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County Commission Rescinds Megasite Funding With Unanimous Vote

County Commission Rescinds Megasite Funding With Unanimous Vote

The Jefferson County Commission held their Regular Quarterly Meeting on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call was Commissioner Baxley. Upon a Motion from Commissioner Solomon and 2nd from Commissioner Griffith the Minutes were Approved. Three citizens addressed [...]

Jefferson County Proclaims April Child Abuse Prevention Month

Jefferson County Proclaims April Child Abuse Prevention Month

In recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center officially launched their local One with Courage campaign for Jefferson County. The One with Courage campaign is an effort to rally the citizens across the 4th judicial district which Safe Harbor serves to combat the secrecy that enables child sexual [...]

TDOT Reminds Motorists: We’re All in This Together

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed April 15-19, 2013 Work Zone Awareness Week in Tennessee, joining states across the nation in highlighting the complexities of work zones and reminding motorists to drive safely in construction areas. TDOT will spread that message across the state this week in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and [...]

Legislation Providing Hall Income Tax Relief for Senior Citizens Heads For Governor’s Signature

Legislation Providing Hall Income Tax Relief for Senior Citizens Heads For Governor’s Signature

More senior citizens will qualify for Hall income tax relief under legislation approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives this week. House Bill 192 is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative package to provide tax relief to citizens across the state. The Hall tax is imposed on income derived from interest on bonds, notes, and [...]

Pension Reform Plan Passes House and Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature

Pension Reform Plan Passes House and Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature

A set of reforms designed to improve the long-term stability of the state’s pension plan was approved by the state House of Representatives Thursday. The bill will not affect the retirement benefits for current state employees, higher education employees, or teachers or those who are already retired. The proposed changes will only apply to state [...]

Douglas & Cherokee Dams Identified As Problematic For TVA

Douglas & Cherokee Dams Identified As Problematic For TVA

More than a month after Tennessee Valley Authority began core testing at sites visible on Douglas Lake, the testing continues. Cherokee and Douglas Dams have been identified as problematic for TVA in their quest for licensing with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to bring Watts Bar Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor on line. In a conference call [...]

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges Financial Regulators to Prioritize Rules and Regulations that Help End “Too Big To Fail”

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges Financial Regulators to Prioritize Rules and Regulations that Help End “Too Big To Fail”

U.S. Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., David Vitter, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, this week wrote to Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, and Chairman of the FDIC Martin Gruenberg, urging them to “proceed deliberately and expeditiously” to finalize rules regarding capital requirements for large financial [...]

TWRA Announces Availability of 2013-14 Grant Dollars To Assist With Stream Clean-up

TWRA Announces Availability of 2013-14 Grant Dollars To Assist With Stream Clean-up

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Five grants, at $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments, April 12, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle on a live basis sold mainly $1 lower compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $127 to $128 while dressed prices were $198 to $201. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $127.23 live, down $1.06 from last week and $200.36 dressed, down $4.11 from a [...]

Weekly Crop Comments, April 12, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 82.33 -0.27 Crude 91.09 -1.61 Dow 14,865 +300 Corn, soybean, and wheat prices are up while cotton prices are down for the week. The Dow was down most of today, but managed to return back to its all-time high of 14,865. USDA released their monthly supply and demand report April 10. [...]

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Partners with Law Enforcement

In an effort to save lives on Tennessee’s roadways, local law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force beginning April 12 through April 15, and from April 19 through April 22, as part of the “More Cops. More Stops.” campaign to crack down on drivers who are speeding, driving while under the [...]

New Report Confronts Challenges to Tennessee’s Future

New Report Confronts Challenges to Tennessee’s Future

A new staff report to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) says Tennesseans need a shared, long-term vision to make the most of the state’s assets and meet current and future challenges. Called Charting a Course to Tennessee’s Future, the report offers the best thinking of a cross-section of public officials, private sector [...]

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Must be Filed by MAY 1, 2013

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Must be Filed by MAY 1, 2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the extension of the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades. All claims must now be filed by MAY 1, 2013. “Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices in the past from the [...]

County Commission Prepares For Voting Meeting

County Commission Prepares For Voting Meeting

The Jefferson County Commission held their Regular Quarterly Work Session on Monday, April 8, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Chairman Mills Called the Meeting to Order. Absent From Roll Call were Commissioners Maples and Blevins. Three Citizens addressed the Commission regarding opposition to the Megasite and one citizen addressed the Commission regarding a [...]

Jefferson County Budget Committee, April 8, 2013 Meeting

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Monday, April 8, 2013 in the Historical Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Griffith. Absent from Roll Call were members Maples and Blevins. Upon a Motion from Committee Member Carmichael and 2nd from Committee Member Baxley, the Minutes were approved. Jefferson County [...]

Finance Committee Meets To Discuss Finance Director’s Performance Evaluation

Finance Committee Meets To Discuss Finance Director’s Performance Evaluation

The Jefferson County Finance Committee held a meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013, in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Cureton. Absent from Roll Call was Committee Member Edmonds. Upon a Motion from Committee Member Estes and 2nd from Committee Member Franklin the March 1, 2013 Minutes [...]