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Jefferson County early voting polls have closed for the November 6, 2012 election cycle and the numbers for early voting in the County are strong. Beyond the neck and neck Presidential contest, there are also two open seats on the Jefferson County Commission that are highly contested in Districts 7 and 3. The field is [...]

County Attorney To Lead Investigation of “Doggy-Gate”

County Attorney To Lead Investigation of  “Doggy-Gate”

The Jefferson County Mayor’s Office received an inquiry letter and demand for investigation from Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) in regard to a recent issue that has garnered attention in both the community and at County governmental meetings. The letter, dated October 25, 2012, informed Director of Facilities for Jefferson County David Longmire [...]

Happy Halloween

Jefferson County residents will welcome Halloween 2012 on October 31. Halloween is believed to have originated from the Celtic festival Samhain, which was a time when people would don costumes and light large bonfires to ward off ghosts. During the 8th century, November 1st was designated as All Saints’ Day and some of the traditions [...]

Early Voting Ends Tomorrow

Early Voting Ends Tomorrow

As the end of the early voting period approaches tomorrow, Tennessee voters continued to turn out in large numbers. On Tuesday, more than 107,000 voters cast their ballots for the November 6 election. The overall turnout of 1,215,458 voters statewide already represents the second-highest early voting turnout in Tennessee history, having surpassed November 2004, the [...]

New Health Care Challenges Coming With New Year

As 2012 comes to a close, we face many challenges: averting the fiscal cliff that could send us spiraling back into a recession, tackling our crippling deficit and the dire need to balance our budget. But equally worrisome are the sweeping changes coming to our health care system in the new year. These changes include: [...]

Town of Dandridge Regional Planning Commission Regular Meeting

New Business 1. 2 lots or less subdivision 902 Oak Village Court, Milldale Square, Michael Horne. Action approved by Commission. 6. Change Meeting Date For November and December. Due to Thanksgiving and Christmas the next meeting will be November 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm. There will be no meeting in December 2012. Miscellaneous Business Received [...]

Feel Your Best for the Upcoming Holiday Season!

Beginning November 5th, “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” will be offered FREE as a 6 session series. This program will offer tips and skills to help individuals manage problems common to chronic health conditions as well as skills to work effectively with health care professionals. The program also helps individuals take day-to-day responsibility for the [...]

Jefferson County School Board

The Jefferson County School Board held a Called Meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2012 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School. The Meeting was Called to Order by Acting Chairman Jarnigan. Absent from Roll Call were Board Members Potts and Cavanah. Upon a Motion from Vines and 2nd from Rogers the Agenda was [...]

Unemployment Rates in Jefferson County Show Significant Decrease for September, 2012

Unemployment Rates in Jefferson County Show Significant Decrease for September, 2012

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released unemployment numbers for September and Jefferson County posted a significant decrease in unemployment. In August, Jefferson County was one of two counties that saw an increase in unemployment, posting a 10.7% rate. In the month of September 2012, Jefferson County had an unemployment rate of 8.8% [...]

Newsweek Magazine Goes Full Digital After 80 Years of Circulation

After 80 years of circulation as a weekly print magazine, Newsweek is changing to a fully-digital format at the end of 2012. According to Barry Diller, head of the company that owns Newsweek, the decision does not come as a surprise to those working with the magazine. Diller claims that the publication had been examining [...]

Cease-Fire Broken in Syria

An explosion on Saturday morning, October 27, 2012, shattered an already unstable cease-fire in Syria. The cease fire was called under observance of the Eid al-Adha holiday: a four day holiday that started this past Friday. The explosion took place in the Deir Ezzor, originating from a car bomb. The actual target of the attack [...]

Traffic Light & Intersection gets nod from Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Full Commission will make a funding decision regarding the funding level of the turn lane improvements necessary for the traffic signal light project at the intersection of Dumplin Valley and Hwy 92. Tennessee Department of Transportation has provided funding for the signal light via a Safety Grant, however improvements to the turn [...]

Corker Questions Vice President for Misleading on Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned Vice President Joe Biden’s comments during last week’s debate in which Biden blamed the intelligence community for the administration’s initial false assessment of what led to the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, when it was known by [...]

Fighting Increases in Aleppo, Syria

Fighting has escalated in Aleppo, Syria, this past Saturday, September 29,2012, with repeated military clashes and a raging fire causing significant damage to the city. Syrian Arab News Agency has stated that in Saturday’s clashes dozens of rebels were killed in action, and many more were routed from hideouts and controlled neighborhoods. A large portion [...]

Jefferson County Budget Committee Passes Key Issues

The Jefferson County Budget Committee held their first organizational meeting of the 2012-2013 year on September 27, 2012 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call was Committee Member Blevins. The first Agenda Item was the election of presiding officers for the Budget [...]



EDOC Director Brad Maul Takes New Regional Position with TVA The Jefferson County Industrial Development Board voted to initiate sub committee meetings when they convened on Friday morning. The IDB had previously decided to bring considerations for appropriate appointments to a Planning Committee that will be responsible for locating and doing the leg work on [...]