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School Board Meets – Bradley & Jarnigan Appointed To Building Oversight Committee

School Board Meets – Bradley & Jarnigan Appointed To Building Oversight Committee

The Jefferson County School Board met for their first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, January 22nd, in the Patriot Academy. Chairman of the Board Jarnigan called the meeting to order. Absent from Roll Call were Board Members Rogers and Lowery. Director’s Gallery Art Winners for the first nine weeks were recognized. Jefferson Elementary School third [...]

Widow Of Inmate Files Suit Against Jefferson County

Widow Of Inmate Files Suit Against Jefferson County

A lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern Division of Tennessee at Knoxville regarding the death of Jeffrey Free, an inmate in the Jefferson County Jail. Donna Free, the wife of Jeffrey Free and the executor of his estate, is named as the Plaintiff, with the Defendants being Jefferson County [...]

Jefferson County Republican Party Holds Mass Meeting

Jefferson County Republican Party Holds Mass Meeting

The Grand Old Party held their annual local convention on Saturday morning, January 24, 2015 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. State Representatives, Senator Frank Niceley, Representative Andrew Farmer and Representative Jeremy Faison were in attendance, as well as several local elected officials. Chancellor Telford Forgety offered the invocation and sitting Chairwoman Paula Gibson led [...]

County Mayor Palmieri Weighs In On Wheel Tax Action By Commission

County Mayor Palmieri Weighs In On Wheel Tax Action By Commission

Wheel Tax: Yes, Bond Issue: Yes

Wheel Tax: Yes, Bond Issue: Yes

The Jefferson County Commission held their first voting meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, January 20th in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. County Commission Chairman Carmichael called the meeting to order. Absent from Roll Call was Commissioner Eslinger. Minutes were Approved with a Motion from Commissioner Scarlett and 2nd from Commissioner Tim Seals. One citizen addressed [...]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

A diverse crowd gathered on the steps of the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse on Monday morning to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parading from the dike in Dandridge, marchers were led by the Jefferson County High School ROTC. Beyond the keynote address, Jefferson County High School students provided music for the [...]

Budget Committee Meets For First Session In New Year

Budget Committee Meets For First Session In New Year

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met for their first session in the new year on Monday, January 12, 2015 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Chairman Scarlett called the meeting to order. With a Motion from Committee Member Tucker and 2nd from Committee Member Kesterson, the Minutes were Approved. Committee Member Seal made a Motion [...]

Dandridge Waterfront Project Meeting

Dandridge Waterfront Project Meeting

The Town of Dandridge hosted a public information forum concerning a proposed waterfront project on Sunday afternoon. Around 80 residents and stakeholders attended the event to hear options for the projects that were presented by Chris Baker of Thompson Engineering, Mobile Alabama. Melissa Peagler, Administrator for the Town of Dandridge, and Dandridge Mayor George Gantte [...]

Post Video Interview With Commission Chairman Jim Carmichael

Post Video Interview With Commission Chairman Jim Carmichael

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

It is that time of year and when the ball drops, leaving 2014 a memory, and nearly half of the United States will be making a New Year’s resolution. Ushering out the old year seems as good a time as any to also usher out some old bad habits and look forward to a new [...]

Commission Funds Building 8 With Amendments

Commission Funds Building 8 With Amendments

The Jefferson County Commission held a Called Meeting on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the Patriot Academy. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and take action for funding repairs and renovation of Building 8 at Jefferson County High School. Commission Chairman Carmichael Called the Meeting to Order. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners [...]

School Board Conducts Final Meeting Before New Year

School Board Conducts Final Meeting Before New Year

The Jefferson County School Board met for their final meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the Patriot Academy. Chairman of the Board Jarnigan Called the Meeting to Order. Absent from Roll Call were Board Members Lowery and Rogers. The Agenda was Approved, with the addition of items (payment for Lewis Group and [...]

A Question Of Ethics

A Question Of Ethics

The question of the Code of Ethics that must be subscribed to by County elected officials and employees has been on the forefront for several months. According to the State of Tennessee Ethics Commission, Jefferson County does have a Code of Ethics on file with the State. On December 4, 2006, the Jefferson County Commission [...]

Merry Christmas From Jefferson County Mayor’s Office

Merry Christmas From Jefferson County Mayor’s Office

Finance Committee Squeaks By

Finance Committee Squeaks By

The question of a violation of the Open Meeting Act by the Jefferson County Finance Committee during interviews for the Director of Jefferson County Finance Office was brought following the Committee’s decision to recess their public meeting, conduct interviews privately, and then reconvene publicly. Though the meeting and interview session was publicly posted and originally [...]

Carriage Rides, Candlelight Shopping & ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Carriage Rides, Candlelight Shopping & ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Friday evening found the streets in the historic town square in Dandridge awash in a glow, as candlelight shopping took place. Carriage rides through the historic town square afforded visitors the opportunity to view the display of lights in store windows. Shoppers strolled the streets and carolers sang holiday tunes. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas [...]

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