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Non-Incident At JCHS According To Officials

Non-Incident At JCHS According To Officials

According to information provided by the Jefferson County Department of Education, rumors of an incident at Jefferson County High School are incorrect. Administration received word that text messages were being passed around that alluded to a potential security issue, however intense investigation by School Administration and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department revealed that there was [...]

School Board To Ask For $2,452,845 For Building 8

School Board To Ask For $2,452,845 For Building 8

The Jefferson County School Board met for a Called Meeting on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Patriot Academy. Chairman of the Board Jarnigan called the meeting to order. Absent from Roll Call was Board Member Lowery. Concerned parents from Jefferson Elementary PTO addressed the Board concerning head lice issues at their school. Director of [...]

School Board Searching for Available Funding for Building 8 – Approves Sending Employee Bonus to County Commission

School Board Searching for Available Funding for Building 8 – Approves Sending Employee Bonus to County Commission

The Jefferson County School Board held their Regular Voting Meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in the Patriot Academy. Chairman Jarnigan Called the Meeting to Order. All School Board Members were present for Roll Call. The Agenda was Approved, with a Motion from Board Member Vines and 2nd from Board Member Cavanah, following additions of [...]

Commission Nixes Quarterly Meetings

Commission Nixes Quarterly Meetings

The Jefferson County Commission met for their regular voting session on Monday, October 20, 2014 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Carmichael. Commissioner Solomon was absent from Roll Call. Chairman Carmichael asked for corrections and approval of the agenda. A motion was made by Commissioner Scarlett [...]

Budget Committee Sends Employee Bonus To Full Commission

Budget Committee Sends Employee Bonus To Full Commission

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Monday, October 20, 2014 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Budget Committee Chairman Scarlett Called the Meeting to Order. Sitting in for Committee Member Solomon was Commissioner Tim Seals. The Minutes for July and October were Approved with a Motion from Committee Member Musick and 2nd from Committee [...]

David Clark Jones Announces Re-Election Campaign for Dandridge City Council

David Clark Jones Announces Re-Election Campaign for Dandridge City Council

David Jones is an eighth generation Jefferson County resident and except for two years in Nashville has always lived in or within three miles of Dandridge. Active in Dandridge city government since 1978, Jones has served intermittently as an alderman along with two terms as mayor of the town. He currently serves as an alderman. [...]

Here Or Not? – TDH & Haslam’s Office Refuse To Tell

Here Or Not? – TDH & Haslam’s Office Refuse To Tell

The Tennessee Department of Health has declined to identify the county of residence of two individuals that have contracted the Enterovirus D68, a virus that has struck more than 700 and has been confirmed as the cause of death in at least two cases and is suspected in others. Severe symptoms result in respiratory stress [...]

Jefferson County Debt Per Capita Well Exceeds National Benchmark

Jefferson County Debt Per Capita Well Exceeds National Benchmark

Jefferson County’s current outstanding debt is nearly $83 million dollars, according to information provided by Jefferson County Finance Director Helton and the County’s outside Financial Advisor, Scott Gibson of Cumberland Securities. Payments from the Debt Service account are expected to be slightly more than $7 in 2015 but will take a leap to the $8 [...]

Watch Them Change

Watch Them Change

As the month of October moves quickly toward Halloween, oranges are bursting out everywhere with even the valley beginning to burn bright with color. Wet weather has impacted the streams in the Great Smoky Mountains and high winds in the highest elevations have stripped some of the leaves early. Those seeking maximum color should climb [...]

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

The Jefferson City Fire Department hosted a training event for their own, and other local, firefighters. Though training is a continuous and important part of their job, this particular training event was different, in that it meshed tradition and technology. Via grants, the Jefferson City Fire Department has acquired a simulator that allows the practice [...]

Scarlett Elected To Chair Budget Committee

Scarlett Elected To Chair Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met for their first voting session of the newly seated Committee on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The meeting was Called to Order by Commission Vice-Chairman Kesterson. All committee members were present for Roll Call. In the first order of business, Acting Chairman Kesterson opened [...]

County Commission To Consider Bonds Rather Than Fund Balance

County Commission To Consider Bonds Rather Than Fund Balance

The Jefferson County Commission met for a lengthy Work Session on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Chairman Carmichael presided over the meeting and Commission Members Dockery and McGraw were absent. Two citizens addressed the Commission-one regarding security issues at the Patriot Academy and the other requesting relief from the School [...]

Bunch Seeks Jefferson City Council Seat

Bunch Seeks Jefferson City Council Seat

My name is Kevin Bunch and I am a candidate for Jefferson City Council. I am a Jefferson City resident and have lived in Jefferson County for 35 years. My wife Adriane and I have two daughters, Alexis and Hailey, who attend Jefferson County High School. I am currently employed as a Detective Lieutenant with [...]

Cain Announces Candidacy For Jefferson City Council

Cain Announces Candidacy For Jefferson City Council

I’m Mitch Cain and I would like to announce my decision to run for a second term as councilman for the City of Jefferson City. I believe that having roots in the local community gives me a useful point of view when it comes to carrying out the task of representing your interests on our [...]

Board Discusses Building 8 – “Night Of Patriots” Postponed

Board Discusses Building 8 – “Night Of Patriots” Postponed

The Jefferson County School Board held a Work Session on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the Patriot Academy.  The meeting was Called to Order by Chairman Jarnigan. One Board Member, Lowery, was absent. Four items were presented on the Agenda, with the Building 8 project occupying two of the four agenda slots. Director of Schools [...]

East Tennessee Plays Catch-Up

East Tennessee Plays Catch-Up

Current weather predictions aside, East Tennessee is in the midst of the historically dry months. September, October and November are typically the driest months in the Tennessee Valley. During this time, the annual average runoff, which is the amount of water that washes into the local rivers following a rain event, is only around one [...]

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