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VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County Republicans Call Primary Elections for May 3, 2022, County Commission Offices Included

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County Republicans Call Primary Elections for May 3, 2022, County Commission Offices Included

Jefferson County Republican Party has called primary elections for May 3, 2022, for the following offices. Circuit Court Judge 4th Judicial District, Part I           Circuit Court Judge 4th Judicial District, Part II Circuit Court Judge 4th Judicial District, Part III Circuit Court Judge 4th Judicial District, Part IV Chancellor 4th […]

State Landmarks Lit Green for Child Support Awareness Month

State Landmarks Lit Green for Child Support Awareness Month

The State Capitol Cupola and other well-known landmarks across Tennessee will be lit green tonight in recognition of Child Support Awareness Month. Each August the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) works to light up recognizable locations in green as a shining reminder of the important role its Child Support Program plays in the health […]

AG Slatery Responds to Sixth Circuit Decision Upholding 48 Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

AG Slatery Responds to Sixth Circuit Decision Upholding 48 Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

The full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period for abortions is constitutional. The Court’s ruling reverses the district court’s decision in Bristol Regional Women’s Center v. Slatery. In its opinion, the Court recognized that, “before making life’s big decisions, it is often wise to take time to reflect. The people […]

Tennessee Department of Health Offering Third Dose of mRNA Vaccine

Tennessee Department of Health Offering Third Dose of mRNA Vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health is acting upon recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding an additional dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals. On August 13, the CDC accepted ACIP recommendations for an additional dose of the […]

Gov. Lee Signs Executive Order Giving Parents Ability to Opt Out of School Mask Mandates

Gov. Lee Signs Executive Order Giving Parents Ability to Opt Out of School Mask Mandates

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 84 to give parents the ability to opt their child out of a local mask mandate enacted by a school or health board. Gov. Lee’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Thanks for joining today. Before we cover an important COVID-19 announcement, I want to express a heavy heart […]

Schools Update from Director, Assistant Director & Data and Accountability – What This Year Will Look Like

Schools Update from Director, Assistant Director & Data and Accountability – What This Year Will Look Like

Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Officers for 2021-2022

Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Officers for 2021-2022

The Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), officers for 2021-2022 are Regent Jane Chambers, First Vice Regent Janet Guyett, Second Vice Regent Jill Evans, Chaplain Elizabeth Finchum, Recording Secretary Karen Bible, Corresponding Secretary Jane Busdeker, Treasurer Wendy Randolph, Registrar Karen McFarland, Historian Jamie Snyder, Librarian Katie Schmidt, and […]

VITAL POLICY – Your Civic Duty and Sacred Right to Participate in Government, A Forerunner to Constitution Day

VITAL POLICY – Your Civic Duty and Sacred Right to Participate in Government, A Forerunner to Constitution Day

Thomas Jefferson held the Tennessee Constitution in extremely high esteem, calling it the “least imperfect and most republican” among other state constitutions, a high complement from the man who authored the Declaration of Independence and drafted the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. The framers of the Tennessee Constitution expressed the importance of civic participation in […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION Elected School Directors Back in the Legislative Meat Grinder for 2022, Local Impact Examined, Questions Raised

VITAL POLICY – OPINION  Elected School Directors Back in the Legislative Meat Grinder for 2022, Local Impact Examined, Questions Raised

Until 1992 the voting citizens of Tennessee had the power to elect school directors. The time to return that constitutional power to the citizens is long overdue. Prior to the “Education Improvement Act of 1992”, potential school directors had to campaign, one-on-one with voters, and get acquainted with the citizens whose tax money they were […]

Comptroller’s Office Examines the Cost of Online College Courses

Comptroller’s Office Examines the Cost of Online College Courses

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a new report examining the cost of online courses in Tennessee’s public colleges and universities. Tennessee’s public higher education institutions have offered online courses for more than two decades, and the prevalence of online courses has increased during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The report found that more than half […]

Operation Dry Water Set for July 4th Holiday Weekend

Operation Dry Water Set for July 4th Holiday Weekend

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, July 2-4. Operation Dry Water is a weekend of education and enforcement about the dangers of impaired boating throughout the state. The July 4th holiday means an increase in boater activity on the water and there is also an increase in the number on […]

Diondre Jackson has been named Interim President and CEO of Jefferson County Chamber

Diondre Jackson has been named Interim President and CEO of Jefferson County Chamber

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce – On behalf of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, we are proud to announce that Diondre Jackson has been named Interim President and CEO Diondre is the founder and CEO of Penultimate Development, a 10-month residency leadership program targeting at risk young men between the ages […]

Former Corrections Officer Indicted, Accused of Official Misconduct

Former Corrections Officer Indicted, Accused of Official Misconduct

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a former Cocke County corrections officer accused of conspiring to harm an inmate. On December 9th, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI special agents began investigating allegations involving Joseph Tyree (DOB 6/13/97). During […]

District Attorney General James “Jimmy” B. Dunn Announces Candidacy For Re-election as District Attorney General

District Attorney General James “Jimmy” B. Dunn Announces Candidacy For Re-election as District Attorney General

District Attorney General James “Jimmy” B. Dunn announced Wednesday, June 23rd, outside the Jefferson County Courthouse that he will be running for another term to serve the Fourth Judicial District that includes Jefferson, Cocke, Grainger, and Sevier Counties. Dunn is focused on victims’ rights. He received a victim witness coordinator for Jefferson County through a federal grant […]

Tennessee National Guard aircrew rescue bear attack victim

Tennessee National Guard aircrew rescue bear attack victim

A Tennessee Army National Guard medical flight crew responded to an emergency air evacuation mission after a camper was attacked and injured by a bear while sleeping in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park area, June 18. Shortly before 7 a.m., the Tennessee Military Department and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency were notified of a camper […]

Unemployment Steady as the Economy Continues Rebounding

Unemployment Steady as the Economy Continues Rebounding

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate held steady at 5% between April and May 2021, according to newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). While Tennessee’s unemployment rate did not change in the month-to-month comparison, it was 4.6 percentage points lower than the May 2020 rate. At that time, many of the […]