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1st Day of New Wheel Tax

1st Day of New Wheel Tax

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 marked the first day of the new wheel tax in Jefferson County, which was increased from $25 to $50 during the recent budgeting process. Jefferson County Clerk, Frank Herndon, said Wednesday afternoon that the change had been largely well received and that most people were amicable regarding the increase. Herndon stated [...]

Cline Assistant Principal at JCHS – Sharp Leaves Talbott

Cline Assistant Principal at JCHS – Sharp Leaves Talbott

The Jefferson County School Board hosted their Regular Meeting on June 29, 2015 at the Central Office. Chairman Jarnigan Called the Meeting to Order. Absent from Roll Call were Board Members Vines and Rogers. With a Motion from Board Member Cavanah and 2nd from Board Member Potts, and an addition of a letter from Travelers [...]

Commission Overrides Veto – Budget Stands

Commission Overrides Veto – Budget Stands

In their final meeting of the fiscal year 2014/2015, which ended July 1, 2015, the Jefferson County Commission voted 13-7 to override the Mayor’s veto of the 2015/2016 budget. With the override, the budget will stand as it was presented earlier this month, to include deep cuts to County departments and non profits but with [...]

Finance Director Potts Expects County and School Roll Overs

Finance Director Potts Expects County and School Roll Overs

General Housekeeping was the order of the day for the Jefferson County Budget Committee, as they met for the last time in the fiscal year 2014/2015. Meeting before a Called Meeting of the Jefferson County Commission on Monday, June 29, 2015, in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse, the Budget Committee addressed end of year County [...]

Mayor Deems Budget Politically Motivated – Financially Unstable

Mayor Deems Budget Politically Motivated – Financially Unstable

As promised, Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri delivered his veto of the fiscal year 2015-16 budget on Friday morning. In a recent interview with the Post, Mayor Palmieri had stated his intent to exercise his right to veto, declaring the document to be fiscally irresponsible. Deep cuts to county departments and non-profits, as well as a [...]

Dandridge Rumblings Man-Made, Not Natural

Dandridge Rumblings Man-Made, Not Natural

Many residents in the area of Dandridge proper were startled late Friday morning by a loud rumbling that was accompanied by the ground shaking. The incident took place around 11:50 am and quickly social media, as well as phone lines and email of town support offices, began to light up with questions regarding the brief [...]

June Jubilee Returns To Dandridge

June Jubilee Returns To Dandridge

June Jubilee made its first appearance in Historic Dandridge in several years on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The streets of the historic town square were packed early, as locals and visitors came out in abundance to welcome the beloved street fair back to Town. More than 50 vendors were on hand offering everything from delicious [...]

Mayor Palmieri Vows To VETO

Mayor Palmieri Vows To VETO

2nd Annual Lakeside Of The Smokies Triathlon

2nd Annual Lakeside Of The Smokies Triathlon

The second annual Lakeside of the Smokies Triathlon took place on Saturday, June 11, 2015. New to the event this year was the opportunity to sign up for an abbreviated, yet still challenging, sprint course. Those that opted for the traditional Olympic course spent the early hours of Saturday morning swimming .9 miles on beautiful [...]

11-9 Vote No Property Tax Increase

11-9 Vote No Property Tax Increase

The Jefferson County Commission met for their Regular Voting Meeting on Monday, June 15, 2015 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Carmichael. Absent from Roll Call was Commissioner Dockery. Commissioner McGraw addressed a letter that was received by Commissioners but was not signed and requested that [...]

Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri Calls Press Conference

Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri Calls Press Conference

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri held a press conference on Monday morning, June 15, 2015 to address the budget crisis facing Jefferson County. Palmieri stated that though he has historically been included on the agenda for comments, he discovered that he has been left off the agenda for the voting meeting that is to take place [...]

A Flash From the Past – 1978 Property Tax $3.99

A Flash From the Past – 1978 Property Tax $3.99

Jefferson County is facing the question of answering a multi million dollar deficit and will address the issue this week, as the Jefferson County Commission meets for their regular voting session. At the center of debate is the property tax rate in Jefferson County. Currently, the property tax rate sits at $2.35 and is near [...]

DUI Crackdown for Independence Day

DUI Crackdown for Independence Day

The Dandridge Police Department will be conducting heavy patrols throughout the community looking for impaired drivers the week of Independence Day. “Thanks to the DUI grant provided by the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, we are able to put more officers on the roads looking for aggressive, reckless driving often caused by impaired drivers,” stated [...]

Questions Plague Budget Recommendation

Questions Plague Budget Recommendation

The Jefferson County Commission full body got their first look at the Budget Committee’s recommendations for the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget in their work session on Monday, June 8, 2015. Though the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse has been relatively full during the budgeting process,many County Department Heads and Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri were noticeably absent [...]

The Cruisin’ Was Groovin’ In Downtown Dandridge Saturday

The Cruisin’ Was Groovin’ In Downtown Dandridge Saturday

It was a blast from the past in Historic Downtown Dandridge on Saturday, May 30, 2015, as the annual Cruisin’ & Groovin’ Antique Car Show came to town. Beauties from prior decades lined the streets, offering local car enthusiasts the opportunity to view the automobiles and chat with the owners. The event is hosted by [...]

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 [...]

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