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TDOE Receives Approval of State Spending Plan from U.S. Department of Education for Historic Federal Funding for K-12 Education

TDOE Receives Approval of State Spending Plan from U.S. Department of Education for Historic Federal Funding for K-12 Education

Tennessee Department of Education received approval from the U.S. Department of Education on Tennessee’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) state plan, which lays out the state’s spending strategy for its portion of  federal COVID-19 relief and stimulus funding to benefit K-12 education in Tennessee. Tennessee’s goal is to accelerate academic achievement for all students, and Tennessee’s ARP ESSER state plan outlines spending strategies, including grant opportunities and resources, that the department will provide to support […]

Tennessean’s Will Save Millions Thanks to Record Low Interest Rates

Tennessean’s Will Save Millions Thanks to Record Low Interest Rates

The State of Tennessee has completed the biggest sale of general obligation bonds in its history by closing on approximately $658.7 million of bonds. The bonds sold with a record-setting low true interest cost of 1.41%. The debt offering was sold in two series of bonds consisting of $167.75 million of Series A tax-exempt bonds […]

County Commission Hears Concerns Due To Proposed Rezoning For Slaughterhouse In Strawberry Plains

County Commission Hears Concerns Due To Proposed Rezoning For Slaughterhouse In Strawberry Plains

Jefferson County Commissioners will be faced with the decision to approve or deny a request to rezone property located off of Highway 11E (near Eslinger Road) Strawberry Plains from A-1( agriculture/forestry) to I-2 ( Environmental/ Industrial) to accommodate a proposed slaughter house and retail store. Ten citizens from the area, some with direct impact and […]

Jefferson County Schools Gets Green Light From State On Virtual Academy

Jefferson County Schools Gets Green Light From State On Virtual Academy

Jefferson County Schools received word from the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) on Friday, July 2 that the Jefferson County Virtual Academy (JCVA) has been approved. JCVA’s office will be located on the Rush Strong School Campus. The academy will operate as an independent school with a STEM focus. JCS looks forward to providing students […]

Carson-Newman groundbreaking for health sciences building sets stage for five-year plan

Carson-Newman groundbreaking for health sciences building sets stage for five-year plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. –On Friday, July 9, community leaders, faculty, staff, trustees and friends gathered on Carson-Newman University’s campus to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Drama and Ted Russell Center. The Center will serve as the future hub for the University’s health science programs and honors Knoxville’s Drama Russell and her husband Ted, a 1962 […]

Vital Policy Opinion Ed – Elected School Directors Back in the Legislative Meat Grinder for 2022, Local Impact Examined, Questions Raised

Vital Policy Opinion Ed – Elected School Directors Back in the Legislative Meat Grinder for 2022, Local Impact Examined, Questions Raised

Until 1992 the voting citizens of Tennessee had the power to elect school directors. The time to return that constitutional power to the citizens is long overdue. Prior to the “Education Improvement Act of 1992”, potential school directors had to campaign, one-on-one with voters, and get acquainted with the citizens whose tax money they were […]

Operation Dry Water Set for July 4th Holiday Weekend

Operation Dry Water Set for July 4th Holiday Weekend

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, July 2-4. Operation Dry Water is a weekend of education and enforcement about the dangers of impaired boating throughout the state. The July 4th holiday means an increase in boater activity on the water and there is also an increase in the number on […]

Diondre Jackson has been named Interim President and CEO of Jefferson County Chamber

Diondre Jackson has been named Interim President and CEO of Jefferson County Chamber

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce – On behalf of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, we are proud to announce that Diondre Jackson has been named Interim President and CEO Diondre is the founder and CEO of Penultimate Development, a 10-month residency leadership program targeting at risk young men between the ages […]

District Attorney General James “Jimmy” B. Dunn Announces Candidacy For Re-election as District Attorney General

District Attorney General James “Jimmy” B. Dunn Announces Candidacy For Re-election as District Attorney General

District Attorney General James “Jimmy” B. Dunn announced Wednesday, June 23rd, outside the Jefferson County Courthouse that he will be running for another term to serve the Fourth Judicial District that includes Jefferson, Cocke, Grainger, and Sevier Counties. Dunn is focused on victims’ rights. He received a victim witness coordinator for Jefferson County through a federal grant […]

Tennessee National Guard aircrew rescue bear attack victim

Tennessee National Guard aircrew rescue bear attack victim

A Tennessee Army National Guard medical flight crew responded to an emergency air evacuation mission after a camper was attacked and injured by a bear while sleeping in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park area, June 18. Shortly before 7 a.m., the Tennessee Military Department and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency were notified of a camper […]

Unemployment Steady as the Economy Continues Rebounding

Unemployment Steady as the Economy Continues Rebounding

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate held steady at 5% between April and May 2021, according to newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). While Tennessee’s unemployment rate did not change in the month-to-month comparison, it was 4.6 percentage points lower than the May 2020 rate. At that time, many of the […]

New position statement declares that sleep is essential to health

New position statement declares that sleep is essential to health

A new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine emphasizes that sleep is a biological necessity, and insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders are detrimental for health, well-being, and public safety. Published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the statement notes that sleep is vital for health and well-being in children, adolescents, and […]

NASA helps map impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on harmful air pollution

NASA helps map impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on harmful air pollution

Early in the pandemic, it was expected that satellite imagery around the world would show cleaner air as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns. But not all pollutants were taken out of circulation. For tiny airborne-particle pollution, known as PM 2.5, researchers using NASA data found that variability from meteorology obscured the lockdown signals when observed […]

JUNE JUBILEE 2021 RETURNS TO JEFFERSON COUNTY THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19

JUNE JUBILEE 2021 RETURNS TO JEFFERSON COUNTY THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19

June Jubilee is coming to the streets of the Historic Town Square in downtown Dandridge on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The county’s largest and oldest street festival will kick off at 10 am Saturday morning with food, music and vendors galore! June Jubilee is a family friendly event and there is something for everyone to […]

Gaines Cox Named Athletic Director JCHS

Gaines Cox Named Athletic Director JCHS

Comptroller Encourages Counties to Be Prepared for 2021 Redistricting

Comptroller Encourages Counties to Be Prepared for 2021 Redistricting

Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Jason E. Mumpower is making sure Tennessee’s 95 counties are ready to take action on the required 2021 redistricting and reapportionment process. Every ten years, following the U.S. Census, Tennessee counties must redistrict and reapportion their legislative bodies to ensure they are meeting the one person, one vote principle of […]

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