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The town of Dandridge and Jefferson County were big winners of grant monies from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development on Friday. Dandridge will get $370,984 for sewer system improvements, while Jefferson County will receive $460,057 for water line extensions to ares…

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The Appalachian Electric Cooperative (AEC) was awarded two grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development on Friday. It will be used to expand broadband into the New Market and Piedmont areas. AEC received $1,739,581. An additional grant of $500,000 for the broadb…

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Director of Schools Dr. Shane Johnston is approaching the midpoint of his four-year contract, but members of School Board are interested in going ahead with a two-year extension.

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Crewmembers from Jefferson City Public Works were on-site yesterday to address complications from a sinkhole that collapsed at 1:30 a.m. in front of 1438 Maple Avenue. The incident, just across West Jefferson Street from the senior citizens’ center, included the rupture of a water main. Resi…

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Photographers have been gathering at the Douglas Dam tailwaters recently to take photos of bald eagles that have been congregating to fish. Several have caught striking photos of eagles taking fish from the river. The eagles are probably gathering because of the abundant food supply, biologi…

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Dandridge Police are investigating a new assault case at Mountain View Academy as the state Department of Children’s Services (DCS) works to shift to a new contract provider for the facility.

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County Commission’s facilities committee is recommending a lease that would provide a County Clerk satellite office inside Jefferson City’s Walmart.

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Jefferson Countians can’t be blamed for starting to wonder if February has become monsoon season in East Tennessee – given school closures, road diversions and 4.29 inches of rainfall measured at The Standard Banner’s Dumplin Valley weather station in the first 10 days of the month.

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True Core Behavioral Solutions will no longer operate Mountain View Academy or other juvenile treatment facilities for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services by February 29.

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Two work release inmates from the Jefferson County Jail were severely burned by an exploding aerosol paint can at their job site early Friday afternoon.

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The Kindergarten class at Mount Horeb Elementary School celebrated their 100th day at school on Thursday, January 30. To do it in style, each student was asked to bring a can of cat or dog food to be donated to Companion Animal Rescue and Education (C.A.R.E.). It is the eighth year the Kinde…

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Ron Ruble’s restoration of a downtown Jefferson City building has provided several messages from the past, but one of the best is painted on a brick wall.

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Dandridge Council will probably take a wait-and-see approach to de-annexing Mountain View Academy after weighing the situation during their meeting Tuesday night.

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Those on hand for January’s Health Council’s meeting learned about a recent visit by Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, who made a stop on a statewide tour of county health departments. The stop gave her the opportunity to see, and hopefully be impressed by, the Health Departmen…

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A 26-year-old New Market woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident last Thursday afternoon in Grainger County, troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol report.

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Trilight+Appalachian Electric Cooperative signed their 100th high speed internet customer last week as they continue fiber build-out in Dandridge and Jefferson City.

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School is cancelled in Jefferson County until Thursday morning to give students and staff time to recover from contagious viruses that resulted in double digit absentee rates last week.

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Investigators suspect arson in an early morning explosion and fire that destroyed three storage units at the Bridle Way mobile home park in White Pine Saturday.

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January’s meeting of the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Board (E911) opened with the unexpected announcement that Pam Springfield has retired.

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Jefferson City Director of Parks and Recreation Walter Gibson was recently given the opportunity to name what he perceives as Jefferson City’s most pressing recreational need.

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A federal judge approved an “upward variance” Tuesday that allowed sentences of 25 and 30 years for a pair of home invasion robbers convicted last July of kidnapping and conspiracy.

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Jefferson City Council members heard last week from Interim Director of Public Works Porter Massengill, who with City Manager John Johnson updated the body on the Black Oak sewer project. Mayor Mitch Cain noted the project draws a great deal of Council members’ energy and interest.

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One defendant has entered a guilty plea and five others are set for federal trial in a meth and heroin drug-trafficking case that originated in Jefferson County.

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Two people face multiple charges after a TBI investigation uncovered an alleged fraudulent attempt to remove one of them from the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Crime Unit and Jefferson Farmers Cooperative Saturday to enlighten farmers about the importance of registering their farm equipment with Farm Watch – a program operated by the Sheriff’s Departm…

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The hustle and bustle in and around old downtown Jefferson City’s Parks Belk store of more than 50 years ago has given way to debris, rubble and mounting concerns of those who watch it deteriorate.

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School Board recently opened discussions about how to address an estimated $60.1 million in building needs with a look at the potential for building two larger elementary schools to replace four of the current ones in worst condition.

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Most of the 21 individuals named on sealed drug-peddling indictments by a Jefferson County grand jury are now in custody, Sheriff Jeff Coffey reported Tuesday.

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The end of 2019 included closing a chapter in a book that continues to be written. The crux of the story is the very successful operation of a one business for more than 60 years with five owner-operators.

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County Commissioners enhanced plans to assist the beleaguered circuit/sessions court office with its workload after the budget committee struggled with the issue last week.

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School Board appears headed toward a vote next month on a new teacher pay plan that boosts beginning salaries, which are among the lowest in the state, and ties future increases to observation scores or student testing.

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