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Industrial Development Board Meets, Gives Projected Total Cost of White Pine Commerce Park Project

Industrial Development Board Meets, Gives Projected Total Cost of White Pine Commerce Park Project

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Board met Friday, February 27, 2017, and was joined by a number of citizens. The meeting opened with comments and questions by citizens. The primary concerns of citizens revolved around the tax abatement of Nyrstar. In response, Chairman Masters stated that Nyrstar’s tax abatement was completely finished as of January [...]

First Full Day of School is August 8, 2017

First Full Day of School is August 8, 2017

The first day of school for Jefferson County students will be on August 8, 2017, though teachers will report for their first full day of school on August 1, 2017. Calendar School Year 2017-2018 dates were solidified on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Regular Meeting of the Jefferson County School Board. Other items of [...]

Employee Raises get the Nod – Non Profits Put on Hold

Employee Raises get the Nod – Non Profits Put on Hold

The Jefferson County Budget Committee will not be starting this budget season in the hole, as it has in the past few budget cycles, according to information provided by Jefferson County Finance Director Potts. During last week’s first budget meeting to address the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget, Director Potts stated that the committee should not [...]

County Sales Tax Slump – Fluke Or Trend?

County Sales Tax Slump – Fluke Or Trend?

Sales tax is one very important component of the budgeting process for Jefferson County. Healthy sales tax revenue converts to pennies on the property tax, as the funds generated from sales tax for both cities and the County are split with the Department of Education and go toward the County’s mandatory financial commitment or maintenance [...]

Jefferson County School Bus Accident

Jefferson County School Bus Accident

According to information provided by the Jefferson County Department of Education, School Bus 98 went off of the shoulder of the road and wrecked. Bus 98 had just delivered children to Talbott Elementary School and it was in route to the Patriot Academy and Jefferson County High School when the wreck occurred. Approximately 31 children [...]

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Carmichael Talks Budget, Priorities and Making Ends Meet

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Carmichael Talks Budget, Priorities and Making Ends Meet

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Jim Carmichael sat down with the Jefferson County Post for a brief interview about hot topics of interest in Jefferson County. JCP-Budget season is about to get underway in Jefferson County. This year you sit on the Budget Committee as well as Chairing the County Commission. What do you think the [...]

She Said, He Said: College Safe Spaces

She Said, He Said: College Safe Spaces

The following is the second entry in “She Said, He Said,” a new series of articles seeking to compare and contrast the various views, political, social or otherwise, of Millennials in today’s world. Elizabeth Lane is a 2016 Carson-Newman University graduate with a BA in Creative Writing, and has worked at the Jefferson County Post [...]

5-in-5: Landfill Director David Gaut

5-in-5: Landfill Director David Gaut

The Jefferson County Post recently sat down with Landfill Director David Gaut and conducted a 5-in-5 interview. With the taking over of your position, do you have a vision for what you want to do for the organization? Gaut: My vision is taking what has already been started with the trash and recycling programs and [...]

School Calendar, Admission Fees and Questions About White Pine Funding high points of Called School Board Meeting

School Calendar, Admission Fees and Questions About White Pine Funding high points of Called School Board Meeting

Jefferson County School Board met for a Called Meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Patriot Academy. As Board Members worked their way through a thin agenda, it was the first look at the proposed 2017-18 School Calendar that drew the most comments. Chairman of the Board Vines expressed his concern with a July [...]

Mild Winter Could Give Bassmaster Elite Series Anglers Multiple Options at Cherokee

Mild Winter Could Give Bassmaster Elite Series Anglers Multiple Options at Cherokee

When B.A.S.S. announced it would be holding its first Bassmaster Elite Series event of the 2017 season on Cherokee Lake in the mountains of eastern Tennessee in February, some anglers wondered if they might need ice suits and heaters on the front decks of their boats just to stay focused on fishing. But Brandon Card, [...]

Jefferson County Department Of Education Relies on PCS to Improve Network Capabilities and Meet Technology Mandates

Jefferson County Department Of Education Relies on PCS to Improve Network Capabilities and Meet Technology Mandates

It’s no secret that education at all levels is changing at a rapid pace, with new technology entering the classroom at rapid pace, helping to foster student growth and create additional learning opportunities. To keep pace with these changes, IT departments recognize that they must effectively and proactively manage their network to support the latest [...]

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 [...]