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Schools Come in with Flat Budget Despite Deep State Cuts

Schools Come in with Flat Budget Despite Deep State Cuts

The Jefferson County Department of Education will turn in a balanced budget document for the fiscal year 2017/2018 despite deep cuts in BEP funding from the State of Tennessee. For the upcoming fiscal year, Jefferson County will lose more than three quarters of a million dollars in funding due to a new criteria from the [...]

Comptroller Releases Report on Senior Long-Term Care in Tennessee

Comptroller Releases Report on Senior Long-Term Care in Tennessee

The Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a report examining the projected growth in Tennessee’s senior population (age 65+) by 2030 and its impact on public long-term services and support programs for low-income Tennessee seniors. The report is intended to provide objective analysis and options for policymakers’ consideration. The report does [...]

Department Of Environment & Conservation Announces Upcoming Transportation Awards And Forum

Department Of Environment & Conservation Announces Upcoming Transportation Awards And Forum

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Clean Fuels, announced this week they will hold the third annual Tennessee Transportation Awards and Forum during Clean Air Month from May 23-24 at the Nashville Public Library. The event will bring together state experts, local leaders, and [...]

General Assembly Creates Additional Protections Against Child Predators

General Assembly Creates Additional Protections Against Child Predators

House members unanimously passed legislation this week to create additional protections against child predators. Communities across Tennessee already rely on the state’s sex offender registry to track and monitor convicted offenders who have moved into permanent residences upon release from prison. House Bill 404 enables law enforcement officials to monitor offenders convicted of child rape [...]

House Lawmakers Encourage Tennessee Students To Celebrate Freedom

House Lawmakers Encourage Tennessee Students To Celebrate Freedom

This week, House lawmakers passed legislation that helps Tennessee students learn the principles of freedom in our nation’s founding documents. House Bill 287 designates the week of September 17 as “Celebrate Freedom Week” in Tennessee public schools. The week-long celebration will coincide with Constitution Day each September 17 and help students learn more about the [...]

New Legislation Allows American Sign Language To Satisfy Foreign Language Requirements

New Legislation Allows American Sign Language To Satisfy Foreign Language Requirements

This week, Republican lawmakers passed legislation that allows American Sign Language to be used to satisfy foreign language requirements in Tennessee high schools. House Bill 462, known as the American Sign Language bill, was initiated by Molly Ridgeway — a nonverbal student at Maryville College — and her boyfriend, Joshua Anderson. The legislation allows any [...]

2017-2018 Budget Amendment Introduced

2017-2018 Budget Amendment Introduced

This week, Governor Bill Haslam introduced his amendment to the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget proposal that will be considered by the 110th General Assembly in the coming days. The appropriations amendment tracks closely to the Governor’s original budget proposal presented to the legislature on January 30, which for the second year in a row does [...]

Jefferson County Commission Personnel Committee Selects Interviewees for Veterans Service Officer

Jefferson County Commission Personnel Committee Selects Interviewees for Veterans Service Officer

The Jefferson County Personnel Committee met Thursday, April 27, 2017. The meeting opened up with the approval of minutes from the April 20th meeting, which were approved in a motion by Beeler (2nd Carmichael). Next on the agenda was a review and discussion of resumes for the position of Veterans Service Officer. In total, six [...]

Budget Committee Tackles Non Profit Funding

Budget Committee Tackles Non Profit Funding

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met this week to address Non Profit requests. Though requests for increases in funding were presented by the Boys & Girls Club and the Humane Society both walked away with the same allocation as they received in the current fiscal year. Boys and Girls Club Representative noted a need for [...]

State Fire Marshal & State Forester Urge Caution with Outdoor Burning

State Fire Marshal & State Forester Urge Caution with Outdoor Burning

The historic 2016 Tennessee fall fire season drastically brought attention to how wildfires burn our woods, especially when the state is under severe drought conditions. While the severity of the drought has been reduced this spring, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry remind Tennesseans that it is still [...]

Senate Approves Legislation Calling For One Full Semester of Tennessee History in State’s Public Schools

Senate Approves Legislation Calling For One Full Semester of Tennessee History in State’s Public Schools

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Monday evening that would require Tennessee’s public schools to go back to teaching at least one full semester of Tennessee history. Senate Bill 631, sponsored by Deputy Speaker Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin), is named for the late Senator Douglas Henry, who was a great devotee of Tennessee history and who [...]

New Market Volunteer Fire Department Stands Behind Solomon Amid Charges – “Chief Solomon Still Holds Position As Fire Chief”

New Market Volunteer Fire Department Stands Behind Solomon Amid Charges – “Chief Solomon Still Holds Position As Fire Chief”

In a press release from the New Market Volunteer Fire Department this morning; New Market, Tennessee – “As a result of recent events, the New Market Volunteer Fire Department continues to strive to serve the citizens of New Market, Strawberry Plains, and other parts of our fire protection area to the very best of our [...]

Boyd Speaks at EDA Dinner

Boyd Speaks at EDA Dinner

The Jefferson County Economic Development Alliance hosted investors, potential investors and interested parties Thursday evening, April 20, 2017 at the First Annual Economic Development Alliance Investor’s Dinner at the Carriage House in Dandridge. Current Chairman of the EDA, Langdon Potts, offered the welcome address and recognized Board Members and distinguished guests. Potts also introduced the [...]

She Said, He Said: Millennials

She Said, He Said: Millennials

The following is the sixth entry in “She Said, He Said,” a new series of articles seeking to compare and contrast the various views, political, social or otherwise, of Millennials in today’s world. Elizabeth Lane is a 2016 Carson-Newman University graduate with a BA in Creative Writing, and has worked at the Jefferson County Post [...]

Maury Bat Update As Testing Week Begins

Maury Bat Update As Testing Week Begins

As students and teachers ready themselves for a week of testing, bats continue to plague Maury Middle School. According to Jefferson County School’s Director of Facilities and Business Affairs Michael Phagan, one classroom at Maury has been quarantined due to the presence of bats. Phagan stated that, following last weekend’s attempt to seal the entrance [...]

District 9 Commissioner Seal Speaks Out On Mayoral Veto

District 9 Commissioner Seal Speaks Out On Mayoral Veto

Resolution 2017-20 was moved in County Commission on behalf of a growing number of citizens that believe that they are being left out of economic development decisions made in Jefferson County by the Industrial Development Board (IDB).  As the resolution states, “citizens of any community in Jefferson County deserve to be made aware of any [...]