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Budget Committee To Recommend No Tax Increase Budget

Budget Committee To Recommend No Tax Increase Budget

The Jefferson County Commission will receive a recommended fiscal year 2018/19 budget from the Jefferson County Budget Committee that will include no property tax increase. Despite a deep hole of around $830,000 that faced the committee at their last meeting, committee members approved using funds from the Hospital Reserve Fund to meet the financial needs [...]

Tennessee Attorney General Sues Purdue Pharma

Tennessee Attorney General Sues Purdue Pharma

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with a bipartisan group of Attorneys General, sued Purdue Pharma today for its unlawful marketing and promotion of OxyContin and other drugs and its role in causing and prolonging the opioid epidemic in Tennessee. The State’s lawsuit, filed in Knox County Circuit Court, alleges Purdue violated the Tennessee [...]

Department of Agriculture to Accept Additional Hemp Growing Applications

Department of Agriculture to Accept Additional Hemp Growing Applications

In effort to broaden the opportunity and impact of the industrial hemp program for farmers and industry, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is reopening the application period for industrial hemp grower and processor licenses through June 1, 2018. “This is a proactive effort to assist Tennessee farmers who are looking to diversify, and we [...]

Tournaments Great News For Local Economy

Tournaments Great News For Local Economy

The weather is warm, the local lakes are near or above full pool and the fish are biting. All of that is good news for the local economy. With four tournaments down and ten more to go before winter moves into the area, Jefferson County lakes are on the radar for anglers all across the [...]

Budget Committee Has $839,000 Hole To Fill

Budget Committee Has $839,000 Hole To Fill

The Jefferson County Budget Committee will enter the final few weeks of budget season looking for $837,000 following the review and passage of most departmental budgets. After receiving budget requests and the passage of non profits, the committee found themselves digging out of a nearly $1.1 million dollar hole. Jefferson County Sheriff McCoig cut just [...]

Budget Committee Deliberates Non-Profit Funding

Budget Committee Deliberates Non-Profit Funding

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will receive the lion’s share of funding from the proceeds of the hotel/motel tax, thanks to action taken by the Jefferson County Budget Committee last week. In a split vote, the Committee approved a funding request from the Chamber of Commerce for $345,000 which was a significant increase from [...]

Unemployment Situation Improves in Nearly all Tennessee Counties

Unemployment Situation Improves in Nearly all Tennessee Counties

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) today released the March 2018 unemployment rates for each county in Tennessee. The newest statistics highlighted improved rates during March for the majority of the state’s counties. Eighty-two of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment rates when compared to February 2018. The rates in nine counties [...]

Who’s To Blame For No Lockdown? School Supervised Prisoners Escape With DOE Vehicle

Who’s To Blame For No Lockdown? School Supervised Prisoners Escape With DOE Vehicle

A Thursday afternoon incident at White Pine School has some parents and Board Members questioning why the school did not go on lock down following the escape of two prisoners who were on work detail at the school and the subsequent theft of a Department of Education vehicle that was used in that escape. According [...]

Early Voting Begins

Early Voting Begins

Jefferson County jump started the voting process last week as early voting began on April 11, 2018 for the May 1, 2018 Primary Election. While historically Jefferson County has split the election day and early vote tally nearly equally, that was not the case in 2014 for the Primary Election cycle where early voting numbers [...]

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Van Hool NV to Establish First US Manufacturing Facility in Morristown

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Van Hool NV to Establish First US Manufacturing Facility in Morristown

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Van Hool NV officials announced today that the Belgian company will establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Morristown and create nearly 640 jobs over the next five years. Van Hool, a family-owned Belgian manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, [...]

Jefferson County Primary Debate 2018 – Complete Coverage Video

Jefferson County Primary Debate 2018 – Complete Coverage Video

Debate Clips by Office: Introduction, Judges, Uncontested, State Representatives Mayor Debate Sheriff Debate Circuit Court Clerk Trustee County Clerk   

School Board Hires Rhea County’s Shane Johnson To Fill Director Of Schools Position

School Board Hires Rhea County’s Shane Johnson To Fill Director Of Schools Position

The Jefferson County School Board offered the position of Director of Jefferson County Schools to Shane Johnston of Rhea County, following interview with three candidate finalist Monday, April 2, 2018. Finalist interviews started at five pm with Mark Garrett, a Jefferson County native and community favorite for the position. All finalist were allocated one hour [...]

School Calendar 2018-2019 Jefferson County Schools

School Calendar 2018-2019 Jefferson County Schools

Interviews For New Director Of Schools Begins

Interviews For New Director Of Schools Begins

Search for the next Director of Jefferson County Schools is in full swing and the Jefferson County School Board will begin the interview process this week. Search facilitator Wayne Qualls presented the School Board with nine candidates for the position of Director of Jefferson County Schools during the Thursday, March 15, 2018 Board Work Session. [...]

Budget Committee Action – CARE To Take Over Animal Shelter Operations

Budget Committee Action – CARE To Take Over Animal Shelter Operations

With budget season under way, the Jefferson County Budget Committee met for their regular voting meeting on Monday evening, March 13, 2018 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The committee approved several budget amendments on both the County and School side largely as a part of regular housekeeping. The majority of the discussion centered around [...]

Daylight Savings Time; Good Time To Change Batteries In Smoke Alarms

Daylight Savings Time; Good Time To Change Batteries In Smoke Alarms

With the loss of 11 lives to residential structure fires since Feb. 28, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is encouraging all Tennesseans to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks Saturday night for daylight saving time. “Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested [...]

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