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White Pine School Locks Down Under Threat Of Student Carrying Gun

White Pine School Locks Down Under Threat Of Student Carrying Gun

In a statement today from Dr. Shane Johnston, Jefferson County Director of Schools: “White Pine School administration notified my office that a student had verbally told another student he had a gun at school. This notification was made at approximately 8:15 AM. School officials were notified of this and promptly detained the student and placed […]

27th Annual Night Of The Patriots Returns, November 7th, 2019 – Interview with Producer David Seal

27th Annual Night Of The Patriots Returns, November 7th, 2019 – Interview with Producer David Seal

Assistant District Attorney S. Joanne (Ogle) Sheldon Receives President’s Award at 2019 District Attorneys General Conference

Assistant District Attorney S. Joanne (Ogle) Sheldon Receives President’s Award at 2019 District Attorneys General Conference

District Attorney General James B. Dunn is proud to announce that Assistant District Attorney S. Joanne (Ogle) Sheldon received the President’s Award at the 2019 District Attorneys General Conference. The award was presented by Conference President, District Attorney General Dave S. Clark and is given in recognition of exceptional service to the Criminal Justice System […]

President Trump Speaks To Workers in America’s Booming Energy Sector at Shale Insight Conference

President Trump Speaks To Workers in America’s Booming Energy Sector at Shale Insight Conference

President Donald J. Trump traveled to Pittsburgh yesterday, where he spoke to workers in America’s booming energy sector at the Shale Insight Conference. The last time President Trump spoke at the conference was on the campaign trail in 2016. Back then, American energy was under relentless assault—not from some foreign enemy, but from our own Federal Government. […]

Dominant Defense and Explosive Plays Lead Vols Past Gamecocks

Dominant Defense and Explosive Plays Lead Vols Past Gamecocks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A second-half shutout, a career day from senior receiver Jauan Jennings and two special teams scores propelled Tennessee to a 41-21 victory over South Carolina for its second SEC victory of 2019 Saturday at Neyland Stadium. “We keep talking about finding a way to win, and we found a way to win tonight against a really […]

State Court Rules Civil Asset Forfeiture Unconstitutional, Tennessee Legislative Committee to Study Issue

State Court Rules Civil Asset Forfeiture Unconstitutional, Tennessee Legislative Committee to Study Issue

By David Seal South Carolina Judge Steven H. John, Chief Administrative Judge Court of General Sessions Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, ruled that civil asset forfeiture statutes in South Carolina (CAF) are unconstitutional. His 15 page opinion cites a number of federal and state constitutional deficiencies that reflect those expressed by CAF critics. His decision, the first […]

Walker Hired As Secondary Supervisor & District Testing Coordinator for Jefferson County Schools

Walker Hired As Secondary Supervisor & District Testing Coordinator for Jefferson County Schools

Today we are excited to announce Mrs. Michelle Walker has been hired as the Secondary Supervisor & District Testing Coordinator for Jefferson County Schools. “We are excited to see Mrs. Walker’s move to central office. She has worked hard as a building level principal in the Jefferson County School System and the academic strides made […]

Second Amendment – Letter To The Editor

Second Amendment – Letter To The Editor

SECOND AMENDMENT By David Seal As Americans, we enjoy a set of sacred rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Among those God given rights are freedom to speak, the right to assemble, and the right to own property. The right to keep and bear arms is the fundamental right that enables us to defend ourselves […]

TN Attorney General Sues Opioid Distributor AmerisourceBergen

TN Attorney General Sues Opioid Distributor AmerisourceBergen

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced today that he sued AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation for its unlawful distribution of pharmaceutical narcotics and its role in generating and prolonging the ongoing opioid epidemic in Tennessee. The State of Tennessee has already filed enforcement actions against two drug manufacturers, but Amerisource is the first distributor to be […]

Jefferson County Schools 2020-2021 Calendar

Jefferson County Schools 2020-2021 Calendar

PUBLIC NOTICE – NOTICE OF ELECTED OFFICIAL VACANCY

PUBLIC NOTICE – NOTICE OF ELECTED OFFICIAL VACANCY

PUBLIC NOTICE: Please be advised that a vacancy has occurred in the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Randy Baxley has tendered his resignation October 1, 2019, leaving a vacant seat in District 3. The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners will fill the vacant seat at its Regular Monthly Jefferson County Commission Session scheduled on […]

Dr. Richard Breeden Named By Governor Lee To State Pharmacy Board

Dr. Richard Breeden Named By Governor Lee To State Pharmacy Board

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced more than 100 appointees to a series of state boards and commissions. “I am pleased to appoint these individuals and appreciate their willingness to serve our state,” said Lee. “The success of our state depends on engaged citizens and we look forward to working together.” Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation […]

Four School Bus Mechanics Suspended Pending Investigation As Escapee Remains At-large

Four School Bus Mechanics Suspended Pending Investigation As Escapee Remains At-large

Four Jefferson County Department of Education employees have been suspended without pay following the escape of a prisoner on work detail. Justin Allen, Jr. Shults, Bryan Drinnen and Eugene Ogle, all employed as mechanics with the Jefferson County School System and all located at the bus garage, received letters dated September 20, 2019 notifying them […]

County Commission Approves $11 Million Funding Request

County Commission Approves $11 Million Funding Request

Jefferson County Commissioners met for their Regular Monthly Voting Session on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Absent at Roll Call were Commissioners Phagan, Blevins and Byrd. Following the call to order, the floor was opened for nomination and election of officers for the County Commission for the 2019/2020 year. By […]

Local Lawmakers Announce Technology Grants for Public Libraries in Jefferson County

Local Lawmakers Announce Technology Grants for Public Libraries in Jefferson County

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) and Representatives Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) announced today that Jefferson County is receiving $7,738 in Technology Grants from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  The lawmakers made the announcement after being notified by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.  “Access to technology is something many of […]

Regulatory Barriers Persist, Rural Broadband Advances at a Snail’s Pace

Regulatory Barriers Persist, Rural Broadband Advances at a Snail’s Pace

Rural broadband expansion is caught in a regulatory tug of war that started in 1999. State legislators authorized municipal utilities to provide internet services at a time when few private internet service providers (ISP’s) were willing to reach into certain fledgling market areas. Municipal providers were “authorized” but limited to their electric service areas, essentially […]

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