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Former Chairman of the Cocke County Legislative Body, Michael A. McCarter, has officially announced his bid for Republican Nomination for State House of Representative District No 11

Former Chairman of the Cocke County Legislative Body, Michael A. McCarter, has officially announced his bid for Republican Nomination for State House of Representative District No 11

Michael A. McCarter of Morrell Springs Road has officially announced this week he would be seeking the office of State House of Representative District No 11 which includes all of Cocke County and parts of Jefferson and Greene County counties. McCarter is no stranger to public service. McCarter, elected to the Cocke County Commission in [...]

Jefferson County Republican Party Hosts Meet The Candidate In Dandridge

Jefferson County Republican Party Hosts Meet The Candidate In Dandridge

The Jefferson County Republican Women Of The Future held a Meet the Candidate event Saturday morning in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse in Dandridge. Both local and state level elected officials were on hand to address the public. Early voting for the March 1st election begins on February 10, 2016 and candidates were out stumping [...]

Social Media Frenzy Surrounds Two Missing Women – Police Say No Connection

Social Media Frenzy Surrounds Two Missing Women – Police Say No Connection

Two local women, Inesha Haygood and Lora Costner, are missing and the circumstances surrounding their disappearances have created an atmosphere of fear in the area. Haygood went missing from Morristown on December 28, 2015. A few weeks later, on the afternoon of January 7, 2016, Costner went missing in Newport, Tennessee. Despite correlations that have [...]

Hearthstone, Inc. Expanding in Cocke County

Hearthstone, Inc. Expanding in Cocke County

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Hearthstone, Inc. officials announced today the company will invest $3.9 million to expand operations at its Newport facility. The custom log and timber homes manufacturer will create 38 new jobs in Cocke County. “I want to thank Hearthstone for choosing to reinvest in [...]

Circuit Court Judge Richard R. “Dick” Vance announces candidacy for Re-election

Circuit Court Judge Richard R. “Dick” Vance announces candidacy for Re-election

Circuit Court Judge Richard R. “Dick” Vance has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for re-election as Circuit Court Judge, Part II, to continue serving the people of the Fourth Judicial District, which includes Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke, and Grainger Counties. In announcing his candidacy, Judge Vance said; “ For the past sixteen years, it [...]

MTSU researchers dig for ginseng in East Tennessee

MTSU researchers dig for ginseng in East Tennessee

State Rep. Jeremy Faison, with a team of researchers and administrators from MTSU in tow, set out in the woods of Cocke County Friday morning to dig for Appalachian gold. He was with scientists from the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, based at MTSU, who sought his help to collect samples of the East Tennessee-grown ginseng [...]

TDOT Urged to Expand Hwy 411 Project

TDOT Urged to Expand Hwy 411 Project

  State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) invited a host of local officials and business industry leaders to meet with the Department of Transportation this week. The group urged TDOT to include a 1.5 mile stretch in the initial phase of the Highway 411 project leading into Chestnut Hill. The project phase was currently slated to [...]

Governor Haslam Recommends Cocke County for Appalachian Regional Commission Grant

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today his recommendation for a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to provide public water to households in Cocke County. Funds provided by the ARC grant would assist in extending a waterline to 12 households in the Grassy Fork Community, the second phase of a three-phase project to connect Grassy [...]

Farm Service Agency Offers Producers a Free Online News Service

Farm Service Agency Offers Producers a Free Online News Service

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, CEO James L Giffin announced that farmers and ranchers in Jefferson, Cocke and Sevier Counties now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important FSA program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information. “FSA is now offering free online communications through our GovDelivery electronic news service,” saidCEO Giffin. [...]

GOVERNOR AWARDS COCKE CO. COMPANY JOB TRAINING GRANT

GOVERNOR AWARDS COCKE CO. COMPANY JOB TRAINING GRANT

Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis have awarded $15,000 to ConAgra Foods in Newport. “If Tennessee is going to become the number one location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs, then we must offer a well-trained workforce to employers,” said Governor Haslam. “This kind of training grant [...]

Reminder for foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States

Reminder for foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States

Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director James Giffin, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security [...]

Governor Haslam Announces $1.8 Million in Safe Routes to School Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Safe Routes to School funding totaling $1.8 for 12 municipalities in Tennessee. The funds will be used by multiple schools to improve sidewalks, crosswalks, signs and safe walking and biking educational activities. The Safe Routes to School Program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to [...]

FSA URGES FARMERS TO VOTE IN COUNTY COMMITTEE ELECTIONS BEGINNING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director James Giffin announced that the 2012 FSA county committee election will begin on Monday, November 5. The deadline to return the ballots to the Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke County FSA office is December 3, 2012. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a [...]