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VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Jefferson County High School Should Honor Military Enlistees by Permitting Service Tassels at Commencement

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Jefferson County High School Should Honor Military Enlistees by Permitting Service Tassels at Commencement

After nearly a week of fact-seeking to help concerned citizens get to the bottom of an issue concerning the wearing of military tassels at the Jefferson County High School graduation ceremony, questions remain unanswered as of the publication time of this article. School system policy has always been a moving target in Jefferson County; but […]

VITAL POLICY – Local Businesses Encouraged to Promote Yes on 1 Initiative with Window Stickers and Signs

VITAL POLICY – Local Businesses Encouraged to Promote Yes on 1 Initiative with Window  Stickers and Signs

Right-to-Work has been law in Tennessee since 1947. Right-to-work simply means workers cannot be fired or penalized for joining or refusing to join a union and pay union dues. On November 8, 2022, Tennessee voters will decide if Right-to-Work becomes a constitutional right under the state constitution. The proposed amendment reads as follows: “It is […]

VITAL POLICY – “STADIUM FEVER” and the Opposition to Taxpayer Funded Sports Venues in Tennessee

VITAL POLICY – “STADIUM FEVER” and the Opposition to Taxpayer Funded Sports Venues in Tennessee

With a proposal floating in the Tennessee Legislature to provide half a billion dollars ($500,000,000.00) for a taxpayer funded stadium in Nashville, conservative activists are lining up against the plan. The Tennessee Conservative is reporting that Governor Lee proposed the bond authorization as part of an amendment to the 2022-2023 budget. Last year, the legislature […]

VITAL POLICY – Right-to-Work Constitutional Amendment Among Topics Discussed at Jefferson County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

VITAL POLICY – Right-to-Work Constitutional Amendment Among Topics Discussed at Jefferson County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

Jefferson County Republicans celebrated freedom, promoted local and state candidates, and discussed a variety of topics at their recent Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, including the Right-to-Work State Constitutional Amendment that will appear on the November 8, 2022, ballot. For the first time, primary elections were called by the local Republican Party for county commission and school board […]

VITAL POLICY – Elections and the High Cost of Citizen Apathy

VITAL POLICY – Elections and the High Cost of Citizen Apathy

Qualifications for Office The “good ole girl” you knew in high school, or the “good ole boy” you go to church with may not be the best candidate to manage a $110 million-dollar county budget, or a $77 million-dollar annual school budget. It is up to you to be a smart voter and learn the […]

Fashion after the Revolution

Fashion after the Revolution

After the colonies made the break from Great Britain with the Revolutionary War, the new United States of America exerted its independence in several ways in addition to the choice of a federal republic form of government over a monarchy. Three of those ways were in language, beverage choice, and fashion. Noah Webster standardized new […]

“Thank You” for all that they do to protect our citizens and keep peace in our communities

“Thank You” for all that they do to protect our citizens and keep peace in our communities

What do George Washington, Billy Boy (aka Charming Billy), and the law enforcement departments of Jefferson and Grainger counties have in common? Cherries! The young George is supposed to have told the truth about chopping down his father’s cherry tree; Charming Billy’s adolescent fiancé used cherries to swiftly make pies; and the law enforcement departments […]

VITAL POLICY- State Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) Introduces Legislation Aimed at Reforming Tennessee’s Forfeiture Laws

VITAL POLICY- State Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) Introduces Legislation Aimed at Reforming Tennessee’s Forfeiture Laws

Tennessee’s civil forfeiture laws enable the government to seize and to forfeit permanently private property on the “suspicion” that it has been used in the commission of a crime, under the lowest standard of evidence and outside the criminal court system, a practice that has constitutional experts alarmed. Most private property and cash forfeited under […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Appointed School Superintendents, A Revolving Door of Instability

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Appointed School Superintendents, A Revolving Door of Instability

The system of appointed school directors has become a stepping-stone, a rung on the ladder, an instrument of promotion for individuals seeking to advance their school management careers. Small counties are just a place for would-be school directors to gain experience for a bigger and better gig. Five East Tennessee counties are currently in the […]

VITAL POLICY – Dr. Monty Sharp Facilitates Medal of Honor Character Development Training for Jefferson County High School Staff

VITAL POLICY – Dr. Monty Sharp Facilitates Medal of Honor Character Development Training for Jefferson County High School Staff

Critics of public schools often point to the lack of patriotic education and the absence of character-related values in school curriculum. These pundits would have one less thing to complain about if they spent one afternoon with Dr. Monty Sharp, Assistant Principal, Jefferson County High School, or witnessed 2000 students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance […]

VITAL POLICY – Commissioner Marcus Reed Proposes County Resolution for Voter Choice on Elected School Directors

VITAL POLICY – Commissioner Marcus Reed Proposes County Resolution for Voter Choice on Elected School Directors

Thirty years ago, the legislature enacted a package of education reforms called The Tennessee Education Improvement Act of 1992. Within that legislation, signed by then Democrat Governor Ned Ray McWherter, a provision of the act mandated that school directors be appointed by local school boards rather than be elected by the people. Liberals and the […]

GSMCR Donates to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

GSMCR Donates to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD) in Lenoir City received a donation of $250.00 from the Greater Smoky Mountain Council of Regents (GSMCR), National Society, of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) on November 18.  SMSD Board Member Chuck Stewart and team member black Labrador Sadie accepted the check. Members present from the Spencer Clack Chapter, NSDAR, […]

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee and Jefferson County’s Constitutional Dilemma with Food Truck Regulations

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee and Jefferson County’s Constitutional Dilemma with Food Truck Regulations

Local Regulations Two of Jefferson County’s five municipalities regulate the operation of food trucks, White Pine and Dandridge; Jefferson City, New Market, and Baneberry do not. The regulations and fees that Dandridge impose on food trucks are centered around health and safety; but the White Pine regulations exceed health and safety by regulating the number […]

VITAL POLICY – Governor Lee Signs Partisan School Board Elections into Law, Jefferson County Republican Party Calls Primary

VITAL POLICY – Governor Lee Signs Partisan School Board Elections into Law, Jefferson County Republican Party Calls Primary

Governor Bill Lee signed multiple bills into law late Friday that were enacted in the Third Extraordinary Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, among those House Bill 9072 authorizing partisan school board elections, supported by Representatives Jeremy Faison, Andrew Farmer, and co-sponsored by Senator Frank Niceley (SB9009). Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, expecting Lee’s signature […]

Six Vietnam War Era Veterans Honored

Six Vietnam War Era Veterans Honored

Six Vietnam War Era Veterans were honored at the November meeting of the Martha Dandridge Washington (MDW) Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Certificates and pins were presented to the following: Daniel Eual Berney, US Air Force; Paul Fredrick Haynes, US Navy Reserve (received by Janet Guyett); Robert M. Jessee, US Army; […]

2021 August Workshop and 2020 State Awards of National and State Committees

2021 August Workshop and 2020 State Awards of National and State Committees

Due to the uptick in the Covid-19 Delta Variant, the 2021 August Workshop for the Tennessee Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR) was held virtually for the second year. Moreover, graduation for those ladies who had completed the Members Course and New Horizons Course was formally acknowledged at a Zoom meeting on October 28. […]

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