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VITAL POLICY – TWRA Snooping Case Decided by Tennessee Court of Appeals

VITAL POLICY – TWRA Snooping Case Decided by Tennessee Court of Appeals

TWRA got caught snooping and planting surveillance cameras on private property in Benton County, Tennessee with no court ordered warrant and without permission from the landowners. Property owners Terry Rainwaters and Hunter Hollingsworth sued the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) in April 2020 asking the court for a judgment declaring that Defendants’ warrantless searches of […]

DAR’s mission – Historic preservation, education, and patriotism

DAR’s mission – Historic preservation, education, and patriotism

Who are you going to call to support unique historic preservation, education, and patriotism projects and service opportunities in Jefferson and Grainger Counties? Do you like to wear red, white, and blue and wave flags? Are you interested in being a member of a dynamic service organization? If you answered yes to any of these […]

VITAL POLICY – Successful Legislation Creates New Opportunity for Homeschool Athletes in Tennessee, Bill Originated in Jefferson County

VITAL POLICY – Successful Legislation Creates New Opportunity for Homeschool Athletes in Tennessee, Bill Originated in Jefferson County

Back in 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly created legislation to provide opportunities for homeschool students to participate in public school sports. The intent was to provide all homeschool students with access to organized public-school sports that would not otherwise be available. However, some public-school systems and their attorneys found a legal loophole to exclude some […]

VITAL POLICY – Opinion – Tourism, a Gift to Jefferson County, Tennessee and It’s Economy, an Economic Resource Worthy of Encouragement

VITAL POLICY – Opinion – Tourism, a Gift to Jefferson County, Tennessee and It’s Economy, an Economic Resource Worthy of Encouragement

Jefferson County, Tennessee has a gift that few other places in our state have. That gift is a combination of natural beauty, proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a rich history that dates to the beginning of our nation, and wonderful friendly residents. If you were to pinpoint a place on the map […]

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County Schools Not Advising Parents That District’s Mental Health Contractor is LGBTQ+ Affirming Before Students Are Counseled

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County Schools Not Advising Parents That District’s Mental Health Contractor is LGBTQ+ Affirming Before Students Are Counseled

Two questions were presented to Jefferson County Director of Schools. QUESTION: “Are parents advised BY THE JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM that Allied Behavioral Health Solutions is fully affirming of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (+) BEFORE they consent for their children to be counseled by Allied Behavioral Health Solutions?” ANSWER by Director of Jefferson County […]

Renee Hamilton Presents “Stories We’ve Heard About Early America – Truth or Myth”

Renee Hamilton Presents “Stories We’ve Heard About Early America – Truth or Myth”

Renee Willingham Hamilton, State Registrar for the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR) entertained the members of the Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society, Daughters of the America Revolution (NSDAR), at their Eighth Anniversary in February by quizzing them on some commonly held “Stories We’ve Heard About Early America – Truth or […]

VITAL POLICY – Opinion – Consequences of Unchecked and Unlawful Immigration, Rally Scheduled at Tennessee Capitol

VITAL POLICY – Opinion – Consequences of Unchecked and Unlawful Immigration, Rally Scheduled at Tennessee Capitol

If I set out on a pilgrimage to leave the United States and move to another nation, I would learn to speak the language of that nation and abide by the laws of their government set forth for legal immigration. My goal would be to contribute and become a productive member of their society by […]

Rescue 180

Rescue 180

We are excited about the opportunity to reach out to our community and help to provide necessary tools for preventive challenges, in the area of substance misuse. In this column we will also be sharing intervention guidance as well as assist you with questions about substance misuse, and recovery. So many people in our society […]

VITAL POLICY – Faison and Niceley Propose Legislation to Expand Access to Public School Sports for Homeschool Students

VITAL POLICY – Faison and Niceley Propose Legislation to Expand Access to Public School Sports for Homeschool Students

Homeschool families in Jefferson County who wish for their middle school children to participate in public school sports would get the green light if proposed legislation by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) finds favor with the legislature. “The benefits of organized sports go well beyond physical skills and are vitally […]

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County’s Debt Examined, An Analysis of Our Collective Credit Card Payments and Wheel Tax

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County’s Debt Examined, An Analysis of Our Collective Credit Card Payments and Wheel Tax

Our collective county credit card is broken up between what is called “County Debt” and “Nursing Home Debt” and “Landfill Debt.” There is a distinction between them because the nursing home and landfill pays their own debt payments from their own revenue. The county taxpayers’ foot the bill directly for all other county debt. This […]

Jefferson County Commission Takes Bold Stance Calling For Repeal Of Governor’s “Emergency Powers” Statute

Jefferson County Commission Takes Bold Stance Calling For Repeal Of Governor’s “Emergency Powers” Statute

By David Seal [Special to The Tennessee Conservative] – Previously published in The Tennessee Conservative Jefferson County Commission has stated its expectation that Tennessee government operate within constitutional boundaries with special emphasis on the executive branch. This expectation was recently expressed in Resolution 2023-47. In calendar year 2000 when the Tennessee legislature was controlled by […]

Jefferson County Commission Makes Resolution Supporting State Sovereignty Legislation, Other Counties Urged to Follow

Jefferson County Commission Makes Resolution Supporting State Sovereignty Legislation, Other Counties Urged to Follow

By David Seal [Special to The Tennessee Conservative] – As published previously in “The Tennessee Conservative“ The Jefferson County Commission has set a standard for other county legislative bodies to follow in their making of a resolution to support state sovereignty. Specifically, Resolution 2023-48 suggests that House Bill 726 / Senate Bill 1092, proposed by Representative Bud Hulsey and Senator […]

Child Soldiers of the Revolutionary War

Child Soldiers of the Revolutionary War

Take a moment and think back to what you were doing at the age of 7 or 10. Were you playing fetch with your dog, batting baseballs with friends, working in your family garden, harvesting crops on your family farm, or riding your bicycle in a state of glorious innocent youth? Well, at the tender […]

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County School System Providing No Answer on Parental Notice of Student “Gender Transition”

VITAL POLICY – Jefferson County School System Providing No Answer on Parental Notice of Student “Gender Transition”

Parents have one more nightmare to add to their inventory of stressors concerning their children’s life at school. It comes in the form of a question concerning parental notice. If my child were to express the desire to transition from his or her God-given gender to an alternative gender, would I be notified by the […]

VITAL POLICY – Congressman Burchett Visits Jefferson County Business

VITAL POLICY – Congressman Burchett Visits Jefferson County Business

During the August recess, Second District Congressman Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville) took some time to visit small businesses in East Tennessee and Jefferson County. A recent stop was in Strawberry Plains at More than Plants, a local full-service nursery and landscaping supply business operated by County Commissioner Rob Blevins and family. Burchett has a reputation for […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Jefferson City Government Takes Swipe at Using Eminent Domain for Non-Essential Property Taking

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Jefferson City Government Takes Swipe at Using Eminent Domain for Non-Essential Property Taking

What can a small city government do to place itself in the same category as a socialist city like San Francisco or Chicago? It can threaten to use eminent domain to forcefully take private property from its rightful owner for a non-essential purpose. In the case of Jefferson City, Tennessee, it recently made a failed […]

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