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Legislation Lowering Tennessee’s Business Income Tax Gains Support In House

Legislation Lowering Tennessee’s Business Income Tax Gains Support In House

A measure designed to lower Tennessee’s business income tax (excise tax) is gaining support in the House. House Bill 2301 is a fiscally responsible approach to attract new business to our state and to encourage small business owners to reinvest into their communities by beginning the process of lowering the excise tax from 6.5 percent […]

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen Send Property Rights Resolution to State Lawmakers

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen Send Property Rights Resolution to State Lawmakers

Citing a U.S. Supreme Court case and the U.S. Constitution, the Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen made a resolution calling on state lawmakers to protect private property rights, specifically promoting recently filed house and senate bills that close a “blighted area” loophole that enables local government and housing authorities to condemn viable non-blighted property […]

Legislation Declaring Tennessee The “Volunteer State” Moves Forward

Legislation Declaring Tennessee The “Volunteer State” Moves Forward

Legislation officially designating the state of Tennessee as the “Volunteer State” is moving forward in the Tennessee General Assembly. House Bill 1562 designates the “Volunteer State” as the official nickname of Tennessee. While Tennessee has held this distinction since 1812, it is not currently documented in state law. The state of Tennessee has been referred […]

Representative Faison Files Proposed Legislation to Protect Farm Tourism Businesses from Liability

Representative Faison Files Proposed Legislation to Protect Farm Tourism Businesses from Liability

State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) has filed proposed legislation to protect agritourism businesses from claims of property damage by participants. The proposed legislation amends a Title 43 law that was enacted as part of a sweeping tort reform movement in 2009. House Bill 2371 strengthens protections that were previously enacted to create immunity from liability […]

Director Of Schools Addresses Possible Options for School Needs and Direction

Director Of Schools Addresses Possible Options for School Needs and Direction

Tennessee Needs at Least $54.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

Tennessee Needs at Least $54.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

Tennessee needs at least $54.8 billion worth of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2018 to June 2023—a $4.8 billion (9.7%) increase from the year before—according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  More than $3.7 billion of this year’s increase is attributable to increases in […]

State Representative Andrew Farmer To Seek Re-Election In 2020

State Representative Andrew Farmer To Seek Re-Election In 2020

Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chair prioritizes safe communities; commitment to education (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) Monday announced he will seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2020. “It is an incredible honor to serve the men, women and families our community,” said Rep. Farmer. “District 17 and our state are thriving under […]

Jefferson County Schools, Lead Exceeding Allowable Limits Found In Recent Water Tests

Jefferson County Schools, Lead Exceeding Allowable Limits Found In Recent Water Tests

In a release from Dr. Shane Johnston, Jefferson County Director Of Schools – Jefferson County Schools recently tested water sources on the campuses of the school district in compliance Jefferson County School Board policy (3.212) that aligns with TCA 49-2-133. The tests were completed in December 2019. The first round of results was provided yesterday […]

President Trump’s bold vision for Middle East peace

President Trump’s bold vision for Middle East peace

Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead “Peace to Prosperity” is a fundamentally different vision for one of the world’s most complex problems. “My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides,” President Trump said today, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing alongside him. President Trump also took the step of meeting yesterday with Israel’s opposition leader, […]

County Commission First Vote Of 2020

County Commission First Vote Of 2020

In their first voting meeting of the year 2020, the Jefferson County Commission voted 13-8 to add two full time positions to the office of Circuit Court Clerk. The addition came as an amendment to a budget committee item which allowed one full time and one part time position to join the Circuit Court Clerk’s […]

Former Jefferson County School Cafeteria Manager Indicted for Theft

Former Jefferson County School Cafeteria Manager Indicted for Theft

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has resulted in the indictment of Christina Morris, the former cafeteria manager at Patriot Academy in Dandridge, Tennessee. Investigators determined that Morris stole at least $1,660.75 in cash that was collected from the school cafeteria between November 1, 2018 and March 6, 2019. The investigation began after county […]

Jefferson County Schools Closed January 27 & 28, 2020 Due to Widespread Sickness

Jefferson County Schools Closed January 27 & 28, 2020 Due to Widespread Sickness

In a statement from Jefferson County TN Schools Director, Shane Johnston – Jefferson County Schools will be closed on Monday, January 27, 2020 and Tuesday, January 28, 2020 due to the widespread sickness being experienced throughout the schools in the county. The multiple illnesses have created a considerably higher than normal absentee percentage at multiple […]

Secretary of State Hargett Presents Tennessee College Voter Registration Competition Award to Carson-Newman University

Secretary of State Hargett Presents Tennessee College Voter Registration Competition Award to Carson-Newman University

Front Row L to R: Mitra Sarshuri, Savannah McMillan, Tiffany Fritts, Briana Lay, Ansley Parker and Dr. Kara Stooksbury, Carson-Newman University Chair of Political Science, History and Sociology Department. Back Row L to R: Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Rep. Jeremy Faison, Derick Marlow, Luke Patton, Thomas Fodor, Ian Trent and Carson-Newman University President Dr. Charles A. […]

Republican Leaders Introduce Right to Work Constitutional Amendment

Republican Leaders Introduce Right to Work Constitutional Amendment

Republican leaders have introduced a resolution that would add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution. The resolution is sponsored by more than a dozen high ranking Republican House members. It guarantees future generations of Tennessee workers their right to work regardless of whether they choose to join a union. Tennessee’s Right to […]

TN Promise FAFSA Filing Deadline February 1, 2020

TN Promise FAFSA Filing Deadline February 1, 2020

The TN Promise Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing deadline is quickly approaching. Saturday, February 1, 2020 is the final day for both TN Promise high school and college students to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA to retain scholarship eligibility. The FAFSA, a federal application, is the primary financial aid application that any student […]

Modern Woodmen With An Assist To JCHS Girls and Boys Basketball

Modern Woodmen With An Assist To JCHS Girls and Boys Basketball

Modern Woodmen recently helped both JCHS Girls and Boys Basketball Teams raise funds for their current season. The girls sold donut vouchers and the boys held a bake sale at The Mossy Creek Station Festival.

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