Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 [...]

Libraries to Get Cheaper, Faster and More Extensive Loan Service in 2013

Libraries to Get Cheaper, Faster and More Extensive Loan Service in 2013

Tennessee’s public libraries will soon have more books available – cheaper and faster than before – thanks to a new interlibrary loan service set to debut next year. The new Firefly Courier service, developed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will link rural, suburban and urban public libraries throughout the state, as well as [...]

Looking Ahead

This holiday season, as we enjoy time with our families and loved ones, let’s all take a moment to say a prayer for those in Newtown, Connecticut. In difficult times like these, it’s human nature to search for causation and look for someone or something to blame, but we may never be able to explain [...]

Building Maintenance to Impact TDOT Web Services

Emergency maintenance will be performed this weekend on the James K. Polk Building in downtown Nashville, which houses the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) headquarters offices. This maintenance will cause outages to many TDOT web-based services. Beginning at midnight tonight, December 28, 2012, the TDOT website, Tennessee 511, and the new TDOT SmartWay mobile application [...]

Tennessee Electoral Votes Cast for Mitt Romney

Tennessee Electoral Votes Cast for Mitt Romney

Eleven Electoral College representatives from across Tennessee met in Nashville Monday to cast the state’s presidential votes for Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate, Paul Ryan. Like most states, Tennessee’s votes in the Electoral College are allocated based on a “winner take all” system – which means the electors pledged to award [...]

Marketing livestock in late December and January

As the year wanes and a new year begins, cattle movement starts to slow down. This slowdown includes local livestock markets across Tennessee. Dr. Andrew Griffith, a rural economist with University of Tennessee Extension, says producers planning to market cattle during this time, even through January, should call the market or market management to inquire [...]

The Affordable Care Act Proving Unaffordable For States

In 2010, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said to find out what was in President Obama’s health care bill Congress would have to pass it. After nearly three years, facts about the legislation are still trickling out and remain unclear. You’ve probably read about the 21 new taxes the bill requires in an effort to impose [...]

Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced last week that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate. The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part [...]