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Rowan Brewer, son of Newark, New Jersey’s Tom and Tori Brewer, clearly enjoyed having the White Pine splash pad all to himself recently on July 4. His grandmother, Ann Herndon, said Rowan was visiting Jefferson County for a couple of weeks and seeing his three sets of grandparents who live h…

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Members of County Commission’s budget committee are interested in a plan by Sheriff Jeff Coffey to contract for nursing services at the Jefferson County Jail.

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Jefferson County will receive $500,000 in Tennessee Housing Development (THDA) grant funds to assist low income homeowners whose properties were damaged in the February flood, County Mayor Mark Potts announced during Monday’s Commission meeting.

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John Huskey moved back into his Ashley Oaks home Saturday evening with the help of friends. He had been out of it for more than 70 percent of this year to that point – 141 days to be exact.

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County Commissioners turned aside the recommendation to purchase a downtown office building for $1 million with a tie vote Monday evening.

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School Board members approved a plan last week to continue the elementary basketball program — but with a new venue.

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Jefferson County law enforcement agencies converged on Patriot Academy Friday to turn the school into a three-mode training facility. Exercises allowed individual officers to deal with scenarios they might face as initial responders in various emergency settings.

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Two West Virginia residents face the possibility of life sentences without parole after a jury convicted them of kidnaping and conspiracy last week.

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New Market Elementary (NMES) and Piedmont Elementary (PES) “Read to be Ready” campers asked Asian international students visiting from Carson-Newman everything from what they eat to what kids learn in school.

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Jefferson Farmers Co-op General Manager Mark Pettit served as grill master at yesterday’s on-site cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs. The Co-op was one of 10 operations across the state selected to celebrate Beef Month during festivities hosted by the Tennessee Beef Industry Council and spon…

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Growth in the county’s labor force outpaced new jobs, sending Jefferson County’s unemployment rate four-tenths of a point higher in May, to 3.4 percent.

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While there’s not a lot of hard data yet, anecdotal evidence suggests the new Hands Free in Tennessee law that took effect July 1 is reducing drivers’ use of cell phones, say law enforcement leaders across the county.

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Jefferson Park at Dandridge has plans to carry its innovative “Green House Concept” to a new development in White Pine, County Commissioners learned during a recent session.

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County Commission’s budget committee is recommending use of a $1 million in-house loan to finance purchase of a downtown Dandridge building that could provide new county office space.

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At a certain level, Appalachian Outreach functions through a series of symbiotic relationships, in which a group of people provide something the other needs. Several examples of that were on display recently at the apex of Paradise Point, a manufactured housing community off Highway 92:

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Come rain or come shine, there will always be radio communication. That was proven June 22 when radio operators from several East Tennessee counties converged at the Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club for a “Field Day” – despite that location’s storm-caused power outage.  Organized by th…

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White Pine council surprised retired White Pine School Principal Bill Walker with a Certificate of Appreciation for his numerous contributions to the city at the regular monthly meeting on July 2.

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An 18-wheeler accident damaged power lines on Old Dandridge Pike in Strawberry Plains Friday, troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported.

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A White Pine woman allegedly expressed her displeasure with two men shooting fireworks by doing some shooting of her own Friday night — with a 12 gauge shotgun, sheriff’s reports say.

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Kaleb Pope gets ready to take “flight” in White Pine’s July 4 parade last Thursday, in the fixed wing craft that was built and pulled by Piedmont’s Kyle Morgan. – MARK BROWN | THE STANDARD BANNER

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Emergency personnel worked for two hours — and enlisted help from two wreckers and a high-lift loader — to rescue an injured trucker trapped in his overturned rig after it veered off Interstate 40 Saturday afternoon.

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Countless well-wishers showed up last Thursday to offer their appreciation and best wishes to Glenda Jones, White Pine’s longtime library director. Jones is retiring after serving in the community’s learning center for more than 23 years – the last six as its director.

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Rev. Nenette Measels, Carson Newman University’s Director of Campus Ministries, appreciates her spiritual journey after 27 years working with the program. 

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Employees of Jefferson City’s Footwear Industries of Tennessee (FIT) are perhaps celebrating the Fourth of July a little differently today than previous years. Wherever they may be – watching parades, on the lake, cooking out or even resting – there might be professional pride and a little p…

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Darrell and Laurie Miller’s desire to build and open a distillery and pursue subsequent development hinges to some degree on annexation of their property into Dandridge.

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“If I wanted to make candles in the 1800s, would I go to the store to buy wax?”  asks Rush Strong School art teacher Jessica Jarnigan at the “Read to be Ready” camp.

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A former elementary basketball coach agreed to probation and other terms after entering a “best interest” plea last Tuesday to charges that he assaulted a spectator following a game in December.

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JEFFERSON CITY - A procedural technicality has led Jefferson City’s Regional Planning Commissioners to table a rezoning request that could ultimately lead to the addition of more than 200 housing units. The land up for consideration is adjacent to Hillview Lane, across Highway 92 from the Co…

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A four-year-old child was seriously injured on Douglas Lake Sunday afternoon after being struck by the propeller of a pontoon boat. 

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Starting yesterday, there’s a new look for patrol deputies in Jefferson County, Sheriff Jeff Coffey said. The department transition from the current green and tan to a navy uniform on July 1. These uniforms are a new design for better comfort and fit, the sheriff said. “We started last fall …

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Kind, caring, warm, and always demonstrating a love of God and his family were all words used by a community following the unexpected passing of Ronnie Housley on June 29.

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The $108 million county budget and a two percent property tax increase squeaked through County Commission on an 11-9 vote Thursday night.

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Fourth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Duane Slone, whose groundbreaking work in the courtroom has given new hope to many battling addiction issues, was recently awarded the National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award.

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An alleged burglar who covered his face — but not his tattoos — at the scene of the crime is now facing charges, thanks in part to a social media post.

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Appalachian Electric Cooperative had Customer Appreciation Day June 12 at their New Market headquarters. It was a day of food, fellowship, tours and stories from longtime area AEC customers about ‘when the lights came on.’ Pictured are storytellers, in front from the left, seated, are Cather…

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