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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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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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