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Gov. Haslam, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Announce Record-Setting High for Economic Impact

Gov. Haslam, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Announce Record-Setting High for Economic Impact

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced today Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached a new all-time record high of $20.7 billion in 2017, up 6.3 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. The announcement was made at the Musicians Hall [...]

Planning Christmas Dinner in August? Well, You Should Be!

Planning Christmas Dinner in August? Well, You Should Be!

The dog days of summer seem an odd time to start planning holiday menus. However, if you want locally produced meats grown and processed just the way you like them gracing your holiday tables, it’s time to track down that rack of lamb, pasture raised turkey, prime beef rib, or heirloom breed pork sausage. Local [...]

Coffey Sworn In As Sheriff

Coffey Sworn In As Sheriff

Saturday Morning, Sheriff-Elect Jeff Coffey took the oath of service as he prepares to shift in to his new position.  Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, Coffey was sworn in by Judge Duane Slone on a Bible held by his wife Kristi.  The special event was held at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Dandridge, since [...]

Want Creative, Curious, Healthier Children with 21st Century Skills? Let Them Play

Want Creative, Curious, Healthier Children with 21st Century Skills? Let Them Play

The most powerful way children learn isn’t only in classrooms or libraries but rather on playgrounds and in playrooms, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In fact, a new AAP report states, “The importance of playful learning for children cannot be overemphasized.” According to the AAP clinical report, released Aug. 20, children’s play [...]

Jefferson County Man Charged with TennCare Fraud

Jefferson County Man Charged with TennCare Fraud

A Jefferson County man is charged in both Greene and Hamblen Counties with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Greene and Hamblen County Sheriff’s Offices, today announced the arrest of Howard [...]

Haslam, TDEC Announce More than $15 Million for Local Parks and Recreation

Haslam, TDEC Announce More than $15 Million for Local Parks and Recreation

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian today announced a series of grants totaling more than $15 million to help fund parks and recreation projects in Tennessee communities. “Easy access to parks, trails, walking paths and other recreational facilities can make a good community a great [...]

July 2018 State Revenues

July 2018 State Revenues

 Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin today announced that Tennessee tax revenues were lower than budgeted estimates for the month of July. Overall, July revenues totaled $1.1 billion, which is $50.8 million more than the state collected in July of 2017, but $8.6 million less than the budgeted estimate for the month. “Sales [...]

Older Adults Must Consider Environmental, Physical Challenges When Escaping a House Fire

Older Adults Must Consider Environmental, Physical Challenges When Escaping a House Fire

Being prepared for a home fire is particularly crucial for adults aged 65 and over. Statistics suggest this segment of the population faces increased risks for fire-related deaths and injuries. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges older adults and their caregivers to take necessary steps to stay safe from fire dangers. “We often [...]

Tennessee Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increase in 2017

Tennessee Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increase in 2017

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,776 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2017, the highest annual number of such deaths since reporting began. Prescription opioids are still the most common drugs associated with overdose deaths in Tennessee. “More Tennesseans died last year from drug overdoses than from automobile crashes. Few of us have escaped [...]

98th Anniversary Of The Ratification Of 19th Amendment

98th Anniversary Of The Ratification Of 19th Amendment

In honor of the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) have authorized the release of an educational video, “The History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Tennessee and The Ratification of the 19th Amendment.” The video features a [...]

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady For Third Consecutive Month

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady For Third Consecutive Month

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released the statewide unemployment rate for July 2018, and for the third consecutive month the statistic has held steady at 3.5 percent. Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not only remained unchanged since May, it mirrors the 3.5 percent [...]

TDEC Issues Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisories for Portions of Pigeon, Nolichucky Rivers

TDEC Issues Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisories for Portions of Pigeon, Nolichucky Rivers

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced the issuance of precautionary fish consumption advisories for smallmouth bass and channel catfish in the downstream portions of the Pigeon River and the Nolichucky River. On the Nolichucky, the advisory extends from Douglas Reservoir upstream to the mouth of Bent Creek at river mile 14.9. [...]

Haslam Announces Completion of Statewide School Safety Assessment and Release of $35 Million To Improve School Security

Haslam Announces Completion of Statewide School Safety Assessment and Release of $35 Million To Improve School Security

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the first-ever statewide assessment of school facilities and safety procedures will be fully completed by the end of August, with unprecedented school security funding now available to school districts to implement identified school security and safety needs. In March, the governor’s School Safety Working Group recommended the statewide review [...]

City of New Market Faces Audit Challenges

City of New Market Faces Audit Challenges

Monday night, the New Market Board of Mayor and Aldermen met for their regular meeting. With all members present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Beau Tucker, and the minutes from the last meeting were gone over and approved by the board.  New Market’s monthly financial records were also gone over and approved.  [...]

TWRA Joins American Eagle Foundation for Bald Eagle Release in Honor of U.S. Marine

TWRA Joins American Eagle Foundation for Bald Eagle Release in Honor of U.S. Marine

In honor of a fallen U.S. Marine, TWRA joined AEF for an American bald eagle release at the foundation’s Eagle Hack Tower on Douglas Lake in Jefferson Co. While traveling through Waynesboro, Virginia, TWRA Fisheries Technician Gary Loucks visited Jake’s Bar and Grill and met restaurant owner Rhonda Winfield, who told him about her son Jason (nicknamed Jake), who lost his life while serving his country during the war on [...]

Makenzi Penrod wins 2018 Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair

Makenzi Penrod wins 2018 Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair

After a day of celebrating the princes and princesses of Jefferson County, the main ceremony of the Fairest of the Fair Competition was held Saturday night. 7 lovely ladies from the surrounding area competed for the crown.  Contestants were interviewed by judges, performed a dance to Blake Shelton’s version of Footloose, and were also asked [...]