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Corker Strongly Disappointed Congress May Miss Opportunity to Give Flexibility to Postal Service & Save Taxpayer Money

Corker Strongly Disappointed Congress May Miss Opportunity to Give Flexibility to Postal Service & Save Taxpayer Money

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., expressed strong disappointment that Congress will not vote on Senator Coburn’s amendment that would free the Postal Service to make one change it believes is necessary to reduce costs. Specifically, Senate Amendment 68, which Corker has cosponsored, would strike language in the CR that could mandate six-day delivery. The Postal […]

Faison’s Business Freedom Act Gains Approval

Faison’s Business Freedom Act Gains Approval

Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) sponsored House Bill 311, the Business Freedom Act. HB 311 pushes back against over-bearing government and is a huge step for small business owners. The bill would require state departments to give businesses notification and time to correct a problem before issuing fines. This provision would only apply to new rules […]

TWRA, Students, And Local Manufacturer Team Up For Fisheries

TWRA, Students, And Local Manufacturer Team Up For Fisheries

A global automotive parts manufacturer and the state’s wildlife management agency recently combined resources with the help of two local students to construct fisheries habitat on Cherokee Reservoir, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. JTEKT North America, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of automotive steering systems who has a plant in Morristown, TN recently […]

Weekly Livestock Comments, March 22, 2013 – UT Institute of Agriculture

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly $2 lower compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were primarily $124 to $125 while dressed prices were primarily $198. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $124.77 live, down $1.74 from last week and $197.71 dressed, down $5.14 from a week ago. A year ago […]

Weekly Crop Comments, March 22, 2013 – UT Institute of Agriculture

Price Change US Dollar 82.53 +0.06 Crude 93.87 +0.05 Dow 14,512 -2 Corn, soybeans, and wheat prices are up while cotton prices are down for the week. Markets most likely will be positioning themselves leading up to the March 28 USDA reports on grain stocks and planting intentions for the 2013 crop. It is very […]

Tennessee’s State Pension Fund Rated Best in Nation for Investment Strategy

Tennessee’s State Pension Fund Rated Best in Nation for Investment Strategy

Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS), the state’s retirement fund for state government, higher education and other public employees, is managing its investments better than any other large public pension plan in the country. So says Money Management Intelligence, a publication featuring news, trends and analysis about and for institutional investors. TCRS, which is part of […]

Tennessee Electronic Library Provides Help for High School Equivalency Test Takers

Tennessee Electronic Library Provides Help for High School Equivalency Test Takers

Requirements for earning a high school equivalency diploma are set to change next year, which may set off a scramble among people hoping to complete their course work under the existing rules. The format of the General Educational Development test, commonly known as the GED, will change January 1, 2014 – which means that people […]

Industrial Development Board IDB Votes On Appropriation of Megasite Funds

Industrial Development Board IDB Votes On Appropriation of Megasite Funds

The Jefferson County Industrial Board met on Friday, March 22, 2013 in the low level of the Jefferson County Health Department. The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman Duignan. Absent from Roll Call were Board Members Worley and Miller. Board Members were informed that Board Member Hodge had resigned his position and that the […]

The Post Welcomes Ashley West

The Post Welcomes Ashley West

We are growing and adding new faces to the Jefferson County Post! The Post is pleased to welcome Ashley West to the staff. Ashley is a native of Jefferson City, a graduate of Jefferson County High School and honor student at Carson Newman University. She will be providing administrative support, as well as spending time […]

Republican Lawmakers Continue Push To Improve Tennessee Education

Republican Lawmakers Continue Push To Improve Tennessee Education

A proposal presented by Governor Bill Haslam and Republican lawmakers to improve education in Tennessee easily cleared the full House Education Committee this week. House Bill 190, referred to as the ‘Tennessee Choice & Opportunity Scholarship Act’, would give low-income families with students stuck in the lowest performing schools the opportunity to seek educational options […]

Annexation Legislation Continues Building Statewide Support

Annexation Legislation Continues Building Statewide Support

A package of pro-property rights legislation related to the annexation of land in Tennessee continued building support this week as Tennessean’s from across the state joined in to back the effort. The trio of bills, which are currently making their way through the House committee system, seek to make the overall annexation process more fair […]

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri Favors Withdrawal From Megasite Project, Take Project Back To Drawing Board

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri Favors Withdrawal From Megasite Project, Take Project Back To Drawing Board

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri stated Thursday that he is in favor of halting the current proposed Megasite project in which the County has invested $442,311 of a projected nearly $3 million needed for possible site certification. The Mayor conveyed concerns regarding the ability of the County to fund the balance of the cost of the […]

Statewide Partnership Addresses Human Trafficking in Tennessee

Statewide Partnership Addresses Human Trafficking in Tennessee

Republican lawmakers joined law enforcement officials from across the state this week to address the issue of human trafficking in Tennessee. In addition, the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, the Women’s Fund of Middle Tennessee, and the Women’s Fund of Greater Memphis officially launched a public campaign to increase awareness and offer resources to prevent […]

Corker: After 11 Years, Time to Consider Updating Authorization for Use of Force Against Al Qaeda to Address New and Emerging Threats

Corker: After 11 Years, Time to Consider Updating Authorization for Use of Force Against Al Qaeda to Address New and Emerging Threats

During a hearing Wednesday on U.S. counterterrorism policies, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called upon Congress to consider updating the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against al Qaeda in order to address new and emerging terrorist threats and to better protect the American people and […]

Workers’ Compensation Reform Scores Legislative Victory

Workers’ Compensation Reform Scores Legislative Victory

The Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 2013, an initiative that is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative agenda for the year, easily passed the House Consumer and Human Resources Committee this week. Workers’ Compensation is an insurance program, adopted in Tennessee in 1919, that compensates employees for injuries they suffer on the job. Employers are […]

Secretary Hargett Issuing Warning about Real Estate Scam

Secretary Hargett Issuing Warning about Real Estate Scam

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning buyers and sellers of homes in Tennessee about a possible scam involving real estate titles. Within the last couple of days, the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division has received copies of letters sent to at least eight real estate companies, suggesting that there are claims against titles […]