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October 15, 2012 www.jeffersoncountypost.com


The beginning of the 2012 Presidential Election officially kicks off October 17, 2012

Staff Photo / Civil War Day for Jefferson County Schools
Early Voters, Make Your Selections
Jefferson County is gearing up for the November 6, 2012 General Election and those registered voters that wish to cast their vote early to avoid the rush at the Polls can do so starting this week. Early voting for the General Election will begin on October 17, 2012 and runs through November 1, 2012. Registered Jefferson County voters can cast their ballots at the Jefferson County Election Office Headquarters, located in the rear of the Jefferson County Health Department Building on Industrial Park Drive in Dandridge. The office will be open on Monday thru Friday from 9am until 4pm and Saturdays from 9am until noon. There will be satellite offices open in New Market and White Pine. The New Market Office is located at New Market City Hall and the White Pine location is in the White Pine EMS Building on Roy Messer Hwy. The New Market Office will be open from 9am until 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The White Pine location will be open from 9am until 4pm on Tuesday and Thursday and from 9am until noon on Saturday. Historically, the General Election in the Presidential cycle enjoys a heavy voter turn out. Contested Jefferson County Commission seats in District 7 and District 3 could have the satellite offices, which are located in those districts, seeing increased traffic. Jefferson County voters are reminded that all voters must bring appropriate photo identification when voting. There are several forms of identification that will suffice for the identification requirement, including driver’s license, hunting license, gun carry permit and current or former military identification. Inquiries regarding the validity of particular identification for use as photo identification can be addressed at the Jefferson County Election Office or on the Secretary of State website.

Corker Questions Vice President for Misleading on Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi


U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned Vice President Joe Biden’s comments during last week’s debate in which Biden blamed the intelligence community for the administration’s initial false assessment of what led to the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, when it was known by the administration within 24 hours that the attack was an act of terrorism. The vice-president also mistakenly claimed that no requests were made for additional security by U.S. officials in Libya prior to the attack on September 11.

“The vice president's comments last night about the situation in Benghazi, which claimed the lives of four Americans, absolutely do not square with facts on ground in Libya,” said Corker. “Within 24 hours of the incident the administration knew that this was an orchestrated terrorist attack, and they clearly were aware of the specific details, including requests for additional security, that have finally been made public this week. With the vice president continuing this ruse with his comments last night, all Americans should ask what the administration is trying to hide.”

Corker returned to Tennessee late Tuesday from a fact-finding trip to Jordan, Libya, and the Syrian border. In Tripoli on Monday, Corker participated in a briefing regarding the situation on the ground in Libya and the terrorist attack in Benghazi. He has continued to note the heroism of the four Americans killed, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and the security officials who responded to the attack that night.


October 13th has been officially declared “Ken Sparks Day” in Jefferson City and Jefferson County, Tennessee.

By: Robin Archer, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

Home coming came last week to Carson-Newman College and as part of the homecoming festivities, on Monday, October 8th 2012, Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri as well as Jefferson City Mayor Mark Potts proclaimed October 13, 2012 as “Ken Sparks Day”.  

Head Football Ken Sparks has coached at Carson- Newman College for the past 33 years. This year Coach Sparks logged his 300th win. This was a huge milestone for Sparks and Eagles players and fans.  In honor of the accomplishment, both Jefferson City and Jefferson County offered celebratory proclamations to Coach Sparks.

”Whereas Ken Sparks has proven himself as an asset to Carson- Newman College and Jefferson City by his many accomplishments both on and off the football field. Ken Sparks joins an elite group of coaches with his historic 300th win while maintaining his commitment to integrity, fairness” said Jefferson City Mayor Mark Potts, as presented his Mayoral Proclamation.

Mr. Sparks was presented with a second Proclamation from Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri who said “300 victories is an outstanding achievement. One that brings great pride to our community and should bring great pride to you, your players and your staff.  We are particularly grateful for what you have done. This is not an achievement that is going to be lightly looked upon, nor will anyone come close to it for many years.  We also, from Jefferson County as county residents, want to recognize you with a special proclamation declaring it your day as a symbol of our gratitude and deep appreciation for what you have done for all of us.”

Traffic Light & Intersection gets nod from Budget Committee

Safer Intersection Alignment In Hands of County Commission Tonight


The Jefferson County Full Commission will make a funding decision regarding the funding level of the turn lane improvements necessary for the traffic signal light project at the intersection of Dumplin Valley and Hwy 92.  Tennessee Department of Transportation has provided funding for the signal light via a Safety Grant, however improvements to the turn lanes onto Dumplin Valley are necessary before the project can move forward. The Jefferson County School System sought aid from the Town of Dandridge in requesting a signal light from TDOT. Because the intersection falls within the city limits of Dandridge, the Town had to be the requesting body. TDOT informed stakeholders in the project that the intersection does meet the criteria needed to qualify for a signal light, as it far exceeds the crash statistics for the State. TDOT presented a proposal for improvements that are needed to Dumplin Valley, at an estimated cost of $200,000.

The Town of Dandridge requested funding assistance from the County and School System in the form of a funding split. Because funding the improvements was questionable and the grant money had already been assigned for the signal light project, TDOT returned to the Town of Dandridge with lesser options for improvements that were less costly. Of the two lesser options that were presented, TDOT felt that only one was truly viable-an option that had a projected cost of $100,000 however did not align the lanes on Dumplin Valley. The Town of Dandridge initially approved funding for the lesser option ($100,000) citing concerns that the Jefferson County Commission would not commit funding for the $200,000 original proposal. The Jefferson County Budget Committee met and overwhelmingly voted to approve funding half of the $200,000 original proposal. The Committee expressed concerns, which were shared by some members of the Town of Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen, that any lesser proposal would not align lanes and could be an added hazard. Because the road is traveled by a large number of inexperienced drivers, the wear on the road with other options could cause problems, the cost to do any adjustments at a later time could be very costly and the liability of the intersection, the Budget Committee found that the cost difference between the original TDOT proposal and the lesser option was justified. The Budget Committee approved taking $100,000 from School System Fund Balance to pay for their shared cost in the project, upon approval from the school board and with a like funding commitment from the Town of Dandridge.  The School Board voted unanimously to Approve the funding of the project. Director of Transportation, Maintenance and Capitol Projects Phagan had confirmed to the Budget Committee that the original option presented by TDOT was his preferred option due to the inexperience of the drivers that heavily travel that intersection.

The Town of Dandridge is awaiting confirmation from the Full Commission Body before committing to a higher funding level, however indications are that they, too, will approve funding of half of the $200,000 option. During a recent meeting the Town of Dandridge was establishing avenues for a $100,000 contribution to the project. The Full Commission will vote on the project and funding level this week. The recommendation for funding will come from the Budget Committee, with the approval of the School Board. Stakeholders agree that the Town of Dandridge will assume responsibility for the project ongoing and that the funding assistance is limited to the scope of the original TDOT proposal.

Photo by Robin Archer, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer / L-R / Athletic Director Allen Morgan, Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri, Head Coach Ken Sparks, Jefferson City Mayor Mark Potts and Carson-Newman President Randall O’Brien

 Head coach Ken Sparks accepted the two proclamations and stated “This is for a whole lot of kids who have played and coaches who have invested their lives in this game, so I just receive it on behalf of them. Thank you so much. I cherish this and am grateful for you all doing this.” Coach Sparks went on to say that he hopes that the game of football can make a positive impact on the lives of his players and that they see the value in doing something that you love well and putting effort into all aspects of life. Sparks said that he accepted the award on behalf of himself and those players that have come through the program over the years.

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