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New Sanitation Fees on Tap

New Sanitation Fees on Tap

The Jefferson County Commission met for their Regular Work Session on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Commission Chairman Tucker presided over the meeting, bringing for consideration the annual schedule for the County Commission. Three citizens addressed the Commission: one a Jefferson County High School Student regarding animal leash tether lengths, [...]

JCHS Holds 25th Night of the Patriots

JCHS Holds 25th Night of the Patriots

The students of Jefferson County High School came together, once again, for the annual Night of the Patriots celebration. The program to honor those who have served and are serving in all branches of the military celebrated its 25th production Thursday night. The evening began with the JROTC Color Guard presenting the colors, while the [...]

School Board Eyes Davis as Potential Interim

School Board Eyes Davis as Potential Interim

The Jefferson County School Board met for their regular voting meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Patriot Academy. Though there were several items of general housekeeping on the agenda, it was an item that was not initially on the agenda that was the highlight of the meeting. After a successful motion to suspend [...]

Building A Better Future Holds First Of Four Town Hall Meetings

Building A Better Future Holds First Of Four Town Hall Meetings

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce hosted the first of four town hall style meetings to address the vision of citizens for Jefferson County. Building a Better Future, a program that previously helped bore the Economic Development Alliance, has now lived out its projected distance and members of the Chamber of Commerce are looking for new [...]

County Commission Holds Short Quarterly Meeting

County Commission Holds Short Quarterly Meeting

Monday, October 16, 2017 the Jefferson County held their Regular Quarterly Voting Session at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Presiding over the meeting was County Commission Chairman Tucker. Absent from the meeting were Commissioners Dockery, Blevins and Eslinger. Approval of the Minutes came with a motion from Commissioner Solomon and 2nd by Commissioner McGraw. Four [...]

Haslam Appoints Gass Special Judge for Circuit Court in 4th Judicial District

Haslam Appoints Gass Special Judge for Circuit Court in 4th Judicial District

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed James L. Gass of Dandridge as special judge for Circuit Court in the 4th Judicial District. Gass’s appointment fills the temporary vacancy due to the recent illness of Circuit Court Judge Richard R. Vance. The 4th Judicial District serves Jefferson, Grainger, Cocke and Sevier counties. “I appreciate Jim Gass’s [...]

Budget Committee And County Commission Look At Future Funding Questions

Budget Committee And County Commission Look At Future Funding Questions

The Jefferson County Budget Committee is already looking at some of the last budget season’s hot topic items, as it takes first steps toward discussion regarding fire department funding and employee health care. Budget Committee Chairman Scarlett charged the Budget Committee with going into their respective districts for answers to questions regarding funding priorities for [...]

Jefferson City Holds 31st Annual Old Time Saturday

Jefferson City Holds 31st Annual Old Time Saturday

Jefferson City held their 31st annual Old Time Saturday fall festival this weekend. The day of fun took place in the revitalizing downtown area. The annual street festival celebrated the theme of yesteryear in the old city. Tents lined downtown and citizens filled the streets as the community came together to enjoy the festivities. The [...]

Tennessee Court Of Appeals Overturns Lower Court In Favor Of Citizen Group

Tennessee Court Of Appeals Overturns Lower Court In Favor Of Citizen Group

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has returned a unanimous decision in favor of the plaintiffs, a citizen’s group that filed suit against the Jefferson County Economic Development Committee (formerly EDOC now re-branded as EDA) for open records. Following several years in the court system, the Court of Appeals at Knoxville overturned a previous ruling of [...]

Tucker Takes the Gavel

Tucker Takes the Gavel

For the first time in three years, the Jefferson County Commission has a change in leadership, with the election of Robert Tucker to the position of Chairman of the County Commission. Tucker, who represents the 8th district, is beginning his eighth year of service on the County Commission. In his tenure he has served as [...]

Mike Dockery To Run As Independent Candidate for Jefferson County Mayor

Mike Dockery To Run As Independent Candidate for Jefferson County Mayor

In less than a year, Jefferson County citizens will decide once again who is to lead their county. Many things that contribute to our quality of life depend upon this choice. At this time, I would like to offer you my skills and abilities, my commitment and integrity, for your consideration for the position of [...]

Mark Potts Announces Candidacy For Jefferson County Mayor

Mark Potts Announces Candidacy For Jefferson County Mayor

Jefferson City Mayor Mark Potts announced his candidacy for Jefferson County Mayor, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at a gathering at the Jefferson City Library. Mayor Potts said “I want to thank my family, because without their support, I wouldn’t be able to do it.”  I think it is time for Jefferson County to have a [...]

Director of Schools Dr. Charles Edmonds to Resign

Director of Schools Dr. Charles Edmonds to Resign

Following several years at the helm of the Jefferson County Department of Education, and with time still left on his contract, Dr. Charles Edmonds announced that he is resigning his position as Director of Schools as of the end of the calendar year. Late last week, Director Edmonds confirmed that he was, indeed, leaving the [...]

Wins and Losses Mark the Beginning of the Final Year in County Commissioners’ Current Term

Wins and Losses Mark the Beginning of the Final Year in County Commissioners’ Current Term

The gavel came down Monday evening, as the Jefferson County Commission began the final twelve months of their terms with the election of County Commission officers. Sitting Chair Jim Carmichael and two term Commissioner Robert Tucker were brought as nominees from David Seal and Bob Beeler, respectively. With 20 of the 21 Commissioners present to [...]

Price of Water and Sewer Increase for Dandridge Water Customers

Price of Water and Sewer Increase for Dandridge Water Customers

Dandridge Water Customers will soon see an increase on their water bill. Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-2 ( Depew, Nelson NO, Reese Absent) to increase the cost of water by 5% and sewer by 15% for all customers. The move came after Town and Water Department Administration recommended a 10% hike for [...]

Parrotts Chapel Looks to Leave Jefferson County, Taking $1 Million in Revenue with Them

Parrotts Chapel Looks to Leave Jefferson County, Taking $1 Million in Revenue with Them

The Jefferson County Commission held their first work session of their senior year of their current term in office on Monday, September 11, 2017. With three years of the current term under their belt, Commission Members met on Monday to preview their agenda for next week’s voting meeting, as well as field community concerns regarding [...]

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