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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Legislative wrap-up
The 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly has approved the state budget and adjourned to become a part of Tennessee history. The legislation provides $113 million in Franchise and Excise (F&E) tax cuts which are available to over 500 manufacturers in Tennessee benefitting over 310,000 of their employees. Two major industries have announced they will locate facilities in Tennessee creating a combined 520 new jobs in the state. Also conducive to job creation is the $150 million in new, recurring revenue appropriated for improving Tennessee's roads, to lure new industries to the state. The improvements are also essential for roadsafety. Currently 40 percent of the state's urban roads are in less than fair condition. And approximately 19 percent of Tennessee bridges are in need of repair, 5 percent are structurally deficient, and 14 percent are functionally obsolete. Other highlights of the budget include:$55 million for TennCare; $1 million for the OPTIONS program which gives home- and community-based service choices to the elderly, as well as adults with disabilities; $8 million to increase the reimbursement rate for direct support professionals who provide home and community-based services through the Department of Intellectual Disabilities (DIDD); $11.5 million for substance abuse and crisis services and $21.7 million in a new money to help fund rural initiatives as recommended by the Rural Development Task Force Study.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Don Boley dead at 86 (updated)
  • Newport Utilities to hold public hearing on fiber-optic Broadband
  • Jobless numbers
  • Turner arrest and fire

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Foland injured by falling tree
  • Karl Dean campaigns in Newport
  • TVA cutbacks
  • Memorial Day holiday travel
  • Summer jobs

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Tornado watch
  • Whitten charged
  • Run for the Wall
  • Newport Planning Commission
  • Organ donation

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Rescue Squad Week
  • Memorial Day boating
  • AHCA is being considered by the US Senate
  • Border Adjustment Tax
  • Commodity distribution

    Monday, May 22, 2017

  • Marrero injured in zip-line tower fall
  • Haney sentenced to six years
  • AHCA being considered by US Senate
  • Girl bitten by groundhog
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