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COVID-19 took a heavy toll on Jefferson County’s economy in April, with unemployment jumping nearly 14 percent as over 3,500 workers were idled due to the impact of the virus.

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Nashville, Tenn. – Governor Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group issued new guidelines today for noncontact sports, camps, and higher education under the Tennessee Pledge. Since the state began its measured reopening in late April, nearly every industry is now able to resume business in some c…

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Jefferson City’s Council gathered for a speedy special called meeting yesterday morning to approve the low bid for paving and resurfacing projects of four roadways.

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A Rogersville woman who faces multiple charges after her car crashed and caught fire during a police chase was among over 20 individuals indicted during last week’s grand jury session.

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Residents are dealing with enough uncertainty during the current COVID-19 pandemic, so a new service soon to be offered by Jefferson County’s Emergency Communication District should provide a measure of reassurance and stress relief.

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Football and other sports will be able to resume workouts on a limited basis in early June, as a first step toward the opening of fall high school seasons.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. – Carson-Newman’s Mary Northcutt has been named one of the two first recipients of the Bob McCloskey Insurance (BMI) Postgraduate Scholarship through the South Atlantic Conference. The announcement was made Tuesday.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Carson-Newman’s annual Eagle Club Golf Classic will proceed as planned June 6 at the Severville Golf Club. However, the format will be a bit different compared to what the event has seen in the past, or what was planned this year.

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The Mossy Creek Fitness family may have been physically distant, but socially, they maintained a connection every day and encouraged each other to stay motivated. 

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ROCK HILL, S.C. – After winning the program’s first South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year honor in 2019, Caleb Agee added another Thursday when it was announced that he was the SAC Elite 20 award winner.

Obituaries

Michael Allen Manis, Jr., age 30, of Strawberry Plains, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Betty Lee Ledford, age 90, of Jefferson City, TN passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Jefferson Park Nursing Home.

Virginia Robeson Davis, age 93, of Talbott, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Rev. Frances Viola Branner, age 87, of Dandridge, went home to Jesus on May 28, 2020.

James H. Sparks, 76, of Dandridge, TN, formerly of Abingdon, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at his home. 

Barbara Murph, age 85, of Jefferson City, TN passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 at home surrounded by loved ones.

Donna C. Goss, 72, of Jefferson City, TN, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 after an extended illness.

Lois Logan Grace, age 75, of Delaware, OH, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Kobacker House Hospice, Columbus, OH. She was born …

CW3 (Ret.) Raymond F. Shumate, 68, of Sevierville, passed away at LeConte Medical Center on May 12, 2020 after a short illness. He was born Ma…

Vera Kathryn Roberts Lethco, age 84, of Sevierville, was born November 1, 1935, and went home to Jesus on Thursday, May 14, 2020.