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Sub Committee Appointed for Body Farm and Cadaver Research Study Site

Sub Committee Appointed for Body Farm and Cadaver Research Study Site

The Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman Reneau. Absent from Roll Call was Board Member Batson. Following Approval of the Minutes, Director of Zoning Compliance Tim Seals brought for administrative review and determination of district [...]

Economic Impact Study Shows East Tennessee Regional Megasite

  Once certified, the East Tennessee Regional Megasite in Jefferson County has the potential to produce more than 4,900 jobs and more than $2.7 billion in economic impact annually, a study by a firm that specializes in economic impact studies shows. The study by Younger Associates said that more than 7,000 jobs would be created [...]

Budget Committee Approves $442K

Budget Committee Approves $442K

The Jefferson County Budget Committee held a Called Meeting on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Griffith. A full committee was present, with Commissioner Musick in for Committee Member Baxley and Commissioner Barreiro in for Committee Member Blevins, along with Commissioners Dockery, Carmichael, Cureton, [...]

Interview with County Mayor Alan Palmieri

Interview with County Mayor Alan Palmieri

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri recently discussed some of the challenges, misconceptions and benefits that he sees as associated with the proposed Jefferson County Megasite. The Mayor was one of the officials that introduced the project to the County, State and Media on January 9, 2013, though the concept of a large industrial development dates back [...]

Landowners Amass to Battle Megasite

Landowners Amass to Battle Megasite

Property owners and citizens with concerns regarding the proposed Megasite that is slotted to be located on 1860 acres in the Valley Home Road area of the I-40 and I-81 split met on Saturday morning to discuss the project. Around 100 people participated in the organizational meeting of Save Our Farms and Homes, a ground [...]

Myths and Facts About Proposed Megasite

Myths and Facts About Proposed Megasite

The proposed Jefferson County Megasite has brought many questions regarding the particulars of the site. Interest in the project and multiple sources of information has left some residents trying to delve through the mass of conflicting answers. The Post has received several questions regarding the site and requests for accurate information. We consulted multiple sources [...]

Ice Covered Start

Ice Covered Start

Jefferson County residents awoke on Friday morning to a glaze of ice covering the area. Icy streets limited road travel, as freezing rain moved into the area before daybreak. Temperatures did not recover as quickly as expected and, as a second bout of precipitation moved across the Cumberland Plateau and headed for East Tennessee, forecasters [...]

School Board Meets

School Board Meets

The Jefferson County School Board held their Regular Monthly Voting Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Board Potts. All members of the Board were present. Director of Jefferson County School Edmonds recognized Supervisor Mandy Schneitman for [...]

Early Wednesday Fire in New Market

Early Wednesday Fire in New Market

Fire fighters responded early Wednesday morning to a barn fire on Nances Ferry Road.  New Market Fire Rescue received the call around 5:22 am and the first engine arrived on the scene by 5:29 am.  The  barn, owned by Alan and Jean Willard, contained several bales of hay and lumber.  A total of 18 men, [...]

Commission Votes On County Issues

Commission Votes On County Issues

The Jefferson County Commission met in their Regular Monthly Voting Session on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners Maples, Patterson, Baxley and Barreiro. The Chairman recognized the Jefferson County High School Youth Leadership Class, who [...]

Lending A Helping Hand

Lending A Helping Hand

The Dandridge Fire Department offered their services to residents on Dumplin Valley Road whose property has been under 30 inches of water for several days, Anthony Well’s home has been sitting in a small pond of water after last week’s heavy rains. The Fire Department offered assistance in pumping vast amounts of water and spraying [...]

Citizens March To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Citizens March To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jefferson County residents came together on Monday to celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. King has long been identified as the driving force behind the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s. A highly educated man, King is considered a visionary and his speech “I Have a Dream” became [...]

Jefferson County Budget Committee

Jefferson County Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Committee Chairman Griffith. All Committee Members were present for Roll Call.  Upon a Motion from Committee Member Akard and 2nd from Committee Member Baxley the Committee Approved the Minutes of the [...]

East Tennessee Megasite Meeting

East Tennessee Megasite Meeting

A large group of Jefferson County residents gathered at the Expo Center in White Pine last week with the intent of gathering information on the recently proposed manufacturing Megasite. According to the Public Relations Firm Moxley Carmichael of Knoxville, residents in the footprint of the proposed site were invited to attend the open house, though [...]

Same District – Different Perspective

Same District – Different Perspective

Interview with Jimmy Carmichael, County Commissioner District #9 The proposed Megasite that is slotted for the Valley Home/ Talbott Kansas Road area of the County will have a major impact on residents of District 9. County Commissioner for District 9, Jimmy Carmichael, has been open regarding his view of the Megasite and what will become [...]

Wide Spread Flooding

Wide Spread Flooding

Days of unrelenting rain took its toll on Jefferson County last week, leaving many residents dealing with the fallout from extensive flooding. Around 8 inches of rain fell locally in the span of a four and ½ day period, that left many homeowners dealing with floods in their homes and on their property. Creeks flooded [...]