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VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Citizen Standing to Participate in Government, A Primer on the Tennessee Constitution

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Citizen Standing to Participate in Government, A Primer on the Tennessee Constitution

Nothing says your opinion doesn’t count like shutting down citizen comment at public meetings. If citizens wish to speak their mind at county commission, school board, or any subcommittee meeting of local government, they should be able to comment on any public policy issue. When the framers of the Tennessee Constitution included Section 23 under […]

District Attorney General’s Office Finds Insufficient Evidence Of Criminal Violation By Newport Utility Board

District Attorney General’s Office Finds Insufficient Evidence Of Criminal Violation By Newport Utility Board

Investigation Details Several Issues within Newport Utilities

Investigation Details Several Issues within Newport Utilities

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, working in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority Office of Inspector General, has completed an investigation into Newport Utilities (utilities) which provides electric, water, wastewater, and broadband services in the City of Newport and surrounding areas. Beginning in 2016, the utilities began installing a broadband system in its service area. As […]

STEPHANIE WOODS NAMED THE 2022 TONY CLARK AWARD RECIPIENT

STEPHANIE WOODS NAMED THE 2022 TONY CLARK AWARD RECIPIENT

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference gathered in October for its annual fall conference. Among the proceedings of the three-day event is an opportunity for the state’s District Attorneys and their staffs to be recognized by the TNDAGC Executive Committee and their peers for accomplishments and service. Stephanie Gray Woods, the Administrative Assistant for 4th […]

House GOP reelects Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman

House GOP reelects Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman

Members of the Tennessee House Republican Caucus unanimously reelected State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, as caucus chairman for the 113th General Assembly during a biennial organizational meeting held in Buchanan, Tenn. on Nov.22. Faison, who will serve his third term as caucus chair, was instrumental in successfully guiding Republican members to victory in several competitive races on Nov. […]

Potential Bomb Threat At White Pine School Thursday – Statement of Situation from Jefferson County Schools

Potential Bomb Threat At White Pine School Thursday – Statement of Situation from Jefferson County Schools

Statement on situation from Jefferson County Schools, Michelle Walker, Supervisor of Secondary Education and Assessment Around 2:30 today, prior to dismissal, White Pine School administrators were notified of a potential bomb threat. Out of an abundance of caution, students were evacuated to a safe location where they were dismissed by first by bus and then […]

Thank You To The Citizens Of Dandridge – Jeff Depew, Alderman

Thank You To The Citizens Of Dandridge – Jeff Depew, Alderman

Thank you for your support and votes in this year’s election. It has been a pleasure to serve the Town of Dandridge and I look forward to continuing to serve in the position you have afforded me. Thank you to my wife Krissi Swann Depew, Son Jake Depew, Daughter-in-law Ashlin Thomas Depew, Mother-in-law Linda Swann […]

Optimus Health and Physical Therapy Center Opens In Dandridge

Optimus Health and Physical Therapy Center Opens In Dandridge

Optimus Health and Physical Therapy Center has opened a new location in Dandridge, Tennessee. A well recognized name in physical therapy in Jefferson City for many years, the additional new location at 118 East Meeting Street ( Suite A) in Dandridge provides the convenient option of an established practice to patients in the greater Dandridge […]

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County Commission Stands Up for Medical Freedom of Tennessee Guardsmen

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County Commission Stands Up for Medical Freedom of Tennessee Guardsmen

When Captain Mickey Shelton signed up to serve in the Tennessee Army National Guard, he made a commitment to answer the call of duty to the state of Tennessee in times of crisis and natural disaster, and to defend the nation if deployed overseas. He never expected to fight his own government for medical freedom […]

Jeff Depew Seeks Re-Election For Dandridge Aldermen (City Council)

Jeff Depew Seeks Re-Election For Dandridge Aldermen (City Council)

Jeff Depew, of 787 Cherokee Drive, Dandridge, announces his candidacy for the seat of Alderman (City Council) for the Town of Dandridge. Jeff is currently a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, serving his first full term on the Board. In his time as Alderman for the Town of Dandridge, Depew has supported […]

Bethany Jones Seeks City Council Seat

Bethany Jones Seeks City Council Seat

Bethany Jones of Jefferson City officially announces her candidacy for City Council. Bethany, 35, was born and raised in Pike County, Kentucky and has called Jefferson County home for the past 12 years, living first in Swannsylvania before buying her first home in Jefferson City in 2017. She shares that home with her husband Darryl Glenn […]

County Employees To Receive 8% Raise and 1 time bonus of 5%

County Employees To Receive 8% Raise and 1 time bonus of 5%

Jefferson County employees will receive a retroactive raise of 8% and a one time of bonus of 5% to be paid on the November payroll. The County Commission has been in discussion since the beginning of the new fiscal year in July regarding the state of county employee compensation. In the Monday voting session, commissioners […]

Debris Burn Permits Required Beginning Oct. 15

Debris Burn Permits Required Beginning Oct. 15

In observance of National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9 – 15, 2022 the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry reminds citizens that our state is heading into fall fire season. Dry conditions and trees that shed their leaves heighten fire danger and a debris burn permit is required for leaf and brush piles beginning […]

Todd Kesterson Candidate for Dandridge City Council

Todd Kesterson Candidate for Dandridge City Council

Todd Kesterson Candidate for Dandridge City Council.  Todd Kesterson, 51, a lifelong resident of Dandridge has announced his candidacy for Dandridge City Council. He is the son of Vicki Morie Kesterson and the late Curtiss D. Kesterson of Dandridge. Todd and his wife Kimberly Hedrick Kesterson, an LPN at Lakeway Dermatology Associates, have one daughter, […]

Jefferson County School Board – Jefferson Elementary School Renovation, Bus Driver Bonus Among Items Considered

Jefferson County School Board – Jefferson Elementary School Renovation, Bus Driver Bonus Among Items Considered

Last week the Jefferson County School Board met for their regular work session and monthly meeting. In consideration of timing, recognition for students and staff were moved to the front of the work session agenda. The JCHS Girl’s Golf Team and Jefferson County Reward Schools were introduced for their achievements. One of the actionable items […]

2022 Jefferson County High School Homecoming Court

2022 Jefferson County High School Homecoming Court

Representing the Patriot Academy and the freshmen class…….. Cheyenne Holt- is the daughter of John and Heather Holt of Jefferson City.  She is a member of the varsity cheerleading team.  Cheyenne enjoys cheer, gymnastics, making new friends, and spending time with her siblings.  She is escorted by Luis Valdes, son of Sarah Corral of Jefferson […]

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