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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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Saturday, March 17, 2018

  • Dowell arrest
  • Dollywood is open

    Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Jobless numbers
  • Chestnut tree giveaway
  • TVA campgrounds are open
  • Executions delayed
  • Early voting coming up

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • Cocke County High "Walk-In"
  • Work for TennCare
  • Tennessee tax burden
  • Food for Peace program revanp
  • Great American Cleanup events

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  • Chuck Mason arrest
  • Cate case
  • Newport contributes to the Friends animal shelter
  • Broadway infrastructure project
  • O'Brien tools are missing

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • SRO discussions
  • Medical marijuana on CLB agenda
  • Pending legislation to hold down healthcare costs
  • Goodwin being sought on AWOL charges
  • Fraud alert

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