Home » Archives by category » News (Page 3)

Public Policies Push Schools to Prioritize Creating Better Test-Takers Over Better People

Public Policies Push Schools to Prioritize Creating Better Test-Takers Over Better People

Personal growth and job skills have taken a backseat to an increased focus on standardized test scores in schools across the nation, according to new University at Buffalo-led research. The study, which analyzed the educational goals of principals at thousands of public, private and charter schools over two decades, found the shift in priorities is […]

‘I Saw You Were Online’: How Online Status Indicators Shape Our Behavior

‘I Saw You Were Online’: How Online Status Indicators Shape Our Behavior

Some apps highlight when a person is online — and then share that information with their followers. When a user logs in to a website or app that uses online status indicators, a little green (or orange or blue) dot pops up to alert their followers that they’re currently online. Researchers at the University of […]

School Board Issues Changes for Child Meal Distribution

School Board Issues Changes for Child Meal Distribution

Thursday, April 9, 2020 the Jefferson County Board of Education met in special called session and unanimously voted to continue the meal distribution for children during the school building closure associated with the Covid-19 outbreak in the State of Tennessee. This follows Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 22. Over the last three weeks, children ages […]

Jefferson County School Board Votes to Continue Employee Pay

Jefferson County School Board Votes to Continue Employee Pay

The Jefferson County School Board met last week via remote location to address pending business before the Board. Following the approval of the consent agenda items, the Board approved multiple Board policies on the first reading ( removing policy # 4.700). After a language change to the removed policy was motioned, the motion was withdrawn […]

Tennessee Establishes Hotline for Applicants Applying for Emergency Cash Assistance

Tennessee Establishes Hotline for Applicants Applying for Emergency Cash Assistance

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) launched a special hotline this month to help make it easier for families with children to check on their application for emergency cash assistance. Applicants can call 833-496-0661 to learn the status of their application, including approval or denial and how much money the approved family can expect to receive. […]

Gov. Lee Announces $10 Million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants

Gov. Lee Announces $10 Million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the State of Tennessee will allocate $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19. “Small and rural hospitals are critical to fighting COVID-19 and these grants will help complement federal aid dollars to […]

Tennessee to Distribute $200 Million to County and City Governments Through Governor’s Local Support Grants

Tennessee to Distribute $200 Million to County and City Governments Through Governor’s Local Support Grants

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced $200 million in grants to be distributed to every county and city government across Tennessee for one-time, local expenses in fiscal year 2021. “Capital maintenance, public safety and road projects don’t pause for disasters like the March tornadoes and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Lee. “This grant fund will […]

Suicide Prevention Starts with YOU: Life is Precious, Powerful, and Purposeful

Suicide Prevention Starts with YOU: Life is Precious, Powerful, and Purposeful

For your consideration, please see the following Op-ed Clark Flatt, President, The Jason Foundation; Misty Leitch, Interim Director, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network; and Marie Williams, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services If you saw a relative, a friend, or even a stranger choking, you wouldn’t hesitate to try to help.  There […]

Turkey Season to Start as Scheduled; Lakes and Rivers to Remain Open

Turkey Season to Start as Scheduled; Lakes and Rivers to Remain Open

Tennessee’s 2020 statewide spring turkey hunting season will be held as scheduled and the state’s lakes and rivers and access areas controlled by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will remain open. “Governor (Bill) Lee’s Executive Orders 22 and 23 identifies outdoor activity as an essential activity provided that individuals follow Health Guidelines,” said Kurt Holbert, […]

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Nearly $20 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Nearly $20 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe today announced $19.7 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand service to support 31,000 unserved Tennesseans in nearly 12,700 households and businesses. “One of my top priorities is ensuring the success of rural Tennessee. With the assistance of these grants, […]

Governor Lee Makes New Provisions on Executive Order

Governor Lee Makes New Provisions on Executive Order

Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 24 which includes the following provisions: -Gives Commissioner of Health authority to allow post-degree, pre-licensed mental or behavioral health professionals to treat patients through telemedicine under the supervision of a licensed professional. -Extends payment due date for the professional privilege tax from June 1 to July 1. -Suspends until July 1 […]

Tennessee Receives Key Education and Nutrition Waivers

Tennessee Receives Key Education and Nutrition Waivers

The Tennessee Department of Education has been granted several key waivers from federal agencies to allow significantly more flexibility at state and local levels during school building closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Here in Tennessee, we have moved swiftly to proactively request waivers for certain federal requirements in order to remove as many barriers […]

Jefferson County Schools Introduce Operation Reach Our Kids

Jefferson County Schools Introduce Operation Reach Our Kids

Jefferson County Schools is prepared to share academic resources to parents/students of the school district. There can be no replacement for the wonderful things that occur when a student is engaged in the learning process by interaction with a highly effective teacher. However, the circumstances facing our students right now calls for other methods. Our […]

Jefferson County Closes Offices to Public

Jefferson County Closes Offices to Public

From the Office of Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts: Effective April 02, 2020.  Jefferson County Offices will be closed to the public.  The offices will be open for business via phone, fax, or internet.  We will have a drop box at the Courthouse ADA entrance.  The Courthouse Security Officer will monitor the drop box.  County […]

Finding Ways to Keep Children Occupied During These Challenging Times

Finding Ways to Keep Children Occupied During These Challenging Times

Families will face an unprecedented challenge in the coming weeks as their children move schooling into their homes while parents juggle work and childcare responsibilities, and emotional and potential financial stresses. Keeping children at home is an important part of containing the novel coronavirus so that the health care system does not get overwhelmed, but […]

Gov. Lee, Commissioner Nichols Urge Citizens to Report Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 Crisis

Gov. Lee, Commissioner Nichols Urge Citizens to Report Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 Crisis

Gov. Bill Lee today joined Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols to call on all Tennesseans to pay extra attention to the children in their lives and in their communities as the response to stop the spread of COVID-19 could lead to an increase in child abuse and neglect and a decrease in reported […]