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State Audit Finds Jefferson County $4,894,318 Deficit in Solid Waste Disposal Fund

State Audit Finds Jefferson County $4,894,318 Deficit in Solid Waste Disposal Fund

Jefferson County has recently completed its State Audit and the results of that report have been made public. The Solid Waste Disposal Fund showed a deficit of $4,894,318. in unrestricted net assets and it is a recurring audit finding. According to information in the audit, the Solid Waste Disposal Fund accounts for the County’s Solid [...]

Complaint Filed Against Sheriff’s Dept. for Reusing Disposable Gloves

Complaint Filed Against Sheriff’s Dept. for Reusing Disposable Gloves

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received a complaint filed against the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department regarding hazards at the Department. Specific items listed in the complaint include the lack of Universal Precautions for handling inmates that are soaked in body fluids in regard to latex glove usage. The complaint alleges that gloves [...]

A Welcomed Move For Department Of Ageing

A Welcomed Move For Department Of Ageing

The Director for Jefferson County Department of Ageing, Joan Bolden, is in the process of relocating Jefferson County Senior Services from the basement in the Jefferson City Library Building to the lower level of the Jefferson County Health Department on Industrial Park Drive in Dandridge. Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri and Jefferson County Safety and Facilities [...]

SOFAH Concerned With How Local Government Conducts Business

SOFAH Concerned With How Local Government Conducts Business

The Save Our Farms and Homes group met on Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2013, to discuss the recent developments associated with the proposed Megasite project and the impact they will have on property owners in the footprint of the project. Earlier last week, Jefferson County Economic Development Oversight Committee (EDOC) released a statement saying that [...]

Mega Collapse – Plug Pulled on East TN Regional Megasite Proposal

Mega Collapse – Plug Pulled on East TN Regional Megasite Proposal

The Jefferson County Economic Oversight Committee announced today that it will no longer pursue the proposed Megasite that was to be located in Jefferson County. Presented to the public in early January, the Megasite garnered serious opposition from property owners in the footprint of the project. Initially, the project was touted as having financial support [...]

Nominating Committee Meeting Falls Short of Quorum

Nominating Committee Meeting Falls Short of Quorum

Five members of the Jefferson County Nominating Committee were present for a Called Meeting on April 2, 2013, that was the result of a request by seven Nominating Committee Members following the March 18, 2013 County Commission meeting. Actions surrounding the meeting call and alleged Open Meeting Act violation were the subject of a recent [...]

JCHS to host parent information sessions Thursday evening in conjunction with parent/teacher conferences

JCHS to host parent information sessions Thursday evening in conjunction with parent/teacher conferences

Jefferson County High School will host three separate parent meetings on April 4. Parents of 9th grade students will meet at 5:30 p.m. The session for parents of 10th grade students will begin at 6:30 p.m. The informational meeting for parents of 11th grade students will be held at 7:30 p.m. Topics to be covered [...]

Farm Service Agency Offers Producers a Free Online News Service

Farm Service Agency Offers Producers a Free Online News Service

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, CEO James L Giffin announced that farmers and ranchers in Jefferson, Cocke and Sevier Counties now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important FSA program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information. “FSA is now offering free online communications through our GovDelivery electronic news service,” saidCEO Giffin. [...]

More Open Meeting Act Violation Complaints

More Open Meeting Act Violation Complaints

The Jefferson County Commission may have cause for concern regarding an alleged Open Meeting Act violation following their March 18, 2013 meeting. In a letter addressed to Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mills and Nominating Committee Chairman Tucker, Open Records Counsel for the State of Tennessee, Elisha Hodge, addressed a complaint that had been filed regarding [...]

Town of Dandridge Regional Planning Commission Regular Meeting, March 28, 2013

New Business 1. Stuart Anderson of George Ewart Architects, West Price Road, Medical Facility – 17445 square foot building, on 4 acres with 115 parking spaces to house 12 professionals (doctors).  (Approved) 2. The Point Resort, 1376 Penninsula Lane,  Site Plan Review – RV hookup sites, 30 sites this summer and 30 sites next year, [...]

Jefferson County EDOC March 2013 Meeting

Jefferson County EDOC March 2013 Meeting

Jefferson County Economic Development Oversight Committee (EDOC) released draft minutes from their March meeting held March 18, 2013. Minutes from the meeting have not been presented to the Committee for approval, though Don Cason, Director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and EDOC employee, did review the minutes prior to release. Following the presentation [...]

Jefferson County Planning Commission Approves Body Farm Guidelines

Jefferson County Planning Commission Approves Body Farm Guidelines

The Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals held their meeting prior to the Regular Meeting of the Jefferson County Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The BZA Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Board Reneau. Upon a Motion from Board Member Batson and 2nd from [...]

Two Dandridge Arrests Part of Multi-State Drug Operation

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force, made two arrests on Monday, March 25, 2013. Arthur Jackson “Jack” Scarlett of 525 W. Hwy. 2570, Dandridge, and Lisa Michele Tipton of 1729 Haire Rd., Dandridge, face federal drug charges for conspiracy to distribute and possession of oxycodone. Jefferson County [...]

Vick vs. Jefferson County Board of Education Ordered to Mediation

A hearing was held March 19, 2013 in Hawkins County Circuit Court with the Judge Tom Wright presiding. Judge Wright was assigned the case after Judge Telford Forgety recused himself. Attorney Jonathan Taylor of Taylor and Knight, Knoxville, TN represented JCBOE at the hearing. He requested a summary judgment for the school board arguing that [...]

Hamblen County Driver Services Center Will Close March 28, Relocate to New Facility on April 1

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced today that the Hamblen County Driver Services Center is relocating to a new facility in Morristown. The current driver services center, located at 1901 State St. in Morristown, will permanently close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. The new center, located at 2567 Buffalo Trail, [...]

State Archivists to Visit Morristown and Dandridge in Search of Civil War Memorabilia

State Archivists to Visit Morristown and Dandridge in Search of Civil War Memorabilia

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Morristown on March 26 and Dandridge on March 27 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for a new exhibit. Archivists will be at the Morristown-Hamblen Library in Morristown from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. [...]