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Dandridge, Tennessee

March 7, 2011

Jefferson County Seeks Federal Aid

Much of Jefferson County was impacted by strong storms and torrential rains on Monday, February 28, 2011. Flash flooding and strong winds caused damage across the county. Roads from Strawberry Plains to White Pine were inaccessible due to rising flood waters. Several homes in the area received damage as well.
Tim Wilder, Deputy Director of Emergency Management, says Jefferson County is still assessing the damage and subsequent cost. Wilder is working closely with the State to 
determine if Jefferson County will receive any assistance from the Federal Government.  The request for Federal Aid comes from Governor Haslam to the President of the United States. The President instructs FEMA to step in and distribute whatever assistance is deemed necessary.
As of mid-week, 65 homes in Jefferson County had been impacted by Monday’s storms. 60 roads or Highways had been covered by debris or high water. Wilder stated that home owners are still accessing damage and

Photos contributed by: S. Solomon and M.E. Finchum

the Highway Department is still in the process of locating and repairing roads ravaged by the storm. Quarles Road in Talbott and Revine Lane in New Market still have high water.
Lost Creek Road in New Market has suffered a sink hole due to Monday’s weather.
According to Wilder, he expects the final tally to be significant in cost for both individuals as well as the infrastructure. 
If you are a homeowner and incurred structural damage from Monday’s weather, please contact the Emergency Management Office at 865-397-7228 as soon as possible.

Carson-Newman College
Excellence in Face of Recession
“Even college doesn’t escape a global recession.” Stated Parker Leake, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
In a recent interview with Mr. Leake and Mark Brown – Director of News, Carson-Newman College – they addressed the changes that CNC has instituted. Carson-Newman remains fiscally sound, however, like many private colleges, they find themselves making adjustments during these tough economic times.
Alumni giving – like most charitable donations – has fallen off in the past couple of years. CNC felt a need to tighten their financial belt, while maintaining a quality academic environment for their students. They aggressively searched for ways to free up scholarship money for the general student population. Touted by the US. News and World Report as a “Least Debt” school, it was important to CNC to not over burden the general student population with excessive student loans.
Carson-Newman made the decision to instigate a hiring freeze and asked the Music & Athletic Departments to try to free up some scholarship money. 
Staff Photo
To this end, the Dean of Fine Arts decided not to fill the vacant Marching Band Director position, and subsequently put the Marching Band on hiatus for a year or two. CNC still offers many venues for Music Majors and Non-Majors to display their talent. Music Talent Scholarships continue to help musically inclined students with tuition costs.
The Athletic Dept. has also contributed from various athletic monies. CNC currently has 16 athletic teams.
Although dealing with the effects of a recession, Carson-Newman College continues to receive accolades from major college ranking publications.
Not only did "US. News and World Reports" include Carson-Newman in it’s “Least Debt” section, CNC was also included as a “Top Tier” institution among the best Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States.
The “Princeton Review” named CNC as on of the best colleges in the Southeast and “Newsweek” ranked CNC one of the Top 25 (#13) service minded schools in the Nation.
Carson-Newman administrators recognize that they owe their students and alumni a fiscally responsible approach to academic excellence.
Leake said “Carson-Newman plans to continue to combine strong academic rigor with Christian and academic excellence.”
Administrators are aware that the recession will not last forever. According to Leake, CNC has an active alumni base. Future plans include an Honors College, Chapel and an Institute for Integrated Faith and Learning in the Classroom.
Carson-Newman College was founded in 1851. Their current student base exceeds 2000 students and Carson-Newman offers 50 academic major areas of study. 

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