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Dwight Mitchel Bell Arrested By Dandridge Police Department – Fugitive From Justice and Person Of Interest In Murder and Rape Of Somerset, KY Woman

Dwight Mitchel Bell Arrested By Dandridge Police Department – Fugitive From Justice and Person Of Interest In Murder and Rape Of Somerset, KY Woman

Dwight Mitchel Bell was arrested in Dandridge today and charged as a fugitive from justice. He is also a person of interest in the murder and rape of 70 year old Carolyn New of Somerset, Kentucky, theft of her vehicle and a separate incident of strangulation in Henry County, Indiana. New was found dead in [...]

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri Starts 12th Year in Office

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri Starts 12th Year in Office

September marks a month of change in weather, seasons, and government, as it is the month that local county elected officials are sworn into office. This month marks the twelfth year of service as the Mayor of Jefferson County for Mayor Alan Palmieri. A veteran of Jefferson County politics, Palmieri is entering his final year [...]

Rate Increase Could Be On Tap For Dandridge Water Customers

Rate Increase Could Be On Tap For Dandridge Water Customers

Town of Dandridge elected officials are considering a recommendation from Town and Water Department Administration to increase both water and sewer costs for residential, commercial and industrial customers inside and outside the city limits of Dandridge. The recommendation to increase water 10% and sewer 15% for all Dandridge Water customers came during the work session [...]

Bassmaster Northern Open On Douglas Lake Draws 250 Anglers From 29 States In Early Count

Bassmaster Northern Open On Douglas Lake Draws 250 Anglers From 29 States In Early Count

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — Dropping water levels will make it difficult to pattern Douglas Lake bass in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open season finale. “The lake is actually still high for this time of year,” Bassmaster Elite Series pro David Mullins said of his home waters. Mullins notes the lake has already started its [...]

Faulkenberry Elected as Chairman of Jefferson County Industrial Development Board

Faulkenberry Elected as Chairman of Jefferson County Industrial Development Board

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Board met Friday for the first time since February, joined by guests Darrell Helton, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and Russell Turner of the County Commission. This meeting would also be the first to include two new members: Scott Faulkenberry, exiting Director of the Jefferson County Economic Development Agency, [...]

Mountain View Youth Development Center Update

Mountain View Youth Development Center Update

DAVID SEAL JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 9 MOUNTAIN VIEW YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER UPDATE History Concerns about Mountain View were expressed earlier this year after the Department of Children’s Services announced plans to restructure the program in that facility. Those concerns focused on details of security changes, planned operation of the facility by a private contractor, [...]

Jefferson Health Care Foundation Fund Announces Grant Opportunities To Benefit Health And Well-being Of Jefferson County Residents

Applications for grants from the Jefferson Health Care Foundation Fund (the Fund) of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) will be available August 10, 2017. Applicant organizations located within or outside Jefferson County whose programs directly benefit the health and well-being of Jefferson County residents are encouraged to apply. Grant information is available online at www.easttennesseefoundation.org. Eligible [...]

TVA Begins Drawdown Schedule

TVA Begins Drawdown Schedule

It’s the end of summer, and with it comes seeing many of our favorite hang outs transform back into their usual selves. For many lake dwellers around the area, TVA’s annual summer drawdown might be a bit of a summer let down. The lake drawdown operations of TVA are a part of their regular seasonal [...]

Jefferson County Clerk Installs Kiosk in White Pine

Jefferson County Clerk Installs Kiosk in White Pine

Frank C. Herndon, Jefferson County Clerk, is pleased to announce a second self-service kiosk is now available to renew automobile registrations for Jefferson County residents. The new kiosk is located in the foyer of the White Pine Police Department at 1548 Main Street in White Pine and is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days [...]

Still a Little Batty at the Hornets’ Nest

Still a Little Batty at the Hornets’ Nest

When the school year ended last spring, there were still questions as to what would happen with the bat situation that had plagued Maury Middle School last year. It was the intent of the Director of Schools Facilities and Business Affairs, Michael Phagan, to bring a conclusion to the bat problem, which had found infestation [...]

Jefferson Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

Jefferson Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

A Jefferson County woman eluded police for four and a half years, but now she’s been arrested in Sevier County in connection with TennCare fraud. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of sheriff’s offices in Sevier and Jefferson counties, today announced the arrest of Brittany N. Gottschalk, 24, of Dandridge. She was indicted by a Sevier County [...]

Soccer Approved as a Jefferson County Middle School Sport

Soccer Approved as a Jefferson County Middle School Sport

For the first time in the history of Jefferson County School Sports, soccer will be coming to local middle schools. The intent is to have enough teams to represent the local middle schools, though the teams will technically be club sports, rather than school sanctioned teams. Much like cross country or middle school softball, the [...]

TNReady High School Scores Improve Across All Subjects In Second Year Of New Assessment

TNReady High School Scores Improve Across All Subjects In Second Year Of New Assessment

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that Tennessee high school students improved across all subject areas – English, math, science, and U.S. history – on the 2016-17 TNReady end-of-course exams. Thousands of additional students are meeting course expectations compared to last year, and the state reduced the percentage of students scoring at the lowest achievement [...]

School Board Adds New Bus Route

School Board Adds New Bus Route

A new bus route will be added to the Chestnut Hill area to address student ride times that are beyond the state mandate. Director of Jefferson County Schools Charles Edmonds and Transportation Supervisor Sherry Dotson brought a recommendation before the School Board to add a bus route that would be alleviate a more than 90 [...]

Jefferson County Schools Close for Solar Eclipse

Jefferson County Schools Close for Solar Eclipse

Jefferson County Schools will be closed on August 21, 2017. The closure is not denoted on the current school calendar and was added during Thursday’s School Board meeting. Jefferson County School’s Director, Charles Edmonds, expressed concern to the Board regarding the safety of the students during the solar eclipse event that will be taking place [...]

School Board Acts to Fund Phase II of White Pine School Project

School Board Acts to Fund Phase II of White Pine School Project

The Jefferson County School Board approved funding late last week that would allow for the completion of Phase II at White Pine School. School Board Member Cox, who represents the White Pine district, brought two motions during Thursday’s meeting to secure funding to complete the renovation and addition project at White Pine School. Previously, the [...]