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Director of Schools Announces Plans To Resign

Director of Schools Announces Plans To Resign

Director of Jefferson County Schools, Dr. Shane Johnston, has unofficially announced his intent to vacate his position. Though he has not tendered his resignation, Dr. Johnston has plans to submit his letter of resignation early next month. Johnston has led the Jefferson County Department of Education since July 1, 2018. During his tenure at the […]

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 62 Communities to Receive Community Development Block Grants

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 62 Communities to Receive Community Development Block Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe recently approved $28.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which will assist communities with infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitations and health and safety initiatives. “Investing in local infrastructure is one of our top priorities, and these funds will play a vital role as communities work to update their assets and keep their communities […]

TBI Agents Investigating Jefferson County Officer-Involved Shooting

TBI Agents Investigating Jefferson County Officer-Involved Shooting

Just before 11:00 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a request to perform a welfare check on a man at a residence in the 1400 block of David Swann Drive in Dandridge. Upon arrival, the man was not cooperative with officers and refused to come outside. Preliminary information indicates the man eventually came outside […]

Woman-owned business in East Tennessee caters to new demand for LOCAL food

Two Chicks and a Farm in New Market is finding great success by meeting the demands for local food and the farm-to-table movement brought on by the pandemic. It’s pretty exciting for someone like co-owner Jen Russomanno who is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Tennessee. Now, thanks to a partnership […]

Canine Distemper Case Confirmed at Area Shelter

Canine Distemper Case Confirmed at Area Shelter

Last weekend a puppy at the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society (MHHS) exhibited symptoms of distemper. On Monday, the mother and rest of the litter were confirmed positive after MHHS director Pam Velder submitted samples to the virology laboratory at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. MHHS staff followed best practices by immediately testing […]

VITAL POLICY – Dr. Monty Sharp Facilitates Medal of Honor Character Development Training for Jefferson County High School Staff

VITAL POLICY – Dr. Monty Sharp Facilitates Medal of Honor Character Development Training for Jefferson County High School Staff

Critics of public schools often point to the lack of patriotic education and the absence of character-related values in school curriculum. These pundits would have one less thing to complain about if they spent one afternoon with Dr. Monty Sharp, Assistant Principal, Jefferson County High School, or witnessed 2000 students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance […]

Jefferson County Clerk, Frank C. Herndon, is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for County Clerk in the May 3rd Republican Primary

Jefferson County Clerk, Frank C. Herndon, is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for County Clerk in the May 3rd Republican Primary

Jefferson County Clerk, Frank C. Herndon, is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for County Clerk in the May 3rd Republican Primary. Herndon is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and says, “I have been honored to serve the citizens of Jefferson County as your County Clerk for the past eight years, and I respectfully ask […]

Jennifer Boling Hall Seeking Re-Election In May 3rd Republican Primary

Jennifer Boling Hall Seeking Re-Election In May 3rd Republican Primary

Jennifer Boling Hall, Jefferson County Trustee, announces she is seeking re-election in the May 3 Republican Primary. Hall was elected Jefferson County Trustee for her first term in 2018. She joined the staff of a long-time Jefferson County Trustee, Ginger Franklin in 2009, bringing with her nine years financial experience earned at First Tennessee Bank, […]

Ed Stiner, Jefferson County Register of Deeds, Announcing Plans To Seek Re-election In The May 3rd Republican Primary

Ed Stiner, Jefferson County Register of Deeds, Announcing Plans To Seek Re-election In The May 3rd Republican Primary

Ed Stiner, Jefferson County Register of Deeds, is announcing plans to seek re-election in the May 3rd Republican Primary. Stiner said, “It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve the people of Jefferson County as the Register of Deeds.” During his time in office, Stiner has trimmed his budget every year by instituting cost […]

Mayor Mark Potts Seeks Re-Election

Mayor Mark Potts Seeks Re-Election

Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts will be seeking re-election for a second term as Mayor of Jefferson County. Potts is a lifelong resident with family roots deeply entrenched in Jefferson County. He is the son the of the Betty Potts, who recently became one of Jefferson County’s centenarians, and the late Glenn Potts. Mayor Potts […]

Director Of Schools Message On Second Semester Start

Director Of Schools Message On Second Semester Start

FRANK C. HERNDON NAMED SECRETARY TREASURER OF STATEWIDE COUNTY CLERK’S ASSOCIATION

FRANK C. HERNDON NAMED SECRETARY TREASURER OF STATEWIDE COUNTY CLERK’S ASSOCIATION

Frank C. Herndon, Jefferson County Clerk, has been named Secretary/Treasurer of the Tennessee Association of County Clerks (TACC), a statewide organization that represents the interests of the state’s 95 County Clerks. He was appointed at the County Officials Association of Tennessee’s (COAT) annual conference in Chattanooga on November 9, 2021 by Pam Ailor of Union […]

Dandridge Elementary Evacuation Due To Student Set Fire

Dandridge Elementary Evacuation Due To Student Set Fire

Earlier Monday, Dandridge Elementary School experienced a fire inside of one of the academic wings. The school closed in response to the fire that began just prior to the start of the school day. The incident began at 7:50 this morning in a restroom on the 2nd grade hallway following a student using a device […]

Jefferson County Democratic Party – School Board Primary Requested

Jefferson County Democratic Party – School Board Primary Requested

In a letter delivered to the Jefferson County Election Commission – After many years the common-sense law requiring school board elections in Tennessee to be non-partisan was changed during the recent special Covid session of the state legislature. The local Republican party had been lobbying for this action for some time, and quickly called for a […]

Chambers Takes Finance Director Position

In late October Finance Director Langdon Potts informed the Finance Committee of his plan to retire at the end of this year. Langdon Potts said “I have enjoyed the past seven years working with the county employees. We made some nice improvements in financial position in Jefferson County. I am proud that I was a […]

GSMCR Donates to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

GSMCR Donates to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD) in Lenoir City received a donation of $250.00 from the Greater Smoky Mountain Council of Regents (GSMCR), National Society, of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) on November 18.  SMSD Board Member Chuck Stewart and team member black Labrador Sadie accepted the check. Members present from the Spencer Clack Chapter, NSDAR, […]

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