February 28, 2011

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News in Our Community

Letters To The Editor
DISCLAIMER: The views written in the Letters to The Editor do not necessarily reflect the views of The Jefferson County Post, nor does The Jefferson County Post take any responsibility of the views stated by those who write to the editor.
Submitted by: Linda Parrott, Strawberry Plains, TN
Dear Editor,
Time to Move Forward on the School Funding
The last few months have been extremely difficult for both the School Board and the County Commissioners. The School Board had to adjust to a major reduction in their plans for three new state of the art schools, and the County Commission has had to be the bearer of that bad news. Jefferson County has neglected their schools for decades, and is finally facing the consequences. Unfortunately Jefferson County is also financially not in a position to fix everything overnight. People are struggling, and at a time when they’re already forced to find the money to cover new tax assessments that in some cases more than tripled the previous assessment they were handed a significant tax increase last year. That increase only begins to cover the costs for operating the new schools and repaying the original $64 million in debt. The numbers as presented just didn’t add up, and the nature of the bonds is also cause for concern. The rate is almost double that of traditional bonds, and, unlike traditional bonds, there’s nothing that locks in the rate, the amount of the rebate or the rebate schedule. The funds can only be used for the specific purpose identified on the bond, there are significant penalties if specific milestones aren’t met by the due date, and at least one bond for $10 million requires that anyone employed in any function or by any employer be paid the equivalent of union wages. 
It’s good that the School Board and the County Commission have resolved the initial challenges, but there are far more hurdles ahead. Anne Potts with the School Board stated that it’s up to the Commissioners to tell them how much money they can have, and it’s up to the School Board to define how that money will be spent. The Board now knows their budget. They know that any overruns or increases in annual expenditures must be covered by that budget. I hope this is the end of the battles between two well-intentioned groups, and not just the opening skirmish for an on-going war with the School Board repeatedly forcing more funding increases to meet obligations and deadlines for the bonds.
Linda Parrott, Strawberry Plains, TN

Dandridge City Planning Commission Meeting
The Town of Dandridge Board of Zoning Appeals - Feb 24, 2011
No Business by Mayor 
No Old Business
New Business
Someone Else's Treasure Flea Market @ 428 Hwy. 92
Jeff and Catherine Richardson
Asking for a variance on landscaping requirements
In discussion, it was decided that the applicants proposed number of trees and shrubs would require 4 different variances. The applicants agreed to place 7 trees or 14 shrubs on the Milldale Road frontage and withdrew the request for that variance. It was determined the other 3 variances were necessary due to topographical reasons and variances were granted with a unanimous vote.
Having no more business the meeting was adjourned.



Human Remains Identified
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is no longer in a holding pattern, while waiting for identification of human remains found off of Foothills Road in New Market Friday, February 18, 2011.  One week to the day after the Sheriff's Dept. discovered the skeletal remains, an identification has been made.  According to information provided by Marty Buchanan, the remains are those of Steve Buchanan.  Marty, Steve's brother, stated that the family was contacted by law enforcement, who confirmed the identity of the remains found in New Market.
Eileen Buchanan Cook, the victim's mother, was notified by the TBI Friday morning.  However, she was not informed of the cause of death.  She was told that most of the skeletal remains had been recovered.
Detective Owens has been conducting the investigation into the disappearance of Dandridge resident Steve Buchanan. Buchanan went missing last July.  A lot of leg work was done on Buchanan’s case, but an arrest was never made, largely because no body had been discovered.
The Sheriff’s Dept. had the remains on Foothills Rd. examined and collected by the University Of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Department. According to the Forensic Anthropology Dept., the manner of death is deemed a homicide.
Det. Owens feels that Foothills Road was not the actual site of the homicide, but rather, just a resting place for the remains.
Det. Owens has classified Steve Buchanan’s disappearance an “ongoing criminal investigation.” Upon confirmation of Steve Buchanan's remains, Det. Owens feels that an arrest is imminent. 
Marty Buchanan stated "We are desperately waiting for an arrest to be made."
Coincidentally, Detective Owens is also investigating the bones of an unidentified woman found on Interstate 40 in November.

Dandridge Main Street Celebration
Location: Main Street - Downtown Dandridge
Monday, March 21 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The entire community is invited to celebrate Dandridge's Award as 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Live Entertainment, Great Food, Stay-cation Giveaways, Fun for the Entire Family!!
Come out and enjoy this fun and exciting community Celebration!!
Make Dandridge #1, AGAIN! Go to www.PreservationNation.org/ddd/vote and 
VOTE FOR DANDRIDGE daily as 2011 Fan Favorite!! 

Town of Dandridge Regional Planning Commission - February 24, 2011
Business from Mayor
Mayor Gante requested prayers for Chairman Barbara McAndrew as she recovers from a recent illness.
No Old Business.
New Business
1. Site Plan Review William L Black @ Hwy. 25/70 Exit 415
Applicant proposes to demolish an existing barn and construct a large building that will be used for tractor sales. As this is in the growth area for Dandridge, it requires approval by this commission but must meet Jefferson County Code. In discussion, it was determined the plan would need a variance from the County Commission for number of parking spaces and a plan for drainage, thus, approval was denied until these issues were addressed. The vote unanimous.
2. Site Plan Review John Fitzgerald and Eddy Garrett @ Majestic Circle (Lots 64 and 65)
Applicants propose to combine 2 lots into 1 lot. Approval was granted subject to minor clerical revision and signatures. The vote was unanimous.
3. Official Recommendations on Jefferson County Land Use Plan 
Commissioners received the plan at the January meeting. Having reviewed the plan, a motion to adopt was made and seconded. It passed with a unanimous vote.
4. Review of Land Use Pan for Dandridge
Reviewed 2003 Plan with discussion on how to update for current needs. The Commissioners were given information on population to review and set a tentative time to complete the plan for City Council and public viewing.
Having no more business the meeting was adjourned.

Ruth McDougal Cox Lamberton 
Monday, February 28, 2011
10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Farrar Funeral Home
411 W. Broadway Blvd.
Jefferson City, TN 37760
Monday, February 28, 2011
2:00 PM
Jefferson Memorial Gardens
Jefferson City, TN

RUTH MCDOUGAL COX LAMBERTON, age 85, of Jefferson City, TN passed Friday, February 25, 2011 at Jefferson County Nursing Home after an extended illness. She will celebrate her new life with her husband, Alger Cox; her precious daughter, Linda Ruth; mischievous grandson, Isaac; and sweet sister Joyce. Also preceded in death by husband, Philip Lamberton,; parents, Isaac and Edith McDougal. Ruth is survived by her children, Amy Cox MacDougall, Angel Cox both of Maryville, and Anthony Cox of Knoxville; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; sister, Mary (Bob) McCarter; brother, Sam (Barbara) McDougal all of Jefferson City, TN; brother-in-law, Charles Price of Oak Ridge, TN; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will gather at 1:45 p.m. Monday, February 28, 2011 at Jefferson Memorial Gardens for a 2:00 p.m. graveside funeral service with Gail Twine officiating. Friends may call Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Farrar Funeral Home, Jefferson City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), 3323 Division St., Knoxville, TN 37919. 
Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City, TN (865) 475-3892

Farrar Funeral Home

Nellie Lillard Matthews Sims 
Monday, February 28, 2011
1:00 PM until 2:30 PM
Deep Springs Baptist Church
Monday, February 28, 2011
2:30 PM
Deep Springs Baptist Church

Nellie Lillard Matthews Sims, age 82, of the Deep Springs Community of Dandridge, TN passed away Friday, February 25, 2011 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Deep Springs Baptist Church and a retired employee of Tennessee Handbags, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Preceded in death by son, Billy David Sims; grandson, Billy Ingram; several brothers and sisters. Survivors include her husband, W.B. “Dub” Sims; children, Judy (David) Scott, Carolyn (Gary) Zajac, Bobby Sims and Tommy (Yvonne) Sims; grandchildren, Michael (Misty) Ingram, Becky Sims, Tracey Levens and Jenny Howell; great grandchildren, C.J. Leonard, Joey Ingram, Johnny Ray Ingram, Steven Ingram, David Levens and Austin Howell; sisters, Edna and Nancy (Kitty); several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 28, 2011 at Deep Springs Baptist Church with Reverend Danny Matthews and Reverend Chad Chambers officiating. Interment will follow in Fain Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1:00 until 2:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Deep Springs, Fain Cemetery Fund, c/o Jewell Price, 1476 Deep Springs Road, Dandridge, TN 37725 

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