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Jefferson County Democrats Meet and Elect New Officers

Jefferson County Democrats Meet and Elect New Officers

Members of the Jefferson County Democrats met today at the Jefferson City Library to elect new officers. The meeting quickly moved through the process of nominations and voting. Five positions in total were voted upon, as well as additions to the executive member committee. John Sonnen was voted again as the Chair of the Jefferson [...]

Fire Department Funding Hot Topic with Budget Committee

Fire Department Funding Hot Topic with Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Budget Committee continued their work on the fiscal year 2017/18 budget earlier this week with a review of the County’s Debt Service, Capital Projects and Non Profit requests. Included in the non profit were funding requests from the various fire departments, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Alliance, Jefferson County Humane Society [...]

School Board Steps Up for Students and Staff in Light of Proposed Changes at Mountain View Youth Development Center

School Board Steps Up for Students and Staff in Light of Proposed Changes at Mountain View Youth Development Center

In unanimous action Thursday evening, March 23, 2017, the Jefferson County School Board approved a resolution drafted by Director of Jefferson County Schools Edmonds that goes on record in opposition to changes that may be contemplated by the State of Tennessee regarding educational placement of inmates at Mountain View Youth Development Center and any intent [...]

County Commission Nixed Proposed White Pine Commerce Park and Eyes Established Location

County Commission Nixed Proposed White Pine Commerce Park and Eyes Established Location

The Jefferson County Commission declined to approve funding for a proposed Commerce Park that was to be located in the C.H. Rankin, Hwy 113 and Roy Messer area of White Pine. Multiple citizens took to the podium again at Thursday’s Voting Meeting to assure that their concerns regarding the proposal were heard prior to the [...]

Town Of Dandridge And County Put State On Notice To Keep Security High At Mountain View

Town Of Dandridge And County Put State On Notice To Keep Security High At Mountain View

Jefferson County Commission and the Town of Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen took action last week to pass resolutions against the removal of razor wire at Mountain View Youth Development Center. Recently, the State of Tennessee Department of Child Services, which oversees the youth corrections programs in the state, announced that they would be [...]

IDB Requests Initial $2 Million Investment in Commerce Park

IDB Requests Initial $2 Million Investment in Commerce Park

A proposed Commerce Park to be located in the White Pine community was the subject of discussion at the Jefferson County Work Session that was held Monday, March 13, 2017 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Several citizens spoke in opposition to the site selected for the Commerce Park, which would impact property on the [...]

Citizens Align to Oppose Commerce Park in White Pine

Citizens Align to Oppose Commerce Park in White Pine

Citizens opposing the location of the proposed White Pine Commerce Park met last week to organize their efforts to derail the project. While there are multiple reasons cited from those opposing the Commerce Park, location and funding appear to top the list. Stress on roads, property value impact and proximity of an established similar park [...]

Tensions Rise As Razor Wire Comes Down At Mountain View

Tensions Rise As Razor Wire Comes Down At Mountain View

Serious changes are on tap for Mountain View Youth Development Center and the impact of those changes have been the cause of concern for local government officials and citizens. Mountain View is currently a state run, “hardware secure” youth correctional facility located on Industrial Drive in Dandridge,Tennessee. As is typical with a “hardware secure” correctional [...]

Area Elected Officials Attend Municipal Government Overview Course

Area Elected Officials Attend Municipal Government Overview Course

Marianne Reese of Dandridge and Chris Fair of New Market were among the municipal government officials who participated in Level I of the Elected Officials Academy on January 27 and 28, 2017 in Luttrell. The Elected Officials Academy is a program designed for elected officials. The curriculum designed for the academy was developed to give [...]

Industrial Development Board Meets, Gives Projected Total Cost of White Pine Commerce Park Project

Industrial Development Board Meets, Gives Projected Total Cost of White Pine Commerce Park Project

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Board met Friday, February 27, 2017, and was joined by a number of citizens. The meeting opened with comments and questions by citizens. The primary concerns of citizens revolved around the tax abatement of Nyrstar. In response, Chairman Masters stated that Nyrstar’s tax abatement was completely finished as of January [...]

First Full Day of School is August 8, 2017

First Full Day of School is August 8, 2017

The first day of school for Jefferson County students will be on August 8, 2017, though teachers will report for their first full day of school on August 1, 2017. Calendar School Year 2017-2018 dates were solidified on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Regular Meeting of the Jefferson County School Board. Other items of [...]

Employee Raises get the Nod – Non Profits Put on Hold

Employee Raises get the Nod – Non Profits Put on Hold

The Jefferson County Budget Committee will not be starting this budget season in the hole, as it has in the past few budget cycles, according to information provided by Jefferson County Finance Director Potts. During last week’s first budget meeting to address the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget, Director Potts stated that the committee should not [...]

County Sales Tax Slump – Fluke Or Trend?

County Sales Tax Slump – Fluke Or Trend?

Sales tax is one very important component of the budgeting process for Jefferson County. Healthy sales tax revenue converts to pennies on the property tax, as the funds generated from sales tax for both cities and the County are split with the Department of Education and go toward the County’s mandatory financial commitment or maintenance [...]

Jefferson County School Bus Accident

Jefferson County School Bus Accident

According to information provided by the Jefferson County Department of Education, School Bus 98 went off of the shoulder of the road and wrecked. Bus 98 had just delivered children to Talbott Elementary School and it was in route to the Patriot Academy and Jefferson County High School when the wreck occurred. Approximately 31 children [...]

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Carmichael Talks Budget, Priorities and Making Ends Meet

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Carmichael Talks Budget, Priorities and Making Ends Meet

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Jim Carmichael sat down with the Jefferson County Post for a brief interview about hot topics of interest in Jefferson County. JCP-Budget season is about to get underway in Jefferson County. This year you sit on the Budget Committee as well as Chairing the County Commission. What do you think the [...]

She Said, He Said: College Safe Spaces

She Said, He Said: College Safe Spaces

The following is the second entry in “She Said, He Said,” a new series of articles seeking to compare and contrast the various views, political, social or otherwise, of Millennials in today’s world. Elizabeth Lane is a 2016 Carson-Newman University graduate with a BA in Creative Writing, and has worked at the Jefferson County Post [...]

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