Gainesboro Welcomes New Officer

The Town of Gainesboro has been on a four-month search for a new officer, and after their most recent Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting, she has been found. The hire of Ashley Griggs was approved recently in their regularly scheduled meeting. According to Police Chief Mike Head, Griggs was the only qualified candidate from…

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County Nears Parks Plan Completion

The Jackson County Commission will vote on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan at the next County Commission meeting set for April 12. This news came at a public input meeting last Tuesday at the Jackson County Courthouse—with the meeting being led by Kevin Guenther of Ragan-Smith Associates. As previously reported in the Jackson County…

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River Is The Highlight Of All Things Parks And Rec

County officials along with Jackson County citizens gathered at the courthouse last Tuesday and discussed the Outdoor Master Plan—citing the river as the “cultural, social and historical spine” of the area. Consultant Kevin Guenther of Ragan-Smith of Nashville led the meeting last Tuesday and said the river could provide recreational opportunities that draw tourists to…

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Ice Storm Wreaks Havoc

Although the ice and snow are beautiful in sight, it has proven to be dangerous and troublesome after last week’s back-to-back winter storms—leaving thousands powerless in the frigid temperatures. After the start of the storm early last Monday morning, ice began to accumulate up to nearly two inches in some areas in the Upper Cumberland…

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THDA Project Nearing Completion

County Mayor Randy Heady recently announced that Jackson County is nearing completion of a government funded home repair project. According to Heady, the project has been ongoing for a few years. He explained that the county was awarded grant monies in the summer of 2018 from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) in the amount…

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Emergency Action Taken For Leak

The Town of Gainesboro Board of Mayor and Alderman met in a regularly scheduled meeting and discussed a water leak that has required emergency action. During last week’s meeting, the board approved $100,000, which is the estimated expense it will take to fix the leak on Highway 56. According to a Water Department employee, heavy…

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Update Given On Music Festival

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce met in regular session last Tuesday night and discussed the potential and possibility of staffing a full-time director. Chamber President Jordan Hunter informed the members that he had met with the county’s budget committee to discuss the possibility of aiding in funding for an executive director to take charge…

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Poll Workers To Receive Hazard Pay

Jackson County Commissioners met in a regularly scheduled meeting last Monday and informed that a canopy is now up at the Jackson County Health Department. County Mayor Randy Heady informed the commission that the canopy is now in place at the Jackson County Health Department, which will allow those administering tests and vaccines to keep…

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Teachers Will Receive One-Time Bonus

The Jackson County Board of Education met in regular session last Thursday and discussed a one-time bonus for teachers. Director of Schools Kristy Brown said it was necessary to give something to teachers after last year’s raise was cut from the state budget. Although there was legislation passed recently that would possibly give teachers a…

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Officials Provide Update On Ongoing Projects

Jackson County officials met via Zoom recently in a “Town Hall” meeting hosted by the Highlands Economic Partnership and updated the community on the various projects taking place in the Jackson County area. The meeting was kicked off with an update from Gainesboro Mayor Lloyd Williams. The city is currently benefiting from a rehabilitation grant…

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