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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tennessee gets more in federal benefits than it pays
Residents and businesses in Tennessee paid $47 billion in federal taxes in 2013, according to a new report analyzing the federal budget's impact on individual states. Becky Sweger, director of data and technology for the National Priorities Project, said most of the federal taxes coming out of Tennessee were paid by or on behalf of individuals in the form of income tax, self-employment tax and payroll tax. "On a per capita basis," she said, "taxes paid by Tennessee comes out to about $7,300 a person in 2013." The analysis also looked at how much is received in Tennessee from the federal budget over the course of a year, which totaled $66 billion. Sweger said that figure includes federal grants and contracts, the salaries of federal employees in the state and direct federal assistance. "Most of the money coming is aid to individuals," she said, "and that has certainly been trending up for a total of about $66 billion, so that's about $10,000 per capita." The aid-to-individuals category includes programs such as Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and unemployment benefits.

Poston death
A prominent Knoxville attorney who frequently appeared in Lakeway area courts, died Tuesday in a car crash in Knoxville. Bruce Poston, 67, lost control of his 2006 Mercedes on Northshore drive and struck a tree at high speed. Poston was not wearing a seat belt and he died at the scene of the 12:45 pm crash when his car burst into flames. Efforts by other motorists to save Poston were unsuccessful. At the time of his death, the attorney was awaiting trial on charges he provided pills in exchange for sex, to a woman who's husband was in prison. Poston had represented the husband. He most recently represented Newport resident Laythaniel Haney when he appeared in Cocke County Circuit Court in September to plead guilty to several cocaine offenses.

Ball campaign releases poll numbers
Cocke County native Gordon Ball's campaign has released the results of a new statewide poll of likely voters in the Tennessee U S Senate race. He says the new poll shows that the Senate race has tightened considerably and that two-term incumbent Lamar Alexander is below 50% entering the homestretch of the campaign. The poll shows Lamar Alexander at 45% and Ball at 32%, leading up to the November 4th election. "The polling for Lamar has continued to drop as Sen. Alexander began his negative campaign," Press Secretary Trace Sharp said. "Tennessee voters deserve to hear from these candidates and Sen. Alexander has refused to debate Gordon Ball or any other candidates in the race."

Another suspicious barn fire in Cocke County
Cocke County authorities have been investigating several suspicious recent barn fires, and they have now added another to the list. Deputy Zack Shelton said he responded to a reported fire on Good Hope Road in Parrottsville at 10:14 pm on Tuesday. He was told by Byron Pierce and Matthew Wilde, that as Pierce was leaving the Wilde home, he smelled smoke, and so he and Wilde drove down the road. They found the blaze in several planks of a barn near the road. The men said they had bottles of water in the vehicle which were used to extinguish the flames. Parrottsville Volunteer firefighters responded to make sure the fire was out. Deputy Shelton said he has not determined the owner of the structure. He did detect a very strong odor of gasoline at the fire site.

Cocke jail inmates charged
Two Cocke County jail inmates face charges after one was observed handing the other a crushed morphine pill on video surveillance. Cocke County Detective Paula Wilson said inmate Ronnie Edward Sexton, 25, Bulls Gap, was observed giving the crushed pill to Randall Heath Shelton, 31, Carson Springs Road, Newport. A subsequent search of the cell revealed suboxone and the two morphine pills. Both inmates now are charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility as well as criminal conspiracy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Tennessee gets more in federal benefits than it pays
  • Poston death
  • Ball campaign releases poll numbers
  • Another suspicious barn fire in Cocke County
  • Cocke jail inmates charged

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  • CLB declines to opt out of building code standards
  • Cocke County fires are suspicious
  • Parker offered Newport Utilities post

    Monday, October 20, 2014

  • On Cosby Festival is a success
  • Farley arrest
  • Farm Bureau hosts Senate forum
  • Jobless rate

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • Newport painted Pink
  • Mathis charged with drug offense
  • Bybee home destroyed by fire
  • High school football

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • On Cosby Festival
  • Former Ace site is again sold
  • Chamber quarterly breakfast
  • Thomas indicted

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