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School Board Bumps Capital Projects List and Shifts Funding to White Pine

School Board Bumps Capital Projects List and Shifts Funding to White Pine

Action taken by the Jefferson County School Board following push back from the Jefferson County Budget Committee leaves an unfunded Capital Projects Plan and a White Pine renovation project that is short on time and money. Earlier in November, the School Board was informed that the $2.8 million dollars in funding that was earmarked for [...]

County Commission Upholds Planning Commission Decision

County Commission Upholds Planning Commission Decision

The Jefferson County Commission met for their Regular Monthly Session preceding the Thanksgiving Holiday break, which will be their last scheduled meeting of the calendar year. Items of business included several resolutions and a contested rezoning request for property off of Highway 139 in Dandridge. With a motion from Commissioner Baxley and 2nd from Commissioner [...]

SFMO, Red Cross Join Jefferson Co. Fire Departments to Install Smoke Alarms Nov. 19

SFMO, Red Cross Join Jefferson Co. Fire Departments to Install Smoke Alarms Nov. 19

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) will join forces with nine Jefferson County fire departments and the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee to install free smoke alarms in homes throughout Jefferson County on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Working in conjunction with local residents, organizers hope to reach at least 800 homes during the [...]

Budget Committee Sends Back School Board Request

Budget Committee Sends Back School Board Request

The renovation and additions to White Pine School were the largest item of conversation and action as the Jefferson County Budget Committee met for the regular November session on Monday, November 14, 2016 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Jefferson County Director of Schools Dr. Charles Edmonds carried a request from the Jefferson County School [...]

Prisoner Escapes From Jefferson County, TN Work House

Prisoner Escapes From Jefferson County, TN Work House

11-11-2016 at 7:56 P.M. Jeremy Ryan Archer escaped from the Jefferson County Work House 983 Industrial Park Road, Dandridge, Tn. Archer was spending time for Violation of Probation on previous charges of Burglary of a vehicle, theft, and vandalism. Archer was being held in an isolated cell for breaking a sprinkler head off at the [...]

White Pine School Project Hits Costly Bump in the Road

White Pine School Project Hits Costly Bump in the Road

The Jefferson County School Board hit a road block in their plans to renovate and expand White Pine School, a project that initiated as a joint funding effort between the Jefferson County Commission and the School Board. Originally, the plan was to renovate the kitchen area of the school and put on additional classroom space [...]

Constellation Of Microsatellites To Gather Never-Before Seen Details On Formation Of Tropical Cyclones And Hurricanes

Constellation Of Microsatellites To Gather Never-Before Seen Details On Formation Of Tropical Cyclones And Hurricanes

NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 10, to discuss the upcoming Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, a constellation of eight microsatellites that will gather never-before-seen details on the formation and intensity of tropical cyclones and hurricanes. The briefing will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium [...]

Jefferson County Declares Ban On Open Air Burning

Jefferson County Declares Ban On Open Air Burning

Due to extreme fire hazard conditions, the Commissioner of Agriculture in consultation with the State Forester and the Mayor of Jefferson County, Alan Palmieri has issued a burning ban prohibiting all open air fire in any area of the County of Jefferson, Tennessee until rescinded. A violation of this ban is reckless burning and punishable [...]

Nyrstar Tennessee Mines’ Notify Jefferson County Property Owners Of Intent To Exercise Mineral Rights

Nyrstar Tennessee Mines’ Notify Jefferson County Property Owners Of Intent To Exercise Mineral Rights

Several Jefferson County land owners were recently informed that Nyrstar Tennessee Mines, located in Strawberry Plains, will begin exercising their mineral rights which will impact an undisclosed number of Jefferson County property owners. Nyrstar’s mineral interest in Jefferson County encompasses 9,105 acres, according to filings in the Jefferson County Assessor of Property’s Office. Letters that [...]

Jefferson County Schools Use Safe and Supportive Children’s Survey

Jefferson County Schools Use Safe and Supportive Children’s Survey

The Jefferson County Department of Education has recently released a Safe and Supportive Children’s Survey for teachers, parents, and students. The survey originated from the State Department, and similar surveys like it have been used in the past to measure schools’ learning climates, along with areas of improvement. The Safe and Supportive Children’s Survey will [...]

JCHS Improved ACT the Focus of School Board Meeting

JCHS Improved ACT the Focus of School Board Meeting

The Jefferson County School Board met on Thursday evening, October 27, 2016 for their regular voting meeting. While most items on the agenda were general housekeeping in nature, the special focus of the evening was on Jefferson County High School and their accomplishments regarding ACT scores. Jefferson County High School Principal Dr. Scott Walker informed [...]

JCHS Students Participate in VFW “Our Voice of Democracy” Audio-Essay Program

JCHS Students Participate in VFW “Our Voice of Democracy” Audio-Essay Program

Students at Jefferson County High School, along with others across the nation, are taking part in the 2016 VFW Our Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Program. Established in 1947, the Our Voice of Democracy program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic or patriotic-themed recorded essay. This [...]

DOE Building Renovation Gets Nod from Commission

DOE Building Renovation Gets Nod from Commission

The Jefferson County Commission voted 19-2 (Tim Seals, David Seal) to use $450,000 of the retainage money from the School’s Building Program to fund the renovation and repair of the Department of Education Building with priority being given to mold, HVAC, hiring an engineer and construction/project manager. Commissioner Scarlett brought the motion, moving to strike [...]

Local Mayors and Representatives Form Special Committee for E-911 Funding

Local Mayors and Representatives Form Special Committee for E-911 Funding

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri brought together mayors and representatives from the various municipalities in Jefferson County to discuss needs that are pressing with Jefferson County’s E-911, which serves all areas of Jefferson County. While other First Responder Departments across the County have increased their numbers, Director of E-911 Crowther stated that E-911 has remained largely [...]

School Board Restarts Work Sessions

School Board Restarts Work Sessions

Jefferson County School Board Members met for a Work Session on Thursday evening, October 13, 2016 in the Patriot Academy. Members of the Board heard pricing estimates on carpet and tile costs but it is likely that there will not be a wide spread project until next fiscal year, as that is where replacement falls [...]

Vietnam Veterans of America Morristown Chapter Donates Flags for Local Classrooms

Vietnam Veterans of America Morristown Chapter Donates Flags for Local Classrooms

In the theme and tradition of the upcoming Veteran’s Day Holiday, the Morristown chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America has begun a program of donating flags to local schools. The program comes in lieu of a mandate from the state that every classroom display a flag. The veterans have made it their mission to [...]

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