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Jefferson County Community Nationally Recognized for Wildfire Preparedness

Jefferson County Community Nationally Recognized for Wildfire Preparedness

The City of Baneberry in Jefferson County, Tenn. has earned Firewise USA recognition from the National Fire Protection Association based on their efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes in their community to wildfire. This community joins 21 others in Tennessee to earn this recognition since the program started in 2002. In celebration [...]

Visitors Spend $923 million in Gateway Communities

Visitors Spend $923 million in Gateway Communities

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 11,338,893 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2017 spent $922,947,100 in communities near the park. That spending supported 13,942 jobs in the local area. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, with every dollar invested by American taxpayers in the [...]

The Results Are In!

The Results Are In!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 was the Election Day for County Primaries, and with several offices running without Democrat or Independent opposition, those County Offices were decided. The exception is the County Mayor’s race, which is now between Mark Potts and Mike Dockery, and will be decided in the August 2 General Election. The total voter [...]

Mosquitoes Will Bite When Thirsty, Too.

Mosquitoes Will Bite When Thirsty, Too.

When it’s hot and dry, mosquitoes like nothing more than the refreshing taste of you. Biologists with the University of Cincinnati discovered that female mosquitoes bite not only to get the protein they need to lay eggs but also to quench their thirst during a drought. Now researchers are trying to find out just how [...]

Posting, Commenting and Customizing on Facebook Help Evolve, Empower Older Adults

Posting, Commenting and Customizing on Facebook Help Evolve, Empower Older Adults

Social networking sites, such as Facebook, offer tools and activities that may help older adults feel more empowered and less isolated, according to researchers. In a study of Facebook use, older adults who posted a lot of personal stories on the social networking site felt a higher sense of community, and the more they customized [...]

Know Your Risks for Viral Hepatitis

Know Your Risks for Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis C is a deadly but treatable disease. That’s why the Tennessee Department of Health is sharing a reminder about the importance of getting tested. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a perfect time to learn your status and risks for infection. “There are three types of viral hepatitis: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Each [...]

Advocates Praise Passage Of Legislation Protecting Tennessee Children

Advocates Praise Passage Of Legislation Protecting Tennessee Children

Safety advocates this week praised passage of five bills that help protect Tennessee school children from educator sexual misconduct. The bills were filed after several weaknesses were revealed in a Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury report earlier this year. All five bills passed on the House floor with bipartisan support. They include: • House Bill [...]

House Republicans Renew Commitment To Tennessee Teachers, Students, And Schools

House Republicans Renew Commitment To Tennessee Teachers, Students, And Schools

Before completing business for the year, House Republicans renewed their commitment to Tennessee’s teachers, students, and schools in a successful effort to ensure they are held completely harmless in the wake of last week’s TNReady testing problems. Wednesday night, House members passed House Bill 75 and House Bill 2426 with unanimous support from lawmakers. The [...]

Republicans Focus On Jobs, Education, Opioids; Adjourn In Timely Manner

Republicans Focus On Jobs, Education, Opioids; Adjourn In Timely Manner

In the final few days of this year’s legislative session, the House of Representatives passed Tennessee’s annual budget with a near unanimous vote. The bill’s passage and official adjournment was the culmination of months of tireless work crafting a fiscally responsible and balanced budget. The $37.5 billion budget builds on previous legislative priorities by making [...]

10 Little Healthy Things You Should Do for Yourself Every Day

10 Little Healthy Things You Should Do for Yourself Every Day

Let’s be real. Being healthy all the time sounds kinda time-consuming. Your life is busy enough. On the other hand, we all deserve to feel good, right? 1. Find one small way to add more steps to your day. We sit too much, says Martha Gulati, MD, editor-in-chief of the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart. [...]

Budget Committee Deliberates Non-Profit Funding

Budget Committee Deliberates Non-Profit Funding

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will receive the lion’s share of funding from the proceeds of the hotel/motel tax, thanks to action taken by the Jefferson County Budget Committee last week. In a split vote, the Committee approved a funding request from the Chamber of Commerce for $345,000 which was a significant increase from [...]

How to Remove a Tick and Prevent Future Bites

How to Remove a Tick and Prevent Future Bites

As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public’s risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome—a mysterious red meat allergy—are among the most serious. “Although most ticks do not [...]

Bee Prepared: How to Treat a Bee Sting

Bee Prepared: How to Treat a Bee Sting

It can happen fast. One minute the kids are all playing peacefully outside on a warm, spring day. The next minute a piercing scream reveals that one them has been stung by a bee. To help alleviate the panic, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say it’s a good idea to know what to [...]

Unemployment Situation Improves in Nearly all Tennessee Counties

Unemployment Situation Improves in Nearly all Tennessee Counties

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) today released the March 2018 unemployment rates for each county in Tennessee. The newest statistics highlighted improved rates during March for the majority of the state’s counties. Eighty-two of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment rates when compared to February 2018. The rates in nine counties [...]

Haslam Encourages Tennesseans To Partcipate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Haslam Encourages Tennesseans To Partcipate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today joined Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson to encourage Tennesseans to make an impact on the state’s opioid crisis by cleaning out their expired or unwanted medications on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The biannual event urges citizens to find [...]

Honey Miller Receives Volunteer Award

Honey Miller Receives Volunteer Award

Jefferson County resident Honey Miller was awarded the East Tennessee Volunteer Recognition Award at Sunday’s banquet held at the Cherokee County Club in Knoxville. The East Tennessee Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony Is sponsored by Home Federal Bank and held every year to recognize individuals who volunteer helping making their communities better. The Awards ceremony is [...]