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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 [...]



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, [...]

Senator Mike Faulk regarding progress cited in state’s report card on education

“I cannot think of better news for education — and for Tennessee — than to learn we are headed in the right direction in giving our students more opportunities to succeed,” said Senator Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill). “The news of these gains as cited in the Report Card are exactly what we wanted to hear. [...]

Sawtelle on the campaign trail in the 7th District

Vickie Sawtelle, continued her campaign for 7th District County Commission, speaking at the 1st Annual Fun Ride , a fund raising effort to benefit the Strawberry Plains Library renovation. Speaking to the participants, Sawtelle said, “ the Fun Ride is a perfect example of pride and support for the family community. Constituents in 6th and [...]

Jefferson Memorial Foundation Hospital Board

The Jefferson Memorial Hospital Board met last week to determine where they stand in the movement of around $12 million dollars from its current investment site. The money is now invested with Catholic Health Partners. The Board is determining where and how the money can be invested. Before, the funds were considered private funds and [...]

Department of Education Recognized for Bully Prevention

Jefferson County Department of Education has been recognized for its program on Bully Prevention. Mandy Schneitman, Director of Student Support Services for the school system, stated that Jefferson County was invited to be one of the highlight schools for a Nationally viewed webinar on bully prevention. The subject of bully prevention has been on the [...]


USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director James Giffin announced that the 2012 FSA county committee election will begin on Monday, November 5. The deadline to return the ballots to the Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke County FSA office is December 3, 2012. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a [...]


Jefferson County early voting polls have closed for the November 6, 2012 election cycle and the numbers for early voting in the County are strong. Beyond the neck and neck Presidential contest, there are also two open seats on the Jefferson County Commission that are highly contested in Districts 7 and 3. The field is [...]

County Attorney To Lead Investigation of “Doggy-Gate”

County Attorney To Lead Investigation of  “Doggy-Gate”

The Jefferson County Mayor’s Office received an inquiry letter and demand for investigation from Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) in regard to a recent issue that has garnered attention in both the community and at County governmental meetings. The letter, dated October 25, 2012, informed Director of Facilities for Jefferson County David Longmire [...]