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October 22, 2012 www.jeffersoncountypost.com


Thieves Spotted In Slow Motion Getaway Due To Failure To Release Emergency Brake

Staff Photo / Sunday, October 21, 2012 / Fall Leaves in Great Smoky Mountains National Park / "The Sinks"
Slow Motion Getaway

The Jefferson County Department of Education was short one bus when it was discovered on Thursday morning that a school bus was missing. Bus number 46 is a spare bus belonging to the Jefferson County Schools Transportation Department, according to information provided by Transportation Manager Sherry Dotson. The bus was in the possession of bus driver Robert Ellis, whose regular bus was in for maintenance. Ellis noted that the bus was parked outside his home around 8pm on Wednesday evening, however it was gone by the time that Ellis left to make his early morning bus rounds. Bus number 46 was seen by locals and law enforcement traveling at a very slow speed but the bus had not, yet, been declared stolen and it was assumed that the bus was simply having mechanical trouble. In actuality, the thief or thieves did not properly release the emergency brake and the bus was unable to travel at normal speed. Dotson stated Friday morning that the bus was found on Mutton Hollow Road, which is only a short distance from where it was stolen. It is believed that it was abandon because of inability to correctly drive the vehicle and maintain reasonable speed. Dotson stated that the bus was clean of usable fingerprints, however the Sheriff’s Department does have suspects in the incident. Though it has not been confirmed why the bus was stolen, Dotson stated that sometimes thieves pull out the engine, which can identify the bus, cover the name and sell the remainder of the bus for scrap. Dotson said that sometimes buses are altered to create homemade trucks, as well. Bus number 46 is now back at the Jefferson County Bus Garage, where is being repaired by the Department of Education Mechanics. The emergency brake received the brunt of the trauma and the local system mechanics are working to make the bus road worthy again. Student transportation was only minimally disturbed and students on Ellis’ route arrived at school in a timely manner, so there was little disruption to student’s school day.

Early Voting Totals


Early voting opened across the State last Wednesday and Jefferson County residents are holding true to historical form. Jefferson County generally sees a much larger turn out for the General Election in the Presidential Cycle, according to information provided by Charles Gibson, Administrator of the Jefferson County Election Office. Gibson is estimating that Jefferson County will turn in a total vote count of between 17,000 and 18,000 if voting numbers continue on the tract that they established last week. Early voting totals for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday were 2671 and absentee voting brought in another 243 ballots for a combined total of 2914. For Jefferson County to meet or exceed the voting count from the 2008 General Election Presidential Cycle there must be an average of 807 citizens voting per day. Currently, the County is running just behind that number. In slight excess of 18,000 citizens voted in the 2008 Presidential General Election. There has also been increased traffic in the satellite voting locations. Coincidently, both satellite locations have contested commission seats in their districts. Though the count tally is around three times the count in other elections, Gibson stated that the activity at the satellite locations is consistent with other Presidential Cycle elections. The New Market location has voted 326 as of close on Friday and the White Pine location has voted 232 as of close on Saturday. Early voting across the State got off to a strong start. In Jefferson County, like across the State, the final tally will be determined by the numbers that actually show up at the polls on Election Day. Gibson stated that early and absentee voting is generally consistent and can be predicted, to some extent, by voting history. Election Day voting is less predictable and is influenced by many variables, including weather.

According to a statement last week from Secretary of State Tre Hargett, early voter turnout continues to surge across the state.  Tennessee voters again showed up in huge numbers yesterday as early voting continued for the November 6 election. With all 95 counties reporting, more than 100,000 voters statewide cast ballots for the second day in a row, bringing the overall total to 228,357 voters over the first two days of the early voting period.

“Tennessee voters clearly want their voices to be heard in this election,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I am grateful to the county election officials who have worked hard to prepare for this large turnout.”

Early voting continues daily (except Sundays) through Thursday, November 1. Voters with questions regarding the locations and hours of early voting are encouraged to contact their local election commissions.


Car Bomb Kills Lebanese Official

By: Jake Depew, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

On Friday, October 19, 2012, a car bomb rocked a neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast took place in the Ashrafiyeh district, a heavily populated cosmopolitan area, during rush hour: there were ass many as 3 deaths and 110 injuries. Among the dead was Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, a Lebanese intel officer. Al-Hassan was well-known for his strong position against the current Syrian government, and his death has raised tensions across the nation and flared protests. Opposition movements are proclaiming that the car bomb was the work of Syrian loyalists, who have in turn risen in support of the Syrian government, claiming that the attack was in no way related to the neighboring country. In some areas, the protests led to violence. In Tripoli, Lebanon, violent clashes between Syrian supporters and dissenters broke out across the coastal city. The death of Al-Hassan was officially reported by Lebanese authorities: tough the body was unidentifiable, al-Hassan’s personal possessions were found. This tragedy only serves as a reminder of past troubles between the two countries: chiefly, the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In a similar circumstance, the assassination was not proven to have any ties to the Syrian government, though such involvement remains a popular opinion among the Lebanese people. As of this writing, it is unknown who planned the car bomb, nor the extent to which this incident will fully influence future relation between Syria and Lebanon.

Carson-Newman trustees vote to begin process of name change

Carson-Newman Board of Trustees Chair Larry Waters (left) speaks with President Randall O’Brien and Provost Kina Mallard following Friday’s vote to begin the process of changing the institution’s name to “Carson-Newman University.”

Carson-Newman College’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted last week to begin the process of changing the institution’s name to “Carson-Newman University.” The change would go into effect after the first of the year. The decision follows months of study conducted by C-N officials, and precedes the School’s steps in changing its charter with the state of Tennessee.

Carson-Newman has long offered master level programs, qualifying it as a university model. The institution currently offers 50 undergraduate majors and seven graduate degrees. Pending approval by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), C-N will also offer a Doctor of Education degree in fall of 2013.

“We are excited about this new chapter in the life of Carson-Newman,” said C-N Board Chair Larry Waters. “This decision was not taken lightly, but has been a part of a methodical process of building upon proven successes along with new initiatives and programs.”

Along with more accurately describing the institution, Carson-Newman officials believe that the name change will assist in recruiting, particularly internationally. Carson-Newman currently has 93 international students enrolled representing 24 different nations.

“Many students who inquire about Carson-Newman overseas interpret the name “college” as a high school or vocational school,” explained Provost Kina Mallard. “There is simply a difference in terminology. By embracing “university,” we not only more accurately represent ourselves here at home, but to the global community as well.”

Carson-Newman President Randall O’Brien added that though the move will change in how Carson-Newman is referred to, the Board remains resolute in the role C-N plays in higher education.

“Carson-Newman may change in name and expand in what it academically offers students, but it will do so while holding true to its mission and vision of being intentionally Christian, academically rigorous, student-focused and future-minded,” said O’Brien. “In a rapidly changing world, some things don’t: academic and Christian excellence at Carson-Newman! The future is bright.”

Founded in 1851 as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary, the institution has undergone several name changes throughout its history. It has held the name Carson-Newman College since 1930.

Staff Photo / L-R / Charles McSpadden, President, McSpadden, Inc.; Brian Pierce, President, MBI; County Mayor Alan Palmieri; County Director of Facilities & Safety David Longmire; EMS Board Chairman Nina Snodgrass; Director of E911 Marcus Reed; Director of EMA & EMS Brad Phillips, and Jefferson City Mayor Mark Potts.

After many months of preparation and anticipation, the new Jefferson County Emergency Combination Building is fully operational. In the opening ceremony last week, Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri, Jefferson County Facilities Director David Longmire and a host of guests, dignitaries and the community at large welcomed the addition of Jefferson County’s new combination center. The facility houses the operations for Emergency Services, Emergency Management, E-911 and serves as the ambulance station for the New Market area. Wednesday morning, the combination facility was officially opened for public viewing, though the associated services that are located there have been in the process of moving for several days. Mayor Palmieri welcomed guests and expressed his appreciation to those that worked diligently on the project and made the process of bringing together so many services with multiple functions smooth. Jefferson City Mayor Potts was on hand to add his appreciation for those that were responsible for the project. Director Longmire headed the project from inception to finish and stated that he was pleased with all those associated with the project. Longmire said that the project came in on time and under budget. Director Longmire and Mayor Palmieri thanked Michael Brady Inc and McSpadden contractor for their diligence on the project. Longmire stated that it was important to note that the Emergency Combination Building was erected by McSpadden, which is a local company. Jefferson County residents will get the benefits of the new facilities and jobs associated with the project were local as well. Brian Pierce, of Michael Brady, Inc and Chuck McSpadden, of McSpadden Inc, gave a brief thanks to Jefferson County for the confidence in their work and Nina Snodgrass, Chairman of the EMS Board, thanked those associated with the success of the project. Director of EMS/EMA, Brad Phillips, expressed his appreciation for his board and for those that had the vision to make the dream of a functional combination facility a reality. E-911 Director Marcus Reed acknowledged the support of his board and his gratitude to the County for making the facility a priority. Prior to the building of the combination facility, all branches of the emergency services in Jefferson County were located in areas that made the day to day functions of the job more difficult. Limited space and poor conditions are not a problem any longer, as the new combination facility was built with an eye on future growth and needs in the County. The close proximity of the emergency services to the hospital and each other is an additional bonus of the new location. Mayor Palmieri and Director Longmire thanked the hospital for their generous gift of property for the building site and the Jefferson County Commission for their commitment to funding the project. After closing remarks, tours of the facility were available to the public. The new combination center offers employees of the various emergency services a measure of security that was not previously available and the facility is designed to withstand disaster and provide continuity of services to Jefferson County residents in time of crisis. Jefferson County Director of Finance Helton stated that the Finance Office is confident in stating that the building project came in under budget and that they are awaiting the final bills to have a total on the savings.

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