Home construction jumps

D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest home builder by volume, has a project underway in Dandridge (above) and is planning one in Jefferson City. – STEVE MARION | THE STANDARD BANNER

New housing starts across the county are in the midst of a spike that means additional local revenue — but also added responsibilities for schools and services.

A big factor behind the jump in construction activity is the discovery of Jefferson County by the nation’s largest homebuilder by volume, D.R. Horton, which has a sizable project underway in Dandridge and plans another in Jefferson City. The two could total nearly a hundred new homes, while a separate residential development on Jefferson City’s east side could eventually bring another 200 plus homes.

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