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Early Voting Sluggish in Jefferson County

Early Voting Sluggish in Jefferson County

With only five days of early voting left, the early turnout for Jefferson County has been slow. As of Saturday, July 23, 2016 official numbers for Jefferson County had not, yet, broken the 500 mark with only 473 votes being cast locally, according to the State of Tennessee. Jefferson County Administrator of Elections Charles Gibson [...]

New Market Volunteer Fire Department Considers Subscription Service

New Market Volunteer Fire Department Considers Subscription Service

The New Market Volunteer Fire Department has begun the search for alternative funding due to recent cuts from the city’s budget. According to Fire Chief Sammy Solomon, the department has turned their attention to the possibility of initiating subscription fire service, meaning that there will be a charge to individual home and business owners for [...]

Construction Managers Interview For White Pine School Renovation

Construction Managers Interview For White Pine School Renovation

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 was interview day for potential Construction Managers for the White Pine School Renovation and Addition Project. The Jefferson County School Board conducted two, one hour, interviews with candidates but held off on making a decision until both companies can come back with a price for a Manager at Risk arrangement. Merit [...]

Just Passing Through

Just Passing Through

A Black Bear Sow and three Black Bear Cubs have been spotted passing through the Green Hill Road area near Dandridge, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 as reported to The Post by TWRA Officer Wayne Rich. According to Rich, the same bear and cubs have made the trek from Smokies Stadium in Kodak to Dumplin Loop [...]

County Commission Honors Ms. Lura Hinchey By Resolution

County Commission Honors Ms. Lura Hinchey By Resolution

Jefferson County Commissioners met for their Regular Quarterly Session on Monday, July 18, 2016 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Vice Chair Kesterson presided over the meeting in the absence of Chairman Carmichael. Also absent were Commissioners Blevins and McGraw. Following the approval of the minutes, with a motion from Commissioner Scarlett and 2nd from [...]

Vince Gable On The Ballot For Constable District 8

Vince Gable On The Ballot For Constable District 8

Vince Gable fulfilled the qualifications for candidacy in the August 4th, 2016 election for the position of Constable in Jefferson County District 8. He is a resident in the Holly Oaks subdivision where he lives with his wife Virginia and their daughter Brooke.  They also have a son, Josh, who lives in Belleville, IL with [...]

Bobby Justice Announces Candidacy For Constable District 8

Bobby Justice Announces Candidacy For Constable District 8

I would like to announce my candidacy for Constable in District 8 Member: Parton Hollow Church of God Married, with 2 Daughters, 1 Granddaughter, 1 son (deceased). Sergeant, United States Army Veteran 1968-1970 Volunteer Deputy Sheriff for 40 Years in Kentucky Member of Masons and Shriners for 45 Years. Graduate of Kentucky Business College Hillbilly [...]

School Board Holds Called Meeting

School Board Holds Called Meeting

The Jefferson County Board of School Commissioners held a called meeting on Thursday night at Patriot Academy.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Bill Jarnigan, with only three other voting members available for the evening.   First on the agenda for new business was the audit report for 2015.  The report was only preliminary, and [...]

Jefferson County Commission Holds Special Called Meeting and Work Session

Jefferson County Commission Holds Special Called Meeting and Work Session

Jefferson County Commission met for a special called meeting and work session Monday night.  The session was to prepare for next week’s Regular Quarterly Session, which will be the first of the current fiscal year.  Absent from the roll call for the evening was Commissioner Blevens. The Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission approved the rezoning [...]

Some Dandridge Residents Reporting Discolored Water

Some Dandridge Residents Reporting Discolored Water

Some residents in the Dandridge area may be seeing red, but according to Water Superintendent Mike Norton, that is the color of progress. Recently, the Dandridge Water Department contracted with KUB to bring water to the Dandridge area and customers are now on line with the new water supplier. Though many may see the benefit [...]

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri Offers Rebuttal

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri Offers Rebuttal

Mayor Alan Palmieri response to Comments by Commissioner David Seal Comments by Commissioner Seal in red highlights are responded to by Mayor Alan Palmieri in blue Inflammatory Language It is one thing to veto legislation.  It is another thing entirely to add personal accusations and inflammatory language to the media release associated with the veto. [...]

Budget Committee Member Seal Addresses Mayoral Statements On Veto

Budget Committee Member Seal Addresses Mayoral Statements On Veto

Inflammatory Language It is one thing to veto legislation.  It is another thing entirely to add personal accusations and inflammatory language to the media release associated with the veto. As American citizens, we all expect the executive branch to veto legislative action from time to time.  The veto process was designed by the founding fathers [...]

The Lake Was Shakin’ Again In 2016

The Lake Was Shakin’ Again In 2016

The lake was shakin’ and the dike was rockin bluegrass style, as Shakin’ the Lake 2016 came to town. This year, in addition to the fantastic display of fireworks that always illuminate Douglas Lake and the festivities at The Point Marina, the town side of the lake had some new things to offer. Red, White [...]

Path to Renovation Topic of Vigorous Discussion for Facilities Committee

Path to Renovation Topic of Vigorous Discussion for Facilities Committee

The fate of several county buildings was the driving topic of conversation as the Jefferson County Facilities Committee met for the final time for the fiscal year 2015/16. A difference in approach to dealing with the former Department of Education building and the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse brought discussion and two failed motions that would [...]

White Pine School to Get New Portable for Food Warming Station

White Pine School to Get New Portable for Food Warming Station

Concern regarding the method that students will receive their lunches during the renovation and addition to White Pine School has risen among parents. But, those concerns were answered during last week’s school board meeting when the School Board, at the request of Director of Jefferson County Schools Business Affairs Phagan, gave their approval for the [...]

Palmieri Vetos Budget

Palmieri Vetos Budget

As provided in TCA 5-6-107 Powers and duties – Action on legislation; I am vetoing Budget Resolutions 2016-25, 26, 27 for the following reasons. The budget committee and county commission continues to pass out money based on personalities and favoritism to pay back favors instead of needs and principals. It is impossible to justify members [...]

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