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Redistricting

Redistricting

In the most recent election, Jefferson County elected two Representatives to the State House. The redistricting process divided Jefferson County into Districts 11 and 17, sharing representation with Cocke and Greene Counties in District 11 and Sevier County in District 17. Jeremy Faison will represent Jefferson County in District 11. Faison is an incumbent and [...]

Dr. Bob and Dr. Terry Douglass to deliver Carson-Newman’s fall commencement addresses

Dr. Robert Overholt, known across much of Tennessee as “Dr. Bob,” will deliver Carson-Newman College’s fall commencement address to undergraduates at 2 p.m. Friday, December 14, in Holt Field House. Dr. Terry Douglass will address those receiving graduate degrees at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, at Jefferson City’s First Baptist Church. “We are certainly [...]

Portable Classrooms To Remain At JCHS, Jefferson Academy, and White Pine School

The Jefferson County School System is in the process of removing portables from some local schools. The relocation of some of the units has been the source of questions in the County. Director of School Facilities and Business Affairs, Michael Phagan, provided information regarding the relocation of County owned units to replace leased units at [...]

EMS / EMA / E911 Receives Patriotic Addition

EMS / EMA / E911 Receives Patriotic Addition

The new Jefferson County Emergency Combination Building received a new Patriotic addition last week, thanks to the generous contribution from Modern Woodmen of America. Two local Modern Woodmen of America chapters joined together to provide a flag pole for the new facility. The 30 ft tall aluminum flag pole is adorned with a 15 inch [...]

Work To Begin In Jefferson County Schools

Work To Begin In Jefferson County Schools

Some Jefferson County Schools are slotted for work, as the Director of Transportation, Maintenance and Capitol Projects Phagan procured funding for several projects that had been postponed. Funding for the planned expenditures rolled into the School system fund balance at the end of the last fiscal year, which ended in June of 2012. Director of [...]

Jefferson County Commission

Jefferson County Commission

The Jefferson County Commission held their Regular Monthly Meeting on November 19, 2012 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. The Chairman announced the cancellation of the November 29, 2012 Facilities and Public Service Committee meeting. Commissioner Estes made a Motion to Suspend the Rules to [...]

Earthquake Shakes Local Region

Earthquake Shakes Local Region

Some Jefferson County residents slept thought the earthquake, while others were awoken by the thunderous noise. The earthquake, which struck on Saturday morning November 24th, had an epicenter was five miles from Sevierville. The quake registered a 3.0 magnitude and provided an early wake up call as it arrived at 6:03 a.m. A second quake [...]

Christmas Season Officially Arrives For Jefferson County

Christmas Season Officially Arrives For Jefferson County

WELCOME TO CYBER MONDAY The holiday shopping season has arrived with full force and the online retailers may be the biggest winners in the push for consumers. With online shopping growing in popularity, Cyber Monday has become a much anticipated shopping day for online consumers. A contrived day designed for online shopping, Cyber Monday was [...]

JEFFERSON COUNTY BUDGET COMMITTEE

JEFFERSON COUNTY BUDGET COMMITTEE

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Griffith. Absent from Roll Call was Commissioner Blevins. Upon a Motion from Committee Member Carmichael and 2nd from Committee Member Akard, the Committee Approved the Minutes of the September [...]

Dandridge Gets Ready For Christmas Kickoff

Dandridge Gets Ready For Christmas Kickoff

It takes a lot of time and preparation to dress a Town for the holidays and volunteers were hard at work last week preparing for the decoration of the Town of Dandridge. A group of dedicated individuals met throughout last week to begin the removal of Fall decorations and start the process of Christmas decorating. [...]

Facilities Committee Elect New Officers

The Jefferson County Facilities Committee held the regular scheduled meeting prior to the County Commission work session on Friday, November 13, 2012 at 6:00pm in the Jefferson County Historic Courthouse in Dandridge. Present were commissioners Dockery, Carmichael, Griffith and Turner. Tabor was not present at the meeting. The agenda consisted of one main item of [...]

Public Service Committee

Public Service Committee

The Jefferson County Public Service Committee met on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The meeting was for organizational purposes, following the seating of new Committee Members. Committee Member Turner, who requested the meeting, Called the Meeting to Order. Present were Committee Members Turner, Dockery, Carmichael and Barreiro. Absent was Committee [...]

Jefferson County Commission Work Session

Jefferson County Commission Work Session

The Jefferson County Commission held their Regular Monthly Work Session on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Commissioner Tucker stated that the Approval of the Minutes slotted for vote at the next meeting are dated one year back. Tucker asked that [...]

Dandridge Pursues Funding Options for Swannsylvania Fire Substation

Dandridge Pursues Funding Options for Swannsylvania Fire Substation

The Swannslyvania community, which is a part of the Greater Dandridge Area, recently requested funding for a Fire Department Substation via the Dandridge Fire Department. The request for substation funding, at a level of $25,000 per year, was voted down by the Jefferson County Commission in a split vote. The Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department is [...]

TOSHA Complaint Answered

Jefferson County has met the deadline that was set by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Occupational Safety and Health for Tennessee (TOSHA), regarding a two part complaint filed with their office. The complaint alleged that employees of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department were required to capture and transport vicious animals without [...]

Tennessee Releases Latest Education Data on 2012 Report Card

The 2012 state Report Card—posted on the Tennessee Department of Education website—offers detailed breakdowns of last year’s unprecedented statewide student achievement growth and presents the most recent data on graduation rate, demographics and school-level test scores. This summer, the department released statewide and district-by-district achievement results, and now Tennesseans can view data by grade level, [...]