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Special Called School Board Meeting

Special Called School Board Meeting

The Jefferson County School Board met in a Called Meeting and Workshop on Thursday evening, February 14, 2013. After a Call to Order from Chairman of the Board Potts, Mt. Horeb Principal Sandra Austin presented a list of requested items for purchase from the remaining funds from the QCSB account (building bonds). Money from the [...]

Vehicle Owner Still Being Sought After Wednesday Night Fire

Vehicle Owner Still Being Sought After Wednesday Night Fire

New Market Volunteer Fire Department responded to an automobile fire call on Wednesday night on John Barber Road in Strawberry Plains.  The vehicle was totally lost to flames.  According to Captain Sammy Solomon, early determination of ownership was impossible due to the vin number and plates being totally destroyed at the time of this article. [...]

Chamber Chairman Resigns

Chamber Chairman Resigns

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, David Haston, has resigned his board position with the Chamber. Don Cason, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Director, confirmed that Haston exited his position on Monday, just a few short weeks after assuming the position at the helm of the Board. Cason did not indicate the [...]

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen, February 12, 2013

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen, February 12, 2013

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen met on Tuesday evening for discussion and action on several items of general housekeeping including adjustments in the personnel handbook regarding inclement weather policy, bookkeeping adjustments for the previous fiscal year and adding a Municipal Tax Levy of $13.25 to cases involving judicial action in the Town’s Municipal Court. [...]

First Group Of Property Owners Commits To Options

Property owners representing 400 acres of the proposed megasite in Jefferson County have signed options with real estate representatives of the Jefferson County Economic Development Oversight Committee (EDOC), it was announced February 11th, 2013. Since the Jan. 9 announcement of the megasite proposal, Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate has been communicating with property owners about [...]

COMMISSION GIVES MEGASITE GO-AHEAD

COMMISSION GIVES MEGASITE GO-AHEAD

The Jefferson County Commission held a Special Called Meeting on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners Maples and Dockery. Commissioner Barreiro made a Motion to set aside the rules and allow the Attorney for property [...]

Alan Palmieri’s Jefferson County Mayoral Address

Alan Palmieri’s Jefferson County Mayoral Address

Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri addressed questions about issues that are currently impacting JeffersonCounty, in his second Jefferson County Post address. The Post regularly receives questions from readers, which the editor compiled and presented to Mayor Palmieri directly before the interview. The Mayor addressed the issue of the Megasite, including his position on the upcoming [...]

Reminder for foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States

Reminder for foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States

Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director James Giffin, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security [...]

SOFAH Stresses Funding Of Megasite Is Consciously Wasting Taxpayer Money.

SOFAH Stresses Funding Of Megasite Is Consciously Wasting Taxpayer Money.

Save Our Farms and Homes, the citizen group opposed to the site of the proposed Megasite, held their last organizational meeting on Saturday afternoon in preparation of Monday night’s meeting of the Jefferson County Commission. The Jefferson County Budget Committee approved funding the initial $442,000 request of the EDOC last week, though the voting margin [...]

Multiple Jefferson County Fire Crews Battle Friday Evening Blaze

Multiple Jefferson County Fire Crews Battle Friday Evening Blaze

Jefferson County Fire Departments and other First Responders spent Friday evening battling a large blaze on the Chestnut Hill side of the Green Bridge in Dandridge. The house fire, which broke out around 7 pm on Friday, was challenging due to the location of the home. All Jefferson County Fire Departments were on hand in [...]

Crowther New Director of Jefferson County E911

Crowther New Director of Jefferson County E911

The Jefferson County E-911 Board held a meeting on Wednesday, February 7, 2013 in which they accepted the resignation of E-911 Director Marcus Reed. During the meeting Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri presented the resignation letter to the Board and expressed his gratitude for the more than seven years of service that Reed has spent at [...]

Budget Committee Votes for 2% Full Time County Employee Raises for 2013-2014

Budget Committee Votes for 2% Full Time County Employee Raises for 2013-2014

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Griffith. Absent from Roll Call were Committee Members Blevins, Dockery and Baxley.  Upon a Motion from Committee Member Akard and 2nd from Committee Member Maples the Minutes were Approved. [...]

Facilities Committee Tours New Patriot Academy

Facilities Committee Tours New Patriot Academy

The Jefferson County Facilities Committee, government officials and interested citizens toured the partially constructed Patriot Academy on Monday, February 4, 2013. Jefferson County Schools Director of School Facilities and Business Affairs Phagan served as guide for the group. Though the Patriot Academy is expected to be completed by late spring, due to the time left [...]

A Rare View At TVA Douglas Dam

A Rare View At TVA Douglas Dam

The Tennessee Valley Authority River Forecast Center has stepped up their normal generation schedule and is allowing Douglas Dam to spill until further notice. A River Forecast Center Representative stated Monday evening that the continual spillage was an effort to pull lake levels down to winter levels. Currently, Douglas is only 5 to 6 ft [...]

New Developments For Dandridge

New Developments For Dandridge

Property adjacent to the multi million dollar Field of Dreams and Activity Center complex in Dandridge is slotted to be the site of a proposed low and fixed income apartment development. The Woda Group of Ohio has purchased options on R-3 zoned property with the intent of constructing tax credit housing. Section 42 housing (referring [...]

Merit Pay, Higher Education and Growth

Merit Pay, Higher Education and Growth

The proposed Jefferson County Megasite, combined with Governor Haslam’s Education Initiatives that he rolled out at last week’s State of the State address, have the potential to impact teachers, students and taxpayers in Jefferson County. Director of Jefferson County School, Dr. Charles Edmonds, addressed some of those concerns this week. State of Tennessee employees are [...]