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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 [...]

Carson-Newman Taps Scott Faulkenberry To Lead Its Advancement Division

Carson-Newman Taps Scott Faulkenberry To Lead Its Advancement Division

Faulkenberry joins C-N as Advancement Chief Carson-Newman President Randall O’Brien has selected Scott Faulkenberry to serve as vice president for Advancement, and thereby oversee the University’s expansion of friends, funds and donor base. He comes to Carson-Newman from Jefferson County’s Economic Development Alliance (EDA), where he served as executive director. Faulkenberry will lead the development [...]

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri Responds To Budget Chair Comments Regarding Recent VETO

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri Responds To Budget Chair Comments Regarding Recent VETO

In a release by the Jefferson County, Tennessee Mayor’s Office, July 11, 2017, Mayor Alan Palmieri states: “Concerning Commissioner Scarlett’s statements regarding my Budget Veto. I believe Mr. Scarlett has the best of intentions although I differ from his approach and positions on a great many of his standings. Without going over each point again [...]

Scarlett Answers Mayor Veto

Scarlett Answers Mayor Veto

Jefferson County Commission Budget Committee Chairman John Neal Scarlett recently addressed the points made by Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri in his veto of the fiscal year 2017/18 budget, which was approved June 29,2017 by the full body of the Jefferson County Commission. In his veto, Mayor Palmieri raised questions regarding funding decisions that were a [...]

Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri Vetoes Budget

Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri Vetoes Budget

Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri Vetoes the budget recently passed by the Jefferson County, Tennessee Board Of Commissioners, stating the following reasons: As provided in TCA 5-6-107 Powers and duties – Action on legislation: I am vetoing Resolution 2017-38 for the following reasons. Resolution 2017-38 is in direct conflict with Resolution 2007-46 and the adopted [...]

Budget Passes As Recommended With No Property Tax Increase

Budget Passes As Recommended With No Property Tax Increase

Fiscal year 2016/17 will close on July 1st and the new fiscal year will begin, thanks to the passage of the 2017/18 budget that came as a recommendation from the Jefferson County Budget Committee to the full Commission body at Thursday evening’s County Commission voting meeting. Despite a budget season that contained what began as [...]

School Board Moves Forward with Appeal and Funding for JCHS Baseball Stadium

School Board Moves Forward with Appeal and Funding for JCHS Baseball Stadium

Despite an unfavorable ruling regarding an ongoing lawsuit concerning the collapse of the roof at Jefferson County High School’s Building 8 and the associated costs to upgrade construction standards to meet current guidelines, the Jefferson County School Board unanimously decided to appeal the court’s decision. While a “ordinance of law of coverage” assertion has been [...]

County Commission Works Toward End of Fiscal Year

County Commission Works Toward End of Fiscal Year

Jefferson County Commissioners will meet later this week to deal with end of year housekeeping and address the fiscal year 2017/18 budget proposal. Last week they met in a work session that followed three public hearings. Of the three hearings, only one had any public input, which was a rezoning request from A-1 to C-2 [...]

State 2017 IMPROVE Act Increases Vehicle Registration Fees To Fund Road And Bridge Projects

State 2017 IMPROVE Act Increases Vehicle Registration Fees To Fund Road And Bridge Projects

The 2017 IMPROVE Act was signed into law funding 1,000 road and bridge projects across Tennessee’s 95 counties. In order to fund the improvements one portion of the plan calls for an increase in certain vehicle registration fees. 100% of the increase goes to the state highway fund. The IMPROVE Act also reduced various taxes in other areas of [...]

Changes in Store for Jefferson County Schools

Changes in Store for Jefferson County Schools

Jefferson County students will note several administration changes when they return to school following summer break. Director of Jefferson County Schools Edmonds informed the Jefferson County School Board during their Thursday evening meeting that he has already sent out employment letters to building level administration in anticipation of the state mandated June 15th hire date [...]

E.ON Climate and Renewables North America Chooses New Market for Next Project

E.ON Climate and Renewables North America Chooses New Market for Next Project

The Economic Development Alliance, Jefferson County (EDA) and E.ON Climate and Renewables North America (E.ON) are happy to announce that E.ON has chosen the New Market community in Jefferson County as the site for its next major U.S. solar project. The company has leased +/- 200 acres from a private land owner and has entered [...]

Town Of Dandridge Votes To Continue Fire Coverage

Town Of Dandridge Votes To Continue Fire Coverage

The Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department will continue to service areas outside the city limits of Dandridge. Recently, the issue of fire service has become a hot topic in Jefferson County with the local municipalities of Dandridge and White Pine requesting additional funding to service the areas outside of their city limits and service to those [...]

Proposed Property Tax Allocation for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year

Proposed Property Tax Allocation for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year

The Jefferson County Budget Committee will end the fiscal year 2017/18 budget season later this month when they present a balanced budget to the Jefferson County Commission for approval. The budget document will not include a tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year and will see the property tax rate stay at the current rate [...]

County Commission Overrides Veto

County Commission Overrides Veto

The full body of the Jefferson County Commission held a called meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Commission Chairman Carmichael called the meeting to order, and all members of the body were present. Commissioner David Seal offered the first motion of the evening, moving to override the Mayoral Veto [...]

Budget Committee Recommends No Increase To Property Tax Budget

Budget Committee Recommends No Increase To Property Tax Budget

Monday evening, May 22, 2017 marked the final meeting of budget preparation before the budget proposal for the fiscal year 2017/18 goes before the full Commission body for confirmation. The Budget Committee will present a budget document that show no tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year, despite deep cuts in the Department of Education [...]