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Dandridge Pursues Funding Options for Swannsylvania Fire Substation

Dandridge Pursues Funding Options for Swannsylvania Fire Substation

The Swannslyvania community, which is a part of the Greater Dandridge Area, recently requested funding for a Fire Department Substation via the Dandridge Fire Department. The request for substation funding, at a level of $25,000 per year, was voted down by the Jefferson County Commission in a split vote. The Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department is […]

Syrian LCC Breaks Support of Syrian National Council

The Syrian National Council (SNC) has elected former spokesperson George Sabra as its president. The appointment was made on Friday, November 9, at a meeting in Doha, Qatar. The SNC has proved to be one of the primary opposition groups throughout the conflict in Syria. On the same day as the change in leadership, the […]

Corker Urges President to Work with Congress to Pass Fiscal Reform Now

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statement last week urging the president to work with Congress on passing a fiscal reform plan. “I urge the president to work with the leadership of the House and Senate to pass a fiscal reform package now. I believe all sides understand the issues that need to […]


Jefferson County joined the rest of the Nation on Sunday, November 11th in recognizing Veterans. Veteran’s Day was originally established to honor the veterans of World War I. Because November 11th was the date of the armistice signed to cease fighting between the Allied Nations and Germany, that date was chosen as a day to […]

Jefferson Residents Report Quake

Jefferson Residents Report Quake

Saturday Jefferson County residents felt the result of earthquakes that struck in Eastern Kentucky. The United States Geological Survey indicated that an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 was felt as far away as Atlanta, Ga. Shortly after the first quake was felt, another earthquake shook the area. The second quake is listed as a […]

Preparing For Colder Days Ahead

Cold weather is inching its way into Jefferson County and, like it or not, freezing temperatures are on the horizon. Though the County and much of the South experienced a very mild Winter of 2012, forecasters are all over the board in their predictions for Winter 2013. As the days grow increasingly shorter, it is […]

TOSHA Complaint Answered

Jefferson County has met the deadline that was set by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Occupational Safety and Health for Tennessee (TOSHA), regarding a two part complaint filed with their office. The complaint alleged that employees of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department were required to capture and transport vicious animals without […]

Tennessee Releases Latest Education Data on 2012 Report Card

The 2012 state Report Card—posted on the Tennessee Department of Education website—offers detailed breakdowns of last year’s unprecedented statewide student achievement growth and presents the most recent data on graduation rate, demographics and school-level test scores. This summer, the department released statewide and district-by-district achievement results, and now Tennesseans can view data by grade level, […]

Senator Mike Faulk regarding progress cited in state’s report card on education

“I cannot think of better news for education — and for Tennessee — than to learn we are headed in the right direction in giving our students more opportunities to succeed,” said Senator Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill). “The news of these gains as cited in the Report Card are exactly what we wanted to hear. […]

Sawtelle on the campaign trail in the 7th District

Vickie Sawtelle, continued her campaign for 7th District County Commission, speaking at the 1st Annual Fun Ride , a fund raising effort to benefit the Strawberry Plains Library renovation. Speaking to the participants, Sawtelle said, “ the Fun Ride is a perfect example of pride and support for the family community. Constituents in 6th and […]

Jefferson Memorial Foundation Hospital Board

The Jefferson Memorial Hospital Board met last week to determine where they stand in the movement of around $12 million dollars from its current investment site. The money is now invested with Catholic Health Partners. The Board is determining where and how the money can be invested. Before, the funds were considered private funds and […]

Governor Haslam Announces $1.8 Million in Safe Routes to School Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Safe Routes to School funding totaling $1.8 for 12 municipalities in Tennessee. The funds will be used by multiple schools to improve sidewalks, crosswalks, signs and safe walking and biking educational activities. The Safe Routes to School Program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to […]

Tennessee Business Spotlight Promotes Veteran-Owned Businesses

November 11 is Veterans Day, a holiday on which our nation pays tribute to those who have served in our armed forces. Tennessee is home to more than 500,000 veterans, and Secretary of State Tre Hargett recognizes the contribution they have made and are making to our communities. In honor of Tennessee veterans, the Tennessee […]

Department of Education Recognized for Bully Prevention

Jefferson County Department of Education has been recognized for its program on Bully Prevention. Mandy Schneitman, Director of Student Support Services for the school system, stated that Jefferson County was invited to be one of the highlight schools for a Nationally viewed webinar on bully prevention. The subject of bully prevention has been on the […]

Rebels Attack Syrian Military Airport

Seeking to deny the government of its overwhelmingly powerful air support, rebel forces in Syria attacked the Taftanaz military airport on Saturday, November 3. According to SANA, the state-run news agency, many terrorists were killed in the attack, and all of the terrorists’ weapons and vehicles were destroyed, as well. In response, Syrian Observatory for […]

Corker, Isakson Continue to Press State Department for Disclosure of Communications from Benghazi Attacks

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week, U.S. Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continued to press the State Department for disclosure of all communications regarding security in Benghazi, Libya leading up to the deadly September 11 attacks on the U.S. […]