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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 […]

County Has Healthy Rollover

County Has Healthy Rollover

The Jefferson County Commission met for their regular Work Session on Monday, September 9, 2019 in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. Beyond familiarizing themselves with the full meeting agenda, the Commission heard from various Department Heads for status updates. Six citizens addressed the Commission with two being from Parrott’s Chapel, one regarding Broadband, one voicing […]

Mayor Potts Proclaims September 17-23 Constitution Week In Jefferson County

Mayor Potts Proclaims September 17-23 Constitution Week In Jefferson County

Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts has proclaimed September 17-23 as “Constitution Week” in Jefferson County. September 17 marks the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. It is the 64th anniversary of the first resolution by the U.S. Congress to observe Constitution Week. This celebration of the American form of government rests on the […]

Fall Foliage Lovers

Fall Foliage Lovers

For fall foliage lovers it is that time of year when the gaze goes to the tree tops to see if there is any change of color. While a few leaves of yellow may be present sporadically, we have not reached the combination locally that will produce those wonderful shades of red and orange that […]

Above Average Temps Predicted For Next Few Days

Above Average Temps Predicted For Next Few Days

The calendar may say that summer is winding down but the thermometer tells an entirely different story. While the average temperature for this time of the year is generally in the mid eighties and decreasing as the month progresses toward fall, next week may prove to be the anomaly. If the current weather forecast holds […]

Investigation Concluded In Talbott Elementary Teacher Incident

Investigation Concluded In Talbott Elementary Teacher Incident

Information was released today regarding an incident that happened recently at Talbott Elementary School. Director of Schools, Dr. Shane Johnston, has transferred a first grade teacher Donnalyn Taylor from Talbott Elementary School to the Jefferson Academy (alternate school) for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. The teacher in question self reported sliding a chair […]

Study: Frequent social media use disrupts sleep, physical activity in teen girls

Study: Frequent social media use disrupts sleep, physical activity in teen girls

Cyberbullying and lack of sleep and physical activity may be to blame for the ties between social media use and poor mental health and well-being in teen girls, researchers found. They studied nearly 10,000 adolescents in England over three years starting in 2013 when participants were 13 or 14 years old. The teens were asked […]

TDCI Reminds Tennesseans of “100 Deadliest Days” for Teen Drivers

TDCI Reminds Tennesseans of “100 Deadliest Days” for Teen Drivers

With back to school season under way, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is reminding consumers that this time of year is especially dangerous for teen drivers. Research from the AAA Foundation indicates that the number of crash fatalities involving teen drivers rises significantly between Memorial Day (May 27, 2019) and Labor Day […]

Welcome Parents and Students From Jefferson County Dept. Of Education

Welcome Parents and Students From Jefferson County Dept. Of Education

THDA Awards Grant To Aid In Jefferson County Flood Recovery

THDA Awards Grant To Aid In Jefferson County Flood Recovery

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has awarded a $500,000 grant to help low-income residents of Jefferson County repair homes that were damaged after severe storms triggered floods there earlier this year. The Rebuild and Recover Disaster Program Grant, which will be administered on behalf of Jefferson County by the Tennessee Community Assistance Corporation, will provide […]

2019-2020 Jefferson County Schools Calendar – Includes Full Week Of Fall Break

2019-2020 Jefferson County Schools Calendar – Includes Full Week Of Fall Break

Civil Asset Forfeiture: New Research Indicates Limited Value, Federal and State Reform Legislation Pending

Civil Asset Forfeiture: New Research Indicates Limited Value, Federal and State Reform Legislation Pending

A media release and comprehensive report made by the Institute for Justice (IJ) demonstrates the limited value of civil asset forfeiture in curtailing crime. Tennessee ranks among the top states for the use of civil forfeiture, the practice of seizing private property and cash under criminal code without the requirement of a conviction or filing […]

Voting Glitch Raises Questions In County Commission

Voting Glitch Raises Questions In County Commission

Jefferson County Finance Office and Jefferson County Mayor’s Office will not be relocating to another downtown Dandridge location according to a tie vote of County Commissioners that defeated a motion that would have purchased the proposed new location for up to $1 million dollars plus associated costs. The motion was tied to the sale of […]

Most US adults favor lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes

Most US adults favor lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes

Most US adults—including 8 in 10 cigarette smokers—favor requiring cigarette makers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are less addictive, according to a new reportpublished by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Data for the report come from the 2018 SummerStyles survey, a nationally representative online survey of […]

Troopers Rescue Children Locked Inside Back of U-Haul Truck

Troopers Rescue Children Locked Inside Back of U-Haul Truck

On July 10th, 2019, Fall Branch Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Owen Caudill received a call from dispatch stating a bystander observed several small children being locked in the back of a white U-Haul box truck at the I-40 446 Welcome Center in Cocke County. While driving in that direction, Trooper Caudill observed a U-Haul truck […]

First Meeting of the New Fiscal Year for Jefferson County Commission

First Meeting of the New Fiscal Year for Jefferson County Commission

In their first meeting since approving a five cent property tax increase for the current fiscal year, the Jefferson County Commission held their annual quarterly work session. While many upcoming agenda items are more general housekeeping in nature, the Commission will vote on a recommendation from the Jefferson County Budget Committee that would approve the […]

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