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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 [...]

Jefferson County Commission Work Session

Jefferson County Commission Work Session

The Jefferson County Commission held their regular quarterly work session on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills and all Commissioners were present. Two citizens addressed the Commission. Both asked questions regarding the proposed Megasite for industrial development that has been proposed [...]

Leadership gathering for East Tennessee Regional Megasite

Leadership gathering for East Tennessee Regional Megasite

BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEADERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS DISCUSS SUPPORT FOR EAST TENNESSEE REGIONAL MEGASITE The Jefferson County Economic Development Oversight Committee (EDOC) hosted business, economic development and community leaders during a breakfast Tuesday to share information and garner support for the proposed East Tennessee Regional Megasite. The gathering on the campus of Carson-Newman College in [...]

Body Farm Zoning Decision Draws Suit

Body Farm Zoning Decision Draws Suit

A proposed cadaver research area that is slotted for Jefferson County is the issue of contention in a recently filed law suit. Doris Ligon dba Highland Oak Farms has filed suit against the Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals for their December 18th 2012 decision to place “body farms” as approved usage in A-1 zoning [...]

PHOTO CONTEST ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2013-14 TENNESSEE WILDLIFE CALENDAR ISSUE

PHOTO CONTEST ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2013-14 TENNESSEE WILDLIFE CALENDAR ISSUE

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2013-14 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine’s popular annual calendar issue. All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee. Interested photographers must submit their [...]

Vick vs. Jefferson County Board of Education Court Date Set

Former principal of Jefferson Elementary School Dr. Robert C. Vick and Jefferson County Board of Education have a court date set for March 19, 2013 to hear arguments over his demotion from his position as principal at Jefferson Elementary School. The lawsuit, filed by Dr. Vick, contents that his demotion on June 18, 2009 violated [...]

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting will be held January 15, 2013, UT Extension Office in Dandridge at 6 PM A 2013 planning meeting for the Dandridge Farmers Market will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 6 PM at the UT Extension Office on Lake Drive in downtown Dandridge. The Dandridge Farmers Market [...]

Resolve to Give Blood

Resolve to Give Blood

Medic Regional Blood Center hopes that blood donation is on top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions. “If all donors gave just one more donation per year, our area would rarely experience a blood shortage,” explains Christi Fightmaster, Director of Public Relations. Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 [...]

Jefferson County School Board Meets In Called Meeting

Jefferson County School Board Meets In Called Meeting

The Jefferson County School Board met in a Called Meeting on December 18, 2012 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School. The purpose of the Called Meeting was for action regarding the White Pine School Copier Settlement. Prior to the Called Meeting the School Board met in Executive Session with their attorney. The [...]

Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee

Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee

The meeting was called to order by Chairman O’Donovan at 10AM and introductions were made. Dan noted that Mike Keane, our colleague, friend and vice-chairman of LEPC, passed away on December 3rd. The vice-chair vacancy will be addressed at the next LEPC meeting in March 2013. Mike will be missed by all. · The September [...]

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 [...]