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School Board Meets

School Board Meets

The Jefferson County School Board held their Regular Monthly Voting Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Board Potts. All members of the Board were present. Director of Jefferson County School Edmonds recognized Supervisor Mandy Schneitman for […]

Dandridge Planning & Zoning

Dandridge Planning & Zoning

Town of Dandridge Regional Planning Commission Regular Meeting January 24, 2013 New Business WODA/Mark Jackson, Shrader Road, Map 67, Parcel 87, Concept Plan for Apartments.  Concept plan for Community Revitalization Plan on Shrader Road property adjoining the Field of Dreams property, involving THDA Tax Credit Program. Commission was presented information on a 50 apartment unit […]

Tennessee School Districts Part of Wave of New Teacher Pay Plans

Tennessee School Districts Part of Wave of New Teacher Pay Plans

Four Tennessee school districts have joined a small but growing group of districts nationwide that are experimenting with alternative ways to pay teachers, a new report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) highlights. Alternative salary plans base teacher pay increases on positive performance ratings rather than on years of […]

Farm Service Agency Announces Important Program Updates

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013. FSA administers these programs. […]

Treasury Targets Leading Figures of Transnational Criminal Organizations

Treasury Targets Leading Figures of Transnational Criminal Organizations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today took action against three transnational criminal organizations (TCO), the Camorra, the Yakuza, and the Brothers’ Circle. Today’s designations include four members of the Camorra, one of Europe’s largest criminal organizations; the Inagawa-kai, the third-largest clan within the Japanese Yakuza criminal network; and an individual providing support […]

Flu Risks for Seniors

As you age, your immune system weakens. This weakening makes seniors—adults 65 years and older— more susceptible to the flu. For seniors, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. It is important all seniors […]

Late filing and FASFA

Late filing and FASFA

January is the month that most college bound or enrolled students typically prepare their Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FASFA). This year, however, a delayed date for filing income tax returns, announced by the Internal Revenue Service  has some students and parents in limbo regarding the filing of the FASFA, which requires the most […]

ISAF Training Mission Bolsters Afghan Gains, Commander Says

ISAF Training Mission Bolsters Afghan Gains, Commander Says

As Afghan forces assume full security responsibility in their country, a “fundamental shift” in operations will occur, a senior NATO International Security Assistance Force commander said here today. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of ISAF Joint Command, briefed Pentagon reporters on what the shift will look like and what role NATO forces will […]

Official: Pentagon to Lift Rule Excluding Women From Combat

Official: Pentagon to Lift Rule Excluding Women From Combat

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official said today. The policy change will begin a process in which the services will develop plans […]

Corker Cosponsors Senate “No Budget, No Pay” Bill

Corker Cosponsors Senate “No Budget, No Pay” Bill

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced he is an original cosponsor of “No Budget, No Pay,” bipartisan Senate legislation introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., that would suspend pay for members of Congress if they fail to pass a budget and all appropriations bills by the beginning of the fiscal year on October […]

Early Wednesday Fire in New Market

Early Wednesday Fire in New Market

Fire fighters responded early Wednesday morning to a barn fire on Nances Ferry Road.  New Market Fire Rescue received the call around 5:22 am and the first engine arrived on the scene by 5:29 am.  The  barn, owned by Alan and Jean Willard, contained several bales of hay and lumber.  A total of 18 men, […]

Looking Ahead To The Next NORAD

Looking Ahead To The Next NORAD

More than a half century since it was established to confront the Cold War threat, North American Aerospace Defense Command is at a new crossroads as officials in the United States and Canada determine the capabilities it will need to confront emerging challenges and threats in the decades ahead. Members of the Permanent Joint Board […]

Commission Votes On County Issues

Commission Votes On County Issues

The Jefferson County Commission met in their Regular Monthly Voting Session on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners Maples, Patterson, Baxley and Barreiro. The Chairman recognized the Jefferson County High School Youth Leadership Class, who […]

Lending A Helping Hand

Lending A Helping Hand

The Dandridge Fire Department offered their services to residents on Dumplin Valley Road whose property has been under 30 inches of water for several days, Anthony Well’s home has been sitting in a small pond of water after last week’s heavy rains. The Fire Department offered assistance in pumping vast amounts of water and spraying […]

Citizens March To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Citizens March To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jefferson County residents came together on Monday to celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. King has long been identified as the driving force behind the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s. A highly educated man, King is considered a visionary and his speech “I Have a Dream” became […]

Obama Takes Oath of Office

Obama Takes Oath of Office

President Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office for his second term as the 44th U.S. president and commander in chief on the steps of the U.S. Capitol today, honoring the men and women in uniform who have preserved America’s freedoms throughout its history. More than 5,000 military members – some participating in the […]