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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

She’s the one that nurtured you, comforted you, held you, raised you. Ballgames, band-aids and dance recitals, she was there. She has many names such as mother, mom, mama, and mommy. Today is the day labeled to honor her, but we should honor her every day. Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908, […]

Insect Bite and Repellant Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Insect Bite and Repellant Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Keep your family safe from injury, itches and insect-transmitted disease this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child. Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom. […]

Announcement of Maximum Effective Rate of Interest on Home Loans

Announcement of Maximum Effective Rate of Interest on Home Loans

The Federal National Mortgage Association has discontinued its free market auction system for commitments to purchase conventional home mortgages. Therefore, the Commissioner of Financial Institutions hereby announces that the maximum effective rate of interest per annum for home loans as set by the General Assembly in 1987, Public Chapter 291, for the month of June, 2019 is 6.93 […]

Strawberry Season Is Here and Farmers Are Ready

Strawberry Season Is Here and Farmers Are Ready

Despite the wet start to spring, sweet and juicy strawberries are prime for picking in most areas of Tennessee. If you are looking for the freshest berries, you need to go straight to the farm. “We are seeing more ripe strawberries by the day.” Mitchell Hyde of Hyde Farms in Loudon County said. “The more […]

DOE and County Focus on Upcoming Budget Deadlines

DOE and County Focus on Upcoming Budget Deadlines

Jefferson County and Jefferson County Department of Education are looking at a quickly approaching deadline to complete the proposed budget document for the fiscal year 2019/20. With both the Jefferson County Budget Committee and the Jefferson County School Board hosting several budget related meetings this month, the hope is to have a balanced budget document […]

Keep Kids Save Around Lawn Mowers

Keep Kids Save Around Lawn Mowers

Keep your family safe around lawn mowers by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go. Children younger than 16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children younger than 12 years […]

Tennessee WIC Program Launches Electronic Benefit Transfer Card System

Tennessee WIC Program Launches Electronic Benefit Transfer Card System

The Tennessee Women, Infants and Children or WIC Program has transitioned to an electronic benefit transfer system from a paper-based method of issuing benefits. Tennessee families participating in WIC now use their TNWIC cards instead of paper vouchers to purchase WIC-approved foods. TNWIC is now available in all 95 counties of Tennessee. “We are so […]

New Market Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Solicitation of a Minor

New Market Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Solicitation of a Minor

A joint investigation with Special Agents from the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with multiple East Tennessee law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of a New Market police officer for arranging to have sexual activity with a minor. At the request of 4th District Attorney General Jimmy […]

Kids’ Allergies Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Kids’ Allergies Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Your child’s allergy treatment should start with your pediatrician, who may refer you to a pediatric allergy specialist for additional evaluations and treatments. Here are 7 tips on how to treat your child’s allergies: Allergies feel like the cold, and can include headaches, runny noses, fatigue and other symptoms that can get in the way […]

Carson-Newman Introduces Physician Assistant Program

Carson-Newman Introduces Physician Assistant Program

Carson-Newman University is offering graduate students the opportunity to enter high-wage jobs within the burgeoning healthcare field. The University’s new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is now accepting students for the first cohort, which begins May 2020, pending provisional accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. The program […]

Gov. Bill Lee Lauds General Assembly in Working Together to Pass Conservative Reforms

Gov. Bill Lee Lauds General Assembly in Working Together to Pass Conservative Reforms

Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee marked the close of the 2019 legislative session, a session which included the unanimous passage of his budget as well as the passage of his full agenda as outlined during his State of the State address in March. “In March, I presented our budget and a series of priorities which […]

AG Slatery Joins 17 State Coalition Supporting EPA Plan to Ease Burden on Farmers, Landowners

AG Slatery Joins 17 State Coalition Supporting EPA Plan to Ease Burden on Farmers, Landowners

Nashville- Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III joined a 17-state coalition this week to support farmers and landowners by urging the Trump administration to adopt its proposed replacement of the Obama-era, Waters of the United States rule. The coalition, in comments filed late Monday, argued the Trump administration’s proposal would restore reasonable, predictable lines between […]

Comptroller’s Office Studies Teacher Salaries In Tennessee

Comptroller’s Office Studies Teacher Salaries In Tennessee

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a report examining how money intended to boost teacher salaries has been used by local school districts. More than $300 million in new, recurring state dollars was appropriated by the General Assembly though the state’s Basic Education Program (BEP) between fiscal years 2015 and 2018. The legislative intent for […]

End of an Era; TWRA Officer Wayne Rich Retires

End of an Era; TWRA Officer Wayne Rich Retires

After 37-years-of-service to the hunters, anglers and boaters of Tennessee, Jefferson County Wildlife Officer Wayne Rich has retired. Wayne began his career with TWRA on April 1, 1982 a few days after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. His first assignment was part-time boating safety enforcement […]

Representative Andrew E. Farmer Leads Successful Negotiations With Governor To Protect District 17 From ESA Legislation

Representative Andrew E. Farmer Leads Successful Negotiations With Governor To Protect District 17 From ESA Legislation

Recently, there has been much discussion related to House Bill 939, a proposal creating an Education Savings Account (ESA) pilot program in Tennessee. Because this initiative has generated concerns from our teachers, superintendents, school board members, and parents, I knew we needed to have a seat at the table during negotiations with Governor Lee and […]

Budget Committee Faces $1.6 Deficit – Struggles to Make Cuts

Budget Committee Faces $1.6 Deficit – Struggles to Make Cuts

Members of the Jefferson County Budget Committee were hard at work Monday evening, April 22, 2019, as they met to address funding requests from non profit organizations. The committee entered the evening $1,679,000 in the red, according to information provided by Jefferson County Finance Director Potts, and looking to dig out the county out of […]