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Jefferson County High School Receives Accolade for Progress

Jefferson County High School Receives Accolade for Progress

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced 170 schools as the 2014-15 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth. The Reward Schools span 59 districts across Tennessee and include 93 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations. [...]

Rush Strong Still Battling Sewage Issues

Rush Strong Still Battling Sewage Issues

After three months of summer vacation and extensive work that included consultation with local experts, students and teachers will return to a familiar, if improved, problem at Rush Strong School. Last spring information came to the forefront that indicated environmental violations regarding the sewage treatment plant at the school, with findings that were concerning to [...]

Case Against Gunn Pushed Back Until August

Case Against Gunn Pushed Back Until August

A Jefferson County woman accused of one count of Election Law Violation of Campaign Communications will have to wait a little longer for her day in court. Clarice Albright Gunn was charged with the Class C Misdemeanor late this spring for actions that allegedly occurred during the election campaign in August of 2014. Gunn was [...]

Jefferson County Fair: Just Around the Corner

Jefferson County Fair: Just Around the Corner

In just a few short weeks, the Jefferson County Fair grounds will be transformed into a runway of lights, as the thrills the carnival rides return to Jefferson County. While some come for the view from the ferris wheel or the twists and turns of some of the more breathtaking adventures, many come looking for [...]

School Calendar-Supply List and Hints as New School Year Approaches

School Calendar-Supply List and Hints as New School Year Approaches

It is almost that time of year again! Though the weather screams the dog days of summer, the calendar reads that it is almost time for students to head back to school in Jefferson County. Principals and Supervisors have started the daily grind and in just a couple of short weeks, teachers and students will [...]

Environmental Director’s Salary Still a Sticking Point

Environmental Director’s Salary Still a Sticking Point

The Jefferson County Commission met for their first regular voting meeting for the fiscal year 2015/2016 on Monday evening, July 20, 2015 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Nineteen Commissioners were in attendance for the July session ( Baxley, Tabor absent). Commission Chairman Carmichael called the meeting to order and with a motion from Commissioner [...]

Williams Named Veteran Service Officer

Williams Named Veteran Service Officer

The Jefferson County Commission hired a new Veterans Service Officer on Monday evening. Personnel Committee Chairman Turner brought the Committee’s recommendation of Timothy C. Williams before the full body for approval during the regular voting meeting. The recommendation came following narrowing of the applicant field on Friday and interviews of the Committee’s top three candidates [...]

Ghosts Of Budget Past Haunt Meeting

Ghosts Of Budget Past Haunt Meeting

Though the new fiscal year has begun, the Work Session of the Jefferson County Commission was still largely dealing with business left over from the prior fiscal year that ended on June 30th. Discussion largely centered around past statements by elected officials during the prior budgeting process and the accuracy of those statements. Budget Committee [...]

Hybrid Plan Could Be On The Horizon

Hybrid Plan Could Be On The Horizon

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met for the first time in the fiscal year 2015/2016. Budget Committee Chairman Scarlett and Jefferson County Finance Director Potts brought General Fund 101-Amendment 1 before the Committee for vote. The amendment listed three items-a $550 line item transfer in data processing supplies for the Election Commission-a line item adjustment [...]

Accident Shuts Down Interstate

Accident Shuts Down Interstate

Travelers on both East and Westbound I-40 found themselves in a traffic quagmire on Monday morning following a traffic accident that effectively shut down the Interstate between Jefferson County and Sevier County. According to information provided by Tennessee Department of Transportation, the incidents are not expected to be cleared until around 2pm, leaving travelers stranded [...]

Same Sex Marriage in Jefferson County?

Same Sex Marriage in Jefferson County?

While many counties in Tennessee and across the nation are embroiled in a do we or don’t we debate regarding the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court decision to allow same sex marriage, the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office has yet to see their first gay couple seeking a marriage license. Frank Herndon, Jefferson County Court Clerk, [...]

Probably Not This Year

Probably Not This Year

After several years of debate, it appears that residents who travel across the “green bridge” which connects Dandridge to Chestnut Hill will have to wait a little bit longer for construction to start on a new, wider bridge. Though it was planned to have bids go out earlier this summer and for construction to begin [...]

New Principal Named for Talbott Elementary School

New Principal Named for Talbott Elementary School

Talbott Elementary School will have a new principal when classes start in August. With the transfer of former principal Amy Sharp to Coordinator of Instructional Technology and PDC, the Department of Education had an opening for a new leader of the Wildcats. According to the Director of Human Resources for Jefferson County School, Carol Baker, [...]

Personnel Committee Begins Search for Veteran Services Officer

Personnel Committee Begins Search for Veteran Services Officer

The Jefferson County Personnel Committee met last week, with the major item on the agenda being the recommendation of a replacement for former Veteran’s Services Officer Matt Underwood. Three of the five committee members were present: Chairman Russel Turner, Bob Beeler, and Rob Blevins. Chairman Turner, a retired veteran of military service, noted that, due [...]

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 [...]

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