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Jefferson County Schools Still Battling Overcrowding

Jefferson County Schools Still Battling Overcrowding

With the end of summer comes the reality of back to school, and for some across the county it brings back the headaches and stresses of real life. Jefferson County has experienced an influx of students that most schools simply cannot hold, particularly in recent years. As most of the schools have been around for [...]

Faulkenberry tapped as new Executive Director of EDOC

Faulkenberry tapped as new Executive Director of EDOC

“He knows us, and he can help us get where we’re going.” According to EDOC Board President Langdon Potts, those were deciding factors in selecting development consultant Scott Faulkenberry as the new Executive Director of Jefferson County’s Economic Development Oversight Committee. Faulkenberry led the capital campaign that successfully raised funds for economic development through a [...]

The 2016 Jefferson County Fair is in Town

The 2016 Jefferson County Fair is in Town

The Jefferson County Fair has kicked off their 2016 season and the midway has never shone brighter. Thursday was opening evening at the fairgrounds but it was the weekend that really brought in the crowd. August is always a highly anticipated month in Jefferson County because it brings one of the year’s favorite events. The [...]

Patricia Gourlay Crowned Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair 2016

Patricia Gourlay Crowned Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair 2016

The shining moment of the Jefferson County Fair took place Saturday night as the 2016 Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair was crowned. The night of 80′s themed backdrops and music was the crowning jewel of three nights of events, all leading up to a special moment for one of the lucky ladies. The contestants held hands [...]

School Board Holds Second to Last Meeting Before Welcoming New Members

School Board Holds Second to Last Meeting Before Welcoming New Members

The Jefferson County School Board is winding up business that is currently on its agenda, in preparation of the exit of three sitting Board Members and the swearing in of their replacements. Board Members Cavanah and Rogers will be retiring from their posts at the end of the month and Board Member Lowery made an [...]

Dandridge Board Of Mayor And Aldermen Upgrade Police Protective Gear

Dandridge Board Of Mayor And Aldermen Upgrade Police Protective Gear

Law Enforcement Officers for the Town of Dandridge will be getting additional body armor and helmets, thanks to the unanimous action of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday evening. Aldermen Depew and Thornhill brought a motion that will ramp up the protection available to Dandridge Police by providing the new armor and helmets to [...]

Jefferson County Schools Hold First Day of New Year

Jefferson County Schools Hold First Day of New Year

Students and teachers headed back to the classroom as Jefferson County Schools held their first day on Friday. Jefferson County held a half day in which students could meet their teachers and pick up all necessary paperwork. Excitement was especially seen at Mt. Horeb Elementary, as students and parents met teachers for the first time [...]

Large Fire Early Friday At Luxury Log Home Builder

Large Fire Early Friday At Luxury Log Home Builder

Early Friday morning, Hearthstone, Inc., a builder of log homes located between Dandridge and Newport on Hwy 25/70, was the scene of a large fire which destroyed  a building containing timber.  According to officials, when fire crews arrived, the building was fully involved and had taken approximately 75% of the structure already.  Firefighters were able [...]

Majority of Registered Voters Stay Home This Election

Majority of Registered Voters Stay Home This Election

The low voter turnout that plagued early voting in Jefferson County continued through Election Day, with a dismal final vote count of 2370, which is just around 5% of registered voters in Jefferson County. One driving factor that likely kept voters from the polls was the lack of hotly contested local elections. Neither Jefferson County [...]

Appalachian Electric Cooperative Breaks Ground on Community Solar Project

Appalachian Electric Cooperative Breaks Ground on Community Solar Project

On August 1, a great step was made for Jefferson County’s renewable energy future.  Appalachian Electric Cooperative broke ground on a seven acre Community Solar Project. Funded through a grant provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the “Solar Farm” is located on a site adjacent to AEC’s New Market Substation on West Highway 11-E, near [...]

Five-in-Five: Interview With Jefferson County Schools’ Michael Phagan

Five-in-Five: Interview With Jefferson County Schools’ Michael Phagan

The Jefferson County Post recently caught up with Jefferson County Department of Education Director of Business Affairs Michael Phagan for a five question in five minute interview. JCP-The School Board just hired a construction manager for the new White Pine School renovation project (Burwill) and a familiar face, Tony Petitt, will be overseeing the project. [...]

Cost of School Meals to Increase for This Year

Cost of School Meals to Increase for This Year

Summer is coming to an end, and the school year is just around the corner. The same old routine tries to reestablish itself, and while most students adjust; changes can throw an unexpected wrench into the transition. Rising school costs, such as meal prices, can leave parents thinking twice about the joys of being back [...]

Jefferson County Freshman Orientation Set for Wednesday August 3, 2016

Jefferson County Freshman Orientation Set for Wednesday August 3, 2016

Freshman Orientation is Wednesday, August 3, 2016. This is a required day of school for all freshmen in Jefferson County. Students are encouraged to wear red, white and/or blue to show Patriot Pride because the theme for the day is The Patriot Way. Listed below are some highlights: · Buses will be available at the [...]

Denise Melton Fair Announces Candidacy For School Board

Denise Melton Fair Announces Candidacy For School Board

Denise Fair is announcing her candidacy for a seat on the Jefferson County School Board, representing School Board District 2/County Commission Districts 5, 6, and 7. Born in Strawberry Plains, Denise graduated Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Communications in 1997, and has served the citizens of Jefferson County for [...]

Early Voting Sluggish in Jefferson County

Early Voting Sluggish in Jefferson County

With only five days of early voting left, the early turnout for Jefferson County has been slow. As of Saturday, July 23, 2016 official numbers for Jefferson County had not, yet, broken the 500 mark with only 473 votes being cast locally, according to the State of Tennessee. Jefferson County Administrator of Elections Charles Gibson [...]

New Market Volunteer Fire Department Considers Subscription Service

New Market Volunteer Fire Department Considers Subscription Service

The New Market Volunteer Fire Department has begun the search for alternative funding due to recent cuts from the city’s budget. According to Fire Chief Sammy Solomon, the department has turned their attention to the possibility of initiating subscription fire service, meaning that there will be a charge to individual home and business owners for [...]

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