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County Commission Overrides Veto

County Commission Overrides Veto

The full body of the Jefferson County Commission held a called meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Commission Chairman Carmichael called the meeting to order, and all members of the body were present. Commissioner David Seal offered the first motion of the evening, moving to override the Mayoral Veto [...]

Fire Department Funding Hot Topic For Budget Committee

Fire Department Funding Hot Topic For Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Budget Committee convened Monday evening, May 22, 2017, at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse, for what would prove to be the final leg in the budget recommendation process. After pushing the item back to accommodate the Public Service Committee, who were to present a recommendation on fire department funding, the Budget Committee [...]

Black Bear Sightings In Jefferson County

Black Bear Sightings In Jefferson County

Recently, several Black Bear reports have been received by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) in Jefferson County. Dumplin Valley Road, C.H. Rankin, Swann’s Marina, and even the Danridge Golf Course have been some of the locations reported according to TWRA Officer Wayne Rich. If you are experiencing a problem with a bear, call TWRA [...]

Funding Forces Dandridge To City Only Fire Service – Town Offers Fire Service Contract To Jefferson County

Funding Forces Dandridge To City Only Fire Service – Town Offers Fire Service Contract To Jefferson County

In a meeting that saw the first reading the the fiscal year 2017/2018 budget, the hot topic for Tuesday, May 9, 2017 meeting of the Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen was funding for the Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department. For several fiscal cycles, the Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department has requested additional funding from Jefferson County [...]

Retirees Pick Jefferson County

Retirees Pick Jefferson County

Retire Tennessee is a program focused on retiring seniors coming to settle within the East Tennessee community, and can be found on both state wide and local levels. East Tennessee is a popular retirement destination, and tourism boards across the state look for ways to market communities to this demographic of people. Jefferson County is [...]

White Pine Fire Service May Be Forced To City Only Without Additional Funding From County

White Pine Fire Service May Be Forced To City Only Without Additional Funding From County

The Jefferson County Pubic Service Committee, an arm of the Jefferson County Commission, met on Monday to address funding, territory and sub station issues with the local Fire Chief’s Association at the directive of the County Commission’s Budget Committee. Monday evening’s meeting was the second time the local Fire Departments and the Public Service Committee [...]

Three People in Jefferson Co. Charged with TennCare Fraud

Three People in Jefferson Co. Charged with TennCare Fraud

Three Tennesseans are charged with TennCare fraud in Jefferson County. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the assistance of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrests: Sherry Ann Ellison, 38, of Morristown, charged with TennCare fraud in an indictment accusing her of obtaining the painkiller Hydrocodone by doctor shopping and using TennCare [...]

Give and Take as Budget Committee Climbs Out of the Hole

Give and Take as Budget Committee Climbs Out of the Hole

Members of the Jefferson County Budget Committee spent much of Monday evening, May 1, 2017 hearing from County Department Heads appearing before the Committee to plead their case for funding. Committee Members entered Monday’s meeting more than $1 million dollars in the hole but before the final gavel they had trimmed the deficit to just [...]

Schools Come in with Flat Budget Despite Deep State Cuts

Schools Come in with Flat Budget Despite Deep State Cuts

The Jefferson County Department of Education will turn in a balanced budget document for the fiscal year 2017/2018 despite deep cuts in BEP funding from the State of Tennessee. For the upcoming fiscal year, Jefferson County will lose more than three quarters of a million dollars in funding due to a new criteria from the [...]

Jefferson County Commission Personnel Committee Selects Interviewees for Veterans Service Officer

Jefferson County Commission Personnel Committee Selects Interviewees for Veterans Service Officer

The Jefferson County Personnel Committee met Thursday, April 27, 2017. The meeting opened up with the approval of minutes from the April 20th meeting, which were approved in a motion by Beeler (2nd Carmichael). Next on the agenda was a review and discussion of resumes for the position of Veterans Service Officer. In total, six [...]

Budget Committee Tackles Non Profit Funding

Budget Committee Tackles Non Profit Funding

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met this week to address Non Profit requests. Though requests for increases in funding were presented by the Boys & Girls Club and the Humane Society both walked away with the same allocation as they received in the current fiscal year. Boys and Girls Club Representative noted a need for [...]

New Market Volunteer Fire Department Stands Behind Solomon Amid Charges – “Chief Solomon Still Holds Position As Fire Chief”

New Market Volunteer Fire Department Stands Behind Solomon Amid Charges – “Chief Solomon Still Holds Position As Fire Chief”

In a press release from the New Market Volunteer Fire Department this morning; New Market, Tennessee – “As a result of recent events, the New Market Volunteer Fire Department continues to strive to serve the citizens of New Market, Strawberry Plains, and other parts of our fire protection area to the very best of our [...]

Boyd Speaks at EDA Dinner

Boyd Speaks at EDA Dinner

The Jefferson County Economic Development Alliance hosted investors, potential investors and interested parties Thursday evening, April 20, 2017 at the First Annual Economic Development Alliance Investor’s Dinner at the Carriage House in Dandridge. Current Chairman of the EDA, Langdon Potts, offered the welcome address and recognized Board Members and distinguished guests. Potts also introduced the [...]

Maury Bat Update As Testing Week Begins

Maury Bat Update As Testing Week Begins

As students and teachers ready themselves for a week of testing, bats continue to plague Maury Middle School. According to Jefferson County School’s Director of Facilities and Business Affairs Michael Phagan, one classroom at Maury has been quarantined due to the presence of bats. Phagan stated that, following last weekend’s attempt to seal the entrance [...]

District 9 Commissioner Seal Speaks Out On Mayoral Veto

District 9 Commissioner Seal Speaks Out On Mayoral Veto

Resolution 2017-20 was moved in County Commission on behalf of a growing number of citizens that believe that they are being left out of economic development decisions made in Jefferson County by the Industrial Development Board (IDB).  As the resolution states, “citizens of any community in Jefferson County deserve to be made aware of any [...]

Mayor Vetos Public Input Resolution

Mayor Vetos Public Input Resolution

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri has exercised his veto power on a recent resolution of the Jefferson County Commission that recommended the Jefferson County Industrial Development Board consider holding public meetings to receive public input on development projects. Resolution 2017-20 was passed Monday evening, April 17, 2017 at the Regular Voting Meeting of the Jefferson County [...]

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