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What Was the Cost?

What Was the Cost?

Two weeks of hard winter weather have taken a financial toll on some areas of Jefferson County, as municipalities and individual county departments struggle to deal with the costs associated with multiple winter storms. Beyond the impact in the private sector, where many businesses were unable to open their doors or had very little consumer [...]

Schools Could Receive Waiver for Snow Days

Schools Could Receive Waiver for Snow Days

Jefferson County Schools have exhausted their reserve of snow days, according to Jefferson County Director of Schools, Dr. Charles Edmonds. As of Friday, February 27, 2015 students had missed a total of 12 days for inclement weather, mainly due to back to back storms that rocked the area during the last two weeks in February. [...]

Show Your Snow – Reader Submitted Photos

Show Your Snow – Reader Submitted Photos

And Again!

And Again!

After more than a week of freezing temperatures, incapacitating ice and a snow/slush mix, locals awoke Thursday morning to a blanket of fresh snow. Though early predictions were sketchy, the February 25th accumulations exceeded the five inch mark in some areas. While February’s wintry blast last week resulted in several power outages due to downed [...]

Urgent request to AEC members to conserve energy during extreme cold

Urgent request to AEC members to conserve energy during extreme cold

With the coldest temperatures in more than a year expected to reach the Co-op’s service area over the next couple of nights, Appalachian Electric Cooperative is taking steps to ensure a reliable supply of power for everyone. “It’s been a challenging week,” says AEC Member Services Director Mitch Cain. “With the ice storm bringing down [...]

Nearly 1 Billion To Celebrate Ash Wednesday

Nearly 1 Billion To Celebrate Ash Wednesday

On February 18, 2015, many Christians began the 40 day period preceding Easter known as lent. Ash Wednesday will begin the season of Lent, which is expected to be observed by more than one billion people world wide. A day of reflection, many observe Ash Wednesday with services that include placing ash on the forehead [...]

East Tennessee Braces For Near Zero Temperatures

East Tennessee Braces For Near Zero Temperatures

Persistent inclement weather has put a damper on to day to day business across Jefferson County. While County offices reopened on Wednesday, following closure on Monday for President’s Day and Tuesday for unpassable road conditions, many were working on with a skeletal crew. County meetings of the newly formed Building Oversight Committee, as well as [...]

Line Crews Battle Frozen Conditions

Line Crews Battle Frozen Conditions

Ice has proven to be seriously problematic for Appalachian Electric Cooperative crews that have been working around the clock to keep the lights on in Jefferson County homes since the onset of the powerful storm Monday morning, February 16, 2015. Mitch Cain, Director of Member Services for Appalachian Electric, said that the crews have been [...]

Ice Storm Causes Outages And Closings

Ice Storm Causes Outages And Closings

Winter weather conditions have caused problems across Tennessee. In Jefferson County, ice has been the main culprit for slippery roads and downed trees. The local area was doused with sleet, light snow and freezing rain for the better part of 24 hours, beginning on Monday morning, February 16, 2015. Though initially it appeared that the [...]

Dandridge Police Department Installs “Drug Take Back Box”

Dandridge Police Department Installs “Drug Take Back Box”

On Feb 10, 2015 the Dandridge Police Department began utilizing a new strategy to fight the growing prescription pill abuse epidemic in East Tennessee: a “Drug Take Back” program. Citizens are encouraged to bring in excess medications and prescriptions that are no longer needed, or left behind by family members who have passed away, depositing [...]

Rezone? Build? or Both?

Rezone? Build? or Both?

The Jefferson County Board of School Commissioners held their work session on February 12, 2015 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Chairman of the Board Jarnigan called the meeting to order. Absent from Roll Call was Board Member Vines. Sherry Dotson, Jefferson County School Transportation Supervisor, addressed the Board regarding challenges that bus drivers have [...]

Jefferson County Fugitive Arrested For Stabbing Death In Whitesburg

Jefferson County Fugitive Arrested For Stabbing Death In Whitesburg

On February 2, 2015, Officers Sam Cameron and Ethan Shults stopped a blue 350ZX Nissan at the 417 travel center off of Highway 92. The car was driven by Jesse Cole Marriman, 22, of Whitesburg, TN, and Heather Marie Smith, 26, of Morristown, TN. When officers Shults and Cameron questioned the couple, they received consent [...]

Dandridge Board Of Mayor And Aldermen Approve 2015 Events Calendar

Dandridge Board Of Mayor And Aldermen Approve 2015 Events Calendar

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen met on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in the Dandridge Public Works Building. Preceding the voting meeting a Public Hearing was held regarding an application for off premise beer permit for Dollar General Store in Dandridge. No citizens requested to speak at the hearing. A representative of the applicant stated [...]

County Personnel Policies To Be Topic of Discussion

County Personnel Policies To Be Topic of Discussion

Jefferson County’s Personnel Committee met for the first time since 2010 on Monday, February 9, 2015. Current members of the Committee include Commissioners Carmichael, Beeler, Turner, Blevins and Musick(absent). Following the election of Commissioner Turner as Chairman, Blevins as Vice Chairman and Musick as Secretary, the discussion turned to the responsibilities of the Committee. Without [...]

Secretary of State Tre Hargett Presents Jefferson City Library $100,000 Check

Secretary of State Tre Hargett Presents Jefferson City Library $100,000 Check

  Secretary of State Tre Hargett paid more than just a visit to Jefferson City Friday as he delivered a check for $100,000 to the Jefferson City Library currently under construction. City, County, and State officials gathered Friday at City Hall to officially receive the money and voice their support for a strong library facility [...]

Budget Chairman Scarlett Addresses County Debt Issues

Budget Chairman Scarlett Addresses County Debt Issues

Recent actions by the Jefferson County Commission, as well as the fast approaching budget season, have brought serious questions to the forefront regarding the financial situation in Jefferson County. John Neal Scarlett is serving his second stint as Jefferson County Budget Committee Chairman (two years during his previous term) and will be leading the Committee [...]

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