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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, January 20, 2018

  • Carpenter receives lengthy prison term
  • Jefferson Circuit guilty pleas
  • Smoking costs are high
  • Haslam appoints water committee
  • Newport Home grant

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • No school
  • Fine shooting incident
  • Tennessee lottery celebrating 14 years
  • Brooks backs off school vouchers
  • Southerland appointed to committees
  • Voting procedures in Tennessee are secure
  • Smoky Park camping fees to increase
  • Alzheimer research initiative announced

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • Cocke Juvenile Court
  • No Cocke County school
  • Closings
  • Weather update
  • Cocke Circuit arrest warrants issued
  • Abbott charged
  • Bond scam
  • TBI has been dipping into it's Rainy Day Fund.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • No Wednesday school in Cocke County
  • Please conserve power
  • EDC wants input
  • Cushman faces new charges
  • Gas prices
  • School closings

    Monday, January 15, 2018

  • No school in Cocke County
  • Arrowood arrest
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Valentine is the new rescue squad Capyain
  • Family of four die in West Tennessee home fire
  • 250K Tree Day in Tennessee
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