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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 [...]

Town of Dandridge Regional Planning Commission Regular Meeting

New Business 1. 2 lots or less subdivision 902 Oak Village Court, Milldale Square, Michael Horne. Action approved by Commission. 6. Change Meeting Date For November and December. Due to Thanksgiving and Christmas the next meeting will be November 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm. There will be no meeting in December 2012. Miscellaneous Business Received [...]

Feel Your Best for the Upcoming Holiday Season!

Beginning November 5th, “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” will be offered FREE as a 6 session series. This program will offer tips and skills to help individuals manage problems common to chronic health conditions as well as skills to work effectively with health care professionals. The program also helps individuals take day-to-day responsibility for the [...]

Jefferson County School Board

The Jefferson County School Board held a Called Meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2012 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School. The Meeting was Called to Order by Acting Chairman Jarnigan. Absent from Roll Call were Board Members Potts and Cavanah. Upon a Motion from Vines and 2nd from Rogers the Agenda was [...]

Unemployment Rates in Jefferson County Show Significant Decrease for September, 2012

Unemployment Rates in Jefferson County Show Significant Decrease for September, 2012

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released unemployment numbers for September and Jefferson County posted a significant decrease in unemployment. In August, Jefferson County was one of two counties that saw an increase in unemployment, posting a 10.7% rate. In the month of September 2012, Jefferson County had an unemployment rate of 8.8% [...]

Traffic Light & Intersection gets nod from Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Full Commission will make a funding decision regarding the funding level of the turn lane improvements necessary for the traffic signal light project at the intersection of Dumplin Valley and Hwy 92. Tennessee Department of Transportation has provided funding for the signal light via a Safety Grant, however improvements to the turn [...]