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School Board To Address Insurance On Fair Property

School Board To Address Insurance On Fair Property

The Jefferson County School Board met for a Work Session and voting meeting on Thursday evening at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Absent from the meeting was Board Member Bradley. Several interest groups from various schools were recognized at the beginning of the voting meeting. Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts was on hand to present […]

Heating Woes Leaves Students Shivering

Heating Woes Leaves Students Shivering

The return of frigid temperatures to the area has brought more than inconvenience to students and staff at the Patriot Academy. For several days, they have struggled with working in a space that has ranged from uncomfortable to cold due to heating issues at the Patriot Academy. With multiple classrooms without heat, administrators have moved […]

By the Numbers: JCHS Report Card Shows Improvement Needed in Academic Achievement and School Climate

By the Numbers: JCHS Report Card Shows Improvement Needed in Academic Achievement and School Climate

Just prior to Christmas Break, the Tn Department of Education rolled out its’ 2017/2018 District/School Report Card complete with a new, easier to read system of scoring schools and districts. The new report card follows much the same system as student report cards. The various areas of scoring are done on a scale of 0-4 […]

State Rep. Jeremy Faison Urges A New Approach To Criminal Justice Reform: Restorative Justice

State Rep. Jeremy Faison Urges A New Approach To Criminal Justice Reform: Restorative Justice

“Buzz Words” are thrown around during campaign season by passionate politicians to emphasize their platform and to bolster support. Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) is one of these “buzz words.” From conservative groups such as the Beacon Center to liberal groups such as the ACLU, public support for CJR is on the rise. President Trump, Nancy […]

Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

During the partial shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Roads and trails that are seasonally open will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. The park […]

2019-2020 Jefferson County Schools Calendar – Includes Full Week Of Fall Break

2019-2020 Jefferson County Schools Calendar – Includes Full Week Of Fall Break

Body Of Missing Fisherman Recovered From Douglas Lake

Body Of Missing Fisherman Recovered From Douglas Lake

The body of a missing fisherman has been recovered from Douglas Lake at Dandridge Access Area in Jefferson Co. TWRA received a call at approximately 1:30 Thursday, December 13, 2018 that a boat was adrift and a fisherman was missing near the boat ramp.  Indications were that the victim was either launching or retrieving his boat […]

Holiday Decorations Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Holiday Decorations Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Twinkly lights, candles, holiday trees and plants, ornaments and other decorations are an important part of holiday celebrations. Besides being festive and fun, the decorations your family brings out every year can help children feel connected to family traditions. To help make sure your decorations are safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers some tips: […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Courts Weighing Eighth Amendment

Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Courts Weighing Eighth Amendment

Most Americans find it difficult to believe that private property can be seized by law enforcement officials with little process of law and no criminal conviction. Increasingly, business owners, individual citizens, and corporations are learning about civil asset forfeiture, a process in which a relatively low standard of proof is required for a property seizure. […]

JCHS To See Upgrades To Athletic Facilities: DOE, School Board & County Commission Strive For Gender Equity In Sports Programs

JCHS To See Upgrades To Athletic Facilities: DOE, School Board & County Commission Strive For Gender Equity In Sports Programs

Jefferson County High School will soon see upgrades to their athletic facilities thanks to recent action taken by the School Board and the approval of funding from the Jefferson County Commission. For several months, the Jefferson County Department of Education and the Jefferson County School Board have searched for a means to provide equity in […]

Amazon To Dominate Cyber Monday – Support the Smokies while you shop with Amazon Smile

Amazon To Dominate Cyber Monday – Support the Smokies while you shop with Amazon Smile

Amazon is predicted to dominate Cyber Monday sales today. As a corporate partner of Great Smoky Mountains Association, Amazon will donate a portion of your online purchases to GSMA when you start shopping on Amazon.com using this LINK.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the touted by most Americans as their second favorite holiday, following only Christmas. One native bird that might feel differently is the turkey. Though it missed its chance to be the National Bird, losing out to the Bald Eagle, it has found infamy in the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Interestingly, as American consumption of […]

Local Election Results Are In

Local Election Results Are In

Jefferson County residents came out in mass during the Governor’s election cycle to make their voices heard voting north of 16,000 in combined voting total. While the bulk of votes were cast during early voting, in excess of six thousand voted Election Day. Strongly contested races on the state and national level drove the unexpected […]

Tennessee State Parks Host Free Hikes the Day After Thanksgiving

Tennessee State Parks Host Free Hikes the Day After Thanksgiving

Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 state parks the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. “Tennessee’s state parks are once again offering the opportunity to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving to engage in healthy, fun activities,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “It’s […]

TDCI Shares Consumer Tips for Recovering from Severe Weather Damage

TDCI Shares Consumer Tips for Recovering from Severe Weather Damage

Severe weather made its way across the Volunteer State late Monday afternoon and evening and into early Tuesday morning leaving a trail of damage in its wake. As those affected by last night’s storms begin recovery, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is reminding consumers of tips to aid them as they move […]

Take Advantage of Free Support to Quit Smoking during Great American Smokeout

Take Advantage of Free Support to Quit Smoking during Great American Smokeout

Support can make all the difference for those trying to quit smoking, and Tennesseans trying to move toward a life without tobacco products are not alone. The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine, 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers free assistance, resources and counseling to help smokers transition to a smoke-free life. The Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans who want to quit smoking […]