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Inmate Escapes In School Vehicle

Inmate Escapes In School Vehicle

Dr. Shane Johnston, Director of Jefferson County Schools released the following statement concerning the incident: “Earlier today my office was notified that an inmate from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department had stolen a car from the transportation garage and fled the property. Central office staff worked with schools and placed four school campuses (Piedmont, Patriot […]

County Commission Approves $11 Million Funding Request

County Commission Approves $11 Million Funding Request

Jefferson County Commissioners met for their Regular Monthly Voting Session on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Absent at Roll Call were Commissioners Phagan, Blevins and Byrd. Following the call to order, the floor was opened for nomination and election of officers for the County Commission for the 2019/2020 year. By […]

Local Lawmakers Announce Technology Grants for Public Libraries in Jefferson County

Local Lawmakers Announce Technology Grants for Public Libraries in Jefferson County

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) and Representatives Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) announced today that Jefferson County is receiving $7,738 in Technology Grants from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  The lawmakers made the announcement after being notified by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.  “Access to technology is something many of […]

County Has Healthy Rollover

County Has Healthy Rollover

The Jefferson County Commission met for their regular Work Session on Monday, September 9, 2019 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Beyond familiarizing themselves with the full meeting agenda, the Commission heard from various Department Heads for status updates. Six citizens addressed the Commission with two being from Parrott’s Chapel, one regarding Broadband, one voicing […]

DOE $1.3 Increase in Available General Funds

DOE $1.3 Increase in Available General Funds

The Jefferson County Department of Education’s General Fund Balance is around $1.3 million dollars healthier due to funds that were “rolled over” from the 2018/2019 fiscal year. School Board members received the increased balance information at their September Business Meeting held on Thursday evening, September 5, 2019 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Jefferson County […]

Fall Foliage Lovers

Fall Foliage Lovers

For fall foliage lovers it is that time of year when the gaze goes to the tree tops to see if there is any change of color. While a few leaves of yellow may be present sporadically, we have not reached the combination locally that will produce those wonderful shades of red and orange that […]

Above Average Temps Predicted For Next Few Days

Above Average Temps Predicted For Next Few Days

The calendar may say that summer is winding down but the thermometer tells an entirely different story. While the average temperature for this time of the year is generally in the mid eighties and decreasing as the month progresses toward fall, next week may prove to be the anomaly. If the current weather forecast holds […]

Tennessee Judge Receives Highest Judicial Honor for Work on the Opioid Epidemic

Tennessee Judge Receives Highest Judicial Honor for Work on the Opioid Epidemic

Tennessee Judge Duane Slone is the 2019 recipient of the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, one of the highest judicial honors in the country. Judge Slone, of the Circuit Court in the Fourth Judicial District, is being recognized for his ground-breaking work helping people with opioid use […]

Bush Brothers & Company Names Al Williams President and Chief Executive Officer

Bush Brothers & Company Names Al Williams President and Chief Executive Officer

Bush Brothers & Company announced that its Board of Directors unanimously appointed Al Williams, former President and Chief Operating Officer, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Williams succeeded Tom Ferriter at the adjournment of the annual Shareholder’s Meeting on July 5, 2019. This is the result of a succession plan that began when Mr. […]

Investigation Concluded In Talbott Elementary Teacher Incident

Investigation Concluded In Talbott Elementary Teacher Incident

Information was released today regarding an incident that happened recently at Talbott Elementary School. Director of Schools, Dr. Shane Johnston, has transferred a first grade teacher Donnalyn Taylor from Talbott Elementary School to the Jefferson Academy (alternate school) for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. The teacher in question self reported sliding a chair […]

Jefferson County, TN Teacher Suspended Pending Investigation

Jefferson County, TN Teacher Suspended Pending Investigation

Jefferson County, TN – Dr. Shane Johnston, Director of Schools released the following statement regarding an incident involving Talbott Elementary School. “My office was notified late Friday afternoon (August 9, 2019) about an incident that occurred in a teacher’s classroom at Talbott Elementary School in the Jefferson County School District. The principal began an investigation […]

Spirit of Nations Hosts 12th Annual Pow Wow

Spirit of Nations Hosts 12th Annual Pow Wow

Many traditions were displayed on Saturday as the Spirit of Nations held their 12th annual Pow Wow at Patriot Academy. Traditional Dance Competitions, children’s crafts, storytelling and a silent auction were among the many activities throughout the day. The theme for this years event was “Honoring the Elders”. The event, presented by Indian Creek Productions, […]

Welcome Parents and Students From Jefferson County Dept. Of Education

Welcome Parents and Students From Jefferson County Dept. Of Education

THDA Awards Grant To Aid In Jefferson County Flood Recovery

THDA Awards Grant To Aid In Jefferson County Flood Recovery

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has awarded a $500,000 grant to help low-income residents of Jefferson County repair homes that were damaged after severe storms triggered floods there earlier this year. The Rebuild and Recover Disaster Program Grant, which will be administered on behalf of Jefferson County by the Tennessee Community Assistance Corporation, will provide […]

2019-2020 Jefferson County Schools Calendar – Includes Full Week Of Fall Break

2019-2020 Jefferson County Schools Calendar – Includes Full Week Of Fall Break

Attempted Breakout at Mountain View Sunday Night

Attempted Breakout at Mountain View Sunday Night

On Sunday evening, July 21 at approximately 9:00 p.m. , an attempted break out was made at the Mountain View Youth Detention center. According to Dandridge Police Chief, Carson Williams, nine inmates broke windows and made their way on to two roofs at the facility. Dandridge Police, and other surrounding law enforcement agencies including Tennessee […]

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