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New position statement declares that sleep is essential to health

New position statement declares that sleep is essential to health

A new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine emphasizes that sleep is a biological necessity, and insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders are detrimental for health, well-being, and public safety. Published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the statement notes that sleep is vital for health and well-being in children, adolescents, and […]

Blaming the pandemic for stress leaves couples happier

Blaming the pandemic for stress leaves couples happier

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit during the winter of 2020, locking down entire countries and leaving people isolated in their homes without outside contact for weeks at a time, many relationship experts wondered what that kind of stress would do to romantic couples. What they found was that when couples blamed the pandemic for their […]

NASA helps map impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on harmful air pollution

NASA helps map impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on harmful air pollution

Early in the pandemic, it was expected that satellite imagery around the world would show cleaner air as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns. But not all pollutants were taken out of circulation. For tiny airborne-particle pollution, known as PM 2.5, researchers using NASA data found that variability from meteorology obscured the lockdown signals when observed […]

Undeclared Allergen Prompts Cookie Recall – Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies, tested positive for the presence of dairy in Sevierville Kroger

Undeclared Allergen Prompts Cookie Recall – Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies, tested positive for the presence of dairy in Sevierville Kroger

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Consumer and Industry Services Division (CIS) is alerting consumers to a recall of chocolate chip cookies. An undeclared allergen was discovered during routine sampling and testing of food products at a Kroger store in Sevierville, Tenn. The product, Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies, tested positive for the presence of […]

JUNE JUBILEE 2021 RETURNS TO JEFFERSON COUNTY THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19

JUNE JUBILEE 2021 RETURNS TO JEFFERSON COUNTY THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19

June Jubilee is coming to the streets of the Historic Town Square in downtown Dandridge on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The county’s largest and oldest street festival will kick off at 10 am Saturday morning with food, music and vendors galore! June Jubilee is a family friendly event and there is something for everyone to […]

Gaines Cox Named Athletic Director JCHS

Gaines Cox Named Athletic Director JCHS

Op-Ed from TN House of Representatives, Jeremy Faison – Tennessee banned racist and divisive concepts to protect students

Op-Ed from TN House of Representatives, Jeremy Faison – Tennessee banned racist and divisive concepts to protect students

Jeremy Faison: Tennessee banned racist and divisive concepts to protect students Your Tennessee General Assembly makes laws that protect the integrity of our state and defend those of us who are the most vulnerable. This time, the group in desperate need of defense is our children. A dangerous theory of thought is sweeping through our […]

Vital Policy – Tennessee Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in School Voucher (ESA) Case

Vital Policy – Tennessee Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in School Voucher (ESA) Case

When the Tennessee legislature enacted a school voucher pilot program in 2019, a lawsuit was immediately filed by Shelby County, the Nashville Metropolitan Government of Davidson County, and Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education asking the Chancery Court of Davidson County to declare ESAs unconstitutional, essentially an effort to stop the voucher program. The trial […]

VITAL POLICY – U.S. Supreme Court Rejects “Community Caretaking” Doctrine in Fourth Amendment Case, Tennessee Court to Address Warrantless Surveillance by TWRA

VITAL POLICY – U.S. Supreme Court Rejects “Community Caretaking” Doctrine in Fourth Amendment Case, Tennessee Court to Address Warrantless Surveillance by TWRA

Two cases involving unreasonable search by government authorities have caught the attention of constitutional activists on a national scale. The first, decided unanimously in the U.S. Supreme Court, involves the entry into a private residence and the subsequent confiscation of firearms by law enforcement under the “community caretaking” doctrine. The second involves warrantless video surveillance […]

Director Of Schools End Of Year Address, Initiatives and Summer Learning Camps

Director Of Schools End Of Year Address, Initiatives and Summer Learning Camps

Comptroller Encourages Counties to Be Prepared for 2021 Redistricting

Comptroller Encourages Counties to Be Prepared for 2021 Redistricting

Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Jason E. Mumpower is making sure Tennessee’s 95 counties are ready to take action on the required 2021 redistricting and reapportionment process. Every ten years, following the U.S. Census, Tennessee counties must redistrict and reapportion their legislative bodies to ensure they are meeting the one person, one vote principle of […]

State to Intervene in Federal Lawsuit Challenging TennCare Block Grant

State to Intervene in Federal Lawsuit Challenging TennCare Block Grant

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit designed to challenge Tennessee’s Medicaid Block Grant waiver amendment. The Block Grant is the result of more than a year of discussions and negotiations with the federal government, input experts, providers, and stakeholders, and extensive planning by TennCare Officials. TennCare […]

April Unemployment Rate Highlights State’s Economic Recovery

April Unemployment Rate Highlights State’s Economic Recovery

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2021 decreased by double digits when compared to data from the previous year. In April 2020, the state’s jobless rate reached a record high during the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennessee’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for April is 5%, according to data released from the Department […]

Wine Down This May for Tennessee’s Grape and Wine Appreciation Month

Wine Down This May for Tennessee’s Grape and Wine Appreciation Month

Home to Jack Daniel’s whiskey, seven genres of music, barbecue and hot chicken, Tennessee’s abundant and ever-growing grape and wine industry is often overlooked. Dating back to the 1800s, wine plays an important role in Tennessee’s tourism industry. With over 67 wineries, the wine industry employs over 400 people, provides memorable experiences and offers picturesque […]

School Board Votes To Send Un-Balanced Budget To Commission

School Board Votes To Send Un-Balanced Budget To Commission

The Jefferson County School Board will send a deficit budget to the Jefferson County Commission for approval for the fiscal year 2021-2022. School Board Member Jarnigan offered a motion to send the budget as presented, which was balanced, for budget committee and, ultimately, full commission approval. He was 2nd by School Board Member Bradley but […]

Amendment Riddled Special Called Meeting Ends In Pass To Worksession

Amendment Riddled Special Called Meeting Ends In Pass To Worksession

Jefferson County Commissioners met this week in a Special Called Meeting to address a handful of general housekeeping items, as well as a time sensitive budget amendment for the Department of Education that addressed federal funds for an intensive summer program that is designed to catch students up that have fallen behind during the recent […]