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#HEROES – Karen Phillips Lee is one of those people

#HEROES – Karen Phillips Lee is one of those people

#Heroes is a column sponsored by Dr. Warren K. Stinson, DDS, Jefferson City, TN, spotlighting local heroes throughout the community from all walks of service. It has been said that given the right circumstances many people have the capacity to perform heroic deeds. While that certainly may be true, it is only a handful of […]

THE LEARNING CURVE – 84 Cafeteria Staff Bring A Little Extra Along With Nearly 70,000 Meals

THE LEARNING CURVE – 84 Cafeteria Staff Bring A Little Extra Along With Nearly 70,000 Meals

THE LEARNING CURVE is a column sponsored by Doug Ibbetson, Jefferson County School Commissioner, spotlighting those in the educational community who make a significant contribution to the success of Jefferson County School System. It takes many components and many people performing various necessary tasks to make a good learning environment for children. While most of […]

Wreaths Across America, December 17, 2022

Wreaths Across America, December 17, 2022

Giving the gift of remembrance! Each December, Wreaths Across America (WAA) coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at more than 3,400 other locations in all 50 U.S. states. Wreaths are also laid at sea and in foreign lands. According to its website www.wreathsacrossamerica.org, the non-profit organization has three paramount goals: to REMEMBER our […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Citizen Standing to Participate in Government, A Primer on the Tennessee Constitution

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Citizen Standing to Participate in Government, A Primer on the Tennessee Constitution

Nothing says your opinion doesn’t count like shutting down citizen comment at public meetings. If citizens wish to speak their mind at county commission, school board, or any subcommittee meeting of local government, they should be able to comment on any public policy issue. When the framers of the Tennessee Constitution included Section 23 under […]

The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Consumer Protection Tips When Considering Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Consumer Protection Tips When Considering Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Food and Drug Administration rules now allow the sale of over-the-counter (“OTC”) hearing aids. Consumers over the age of 18 may buy hearing aids directly from store shelves and online at lower prices. Finding the right OTC hearing aid may require consumers to try more than one device before finding the perfect fit, and […]

Participants in State’s Families First/TANF Program to Receive a One-Time Additional Payment of $500

Participants in State’s Families First/TANF Program to Receive a One-Time Additional Payment of $500

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is providing extra support to thousands of families who receive monthly cash assistance through the state’s Families First program. Households with a case in the Families First Program as of December 1, 2022, will receive a one-time additional payment of $500 on their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. This […]

State Veterinarian Urges Biosecurity to Prevent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

State Veterinarian Urges Biosecurity to Prevent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

The Tennessee State Veterinarian is issuing an alert for domesticated bird owners who also engage in bird hunting. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is prevalent in wild birds and is endangering backyard and commercial flocks in Tennessee. “HPAI detections among domesticated birds and wild birds have been on the rise.” Tennessee State Veterinarian Dr. Samantha […]

District Attorney General’s Office Finds Insufficient Evidence Of Criminal Violation By Newport Utility Board

District Attorney General’s Office Finds Insufficient Evidence Of Criminal Violation By Newport Utility Board

Investigation Details Several Issues within Newport Utilities

Investigation Details Several Issues within Newport Utilities

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, working in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority Office of Inspector General, has completed an investigation into Newport Utilities (utilities) which provides electric, water, wastewater, and broadband services in the City of Newport and surrounding areas. Beginning in 2016, the utilities began installing a broadband system in its service area. As […]

STEPHANIE WOODS NAMED THE 2022 TONY CLARK AWARD RECIPIENT

STEPHANIE WOODS NAMED THE 2022 TONY CLARK AWARD RECIPIENT

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference gathered in October for its annual fall conference. Among the proceedings of the three-day event is an opportunity for the state’s District Attorneys and their staffs to be recognized by the TNDAGC Executive Committee and their peers for accomplishments and service. Stephanie Gray Woods, the Administrative Assistant for 4th […]

House GOP reelects Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman

House GOP reelects Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman

Members of the Tennessee House Republican Caucus unanimously reelected State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, as caucus chairman for the 113th General Assembly during a biennial organizational meeting held in Buchanan, Tenn. on Nov.22. Faison, who will serve his third term as caucus chair, was instrumental in successfully guiding Republican members to victory in several competitive races on Nov. […]

Operation Turkeys for Tickets

Operation Turkeys for Tickets

Each year the Jefferson County Constables participate in “Operation Turkeys for Tickets”. We seek out minor traffic violations and offer turkeys to the offender’s family or a family they know of that is in need of one for Thanksgiving. This year’s event was sponsored in part by the following: Food City in Dandridge (4 turkeys) […]

Christmas Parades In Jefferson County

Christmas Parades In Jefferson County

  Dandridge Saturday, December 17th Line up at Noon at Maury Middle School Parade at 1:00 p.m. Jefferson City Saturday, December 10th Line up at 4:30 p.m. at Corner of Russell & Main Parade at 5:30 p.m. New Market Saturday, December 3rd Lineup at 4:00 p.m. at former Lost Creek Golf Course Parade at 5:00 […]

The Holiday Season Is Merrier and Brighter Than Ever Across Tennessee In 2022

The Holiday Season Is Merrier and Brighter Than Ever Across Tennessee In 2022

The holidays are just about here, and across Tennessee, destinations, both big and small, are getting ready to celebrate. From millions of twinkling lights to festive live music, from Dollywood to Graceland, the 2022 season is shaping up to be one the merriest and brightest in recent memory. Discover what’s happening this year during the […]

THEC Announces Record-Breaking Year of Tennessee Promise Students

THEC Announces Record-Breaking Year of Tennessee Promise Students

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) recently launched a state-level vision and initiative to create a momentum-building year with key goals to increase the college-going rate and better align education to meet the state’s growing workforce needs. As an early indicator for the momentum year, a record-breaking number of students applied for Tennessee Promise program in the most […]

TN Attorney General’s Office Files Petition to Withdraw Federal Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

TN Attorney General’s Office Files Petition to Withdraw Federal Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti joined a coalition of 21 states in filing a Petition for Rulemaking, requesting that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) repeal the unlawful federal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers and withdraw related guidance. “Evidence continues to mount that the ongoing […]

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