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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fuel tax hike is approved
Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to raise gas and diesel taxes the first increase in nearly three decades for road spending while also cutting general fund taxes in what the governor says is the largest tax reduction in state history. House members approved Haslam's IMPROVE Act on a 60-37 voter. Passage was easier in the Republican Senate, which voted 25-6 for the measure which raises $350 million for highway and bridge projects while cutting some $420 million in general fund taxes where revenues have been booming. Because senators included a provision to fully restore a state-supported relief program aimed at veterans, the elderly and some disabled people, the measure must go back to the House for final action on Monday. The bill would raise Tennessee diesel taxes for the first time since 1989, hiking the price of gas per gallon by 6 cents to 27.4 cents and diesel by 10 cents to 28.4 cents. Increases will be phased in over three years. The legislation reduces the sales tax on food down to four percent. That, along with a $5 increase in car registration fees, a $100 fee for electric vehicle owners and other measures, will generate some $350 million annually. The state's share of the fuel taxes amounts to $245 million. Counties would see $70 million, while cities would split $35 million.


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Clarification
  • Finance Committee considers sheriff's budget
  • Newport Utilities Board
  • Update on Gatlinburg wildfires

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Funding for animal shelter tentatively approved.
  • Tressler arrest
  • Senate bill bad for Tennessee hospitals
  • Weekend activities in Parrottsville and Cosby
  • First Saturday

    Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Ramsey ruling overturned by Appeals panel
  • Terry Fine arrest
  • Rodriguez arrest
  • Tax changes come on Saturday
  • Gas prices take a dip

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Parrottsville to receive low-interest loan
  • Food and housing grant for Cocke County
  • May jobless numbers
  • Haslam to make job recruitment trip
  • TWRA on wildlife

    Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Healthcare bill
  • Monument vandalism
  • Brandt charged with aggravated assault
  • Nease charged with attempted jail escape
  • Newport couple charged with child abuse or neglect
  • Cocke County Corrections Partnership
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