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Scant Business on Agenda at County Commission Meeting

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-07-21) In the final regular meeting before the 2014 general and primary election, the Scott County Commission conducted very little business. Complete Story

 

Report: Tourism to BSF Creates 16 Million Dollars in Economic Benefit

 

Oneida, TN (2014-07-21) A new National Park Service report shows that 565,063 visitors to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in 2013 spent $16.3 million in communities near the park . That spending supported more than 200 jobs in the local area. Complete Story

 

Nelson Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter; Sentencing Set September 3

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-07-21) The man accused of gunning down his nephew last year in a dispute over money has pleaded guilty in Scott County Criminal Court.  He will be sentenced in September. Complete Story

 

Voting Off To Record Pace For General Election

 

            Huntsville, TN (2014-07-19) Just two days into the fourteen day early voting period, pollsters and projecting a large turnout for the upcoming County General and Primary Election. Complete Story

 

Yager Reminds Citizens About Upcoming Sales Tax Holiday

 

            Nashville, TN (2014-07-18) State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) today reminded citizens that Tennessee’s sales tax free holiday is set for August 1-3, 2014.  Yager said the annual holiday provides parents an opportunity to get needed back-to-school supplies and clothing, but the savings are available to citizens of all ages. Complete Story

 

Helenwood Woman Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash on Scott High Drive

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-07-14) A Helenwood woman was killed and three people were injured in a two-car collision at the intersection of Glasshouse Road and Scott High Drive late Monday night. Complete Story

 

13 Indicted by Grand Jury

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-07-14) A Scott County Grand Jury has indicted thirteen persons in a variety of charges, ranging from theft of more than $10,000 to driving under the influence and drug possession. Complete Story

 

GHSO-THP:  Seat Belt Usage Increasing

 

Nashville, TN (2014-07-14) The Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) announced today an increase in seat belt usage with an observed usage rate of 87.7 percent statewide for the month of June.  That’s an increase from the previous usage rate of 84.6 percent. Complete Story

 

County Schools Pass New Pay Plan for Teachers

 

            Huntsville, TN (2014-07-10) In preparation for the new school year, the Scott County Board of Education tackled a long list of item at its July meeting, including the passage of a new pay scale for teachers. Complete Story

 

Personnel Changes Made for Coming School Year

 

            Huntsville, TN (2014-07-10) Several personnel changes have been made for the 2014-2015 academic year at the Scott County School System. Complete Story

 

Scott County Woman Nabbed in TBI Theft Case

 

Knoxville, TN (2014-07-10) The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained an indictment for an Oneida woman accused of stealing money from her employer. Complete Story

 

Deaths on Tennessee Roadways down over Fourth of July Holiday

 

Nashville, TN (2014-07-09) The Tennessee Highway Patrol today announced a decline in traffic fatalities during this year’s Fourth of July holiday period. Early estimates indicate seven people were killed in traffic crashes across the state during the 96-hour holiday – a decrease from the 19 vehicular deaths during the 2013 Fourth of July period. Complete Story

 

Public Scoping Meetings to Discuss Contaminated Mine Lands Drainage at Big South Fork

 

Oneida, TN (2014-07-07) The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be conducting public meetings to receive input from interested parties on issues, concerns, and suggestions pertinent to coal mine drainage mitigation and treatment. Complete Story

 

Budget Passed; Tax Rate Outside OSSD Remains Same

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-07-07) The Scott County Commission adopted the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget, keeping tax rates outside the Oneida Special School District the same as last year. Residents inside the OSSD will see their rate increase due to a private act of the Tennessee Legislature, as sought by the Oneida School Board. Complete Story

 

Free Summer Reading Event at Historic Rugby Saturday, July 12

 

Rugby, TN (2014-07-06) As part of its Appalachian Writers Series, Historic Rugby will host an evening with emerging author Janie Dempsey Watts on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rebecca Johnson Theater (Historic Rugby Visitor Center). This free event will include readings and a book signing. Copies of Moon over Taylor’s Ridge will be available for purchase. Complete Story

 

Fireman’s Fourth Celebration:  Two-Day Affair

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-07-02) The annual Fireman’s Fourth of July festival will be a two-day celebration featuring live music, festival foods, arts and crafts, games, and fireworks. Complete Story

 

THP to Increase Visibility during Fourth of July Weekend

 

Nashville, TN (2014-07-02) The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct a high-visibility enforcement campaign during this year’s Fourth of July holiday period, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 3 and ending at midnight on Sunday, July 6. Complete Story

 

Grand Opening of the Scott County Farmer’s Market July 5

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-07-01) The grand opening of the Scott County Farmer’s Market will be held Saturday.  The event will feature a day of fun, food, live music, local produce and small livestock. Complete Story

 

July 22 Deadline for 2014 Obed Photography Contest

 

Wartburg, TN (2014-06-30) The National Park Service invites photographers to submit entries for an exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center.  The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the diversity of life in the park. Complete Story

 

Former Senator Howard Baker Dies at 88

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-06-26) Former U.S. Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. has passed away at his home in Huntsville.  He was 88. Complete Story

 

Joblessness Drops to 12.5% in May

 

            Nashville, TN (2014-06-26) The unemployment rate in Scott County dipped a full percentage point in May.  Despite the decrease, Scott County still has the highest jobless rate in the state and is one of only two counties with double-digit unemployment. Complete Story

 

Be Grill Savvy and Fire Safe This Summer

 

Nashville, TN (2014-06-26) It is summer in Tennessee and that means its grilling time for many residents. Although, outdoor cooking is a long-cherished tradition for most families, it also increases the possibility of fire-related incidents and injuries. Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging outdoor cooks to keep fire safety in mind as they fire up the grill this summer and make sure the only thing going up in smoke is dinner. Complete Story

 

Move Over Law Focus of I-75 Challenge

 

Knoxville, TN (2014-06-25) The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will join five other states in a traffic safety enforcement campaign on Interstate 75 this weekend. The effort, which runs from Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29, is part of the “Staying Alive on I-75” challenge that was first launched in March. Complete Story

 

Crafters and Volunteers Invited to Participate in Annual Storytelling Festival at BSF

 

Oneida, TN (2014-06-24) Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the Twenty-Second Annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Complete Story

 

Over 600 receive free healthcare during two-day R.A.M. Clinic

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-06-22) In just two days, Remote Area Medical (R.A.M.) improved the quality of life for more than 600 people who attended the organization’s local medical, dental and vision clinic over the weekend.  In total, the Knoxville-based international healthcare relief organization provided nearly $400,000 in free care. Complete Story

 

Representative Keisling Appointed to AccessTN Board

 

Nashville, TN (2014-06-20) Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today announced the appointment of Kelly Keisling to the AccessTN Board. The board serves as the governing body of the AccessTN program, which provides comprehensive health insurance for certain Tennesseans who are uninsurable due to pre-existing medical conditions. Complete Story

 

27 Arrested on Drug Charges; 29 Still Sought

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-06-19) The Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Oneida Police Department, Winfield Police Department, and Sunbright Police Department conducted a countywide roundup on Thursday, arresting 27 people on a variety of drug-related charges.  Law enforcement officers are still actively seeking another 29 individuals on outstanding warrants. Complete Story

 

Oneida Residents Could See Tax Hike

 

Oneida, TN (2014-06-19) Citing increasing costs, deteriorating streets, and aging equipment, the Oneida City Council broached the possibility of a tax rate increase in the coming year.  Action on the proposal has been tabled to allow time for further study of the city’s finances. Complete Story

 

Budget Approved for County Schools; All Employees Receive Raise

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-06-19) The Scott County Board of Education has approved the system’s 2014-2015 General Purpose School Budget.  The budget included pay raises for all personnel, including non-certified employees. Complete Story

 

Scott County Relay for Life Saturday

 

Oneida, TN (2014-06-18) The annual Scott County Relay for Life will be held Saturday at the Oneida City Park. Complete Story

 

Fire Destroys Buffalo Road Home

 

Oneida, TN (2014-06-17) A four-alarm fire completely destroyed a Buffalo Road home Tuesday morning.

            Fire consumed a single-family dwelling Tuesday morning in the 6000 block of Buffalo Road.  The home, owned by David and Tonya West, was fully involved when the first units from the Pine Hill and Paint Rock Volunteer Fire Departments arrived on the scene.  First responders were quickly assisted by crews from the Winfield and Mid-County Fire Departments.

Despite the efforts of firefighters, the home was a total loss.

            No injuries were reported.  The homeowners were not at home at the time the fire broke out.

 

Big South Fork’s First Archeologist to Retire at the End of the Month

 

Oneida, TN (2014-06-17) One of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area’s long tenured employees will be retiring at the end of the month. Complete Story

 

Commission Passes Continuing Budget Resolution; ‘14-‘15 Budget Expected To Be Passed in July

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-06-16) The Scott County Commission passed a resolution to continue conducting County business in the absence of a budget. The 2013-2014 fiscal year ends on June 30. Complete Story

 

Grand Opening of Rugby’s Big South Fork Visitor Contact Station on June 21

 

Oneida, TN (2014-06-16) A grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the new Rugby ranger station of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at noon (ET) in the center of Historic Rugby, just off state Highway 52. Complete Story

 

Local Highway Contractor Awarded Middle TN Project

 

Lafayette, TN (2014-06-13) Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials on Friday to break ground on the S.R.10 reconstruction project in Macon County.  The project has been awarded to a Huntsville-based construction company. Complete Story

 

R.A.M Clinic June 21-22 in Scott County

 

Knoxville, TN (2014-06-12) Remote Area Medical will host a two-day clinic in Scott County on Saturday, June 21, 2014 and Sunday, June 22, 2014.  The clinic will provide basic medical, dental and vision services to persons who are unable to afford care. Complete Story

 

Award-winning novelist coming to Historic Rugby June 14

 

Rugby, TN (2014-06-08) A North Carolina novelist will be the next author to visit Historic Rugby during its Appalachian Writers Series. Complete Story

 

Oneida Man Facing Multiple Charges after Allegedly Threatening Sibling

 

Oneida, TN (2014-06-04) An Oneida man that allegedly threatened to kill his brother has been arrested on a variety of charges. Complete Story

 

Investigative Report:  Jellico City Recorder took nearly $100,000

 

Nashville, TN (2014-06-05) A newly released investigative report from the State of Tennessee has determined that a former City Recorder for the Town of Jellico took nearly $100,000 from the city coffers.  The audit also addressed several key material issues with the city’s accounting practices, questioned several purchases, the sale of a piece of town-owned equipment, and use of credit cards and fuel cards by town employees. Complete Story

 

Appalachian Habitat for Humanity to Receive HOME Grant Funds

 

Nashville, TN (2014-06-05) State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that Appalachian Habitat for Humanity has been awarded nearly $200,000 to help homeowners in Scott and Morgan Counties. Complete Story

 

BSF / Obed Wild and Scenic River Observes Free Fishing Days

 

Wartburg, TN (2014-06-03) The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed Wild and Scenic River will be observing Tennessee’s free fishing day Saturday, June 7 and Kentucky’s free fishing weekend.  Young anglers are encouraged to participate and learn the joy and excitement of sport fishing. Complete Story

 

Former Scott County Resident Booked on Federal Extortion Charges

 

Knoxville, TN (2014-06-02) A former Robbins resident who moved to California to pursue business interest has been booked on federal extortion charges. Complete Story

 

2014-2015 County Budget not expected to include significant tax increase

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-06-02) The proposed Scott County 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Budget is expected to include a 0.17% tax increase for residents outside the Oneida Special School District, while taxpayers within the OSSD will see an approximate 10% increase in their tax obligations. Complete Story

 

Cemetery Visit Assistance Offered by Big South Fork

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-29) The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives. Complete Story

 

Steam Train returns to Oneida

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-29) For the first time since last November, a vintage steam train will make the trek to Oneida.  The Vintage Train Fest at the Oneida City Park will feature two days of entertainment, arts and crafts, a car show, a motorcycle show, and plenty of food. Complete Story

 

Senator Yager Honored by American Conservative Union for Voting Record

 

Washington, DC (2014-05-28) Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has received the American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for his voting record in the Tennessee State Senate. Complete Story

 

Hemlock Treatment Workshop on Saturday

 

Wartburg, TN (2014-05-25) There will be a hemlock treatment workshop for all interested persons on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Morgan County.  Participates will learn how to protect hemlock trees from the deadly Woolly Adelgid. Complete Story

 

Scott County Branded “Adventure Tourism Capital of Tennessee

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-23) Whitewater enthusiasts know the Big South Fork River for its amazing whitewater paddling opportunities. ATV enthusiasts know Brimstone Recreation and the North Cumberland for the hundreds of miles of trails that await. And mountain bikers, rock climbers and others are just beginning to discover this mecca of outdoors recreation on the northern Cumberland Plateau. Complete Story

 

County Labor Force Hits 27 Year Low

 

Nashville, TN (2014-05-22) The estimated labor force in Scott County continued its downward spiral in April, falling to a 27 year low.  Despite a 1.3 percent reduction over the month, Scott County continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the state. Complete Story

 

Benefactors Make Contributions to Purchase New Drug Dog

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-22) Unsolicited donations by caring individuals, mostly from outside the community, will allow the Town of Oneida to purchase a new dog for its police force. Complete Story

 

S.T.A.N.D. Credited with Helping Lower Teenage Driving Crash Rate

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-21) According to Nerdwallet.com, a financial media site, Scott County has the some of the best teen drivers in the state.  The county ranked fifth in the state for having the lowest number of traffic crashes, especially those involving alcohol.  The site credited the work of Schools Together Allowing No Drugs (S.T.A.N.D.) for the good rating. Complete Story

 

THP Memorial Day Enforcement Planned

 

Nashville, TN (2014-05-21) Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today announced plans to help reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes during Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer months. The strategy is part of the THP’s “Drive to Zero” fatalities campaign. Complete Story

 

National Park Service Hosts Red Carpet Movie Premiere

 

Wartburg, TN (2014-05-21) The Obed Wild and Scenic River will hold the red carpet premiere of its new park movie on Friday. Complete Story

 

HTC Scholarship Winners Announced

 

Sunbright, TN (2014-05-19) Highland Telephone Cooperative has officially announced the recipients of its 2014 post-secondary scholarships.   In all, the cooperative dole out $9,000 to local graduates. Complete Story

 

County Inks Agreement with Huntsville to Transfer Sewer

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-05-19) The Scott County Commission passed a measure Monday night to complete the transfer of the remaining portions of the county-owned wastewater collection and treatment system to the Town of Huntsville. While the Town will take ownership, the County will retain the existing debt on the system. Complete Story

 

Scott County Clean Up Winners Honored

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-05-19) The Scott County Commission recognized 21 individuals and a number of organizations for their contributions to the Vivian Smith Scott County Looks Good To Me program held in April. Complete Story

 

Use of Food Stamps Rises in Scott County

 

Knoxville, TN (2014-05-16) The use of food stamps in Scott County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. Complete Story

 

Blue Star License Plates Support the Troops

 

Nashville, TN (2014-05-16) As Governor Bill Haslam proclaimed Saturday, May 17 as U.S. Armed Forces Day in Tennessee, Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) urged relatives of members of the U.S. Armed Forces to proudly display their support for the troops by obtaining a Blue Star license plate.  The plates were issued under a law sponsored by Yager in 2010.  They are available to residents whose spouse, parent, sibling or child is serving in the armed forces of the United States. Complete Story

 

Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Drops for Eighth Consecutive Month

 

Nashville, TN (2014-05-15) Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for April is 6.3 percent, which is four tenths of one percentage point lower than the 6.7 percent March revised rate and equal to the national preliminary rate for April. The U.S. revised rate for March was also 6.7 percent. Complete Story

 

Oneida Police Department Drug Dog “Jinkx” Dies

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-13) Last week, the Oneida Police Department lost a member of their order, as the department’s veteran drug dog Jinkx passed away.  Jinkx had worked for the Oneida Police Department for 8 years, helping to take drugs off the streets and to make our town a safer place. Complete Story

 

BSF Endangered Species Day Hike at Twin Arches on May 17

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-11) Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Complete Story

 

Big South Fork Hosts Conservation Planning Information Session on May 20

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-10) The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting a Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program information session on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Bandy Creek Interpretation and Education Building starting at 5:00 p.m. Complete Story

 

School Board Approves Debt Refinancing Resolution

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-05-08) The Scott County Board of Education has approved a debt service resolution that will allow Scott County Government to consolidate and refinance certain outstanding debts held by the system, including a bond issue that funded energy saving improvements throughout the district back in 2008. Complete Story

 

Kentucky Trucker Arrested for DUI

 

Oneida, TN (2014-05-07) A Kentucky big rig driver has been arrested for allegedly operating his truck while under the influence of narcotics. Complete Story

 

TN State Fire Marshal: Vehicle Arson is a Combustible Crime

 

Nashville, TN (2014-05-06) Every year, the U.S. Fire Administration and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office dedicate the first full week of May to raising awareness about arson and its impact on our communities. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on the problem of vehicle arson. Complete Story

 

County To Consider Joining Jail Consultation Program

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-05-05) The Scott County Commission will consider a proposal to join a partnership of local and county detention facilities through the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI), to improve operations and training at the Scott County Justice center. The partnership would not cost the county to participate in. Complete Story

 

Black Bear Hunting Coming to Scott County

 

Nashville, TN (2014-05-05) If proposed changes to the Tennessee Black Bear hunting season are approved, limited black bear hunting may be allowed in select areas of the county. Complete Story

 

THP Increases Enforcement during Cinco de Mayo Holiday Weekend

 

Nashville, TN (2014-05-02) The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct and aggressive enforcement campaign May 2-5, 2014 for Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend. The enforcement effort is part of the THP’s year-long “Drive to Zero Fatalities” campaign. Complete Story

 

Prevention best defense against tick and mosquito-borne Illness

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-05-01) The Scott County Health Department is reminding residents and visitors it’s time to think about prevention of tick and mosquito bites. Last year in Tennessee there were 24 human cases of West Nile virus, 540 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and the first appearance of Heartland Virus, all potentially deadly illnesses carried by ticks and/or mosquitoes. Complete Story

 

Operation Child Abuse Prevention Targets Sex Offender Registry Violators

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-04-28) Last Thursday, law enforcement officials in the five-county 8th Judicial District executed more than 200 arrest warrants for persons that had violated the requirements of the sexual offender registry.  Locally, authorities issued arrest warrants for seven people. Complete Story

 

World Champion Turkey Caller Preston Pittman Featured Speaker at CASA Fundraiser

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-27) Hunters and anglers are invited to the Boys & Girls Club of Scott County for good food, good fellowship and support of a great cause as CASA of the Tennessee Heartland hosts its second annual Scott Sportsman Showcase on May 3, 2014. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Preston Pittman, a World Champion turkey caller and turkey hunter. Complete Story

 

Fleeing Suspect Caught Following Foot Pursuit

 

Robbins, TN (2014-04-24) A Campbell County woman is facing multiple charges following a high speed chase through the back roads of Robbins. Complete Story

 

Four Years Later:  Local Unemployment Still State’s Highest

 

Nashville, TN (2014-04-24) Scott County had the misfortune of reaching a milestone last month, marking the four-year anniversary of having the highest unemployment rate in the state.  In March, the jobless rate continued to decline, but so did the labor force which has consistently declined since last summer. Complete Story

 

Free Medical Clinic in Oneida April 28

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-24) Local residents who cannot afford medical, dental, vision and other essential services will have an opportunity to receive those services free of charge during a one day clinic in Oneida. Complete Story

 

Huntsville Agrees to Taking County Sewer System

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-04-24) Huntsville Mayor George W. Potter and the Huntsville City Council has voted unanimously to approve the acquisition of the county-owned sewer collection and treatment facility.  By a 3-1 vote with one member abstaining, the board has also agreed to grant exclusive rights for the use of the town-owed property commonly referred to as “the Huntsville Mall” to a local adventure tourism group in September. Complete Story

 

Yager Unveils Resolution Recognizing Homeless Awareness and Prevention Month at Local Shelter

 

Nashville, TN (2014-04-23) The General Assembly has approved a resolution recognizing the month of November as Homeless Awareness and Prevention Month in Tennessee.  Senate Joint Resolution 591, sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown), encourages all citizens to learn more about homelessness and its prevention, while supporting the efforts of professional organizations in providing services to such individuals and their families. Complete Story

 

Expanded Program to Aid Military Personnel with Mortgage Assistance

 

Nashville, TN (2014-04-23) Tennessee’s successful program helping people maintain their mortgage has added two categories for eligibility through the funds provided through the Attorneys General office. Complete Story

 

State Fire Marshal’s Office provides tips on lightning safety

 

Nashville, TN (2014-04-22) As spring storms roll through Tennessee, the State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding residents to keep safety in mind when lightning is imminent. Complete Story

 

Commission Authorizes Bond Issue To Refinance Debt

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-04-21) In an effort to save nearly $1 million in debt payments, the Scott County Commission passed a series of measures to refinance portions of the county general debt fund and the County School System rural debt fund, which could save the county an estimated $915,000. Complete Story

 

Sewer Transfer Comes To Grinding Halt

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-04-21) The proposed transfer of the county owned wastewater collection and treatment system to the Town of Huntsville was tabled Monday night. The county is awaiting input from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation before proceeding. Complete Story

 

Couple Faces Multiple Drug Charges following Traffic Stop

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-21) An Oneida man and a passenger in his vehicle both face multiple drug charges following a traffic stop in Oneida last Thursday. Complete Story

 

April 26 Junior Ranger Day in Big South Fork

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-21) As part of National Park Week, April 19-27, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting Junior Ranger Day activities in conjunction with the Fourteenth Spring Planting Day at the Bandy Creek area on Saturday, April 26. Complete Story

 

Spring Planting Festival to be held April 26 at Big South Fork

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-21) In conjunction with National Park Week, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host the Thirteenth Annual Spring Planting Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Complete Story

 

City Council Discusses Tanker for Fire Department

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-17) One of the most valuable resources that any rural fire department can have is an ample supply of water to fight structural fires.  The Town of Oneida is facing the costly replacement of its fire department’s tanker truck, a valuable piece of equipment that could cost the strapped city up to $180,000 to replace. Complete Story

 

Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Drops for Seventh Consecutive Month

 

Nashville, TN (2014-04-17) Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for March is 6.7 percent, which is two tenths of one percentage point lower than the 6.9 percent February revised rate and equal to the national rate for March. The U.S. rate, at 6.7 percent, remains the same as it was in February. Complete Story

 

Duncan:  Learning and Applying the Law

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-17) Everyday, Oneida Officer Shonda Duncan enforces the laws of the State of Tennessee and the ordinances of the Town of Oneida.  While her daily duties are applying the law, she has also made it her life’s endeavor to learn the bases behind her job. Complete Story

 

Six Arrested on Drug Charges following Traffic Stop

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-16) Failure to stop for a stop sign has resulted in drug charges against the driver of the car, two passengers in the vehicle and three others. Complete Story

 

Nancy Swain Watters Memorial Walk Set for April 25

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-16) On Friday, April 25, 2014, hundreds of people will walk together to show support for the Scott County Women’s Shelter and the Children’s Center of the Cumberlands, during the annual Nancy Swain Watters Memorial Walk in Oneida. Complete Story

 

Southern Railway 50-Year Steam Anniversary Special Coming to Oneida

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-14) In June, Norfolk Southern Railway will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the return of steam power to its railroad.  The anniversary will be marked by a special steam excursion to Oneida from Chattanooga on June 7, 2014. Complete Story

 

BSF Increases Fee Rate for Bandy Creek Group Camps

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-09) The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has updated is fee rate for the Bandy Creek Group Camps.  The update will result in a fee increase to campers. Complete Story

 

Bill to extend useful life of school buses passes Legislature

 

Nashville, TN (2014-04-08) The Tennessee General Assembly has approved and sent to the governor legislation to extend the use of school buses, as long as they meet additional inspection requirements. Complete Story

 

Huntsville Requests Transfer Of Remaining County Sewer System

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-04-07) Mayor George Potter and the Town of Huntsville have expressed willingness to accept the ownership and operation of the remaining portions of the county-owned wastewater collection and treatment system. A request by the Town for the County to transfer the deed to the old County Jail to the municipality was locked down. Complete Story

 

OSSD tax adjustment bill sent to Governor

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-07) A bill that would allow the Oneida Special School District to increase its property tax levy to offset shortfalls in both its debt and operational budgets has passed both houses of the Tennessee Legislature. It awaits the Governor’s signature to become law. Complete Story

 

Six arrested following residential drug operations

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-04-07) A pair of investigations into illegal drug operations allegedly being conducted out of homes in Scott County led to the arrest of six persons last week by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. Complete Story

 

Oneida Bypass Remains on TDOT Three-Year Program Schedule

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-04) Right-of-way acquisition for proposed traffic improvements on U.S. 27 / S. R. 29 through Oneida has been retained on the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s three year work program. Complete Story

 

Oneida Schools Outsource Janitorial Services

 

Oneida, TN (2014-04-03) In an effort to streamline operations and reduce expenses, the Oneida Special School District Board of Education has voted to outsource its janitorial services.  Although management of the custodial services will be handled by an outside firm, current employees will be given an opportunity to work for the new company. Complete Story

 

Candidate Field Set for August General Election

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-04-03) The ballot has tentatively been set for the August General Election.  Filers will have until April 10, 2014 to withdraw from consideration. Complete Story

 

Web Exclusive:  Updated Petition List for August Election

 

Huntsville, TN (2014-04-03) According to Scott County Administrator of Elections Gabe Krahn, the following is the final list of qualified candidates for the August General Election. Candidates have until August 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. to withdraw their petition. List

 

State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Caution with Outdoor Burning

 

Nashville, TN (2014-04-02) As warmer weather approaches, many Tennesseans are sprucing up their outdoor property. These maintenance efforts often include the burning of limbs, lumber and other debris. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants the public to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions to ensure that only the desired foliage goes up in smoke. Complete Story

 

July 2014

 

2014-07-21 Scant Business On Agenda At County Commission Meeting

2014-07-21 Report: Tourism To BSF Creates 16 Million Dollars In Economic Benefit

2014-07-21 Nelson Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter; Sentencing Set September 3

2014-07-19 Voting Off To Record Pace For General Election

2014-07-18 Yager Reminds Citizens About Upcoming Sales Tax Holiday

2014-07-14 Helenwood Woman Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash on Scott High Drive

2014-07-14 13 Indicted by Grand Jury

2014-07-14 GHSO-THP:  Seat Belt Usage Increasing

2014-07-10 County Schools Pass New Pay Plan for Teachers

2014-07-10 Personnel Changes Made for Coming School Year

2014-07-10 Scott County Woman Nabbed in TBI Theft Case

2014-07-09 Deaths on Tennessee Roadways down over Fourth of July Holiday

2014-07-07 Public Scoping Meetings to Discuss Contaminated Mine Lands Drainage at Big South Fork

2014-07-07 Budget Passed; Tax Rate Outside OSSD Remains Same

2014-07-06 Free Summer Reading Event at Historic Rugby Saturday, July 12

2014-07-02 Fireman’s Fourth Celebration:  Two-Day Affair

2014-07-02 THP to Increase Visibility during Fourth of July Weekend

2014-07-01 Grand Opening of the Scott County Farmer’s Market July 5

 

June 2014

 

2014-06-30 July 22 Deadline for 2014 Obed Photography Contest

2014-06-26 Former Senator Howard Baker Dies at 88

2014-06-26 Joblessness Drops to 12.5% in May

2014-06-26 Be Grill Savvy and Fire Safe This Summer

2014-06-25 Move Over Law Focus of I-75 Challenge

2014-06-24 Crafters and Volunteers Invited to Participate in Annual Storytelling Festival at BSF

2014-06-22 Over 600 receive free healthcare during two-day R.A.M. Clinic

2014-06-20 Representative Keisling Appointed to AccessTN Board

2014-06-19 27 Arrested on Drug Charges; 29 Still Sought

2014-06-19 Oneida Residents Could See Tax Hike

2014-06-19 Budget Approved for County Schools; All Employees Receive Raise

2014-06-18 Scott County Relay for Life Saturday

2014-06-17 Fire Destroys Buffalo Road Home

2014-06-17 Big South Fork’s First Archeologist to Retire at the End of the Month

2014-06-16 Commission Passes Continuing Budget Resolution; ‘14-‘15 Budget Expected To Be Passed in July

2014-06-16 Grand Opening of Rugby’s Big South Fork Visitor Contact Station on June 21

2014-06-13 Local Highway Contractor Awarded Middle TN Project

2014-06-12 R.A.M Clinic June 21-22 in Scott County

2014-06-08 Award-winning novelist coming to Historic Rugby June 14

2014-06-05 Oneida Man Facing Multiple Charges after Allegedly Threatening Sibling

2014-06-05 Investigative Report:  Jellico City Recorder took nearly $100,000

2014-06-05 Appalachian Habitat for Humanity to Receive HOME Grant Funds

2014-06-03 BSF / Obed Wild and Scenic River Observes Free Fishing Days

2014-06-02 Former Scott County Resident Booked on Federal Extortion Charges

2014-06-02 2014-2015 County Budget not expected to include significant tax increase

 

May 2014

 

2014-05-29 Cemetery Visit Assistance Offered by Big South Fork

2014-05-29 Steam Train returns to Oneida

2014-05-28 Senator Yager Honored by American Conservative Union for Voting Record

2014-05-25 Hemlock Treatment Workshop on Saturday

2014-05-23 Scott County Branded “Adventure Tourism Capital of Tennessee”

2014-05-22 County Labor Force Hits 27 Year Low

2014-05-22 Benefactors Make Contributions to Purchase New Drug Dog

2014-05-21 S.T.A.N.D. Credited with Helping Lower Teenage Driving Crash Rate

2014-05-21 THP Memorial Day Enforcement Planned

2014-05-21 National Park Service Hosts Red Carpet Movie Premiere

2014-05-19 HTC Scholarship Winners Announced

2014-05-19 County Inks Agreement with Huntsville to Transfer Sewer

2014-05-19 Scott County Clean Up Winners Honored

2014-05-16 Use of Food Stamps Rises in Scott County

2014-05-16 Blue Star License Plates Support the Troops

2014-05-15 Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Drops for Eighth Consecutive Month

2014-05-13 Oneida Police Department Drug Dog “Jinkx” Dies

2014-05-11 BSF Endangered Species Day Hike at Twin Arches on May 17

2014-05-10 Big South Fork Hosts Conservation Planning Information Session on May 20

2014-05-08 School Board Approves Debt Refinancing Resolution

2014-05-07 Kentucky Trucker Arrested for DUI

2014-05-06 TN State Fire Marshal: Vehicle Arson is a Combustible Crime

2014-05-05 County To Consider Joining Jail Consultation Program

2014-05-05 Black Bear Hunting Coming to Scott County

2014-05-02 THP Increases Enforcement during Cinco de Mayo Holiday Weekend

2014-05-01 Prevention best defense against tick and mosquito-borne Illness

 

April 2014

 

2014-04-28 Operation Child Abuse Prevention Targets Sex Offender Registry Violators

2014-04-27 World Champion Turkey Caller Preston Pittman Featured Speaker at CASA Fundraiser

2014-04-25 Fleeing Suspect Caught Following Foot Pursuit

2014-04-24 Four Years Later:  Local Unemployment Still State’s Highest

2014-04-24 Free Medical Clinic in Oneida April 28

2014-04-24 Huntsville Agrees to Taking County Sewer System

2014-04-24 Yager Unveils Resolution Recognizing Homeless Awareness and Prevention Month at Local Shelter

2014-04-23 Expanded Program to Aid Military Personnel with Mortgage Assistance

2014-04-22 State Fire Marshal’s Office provides tips on lightning safety

2014-04-21 Commission Authorizes Bond Issue To Refinance Debt

2014-04-21 Sewer Transfer Comes To Grinding Halt

2014-04-21 Couple Faces Multiple Drug Charges following Traffic Stop

2014-04-21 April 26 Junior Ranger Day in Big South Fork

2014-04-21 Spring Planting Festival to be held April 26 at Big South Fork

2014-04-17 City Council Discusses Tanker for Fire Department

2014-04-17 Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Drops for Seventh Consecutive Month

2014-04-17 Duncan:  Learning and Applying the Law

2014-04-16 Six Arrested on Drug Charges following Traffic Stop

2014-04-16 Nancy Swain Watters Memorial Walk Set for April 25

2014-04-14 Southern Railway 50-Year Steam Anniversary Special Coming to Oneida

2014-04-09 BSF Increases Fee Rate for Bandy Creek Group Camps

2014-04-08 Bill to extend useful life of school buses passes Legislature

2014-04-07 Huntsville Requests Transfer Of Remaining County Sewer System

2014-04-07 OSSD tax adjustment bill sent to Governor

2014-04-07 Six arrested following residential drug operations

2014-04-04 Oneida Bypass Remains on TDOT Three-Year Program Schedule

2014-04-03 Oneida Schools Outsources Janitorial Services

2014-04-03 Candidate Field Set for August General Election

2014-04-02 State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Caution with Outdoor Burning

 

March 2014

 

2013-03-31 Vivian Smith Countywide Cleanup Set for Saturday

2013-03-31 Father and Son Arrested for Burglarizing Neighbors Property

2014-03-28 Web Exclusive:  Updated Petition List for August Election

2014-03-27 County Jobless Rate Down Slightly in February; Labor Force Continues Downward Trend

2014-03-26 Be Prepared: Home escape plans save lives!

2014-03-25 Spring Prescribed Fires to Begin in Big South Fork

2014-03-24 BSF Vintage Train Fest in Oneida on Sunday

2014-03-24 State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Home Medical Oxygen

2014-03-23 Pioneer Man Resists Arrest for Petty Theft

2014-03-22 Winfield Couple Booked on Multiple Drug Charges

2014-03-21 Web Exclusive:  Updated Petition List for August Election

2014-03-20 Tennessee’s February Unemployment Rate Decreases to 6.9 Percent

2014-03-20 Affordable Care Act Compliant Insurance May Be Challenging to Find after Open Enrollment

2014-03-20 Senator Yager reiterates his commitment to seek equality in funding for rural school systems

2014-03-20 Share Your Big South Fork Heritage for the Ages

2014-03-18 Pine Creek Watershed Dam Study Underway

2014-03-18 Vending Machine Bandit Caught in the Act

2014-03-17 County Authorizes Adventure Tourism District; Forms Committee

2014-03-17 Commission Fills Roster Of New Audit Committee

2014-03-17 BSF to Staff Information Centers in Rugby, Stearns this Summer

2014-03-17 Brewster Bridge Area Clean Up on Saturday, March 22

2014-03-13 Local Jobless Rate Edges Up Slightly in January

2014-03-12 Career Coach / Clinton Industry Coming to Local Career Center

2014-03-11 Crossville Man Charged with Rape Locally

2014-03-11 Winfield Pair Charged with Peddling Pot

2014-03-11 Highland Communications warns of scam

2014-03-10 First National Bank Announces Promotions

2014-03-10 TWRA Hunter Education Class Scheduled

2014-03-10 TWF's Hunters for the Hungry Provides One Million Pounds of Venison

2014-03-07 Bank of McCreary County and First Trust and Savings Bank Announce Merger, United Cumberland Bank New Name

2014-03-06 January Unemployment Rate Decreases to 7.2 Percent

2014-03-06 State Fire Marshal: Check your smoke alarms when you change your clocks!

2014-03-06 Swain recipient of Philanthropy Award; Reception Planned

2014-03-06 Senate Transportation Committee approves legislation to help repair Tennessee bridges

2014-03-04 Tourism to the BSF Creates $17 Million in Economic Benefit

 

February 2014

 

2014-02-28 Web Exclusive: Updated Petition List for August Election

2014-02-26 Tennessee State Fire Marshal: Candle with care

2014-02-25 Veterans Outpatient Clinic Set to Open in Harriman in March

2014-02-25 Fritschi to Retire on March 31 from NPS

2014-02-25 Medic Blood Drives Scheduled Locally

2014-02-24 Retailers Cited for Selling Alcohol to Minors

2014-02-20 Oneida Water Department Looking Toward Improving Infrastructure

2014-02-20 Ordinances Would Regulate Alcohol Manufacturing Locally

2014-02-20 Program would emulate the effects of Drunk Driving

2014-02-20 Bandy Creek Pool to Open this Summer

2014-02-18 Walker Tapped As County Emergency Management Agency Head

2014-02-18 Commission Establishes Audit Committee For Scott County

2014-02-18 State Provides Guidelines for Creation of Adventure Tourism District

2014-02-18 Dispute over Movie Leads to Stabbing

2014-02-14 Pair Files Petitions to run for Sheriff in August 2014

2014-02-14 County Schools Planning Security Improvements

2014-02-14 Federal Unemployment Expiration Ends Need for Weekly Certifications

2014-02-14 State Fire Marshal Encourages Parents to Teach Fire Safety

2014-02-13 Lowe / Yancey Named “Students of the Month”

2014-02-13 County “Teachers of the Year” Named

2014-02-07 “Operation Pendulum” Nabs 27; Others Sought in Countywide Drug Operation

2014-02-04 Huntsville Home Goes Up in Flames

2014-02-03 Growth of Petition List Slows

2014-02-03 New Trails Volunteer Program Unveiled at the Big South Fork

2014-02-03 Resolution Supporting Restriction on Ephedrine Sales Passes Committee

2014-02-03 County Considers Creation Of Audit Committee

2014-02-03 Scott County Pair Charged with Vandalizing Oneida Home

 

January 2014

 

2014-01-31 Fire Destroys Oneida Residence

2014-01-30 County Unemployment Rate Unchanged in December

2014-01-29 Yager Lauds Haslam for Appointing Task Force to Study Education Funding

2014-01-28 Robbins Man Arrested Locally for Indiana Theft

2014-01-28 1099-G Forms Provided Online and Mailed to Claimants

2014-01-28 Carbon Monoxide: A Cold Winter Threat

2014-01-27 Candidate List For countywide Races Grows

2014-01-23 TVA Readies for Cold Temperatures; You Can Help

2014-01-23 Consumer Affairs Reminds Tennesseans to be Wary of Common Scams in 2014

2014-01-22 HOPE Counting on Community to Help Homeless

2014-01-21 Phillips Appointed Sheriff

2014-01-20 Thief Caught in the Act Attempting to Steal from the Elderly

2014-01-18 Lady Bears, Rebels Claim County Basketball Titles

2014-01-17 Thirteen Pick-Up Qualifying Petitions Over the Week

2014-01-15 Scott County Health Department Offers FREE Flu Vaccine

2014-01-15 East Tennessee Region Emergency Preparedness Program Protects Scott County from Emergencies and Disasters

2014-01-15 State Fire Marshal: Are you using portable heaters safely?

2014-01-13 Blood Drive Scheduled at Pioneer Community Hospital

2014-01-13 Four Arrested in Enforcement Surge

2014-01-13 Scott County Duo Booked on Burglary Charges

2014-01-10 Potential Candidate Pool Increases after First Week of Qualifying Period

2014-01-10 State of Tennessee Observes “Radon Action Month”

2014-01-07 Incumbents Pick Up Petitions for August Election

2014-01-07 Pelc to be Featured Guest at Memories of Obed Program

2014-01-06 Oneida Special School District To Seek Tax Levy Increase

2014-01-02 Fire Destroys Oneida Home

2014-01-02 Steam Train to return in Oneida in the Spring

2014-01-02 "Emma" and "William" Hold on to Top Spots as Tennessee's Most Popular Baby Names for 2013

2014-01-02 Tennessee Traffic Fatalities Down in 2013

2014-01-02 Be Prepared for Winter Driving

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