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Director of Schools Announces Plans To Resign

Director of Schools Announces Plans To Resign

Director of Jefferson County Schools, Dr. Shane Johnston, has unofficially announced his intent to vacate his position. Though he has not tendered his resignation, Dr. Johnston has plans to submit his letter of resignation early next month. Johnston has led the Jefferson County Department of Education since July 1, 2018. During his tenure at the […]

TBI Agents Investigating Jefferson County Officer-Involved Shooting

TBI Agents Investigating Jefferson County Officer-Involved Shooting

Just before 11:00 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a request to perform a welfare check on a man at a residence in the 1400 block of David Swann Drive in Dandridge. Upon arrival, the man was not cooperative with officers and refused to come outside. Preliminary information indicates the man eventually came outside […]

Secretary Hargett Launches 2022 Statewide Poll Worker Recruitment Campaign

Secretary Hargett Launches 2022 Statewide Poll Worker Recruitment Campaign

On National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, Secretary of State Tre Hargett launched a new statewide campaign, Be an Election Hero. Become a Poll Worker., to encourage Tennesseans to serve their community as poll workers for the 2022 election cycle. “We cannot run elections in Tennessee without poll workers. They are the most fundamental piece of […]

Carson-Newman online education program ranked No. 2 in Tennessee

Carson-Newman online education program ranked No. 2 in Tennessee

Carson-Newman University’s online graduate education program is the No. 2 in the state according to U.S. News & World Report. Released today, the ranking also places the program in the top slot among Tennessee’s private institutions. Additionally, Carson-Newman’s nursing program garnered the No.3 spot in the state in the category “Best Online Master’s in Nursing […]

VITAL POLICY – Dr. Monty Sharp Facilitates Medal of Honor Character Development Training for Jefferson County High School Staff

VITAL POLICY – Dr. Monty Sharp Facilitates Medal of Honor Character Development Training for Jefferson County High School Staff

Critics of public schools often point to the lack of patriotic education and the absence of character-related values in school curriculum. These pundits would have one less thing to complain about if they spent one afternoon with Dr. Monty Sharp, Assistant Principal, Jefferson County High School, or witnessed 2000 students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance […]

The brain pays attention to unfamiliar voices during sleep

The brain pays attention to unfamiliar voices during sleep

A good night’s sleep is not as simple as it appears. While you snooze, your brain continues to monitor the environment, balancing the need to protect sleep with the need to wake up. One example of how the brain accomplishes this is by selectively responding to unfamiliar voices over familiar ones, according to new research […]

WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19

WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19

The drug baricitinib (a type of drug known as a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis) is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids, says a WHO Guideline Development Group of international experts in The BMJ today. Their strong recommendation is based on moderate certainty evidence that […]

Ed Stiner, Jefferson County Register of Deeds, Announcing Plans To Seek Re-election In The May 3rd Republican Primary

Ed Stiner, Jefferson County Register of Deeds, Announcing Plans To Seek Re-election In The May 3rd Republican Primary

Ed Stiner, Jefferson County Register of Deeds, is announcing plans to seek re-election in the May 3rd Republican Primary. Stiner said, “It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve the people of Jefferson County as the Register of Deeds.” During his time in office, Stiner has trimmed his budget every year by instituting cost […]

Mayor Mark Potts Seeks Re-Election

Mayor Mark Potts Seeks Re-Election

Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts will be seeking re-election for a second term as Mayor of Jefferson County. Potts is a lifelong resident with family roots deeply entrenched in Jefferson County. He is the son the of the Betty Potts, who recently became one of Jefferson County’s centenarians, and the late Glenn Potts. Mayor Potts […]

Director Of Schools Message On Second Semester Start

Director Of Schools Message On Second Semester Start

AG Slatery Sues to Block Federal Head Start Mandates

AG Slatery Sues to Block Federal Head Start Mandates

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has joined a multi-state lawsuit challenging the Biden Administration’s recent mask requirements for toddlers and COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and volunteers in Head Start Programs. “We have consistently opposed mandates in the context of education, defending state statutes passed by our General Assembly.  This challenge is consistent with our past positions, […]

November Unemployment Numbers Drop in Most Counties

November Unemployment Numbers Drop in Most Counties

NASHVILLE – The employment situation improved in a majority of Tennessee’s counties during November, according to data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This comes after the statewide unemployment rate returned to pre-pandemic levels for the month. Eighty-five counties recorded lower unemployment rates in November, while five counties saw no movement with their rates, […]

EDITORIAL – PATRIOT ACADEMY, JEFFERSON COUNTY’S HIGH SCHOOL TWILIGHT ZONE

EDITORIAL – PATRIOT ACADEMY, JEFFERSON COUNTY’S HIGH SCHOOL TWILIGHT ZONE

A few years ago, a couple of school board members called to ask me about a “new concept” they were considering for Freshman students at Jefferson County High School. What about designing a special program, they said, for ninth graders to ease the transition from middle school life to the challenges of high school, something […]

CPI for all items rises 0.8% in November; gas, food, shelter, vehicle indexes all rise

CPI for all items rises 0.8% in November; gas, food, shelter, vehicle indexes all rise

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.8 percent in November on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.9 percent in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 6.8 percent before seasonal adjustment. The monthly all items seasonally adjusted increase […]

Secretary of State Encourages Wise End of Year and Holiday Giving

Secretary of State Encourages Wise End of Year and  Holiday Giving

As Tennesseans prepare to make end of year and holiday season charitable contributions, Secretary of State Tre Hargett cautions donors to be wary of scams. “This time of year, as we enjoy the holidays and look to the New Year, many Tennesseans are planning to support their community through charitable giving,” said Secretary Hargett. “It’s […]

Payroll employment rises by 210,000 in November; unemployment rate declines to 4.2%

Payroll employment rises by 210,000 in November; unemployment rate declines to 4.2%

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — NOVEMBER 2021 Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 210,000 in November, and the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 4.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, transportation and warehousing, construction, and manufacturing. Employment in retail trade declined […]

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