The Local Emergency Planning Committee held a meeting on March
20,2012. The meeting was Called to Order by Committee
Chairman O’Donovan of JCARES. Introductions were made by
attendees and the minutes of the January meeting were approved.
Tim Wilder, of the Jefferson County Emergency Management, gave
an overview of the Jefferson County Basic Emergency Operating
LEPC meetings will revolve around the 16 emergency support
functions and include discussion and participation from
Committee members. The Committee will identify areas of weakness
and concern and make recommendations for correction.
The Committee formed a Sub Committee to identify technology that
can be used to meet the needs that are identified by the
Committee for alert and other communication needs. The Committee
noted that E-911 and the Jefferson County Schools use separate
alert systems and that the Town of Dandridge is seeking a bid
for a separate system of alert. The Sub Committee will
investigate the possibility of one County wide system, and if it
can meet the needs of the individual operations. LaDonna McFall
of the Jefferson County School System and Crowther and Reed of
E-911 will serve as co chairmen of the Sub Committee and recruit
others as necessary.
Joe Oliver of Norfolk Southern advised that NS will be
conducting hazardous materials training and rail car training at
their Morristown facility in July.
The next LEPC meeting will be held June 19,2012. The
meeting was Adjourned.
qualifies for State House, District 17 race”
Roger Griffith, candidate for State House District 17, has
submitted his petition to local election officials and has
qualified to be a candidate on the Aug. 2nd Republican primary
ballot. State House District 17 encompasses parts of Jefferson
and Sevier County. The incumbent, Frank Niceley, has entered a
State Senate race rather than seek reelection.
“We are tremendously excited to be officially qualified and our
campaign is garnering positive support every day. As a pro-life
conservative, I am excited about the possibility of taking our
East Tennessee conservative values to Nashville to serve as a
voice and public servant of the citizens of both Sevier and
Jefferson counties,” stated Griffith. “Now more than ever, we
need to provide an environment in Tennessee that allows
businesses to grow and create jobs and yet maintain a
conservative approach to our spending. As a small business
owner, I know first-hand how difficult this economy has been,
and it is critical that we send someone to Nashville who knows
how to make ends meet and understands the value of being a
Griffith is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University where he
earned his Bachelor’s degree in engineering. He is the President
and owner of Griffith Engineering, Inc., a small business
specializing in mechanical engineering. He is a member of
Tennessee Right to Life and the National Rifle Association.
Roger is currently a member of the County Commission in
Jefferson County where he represents the fifth district.
Griffith is a graduate of LEADERSHIP Jefferson County and the
East Tennessee Regional Leadership program. He is a past
president and member of the Rotary Club and a past board member
of Habitat for Humanity. He is a member of True Life Church, and
he and his wife, Missy, make their home in New Market with their