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September 17, 2012 www.jeffersoncountypost.com



Staff Photo / "AS GIRLS GO" performing at Dandridge Music On The Town Thursday Night.
The Jefferson County Commission held its Regular Monthly Work Session on Monday, September 10, 2012 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call were Commissioners Maples, Barreiro, Patterson and Solomon.

The Commission was informed that a zoning request from A-1 to C-2 (General Commercial) for property on Hwy 11-W in Strawberry Plains (William and Carol Hance) will come before the Commission for Approval at the next voting meeting.

Five Citizens addressed the Commission in favor of full funding for Parrots Chapel Fire Department. One Citizen addressed the Commission in favor of full funding for the Baneberry Fire Department. A representative of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class addressed the Commission about a fundraising opportunity for a local scholarship fund.

Commissioner Scarlett informed the Commission that he will bring a resolution to honor the Nationally titled Patriot Shooters Team.

Marion G. Carrier was added to the list seeking approval as notaries and bonds.

Jefferson County Sheriff McCoig informed the Commission that one business-Black Oak Grill, LLC- will appear before the Beer Board for the violation of Underage Sale.

Jefferson County Finance Director Helton informed the Board that they will be asked to consider a new option for County Employee Retirement that will allow a larger contribution by employee. He will bring additional information to the voting meeting. Helton brought information regarding County Fund Balances for viewing. Projected Unassigned Fund Balance Totals by Department include County General Fund Balance-$5,642,894-General Purpose School-$4,467,478-Highway-$2,037,745-Debt Service-$9,068,356-Capitol Projects-$339,548-Landfill-$402,565. Director Helton stated that there would be other amounts that would come from the School System projected balance and that he was bringing those numbers for School Board review at their regular monthly meeting. There will also be surplus property from the County Trustee’s Office. Director Helton stated that renovation Bonds are closed and that the money is available for use.

Finance Committee Chairman Griffith stated that the Committee is continuing to work on an evaluation process for the Director of Finance. Public Service Committee Chairman Tucker stated that there will be a Resolution for Fire Department Funding before the Commission at the next voting meeting. Nominating Committee Chairman Cureton stated that the Committee will bring a recommendation for an exchange of Commissioner that serve on the Nominating Committee and those serving on the Budget Committee. It will also recommend that those Commissioners that do not want to serve on the Budget Committee can trade service committees with their District Counterpart. Commissioner Scarlett informed the Commission that he will be requesting to remain on the Budget Committee pending the election of another permanent Commissioner from his District, which is on the November ballot. Mills of District 2 and Beeler of District 10 will remain on the Budget Committee for another 2 year term.

The Commission will elect a new Chairman, Chair Pro Temp, Parliamentarian and Chaplin during the next voting meeting. Commissioner Dockery will bring a recommendation for funding for Parrot’s Chapel Fire Department. A representative of the Parrot’s Chapel Fire Department addressed the Commission regarding concerns that had arisen and answered questions about the financial structure of the Department, among other things.

Commissioner Carmichael stated that he believes that Jefferson County has issues that need to be addressed, including County debt and Departmental funding. He said that he would like the County to have a County Directional Plan and would like to see fewer personal conflicts directing voting on issues. Commissioner Carmichael stated that he will be requesting an audit of the school building program, in particular regard to the Davis Bacon Act. He would like to identify the funding source of the owed wages.

Jefferson County School Director of Facilities, Maintenance, and Capitol Projects Phagan stated that funding for the Davis Bacon wage requirements should come from Capitol funding. Phagan requested that the County Commission approve a funding contribution (with the Town of Dandridge) for road improvements needed for the signal light project at the intersection of Hwy 92 and Dumplin Valley. Director Phagan also indicated that he will be requesting a loan, for removal of portables, of around $150,000.  The Meeting was Adjourned.

Corker’s Office Honors Constitution Week
in Classrooms Across Tennessee


September 17 marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, and to mark the occasion, students in seven Tennessee schools will participate in Constitution Week events sponsored by the office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

Members of Senator Corker’s staff will deliver interactive presentations to students, showing a replica of the Constitution and discussing its importance in every American’s life.

“I am still amazed by the wisdom our Founding Fathers showed in crafting such an elegant document that has provided the foundation for our government and our country for 225 years,” said Corker. “I hope the students who attend our Constitution Week events across the state come away wanting to learn more about our country’s history, values and system of government.”

The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. In 1956, Congress requested that President Eisenhower proclaim a “Constitution Week” each September.

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting

McCarter - Funds Exceptionally Tight At Year's End

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Dandridge met on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the Public Works Building in Dandridge. Newly minted Town Administrator Bryan McCarter informed the Aldermen and Mayor that funds will be exceptionally tight during the last few months of the physical year. The group discussed options that may be available to the Town to loosen the financial tight hold that it currently finds itself in, including attractive loan terms. Final payments on the Activity Center, as well as some unanticipated expenses, have resulted in a cash flow problem that will last until property tax payments are generated again around the end of the year. The Town is considering collecting taxes independently from the County, to allow for expedited action on residents that may owe back taxes. The Town will investigate if it is cost effective to hire a person to independently collect taxes for the Town. In other business, Dandridge will now utilize prisoners to assist with needs during the busy leaf season. The work exchange program is beneficial to the Town and the prisoners, as they can work off part of their prison sentence. Mayor and Aldermen were informed that most considerations with the Activity Center Project are coming to a close and were reminded that the new center will be open for business this week.

American Forces Bolstering Defenses
By: Jake Depew, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

Anti-American protests at American embassies flared across the Middle East and some part of Africa this Friday, with protests occurring in 20 countries. There are many speculations as to why the protests took place, with some claiming that an anti-Islam video sparked the protests, while others contend that the alleged video is merely a scapegoat being used by the protestors. The violence began Tuesday, September 11, with four Americans being killed in the demonstrations, including U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, when protestors stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on a joint U.S.-British base in the Helmand province of Afghanistan that left two troops dead. The group claims that the attack was in retaliation to the aforementioned video. Government officials are hesitant to label these attacks as being terrorist efforts, though the surge of violence did occur on the anniversary of the 2001 attacks. 3 protestors died in a violent clash with police in Tunis, Tunisia, when they were routed by police officers. A protestor was killed in Lebanon, during a riot, and two deaths occurred in Yemen. Further casualties are not known with a reliable degree of certainty. For many of the countries in which protests are taking place, Sunday, September 16, saw a slight decrease in hostility. Still, American forces are to be bolstering the defenses of embassies in the coming days. In addition, the United States has received cooperation from the Egyptian government in handling the riots, following an assurance that failure to provide assistance would deteriorate foreign relations. At the time of this writing, a full casualty count for all affected areas is not known, but immediate action is underway to protect American citizens in these countries.

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