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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cocke Finance Committee
Members of the Cocke County Finance Committee met in workshop Monday evening because of a lack of a quorum. Finance Manager Anne Bryant-Hurst told the members that a transfer of funds to balance several budgets will be necessary before year end. Money was shifted from the sheriff's department to fund an additional $12,000 for food in the jail. And additional monies were transferred for jail medical needs. Administrative Captain Derrick Woods said jail medical costs so far this year have totaled about $427,000. Sheriff Armando Fontes also is asking that line transfers totaling $49,950 be used to purchase a second litter pickup vehicle. He said he is concerned that the county could lose state Transportation funds if a second crew is not put on the road. But there was some very good news as well. Bryant-Hurst said as the result of the recently approved gasoline and diesel tax, the county should see additional revenue of $392,000 in the first year earmarked for road work. The six cent increase in gasoline tax and ten cents per gallon on diesel, will be implemented gradually over the next three years. That means the county will see increases in road funds for the next three years and then when the tax is fully implemented, that funding level will continue annually.

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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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