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Two Bucks and a Nickel, Can We Hold On?

Two Bucks and a Nickel, Can We Hold On?

Though the third month of 2013 is just approaching, the fiscal year for Jefferson County is winding down and the budgeting process for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is in full swing. Jefferson County Finance Director Helton stated that the County side of the financial picture appears to be in a good place heading into the […]

TN House Representative Faison on Property Rights, Gun Rights & Small Business

TN House Representative Faison on Property Rights, Gun Rights & Small Business

Tennessee House Representative Jeremy Faison of District 11, which includes a portion of Jefferson County, has spent a considerable amount of time in Nashville recently as the 108th Tennessee General Assembly is currently in session. Though this is Faison’s sophomore year as a Representative, due to redistricting, it is his first term as a Representative […]

Somali Nationals Residing In U.S. Found Guilty of Supporting Terrorist Operations

Somali Nationals Residing In U.S. Found Guilty of Supporting Terrorist Operations

Four Somali nationals residing in the United States have been found guilty of supporting terrorist operations in their home country of Somali. Basaaly Saeed Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, Ahmed Nasiri Taalil Mohamud, and Issa Doreh were found guilty of financing the Islamic terrorist organization, Al-Shabaab, on Friday, February 20, 2013. Al-Shabaab is an organization that […]

East TN HAMS Attend District 8 Leadership

East TN HAMS Attend District 8 Leadership

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) leaders representing twelve east Tennessee counties gathered last Saturday to discuss emergency communications preparedness and how amateur radio operators (HAMS) can best serve their local communities.The following counties comprise District 8: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union. and nearly all were represented at […]

Weekly Livestock Comments Feb 22, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle sold mainly steady compared to last week with a few as much as $2 higher. Prices in the South were primarily $123 while prices in the North ranged from $195 to $196 with most trade occurring at $196. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $122.76 live, down $0.05 from […]

Weekly Crop Comments Feb 22, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 81.56 +0.98 Crude 93.24 -3.17 Dow 14,000 +18 Soybeans prices are up; cotton prices mixed while corn and wheat prices are down for the week. USDA held their annual Ag Outlook Forum on February 21 & 22 and offered an overall bearish outlook for 2013 crops, especially corn and soybeans. We […]

Constitutional Officers Tout Tennessee Financial Success

Constitutional Officers Tout Tennessee Financial Success

This week, State Treasurer David Lillard and Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson discussed the positive financial position of Tennessee state government. Both Constitutional Officers credit the financial success the state has experienced over the last two years to conservative fiscal policies implemented by Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly. Despite a poor […]

Faison’s Safe Commute Bill Sails Through Committee

Faison’s Safe Commute Bill Sails Through Committee

Representative Jeremy Faison – (R) Cosby, passed HB 118 through the Civil Justice Committee on Wednesday. The “Safe Commute” bill is set to be heard on the House floor on Thursday, February 28, 2013. This bill creates an exemption for carry permit holders to store their firearms in a locked vehicle, out of sight, in […]

Corker Statement on Resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister

Corker Statement on Resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister

Following meetings Tuesday with the president of Tunisia and other senior leaders of major Tunisian political parties, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. “The United States strongly supports the people of Tunisia and their desire […]

League of Women Voters Celebrates 93nd Birthday

League of Women Voters Celebrates 93nd Birthday

The League of Women Voters celebrated our 93rd anniversary on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Since our founding in 1920, the League has worked tirelessly to protect and uphold the constitutional right to vote, a right that composes the very foundation of our democracy. However, while we celebrate our successes, we are concerned by stark challenges […]

Corker Returns from Trip to North and West Africa, Says International Coordination Needed to Confront Terrorist Threat to Region

Corker Returns from Trip to North and West Africa, Says International Coordination Needed to Confront Terrorist Threat to Region

At the conclusion of a trip to Senegal, Mali, Algeria and Tunisia today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said confronting the terrorist threat to the region requires international coordination. “It goes without saying that the security situation in North Africa has substantially deteriorated in recent months. The […]

Planning Commission Rescinds Dandridge Development Decision

Planning Commission Rescinds Dandridge Development Decision

The Dandridge Planning Commission met in a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in the Public Works Building in Dandridge. The purpose of the meeting was for consideration to Act Upon or Rescind the Revitalization Plan of WODA Development for the Shrader Road area around the Field of Dreams and new Dandridge Activity […]

Examining The Battlefield

Examining The Battlefield

The Save Our Farms and Homes organization met on Monday evening to discuss issues pertaining to the recent decision by the Jefferson County Commission to tie County funding of the proposed Megasite to eminent domain and recent information concerning TVA and State of Tennessee’s statements on their participation in the proposed project. Present at the […]

Common Core Leadership Council Begins Second Year of Work

Common Core Leadership Council Begins Second Year of Work

Following the success of Tennessee’s first Common Core Leadership Council, the department of education today announces a new group of principals, supervisors and superintendents who will give districts a voice in the statewide transition to the Common Core State Standards. The new Leadership Council will advise the department on the Common Core transition plan and […]

Tennessee January Revenues

Tennessee January Revenues

Tennessee tax collections continued an overall upward trend in January, even though sales tax collections were worse than the previous year. January sales tax collections represent retail activity that occurred during December. Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes today announced that overall January revenues were $1.1 billion, which is $15.4 million more than the state […]

C-N department chairs give presentation at San Antonio conference

Four Carson-Newman University department chairs traveled to the Academic Chairperson’s Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 7, to present their paper: “Navigating Waves of Change: A Peer-Led Chair Development Series.” Drs. Jeremy Buckner, Christine Dalton, Kara Stooksbury, and Laura Wadlington presented their research before department chairs from across the country. “This came about […]