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Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), January Meeting

Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), January Meeting

When the members of the Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), arrived at their meeting on January 14, they were greeted with shiny, red apples on lacy, white doilies for each person. The meeting was to be a long one while the members completed the online questionnaires for […]

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County Schools’ Mental Health Provider Advertising “Affirming Therapy for All LGBTQ+ Clients”

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County Schools’ Mental Health Provider Advertising “Affirming Therapy for All LGBTQ+ Clients”

A local grassroots organization was surprised to learn that Jefferson County, Tennessee Schools made a contract with a Nashville-based mental health provider to place at least ten clinical practitioners in Jefferson County Schools, serving kindergarten to 12th grade. Jefferson County Director of Schools signed a $100,000.00 agreement with Allied Behavioral Health Solutions (Allied) on September […]

VITAL POLICY – Transparency, Tourism, Jefferson Alliance, A Convergence of Economic Development Ideology

VITAL POLICY – Transparency, Tourism, Jefferson Alliance, A Convergence of Economic Development Ideology

For decades, citizens have pressed the Jefferson County Government to conduct economic development out in the open, mainly to avoid strife in the county and to give the citizens a seat at the planning table, citizens who would be profoundly affected by development. Jefferson County government has consistently pushed back on motions requiring transparency with […]

VITAL POLICY – Gardenhire Files Bill to Expand School Vouchers in Tennessee, Legal Claims of ESA Opponents Exhausted

VITAL POLICY – Gardenhire Files Bill to Expand School Vouchers in Tennessee, Legal Claims of ESA Opponents Exhausted

After a lengthy court battle, Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), commonly called school vouchers, are available to parents in two Tennessee counties under a pilot program narrowly approved by the legislature in 2019. ESAs provide low and middle-income families with vouchers so they can move their children to private schools. Multiple Tennessee senate members aim to […]

MDW Chapter NSDAR showered the Isaiah 117 House with gift cards and plush blankets to comfort the children

MDW Chapter NSDAR showered the Isaiah 117 House with gift cards and plush blankets to comfort the children

Michelle Bonville and Amy Orr, Part-time Program Coordinators for the Isaiah 117 House in Jefferson County, shared the Isaiah 117 story at the December meeting of the Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Bonville reiterated the purpose of the newly-constructed home in Jefferson County, noted on the website […]

GOOD STUFF – Sense of Neighborly Fellowship

GOOD STUFF – Sense of Neighborly Fellowship

GOOD STUFF is a column sponsored by RESCUE 180, dedicated to spotlighting the good side of the news. Saturday marked the conclusion of Christmas Parade Season across Jefferson County. Starting the first Saturday in December to the last Saturday before Christmas Day, the streets of Jefferson County are lined with parade goers and participants. While […]

VITAL POLICY – Gentry vs. Speaker of the House, A Citizen’s Quest to Exercise Constitutional Rights and Improve Tennessee Government

VITAL POLICY – Gentry vs. Speaker of the House, A Citizen’s Quest to Exercise Constitutional Rights and Improve Tennessee Government

John Gentry is asking the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives to schedule a time for him to orally “address” the house of representatives for a period of fifteen minutes at a time mutually agreed upon when a quorum is present. His aim is to persuade state legislators to make corrections to a system […]

#HEROES – Karen Phillips Lee is one of those people

#HEROES – Karen Phillips Lee is one of those people

#Heroes is a column sponsored by Dr. Warren K. Stinson, DDS, Jefferson City, TN, spotlighting local heroes throughout the community from all walks of service. It has been said that given the right circumstances many people have the capacity to perform heroic deeds. While that certainly may be true, it is only a handful of […]

THE LEARNING CURVE – 84 Cafeteria Staff Bring A Little Extra Along With Nearly 70,000 Meals

THE LEARNING CURVE – 84 Cafeteria Staff Bring A Little Extra Along With Nearly 70,000 Meals

THE LEARNING CURVE is a column sponsored by Doug Ibbetson, Jefferson County School Commissioner, spotlighting those in the educational community who make a significant contribution to the success of Jefferson County School System. It takes many components and many people performing various necessary tasks to make a good learning environment for children. While most of […]

Wreaths Across America, December 17, 2022

Wreaths Across America, December 17, 2022

Giving the gift of remembrance! Each December, Wreaths Across America (WAA) coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at more than 3,400 other locations in all 50 U.S. states. Wreaths are also laid at sea and in foreign lands. According to its website www.wreathsacrossamerica.org, the non-profit organization has three paramount goals: to REMEMBER our […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Citizen Standing to Participate in Government, A Primer on the Tennessee Constitution

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Citizen Standing to Participate in Government, A Primer on the Tennessee Constitution

Nothing says your opinion doesn’t count like shutting down citizen comment at public meetings. If citizens wish to speak their mind at county commission, school board, or any subcommittee meeting of local government, they should be able to comment on any public policy issue. When the framers of the Tennessee Constitution included Section 23 under […]

VITAL POLICY – Empowered Jefferson Organized to Advance Conservative Public Policy in Jefferson County, Tennessee

VITAL POLICY – Empowered Jefferson Organized to Advance Conservative Public Policy in Jefferson County, Tennessee

Citizens often assume nothing can be done about taxes, zoning, or left-leaning ideology in our public schools. Empowered Jefferson tackles issues of public policy head-on and aims to advise others on how to be more active in shaping it. “Knowing what’s wrong with our systems in government and how to address and instruct government officials […]

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson Alliance Formed as Economic Development Agent for Jefferson County

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson Alliance Formed as Economic Development Agent for Jefferson County

Jefferson Alliance will serve as the new economic development agent for all of Jefferson County, an organization whose activities are subject to the open meetings and open records laws of Tennessee. The group was organized as a public benefit non-profit corporation enabling it to employ economic development professionals to recruit industry to the county. According […]

GOOD STUFF – Community Supports Isaiah 117 House This Saturday – Two Big Events

GOOD STUFF – Community Supports Isaiah 117 House This Saturday – Two Big Events

GOOD STUFF is a column sponsored by RESCUE 180, dedicated to spotlighting the good side of the news. Saturday is a big day for Isaiah 117 House. For those who have seen posters and fund-raising events for the local Isaiah 117 House and have wondered exactly what the non profit is about, Isaiah 117 House […]

THE LEARNING CURVE – Dotson Key Component Of Successful Public Education

THE LEARNING CURVE – Dotson Key Component Of Successful Public Education

THE LEARNING CURVE is a column sponsored by Doug Ibbetson, Jefferson County School Commissioner, spotlighting those in the educational community who make a significant contribution to the success of Jefferson County School System. All successful companies have many components that make them run and that concept is the same for public education. While the faces […]

#HEROES – Jefferson County Rescue Squad Heroes At Halloween

#HEROES – Jefferson County Rescue Squad Heroes At Halloween

#Heroes is a column sponsored by Dr. Warren K. Stinson, DDS, Jefferson City, TN, spotlighting local heroes throughout the community from all walks of service. Jefferson County Rescue Squad has long been a staple volunteer organization that provides relief to citizens of Jefferson County that find themselves in distress. The Rescue Squad does both water […]

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