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Students Asked To Keep American Flags Out Of Sight By School Admin – Director Johnston Issues Apology, Clears Students Of Any Violations

Students Asked To Keep American Flags Out Of Sight By School Admin – Director Johnston Issues Apology, Clears Students Of Any Violations

In a statement issued by Dr. Shane Johnston, Director of Jefferson County Schools – Thursday, April 29 information came to the office of the Director of Schools concerning a student allegedly being suspended for displaying the American Flag. My office immediately began to investigate and discovered an incident had occurred between two students and an […]

Tennessee Strawberry Season is Here

Tennessee Strawberry Season is Here

With warm spring days in the forecast, Tennessee farms will quickly have fields turning red with juicy and sweet strawberries. If you are looking for the freshest berries, head straight to the farm. “Tennesseans are always looking to enjoy time with friends and family,” Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Since it’s strawberry season, a visit […]

Gov. Lee Pushes Reopening, Focus on Economic Recovery – Ends Public Health Orders and Local Mask Authority

Gov. Lee Pushes Reopening, Focus on Economic Recovery – Ends Public Health Orders and Local Mask Authority

Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the end of statewide public health orders and signed Executive Order 80 to address economic and regulatory functions. EO 80 also ends the local authority to issue mask requirements in the 89 counties directed by the state health department. “COVID-19 is now a managed public health issue in Tennessee […]

County Unemployment Rates Inch Upward in March

County Unemployment Rates Inch Upward in March

Following a slight rise in the statewide unemployment rate in March, jobless statistics experienced minor increases in most of Tennessee’s 95 counties, according to newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Five counties across the state did experience lower unemployment for the month, while rates went up in 86 counties, […]

Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter, NSDAR, Grave Marking for Patriot Mathew Raulston at Beth-Car Cemetery

Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter, NSDAR, Grave Marking for Patriot Mathew Raulston at Beth-Car Cemetery

 What’s in a name? A whole lot, once you begin to dig into the genealogical history of a family as the audience learned from Jefferson County Historian Bob Jarnagin at the grave marking for Patriot Mathew Raulston at Beth-Car Cemetery, White Pine, on April 10. The ceremony was conducted by the Martha Dandridge Washington […]

Office Manager Stole from TennCare Supported Company in Jefferson City

Office Manager Stole from TennCare Supported Company in Jefferson City

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, working in conjunction with the Jefferson City Police Department, has resulted in the indictment of Tonya Lindsey, the former office manager for Priority Senior Care, LLC (Priority) in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Priority provides in-home care to qualified seniors and receives the majority of its funding through TennCare, the […]

Important School Updates, Summer Learning, Test & Event Dates – Video Address from Dr. Shane Johnston, Director of Schools

Important School Updates, Summer Learning, Test & Event Dates – Video Address from Dr. Shane Johnston, Director of Schools

Timber Theft Cases Reported Across Tennessee

Timber Theft Cases Reported Across Tennessee

Rising timber prices and the value of individual species have enticed thieves to steal timber across Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) urges forest landowners to be aware of timber theft and provides steps owners can take to protect their assets. “Timber theft can be financially devastating to a landowner,” State Forester David Arnold […]

Tennessee, Kentucky File Lawsuit against Biden Administration State Tax Policy

Tennessee, Kentucky File Lawsuit against Biden Administration State Tax Policy

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today joined Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in a lawsuit challenging a mandate from the Biden Administration in the American Rescue Plan Act (the Act). The lawsuit, filed against Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, argues that the tax […]

The General Assembly Approves Constitutional Carry

The General Assembly Approves Constitutional Carry

House Republicans this week passed historic legislation restoring Tennesseans’ constitutional right to self-defense. House Bill 786 removes encroachments on law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their Second Amendment right to carry a handgun while increasing penalties for criminals who steal guns or possess them illegally. Tennesseans who are at least 21-years-old, or are honorably discharged […]

Business Fairness Act protects businesses in state of emergency

Business Fairness Act protects businesses in state of emergency

Legislation that seeks to protect small businesses during a state of emergency passed unanimously in the House Chamber on Monday. The Covid-19 pandemic presented many challenges for small businesses across the state. Those that were not deemed essential suffered while their bigger competitors were allowed to remain open, ultimately giving government the authority to pick […]

Randy Rogers Live Interview – Goals for Jefferson County’s Flagship & Students

Randy Rogers Live Interview – Goals for Jefferson County’s Flagship & Students

Funding Denied For New Jefferson Elementary School

Funding Denied For New Jefferson Elementary School

The Jefferson County Commission turned down a motion to fund a nearly $20 million dollar request from the Jefferson County Department of Education. Last week the Commission heard a proposal that would fund a new school to house Jefferson Elementary at the projected cost of $19,950,000. The projection included $16,927,495 for construction, a contingency of […]

Republican leaders continue to advance Constitutional Carry

Republican leaders continue to advance Constitutional Carry

Constitutional Carry legislation is continuing to move through the House, passing the Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee on Wednesday. House Bill 786 allows Tennesseans to exercise their constitutional right to defend themselves and their families while cracking down on criminals who steal guns or possess them illegally. The bill also includes sentencing enhancements and increases […]

James Michael Shelton Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Kidnapping and Domestic Assault

James Michael Shelton Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Kidnapping and Domestic Assault

James B. Dunn, District Attorney General for the Fourth Judicial District, announces that on March 15, 2021, James Michael Shelton pleaded guilty to Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Domestic Assault in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Tennessee. The Honorable Judge Duane Slone sentenced the defendant to serve eight years in the Tennessee Department of Correction […]

March is Extension Month in Tennessee

March is Extension Month in Tennessee

Over the past couple of weeks, you might have noticed several signs with the 4-H clover and UT Extension logos scattered across the entire county. This is a part of this year’s activities to promote Extension in our local area. Our office covers many topic areas including 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, as […]

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