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Crossville City Council approves budget and tax increase
Peg Broadcasting News Friday June 26, 2015

Calling the process cumbersome, Crossville Mayor James Mayberry made the motion to approve the final reading of a $23 million City budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, with a $584,000 deficit. It should be noted that while the 2014-15 budget was approved with a $965,000 shortfall, the current year will only end up about $28,000 short. Council also approved a 10 cent tax increase in property tax raising the rate to 63 cents per $100 of assessed value. On a home valued at $100,000, owners would see an increase of $25 on their tax bill.

UPDATE! AMBER ALERT: missing 14-year-old out of Surgionsville

UPDATE! AMBER ALERT: missing 14-year-old out of Surgionsville
WVLT/WATE Friday June 26, 2015

SURGIONSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The vehicle listed as part of an AMBER Alert out of Surgoinsville in Hawkins County was found on Thursday night, but the 14-year-old girl and the suspect are still missing. Authorities are looking for 14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson who they say left her home in Surgoinsville, Tennessee on June 22. On June 23rd, Wilson was seen at a Wal-Mart in Marion, North Carolina with a man named Benjamin Shook. Officials say he is a sex offender. Shook and Hayleigh Cheyenne Wilson received a ride to the Sugar Grove area of Smyth County, Virginia, according to Grayson County deputies. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND or 911.


Tennessee Students Continue To Make Gains Thursday June 25, 2015

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today announced Tennessee students made significant gains in all high school subjects and in the majority of subjects in grades 3-8. High school scores on the 2015 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) continued to show strong growth for the third consecutive year, increasing in all seven tested subjects across English language arts, math and science. Since Haslam took office in 2011, 131,000 more students are on grade level in math, and nearly 60,000 more students are on grade level in science. This year all individual grades and subjects showed gains in math, resulting in nearly 22,000 more students on grade level than last year. In particular, students continued to make meaningful increases in Algebra II. In 2011, less than one-third of students were performing at grade level in Algebra II. More than 54 percent of students in 2015 performed at or above grade level, nearly doubling the number of students meeting or exceeding the mark in this subject.


Cumberland County May Unemployment Rate at 7% Broadcasting News Thursday June 25, 2015

County unemployment rates for May 2015, released Wednesday, show the rates increased in 92 counties, decreased in one county and remained the same in two. Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for May was 5.8 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the April revised rate of 6.0 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for May was 5.5 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point higher than the prior month. Hancock County reported the highest unemployment rate for May at 9.9%, while Williamson County had the lowest at 4.1%. Cumberland County’s unemployment rate for May was 7%. That’s a 0.1% increase from April’s rate, but 0.4% lower than May 2014.

Bill would discontinue Confederate flag license plate

Bill would discontinue Confederate flag license plate
WTVF/WVLT Thursday June 25, 2015

A new bill filed Thursday would discontinue Tennessee license plates that feature the Confederate battle flag. The legislation was filed by Tennessee Rep. Jason Powell. If passed, the bill would discontinue those license plates that feature the Confederate flag. Tennessee lawmakers have called for a closer look at our state symbols after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said the Confederate flag should be removed from their state capitol grounds. In a release, Rep. Powell said, “The flag is a divisive symbol and point of offense. Tennessee should stop issuing license plates that feature a symbol of hate, oppression and injustice.” Rep. Powell went on to say he plans on putting the bill on notice to be heard when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. The money generated from the sales of the Sons of Confederate Veterans tags is practically a non-issue since according to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, there are currently only 2,057 registered SCV specialty plates.(Photo Courtesy WVLT)


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