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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 […]

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2022-2024

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2022-2024

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright today released TDOT’s annual three-year transportation program, featuring approximately $2.6 billion in infrastructure investments for 68 individual project phases in 45 counties across the state. The program supports Gov. Lee’s first Executive Order by funding work on 58 highway and bridge projects in […]

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 […]

Morristown Police Department Sergeant Travis Stansell Awarded Inaugural Leadership Legacy Award

Morristown Police Department Sergeant Travis Stansell Awarded Inaugural Leadership Legacy Award

Morristown Police Department Sergeant Travis Stansell has been awarded the Inaugural Leadership Legacy Award.  He was surprised during a ceremony for the Morristown-Hamblen Air Force JROTC on April 29, 2021.  The award is presented to members of the community who have a positive meaningful impact on the program and the community. Sergeant Stansell has served […]

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 […]

Tennessee Department of Health To Resume Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Tennessee Department of Health To Resume Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

After an extensive analysis of the risks and benefits of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted today to recommend to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that jurisdictions may resume their administration of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine without restrictions. The recommendation from the ACIP […]

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, […]

Market Study Explores Tennesseans’ Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccine

Market Study Explores Tennesseans’ Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health released results from a third party, statewide quantitative and qualitative survey of more than 1,000 adult Tennesseans exploring sentiments around the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary in Tennessee and this survey explored perspectives associated with choosing to receive the vaccine, like hesitancy or unwillingness in an effort to […]

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 […]

Untold Tennessee: Gov. Lee Announces Year-Long 225 Celebration

Untold Tennessee: Gov. Lee Announces Year-Long 225 Celebration

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced “Untold Tennessee” as the theme for a yearlong celebration commemorating 225 years of statehood. Tennesseans are invited to attend events and activities in all 95 counties and submit stories that showcase their area of the state. Gov. Lee will kick off a 95-county tour and year of celebration by […]

Vital Policy – Property Rights Protection Bills Delayed by Special Interest Groups in Tennessee General Assembly

Vital Policy – Property Rights Protection Bills Delayed by Special Interest Groups in Tennessee General Assembly

For the second legislative session in a row, housing authority and community development agency lobbyists have persuaded state legislators to place property rights protection bills on the back burner. A bill filled in 2020 to prevent eminent domain proceedings against non-blighted property in a redevelopment area was opposed by Knoxville Community Development Corporation (KCDC). Speaking […]

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 […]

Comptroller’s Office Examines Successes and Challenges of Tennessee Promise

Comptroller’s Office Examines Successes and Challenges of Tennessee Promise

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a new update in its ongoing evaluation of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program. The update shows more students are attending college after graduating from high school following the implementation of Tennessee Promise. Tennessee’s college-going rate increased from 58.64 percent to 64.4 percent in the first year of the program. […]

Set of genetic markers in lung cancer identified

Set of genetic markers in lung cancer identified

Investigators at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health, have identified a set of new genetic markers that could potentially lead to new personalized treatments for lung cancer. The study appears online in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. This study was built on a previous discovery […]

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