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Dips and Cuts Move Budget Forward

Dips and Cuts Move Budget Forward

After months of debate and cuts, the Jefferson County Budget Committee Approved a recommended budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016. Against advise from Jefferson County Finance Director Potts, the Committee voted 7-2 ( with Gaut and McGraw voting No) to send a recommendation to the full body that includes no property tax increase. Instead the [...]

Salaries and Textbooks at Center of Debate

Salaries and Textbooks at Center of Debate

Jefferson County School Board Members locked in line items just in time for the Jefferson County Budget Committee to approved their 2015-2016 fiscal year budget. In a called meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Board Members, again, struggled to find common ground on which line items should be funded and which should be cut to [...]

Board Of Zoning Appeals Hears From Citizens

Board Of Zoning Appeals Hears From Citizens

The Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals and Jefferson County Planning Commission held their scheduled meetings on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in the Historic Courthouse in Dandridge, Tennessee. The first item before the Board was to determine if a Monastery would be an allowed use of property in the RR-Rural Resort Zone. County planner David [...]

School Board Still Searching For Line Item Budget

School Board Still Searching For Line Item Budget

Federal and Food Nutrition Budgets for the fiscal year 2015-2016 were both approved by the Jefferson County School Board in a called meeting at the Department of Education on Friday morning, May 22, 2015. However, the Board continued a stalemate on line items and has failed to lock in line items on their General Budget [...]

Some County Departments Feel The Cut

Some County Departments Feel The Cut

County Departments felt the brunt of the a $1.7 million dollar deficit that loomed over Jefferson County, during the Jefferson County Budget Committee meeting on Tuesday evening, May 19, 2015. Following last week’s County Commission meeting where the proposed mineral tax, that the Budget Committee had assigned to cover $750,000 of the fiscal year 2015-2016′s [...]

FOP #61 Holds Annual Memorial Ride

FOP #61 Holds Annual Memorial Ride

The local Fraternal Order of Police #61 held their annual memorial ride on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Leaving out from the Jefferson County Co op, dozens of officers filed single file, lights on, to their destination at Douglas Dam where they held a memorial service honoring those that have fallen this year in the line [...]

School Board Sends Budget Intent Rather Than Approved Budget

School Board Sends Budget Intent Rather Than Approved Budget

On Tuesday afternoon, the Jefferson County School Board met in a Called Meeting to address the proposed fiscal year 2015-2016 budget. In their previous budget meeting, the Board had identified line item cuts from several categories, including Supervisors, Principals and Vice Principals, as well as technology, to balance a little more than $300,000 in deficit. [...]

Open Records Plaintiff Arrested As Case Moves Forward – Attorney Believes No Coincidence

Open Records Plaintiff Arrested As Case Moves Forward – Attorney Believes No Coincidence

Jefferson County resident Clarice Albright Gunn, of Strawberry Plains, has been charged with one count of Election Law Violation of Campaign Communications, according to information provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Media Contact Susan Niland. Originally, the TBI had issued a press release that was reported by several media sources stating that Clarice Albright [...]

JCHS Class of 2015

JCHS Class of 2015

The Class of 2015 has now successfully completed their years as students of the Jefferson County School System. On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the Class of 2015 marched together one last time as they crossed the stage at the Expo Center to receive their high school diploma. For all, the path to that day has [...]

Republican Party Of Jefferson County Holds Annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

Republican Party Of Jefferson County Holds Annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

The Jefferson County Republican Party hosted their annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on May 15, 2015 at Carson Newman University. St ate Senator Mark Green, MD, representing the 22 district, was the Key Note Speaker for the evening. Beyond his outstanding record of military service and founding a highly successful company, Senator Green has the unique [...]

Supervisors, Principals, and “Others” Increases Get Trimmed by School Board

Supervisors, Principals, and “Others” Increases Get Trimmed by School Board

Budget issues continued to plague the Jefferson County School Board on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Called Meeting at the Patriot Academy addressing the 2015-2016 budget. An approved budget document is due to the Jefferson County Budget Committee for consideration at their May 19th budget meeting. At the previous School Board meeting, the Department of [...]

Mineral Tax Crumbles in Full Commission

Mineral Tax Crumbles in Full Commission

The Jefferson County Commission declined to approved a proposed mineral tax in a Special Session this week, which will impact the Budget Committee’s decision to include the proceeds from the proposed tax to balance the 2015-2016 budget. Late last month, the Budget Committee moved to use an anticipated three quarters of a million dollars that [...]

Non Profits a Questionable Agenda Item for Budget Committee

Non Profits a Questionable Agenda Item for Budget Committee

At the request of Budget Committee Members Turner and Musick, Non Profits will be on the Agenda for the May 19 , 2015 Budget Committee meeting. Budget Committee Chair Scarlett informed the Committee that he had received inquires from Non Profit Organizations regarding appearing before the Committee a second time. Previously, the Budget Committee had [...]

Jefferson County Observes National Day of Prayer

Jefferson County Observes National Day of Prayer

Jefferson County celebrated National Day of Prayer with services held on the steps of the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse on Thursday, May 7, 2015. This is an annual event observed on the first Thursday in May. It is designed to encourage thoughtful prayer for the Nation and its leadership from people of all faiths. Locally, [...]

Dandridge Waterfront Project – A Video Interview With Melissa Peagler

Dandridge Waterfront Project – A Video Interview With Melissa Peagler

DOE Looking at Big Deficit

DOE Looking at Big Deficit

Budget concerns were the talking point of the Jefferson County Board of School Commissioners’ Work Session on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The Work Session followed a Called Meeting to address additional funds that are needed to cover the cost of additional roof decking for the Jefferson County High School Building 8 project. Tony Petitt of [...]

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