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Nyrstar and Commerce Park Topics of IDB Meeting

Nyrstar and Commerce Park Topics of IDB Meeting

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Board met Friday morning, and were joined by a number of citizens. The meeting opened with comments from the visitors, who came to voice concern regarding the actions of Nyrstar N.V. Multiple citizens commented that Nyrstar had accessed their property without notification, water wells had been impacted, materials had been [...]

Water Discoloration the Topic of Dandridge Town Hall Meeting

Water Discoloration the Topic of Dandridge Town Hall Meeting

The Town of Dandridge hosted a Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, January 29, 2017, to address concerns regarding a water discoloration issue that has plagued water customers since the Town went on line with a new water distributor several months ago. Customers noticed a change in the color of their water after the Town switched [...]

School Board Funds Band Room for White Pine School Project

School Board Funds Band Room for White Pine School Project

The Jefferson County School Board took action in their regular monthly meeting, held on Thursday, January 26, 2017, to use monies already in the capital projects budget for the 2016/2017 School Year to fund the band room renovation at White Pine School. The motion to move the remaining $113,800 that was left of the $200,000 [...]

Jefferson County Schools Facilities Director Phagan Discusses Timelines for Rezoning, Capital Projects, and Renovations

Jefferson County Schools Facilities Director Phagan Discusses Timelines for Rezoning, Capital Projects, and Renovations

With the funding questions regarding the White Pine School Renovation and Addition Project answered, at least for Phase I, Director of Facilities for Jefferson County Schools Michael Phagan is looking at time lines and a possible shift in zoning that could be on the horizon for Jefferson County Department of Education. According to Phagan, contracts [...]

Department of Safety & Homeland Security’s Mobile Driver License Unit to Provide Services at Veterans Affairs Office

Department of Safety & Homeland Security’s Mobile Driver License Unit to Provide Services at Veterans Affairs Office

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s mobile driver license unit will provide driver services at Veterans Affairs Office located at 931 Industrial Park Road in Dandridge.  The unit will be available Thursday, January 19, and will continue to provide services on the second Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The [...]

Faulkenberry Takes Helm of EDA

Faulkenberry Takes Helm of EDA

The Jefferson County Economic Development Alliance, formerly the Economic Develop Oversight Committee or EDOC, has a new name, some new faces and a new location. They also have a more defined mission for the new year. Adele Sensing, a familiar fixture with the organization, is continuing her charge to promote Jefferson County and bring in [...]

Commission Answers White Pine School Funding Question

Commission Answers White Pine School Funding Question

Citizens filled the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday, January 17, 2017, as the Jefferson County Commission met for their Regular Monthly Session. Though several items were presented for action, the funding of the White Pine School Renovation and Addition Project garnered the most input from the pubic. Nine citizens addressed the County Commission regarding the [...]

Humane Society Seeks Funding

Humane Society Seeks Funding

The Jefferson County Humane Society is currently seeking help with its annual budget from the county budget committee. The Human Society sent a letter to the committee outlining the first six months of their fiscal year for 2016/2017. The letter consisted of a resume of the Humane Society’s financial reserves. Jeanne Ringe, President of the [...]

Commerce Park Proposed For White Pine

Commerce Park Proposed For White Pine

Concerned and interested citizens came out on Thursday evening, January 12, 2017, to participate in a public forum regarding a Commerce Park that has been proposed for the White Pine area. The presentation, directed by Jefferson County Industrial Development Board Chairman Larry Masters, took place at White Pine Town Hall. In addition to Masters, representatives [...]

AEC Flips Switch on Green Power

AEC Flips Switch on Green Power

Electricity in Jefferson County just got a little greener. On Thursday, Appalachian Electric Cooperative held a ceremony to “flip the switch” on their new solar farm. The project, located near New Market Elementary School, broke ground August 1, 2016 and can be seen from 11-E. The site is now home to 9,471 panels and should [...]

A Big Buck Amounts to Big Bucks in Restitution in Jefferson County Deer Case

A Big Buck Amounts to Big Bucks in Restitution in Jefferson County Deer Case

Recent legislation that increases financial penalties on those convicted of illegally killing big game has been enforced in a case involving an illegally killed deer in Jefferson Co. this November. On Thanksgiving morning around 8:20 a.m., Clarence Robertson, age 63, from New Market, shot an eleven-point buck from his driveway and across Piedmont Rd. in a [...]

Budget Committee Meets for First Time in New Year

Budget Committee Meets for First Time in New Year

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Monday, January 9, 2017, in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Scarlett. Upon a Motion from Committee Member Seals and 2nd from Committee Member McGraw the Minutes as corrected were approved. One citizen, Jean Ringe representing the Humane Society, appeared [...]

Mineral Rights, White Pine School, and Zoning Dominate County Commission Work Session

Mineral Rights, White Pine School, and Zoning Dominate County Commission Work Session

Citizen concerns were the largest item of business at the Monday evening, January 9, 2017, Jefferson County Commission Work Session. The Historic Jefferson County Courthouse Main Courtroom was filled with residents waiting to share their concerns with the members of the County Commission. Three topics, the Nyrstar mineral rights issue, the White Pine School Renovation [...]

Mayor Alan Palmieri County Address 2016

Mayor Alan Palmieri County Address 2016

A Year in Review: 2016, July-December

A Year in Review: 2016, July-December

This is the second entry in “A Year in Review,” taking a look back at the last half of 2016. The second half of 2016 featured just as much change and diversity as the first. However, in the middle of difficult circumstances people were greeted to the cheer and all around good feelings of the [...]

Holiday Schedule for State and Local Government

Holiday Schedule for State and Local Government

In observance of the upcoming New Year’s Day holiday, Tennessee State and Jefferson County Government offices will be closed for business on Monday, January 2, 2017 and Tuesday, January 3, 2017. They will reopen on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 for regular business hours. The Federal Government will be closed for observance of New Year’s Day [...]