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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, November 18, 2017

  • Monica Denton heads back to prison
  • Tennessee jobless
  • Thanksgiving travel

    Friday, November 17, 2017

  • ACA enrollment
  • Cocke County Partnership meeting
  • Pridemore is being sought
  • Narcan program
  • Environmental standards are relaxed
  • Pro bono work in Tennessee
  • VietNow settlement
  • State jobless remains at record level
  • Major scam

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

  • Newport leaf truck
  • Animal shelter funding (Update)
  • Trousdale Prison issues
  • Thanksgiving travel
  • TVA finances and bonuses
  • Morriss and Nail Paradise

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

  • Ebbs sentenced in 2016 death
  • Newport City Council
  • Electrical cord warning

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Cocke County Circuit Court
  • James arrest
  • Newport animal shelter Update
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