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New Confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

New Confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

Albert Einstein predicted that whenever light from a distant star passes by a closer object, gravity acts as a kind of magnifying lens, brightening and bending the distant starlight. Yet, in a 1936 article in the journal Science, he added that because stars are so far apart “there is no hope of observing this phenomenon directly.” [...]

E.ON Climate and Renewables North America Chooses New Market for Next Project

E.ON Climate and Renewables North America Chooses New Market for Next Project

The Economic Development Alliance, Jefferson County (EDA) and E.ON Climate and Renewables North America (E.ON) are happy to announce that E.ON has chosen the New Market community in Jefferson County as the site for its next major U.S. solar project. The company has leased +/- 200 acres from a private land owner and has entered [...]

Speakers Create and Appoint Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice

Speakers Create and Appoint Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice

Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) this week announced the formation of the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice. The task force will be co-chaired by Speaker Harwell and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). The task force will study, evaluate, analyze, and undertake a comprehensive review of the state’s [...]

Norris Appointed to Lead Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice

Norris Appointed to Lead Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been appointed to co-chair Tennessee’s new Juvenile Justice Realignment Task Force that will undertake a comprehensive review of the state’s juvenile justice system.  The announcement regarding the formation of the task force, which is comprised of top leaders from all three branches of Tennessee government, was made by [...]

Morristown Police Searching For Armed Robbery Suspect

Morristown Police Searching For Armed Robbery Suspect

The Morristown Police Department is investigating an armed robbery which occurred this evening on East Andrew Johnson Highway. An unknown male entered the CVS Pharmacy at 2114 East Andrew Johnson Highway shortly after 8 p.m. with a black semi automatic handgun and demanded the pharmacist give him Oxycodone. After receiving the drugs, he fled out [...]

Town Of Dandridge Votes To Continue Fire Coverage

Town Of Dandridge Votes To Continue Fire Coverage

The Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department will continue to service areas outside the city limits of Dandridge. Recently, the issue of fire service has become a hot topic in Jefferson County with the local municipalities of Dandridge and White Pine requesting additional funding to service the areas outside of their city limits and service to those [...]

AG Slatery Urges President Trump to Protect Individual Rights from Federal Overreach

AG Slatery Urges President Trump to Protect Individual Rights from Federal Overreach

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III is joining a coalition of 16 state attorneys general in asking President Trump to lead a regulatory reform effort to protect individual rights from regulatory overreach. In a signed letter to President Trump, the coalition, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, says reforms are necessary to bring the [...]

Summer Meals Available to Children as School Year Ends

Summer Meals Available to Children as School Year Ends

Local Summer Food Service Program meal sites have opened to children ages 18 and under across the state. The Summer Food Service Program, or SFSP, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS). The purpose of the summer meal program is to ensure children and [...]

Canine Influenza Confirmed in East Tennessee

The Virology Laboratory at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine has confirmed two cases of Type A Influenza in dogs in the Knoxville region. The samples were received Monday, June 5. Sub-typing is ongoing and will determine if it is H3N2 Influenza, a strain of influenza that has been confirmed in dogs in [...]

State Parks to Host Student Volunteers on Tennessee Promise Saturday

State Parks to Host Student Volunteers on Tennessee Promise Saturday

Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours on Saturday, June 24. “Tennessee Promise Saturday is a way for our parks to connect students to the outdoor opportunities available here in Tennessee while supporting their academic goals,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation [...]

New Law Will Enable Tennessee To Draw Additional Federal Funds To Help Local Ambulance Services

New Law Will Enable Tennessee To Draw Additional Federal Funds To Help Local Ambulance Services

Major legislation that will enable Tennessee to draw additional federal funds to help local ambulance services continue to transport patients was recently signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. The new law, sponsored by Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston), is expected to bring in approximately $19.7 million in federal funds [...]

FSA HOLDING MEETING ON PROGRAMS AND ELECTIONS

FSA HOLDING MEETING ON PROGRAMS AND ELECTIONS

The Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke County Farm Service Agency will conduct a meeting at the Jefferson County Agriculture Extension Office conference room on Thursday June 15 at 10:00 am.  The Extension office is located at 1111 Lake Drive in Dandridge. Subjects covered will be the Farm Service Agency’s role in the farming community, County Committee Election, and farm [...]

USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15, 2017. “County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We [...]

Proposed Property Tax Allocation for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year

Proposed Property Tax Allocation for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year

The Jefferson County Budget Committee will end the fiscal year 2017/18 budget season later this month when they present a balanced budget to the Jefferson County Commission for approval. The budget document will not include a tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year and will see the property tax rate stay at the current rate [...]

New Teen Drivers 3 Times as Likely to be Involved in a Deadly Crash

New Teen Drivers 3 Times as Likely to be Involved in a Deadly Crash

New teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This alarming finding comes as the “100 Deadliest Days” begin, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of [...]

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends No Fruit Juice For Children Under 1 Year

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends No Fruit Juice For Children Under 1 Year

Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be included in their diet, according to a new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics that marks the Academy’s first change in recommendations on fruit juice since 2001. Over past years, the Academy advised against offering fruit juice [...]