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EDOC Director Wagley Responds To Megasite Concerns

EDOC Director Wagley Responds To Megasite Concerns

There has been much discussion in Jefferson County, among officials and during meetings, regarding the proposed Megasite that would be located near the I40 and I81 split in Jefferson County. Attorney Scott Hurley, who represents 1400 acres of property in the footprint of the site, spoke in opposition to the project at the Monday evening [...]

Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training class offers limited number of scholarships

Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training class offers limited number of scholarships

The American Red Cross will offer a limited number of Nurse Assistant Training scholarships for its upcoming class starting the last week in March.  Anyone needing details must attend an information session, which starts at 10:00 a.m. every Thursday at the Red Cross 1741 Triangle Park Drive in Maryville and lasts approximately an hour. No [...]

Appalachian Electric Cooperative Announces Upcoming Rate Change

We’ll all soon be paying a bit more for the electricity we use. That’s according to Appalachian Electric Cooperative General Manager Greg Williams. “As of April 1st, rates are projected to increase by about 1.97 percent,” he announced. “This rate change is not just advisable but necessary in order to remain financially stable and secure.” [...]

County Commission Working On Issues For Next Week’s Meeting

County Commission Working On Issues For Next Week’s Meeting

The Jefferson County Commission met for a regular Work Session on Monday evening. Attorney Scott Hurley addressed the Commission of behalf of his clients who are property holders in opposition of the proposed Megasite. Hurley stated that the Commission had been distributed a letter that includes signatures representing more than 1400 acres in the footprint [...]

Monday Night Budget Committee

Monday Night Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman Griffith. Upon a Motion from Committee Member Akard and 2nd from Committee Member Carmichael the Minutes were Approved. Jefferson County Director of Finance Helton presented the Committee with 4 Budget [...]

JMH Foundation Board One Step Closer To Answer

JMH Foundation Board One Step Closer To Answer

The Jefferson County Commission met in Called Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Commission Mills. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners Patterson and Barreiro. Jefferson County Attorney Drinnon addressed the Commission regarding a request from the Jefferson Memorial Hospital [...]

Watts Bar Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor Licensing Brings Stability Testing Upstream

Watts Bar Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor Licensing Brings Stability Testing Upstream

The Tennessee Valley Authority was in Jefferson County last week taking core samples at the Dandridge Dike. According to Travis Brickey, a representative of TVA, the drilling is a part of a “health check” that is going on at around 18 locations in the TVA region. Brickey stated that each site could have multiple drillings, [...]

Jefferson County Population Changes

Jefferson County Population Changes

The State of Tennessee has released its population projections for individual counties across the State through the year 2020. According to the Division of Health Statistics State of Tennessee Department of Health, Jefferson County is currently on target to have an influx of around 4,000 residents between 2013 and 2020. The largest growth areas are [...]

Multiple Megasite Proposals Targeting Auto Industry Revealed – SOFAH Prepares for Worksession

Multiple Megasite Proposals Targeting Auto Industry Revealed – SOFAH Prepares for Worksession

The Save Our Farms and Homes group met on Saturday afternoon to make plans in advance of the upcoming Jefferson County Commission Work Session and County Budget Meeting on Monday evening. Attorney for the group, Scott Hurley, stated that the opposition group continues to hold 1400 acres of the proposed 1800 for the East Tennessee [...]

New Market Man Shot By FBI Suspected Part of International Child Pornography Ring

New Market Man Shot By FBI Suspected Part of International Child Pornography Ring

A local man died on Wednesday morning as a result of shooting incident involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to information provided by the FBI, agents were attempting to execute a search and arrest warrant when the incident occurred. Federal agents were attempting to arrest the subject for the distribution and possession of child [...]

TDOT Conducts Emergency Pothole Repairs I-40 Jefferson County

TDOT Conducts Emergency Pothole Repairs I-40 Jefferson County

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is conducting emergency pothole repairs between Interstate mile markers 410-412 in Jefferson County. According to TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi, TDOT is using a process known as continuous patching to address a progressive problem of pot holes in the area. TDOT is employing the more extensive process, which requires milling of [...]

Jefferson County Residents Encounter Saturn

Jefferson County Residents Encounter Saturn

Jefferson County residents encountered Saturn, the most recent Winter storm, as it clipped the area on the way to the East Coast.  Regionally, Jefferson and Sevier Counties appeared to be some of the hardest hit as the cold air and moisture collided, producing more than just a dusting of snow and providing local students with [...]

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen Worksession

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen Worksession

The Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen met on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in a Work Session that followed a two hour introductory meeting to preview the upcoming Budget. The Council agreed to Roll a Proposed Ordinance Creating Regulations for the Preservation of Certain Properties on the National Register of Historic Places and /or Structures [...]

Commissioner Hagerty Addresses East TN Megasite During TN State House Budget Hearings

Commissioner Hagerty Addresses East TN Megasite During TN State House Budget Hearings

The Jefferson County Budget Committee is heading into the Budgeting season for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. In addition to the usual requests that are presented to the Budget Committee, EDOC by way of the Industrial Development Board is expected to request nearly $2 million additional dollars to continue the certification process for the proposed Megasite. [...]

Gun Owner’s Rights Fears Driving Increase in Handgun Carry Permits

Gun Owner’s Rights Fears Driving Increase in Handgun Carry Permits

The State of Tennessee House and Senate have passed the Guns in Trunks bill and it is on the way to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The issue of gun rights has been a concern across the Nation and, especially, in Tennessee. Jefferson County Representative Jeremy Faison sponsored the Guns in Trunks bill in [...]

Planning Commission Confirms Rescind Action Through No Action

Planning Commission Confirms Rescind Action Through No Action

The Dandridge Planning Commission met for their Regular Monthly Meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in the Public Works Building in Dandridge. The Meeting was Called to Order by Chairman of the Commission Swann. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners Franklin and Entwistle. The Commission Approved the Minutes from the January 24, 2013 Regular Meeting [...]