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The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 on Highway 70 at Browntown Road in Cumberland County. The approximate time will be 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says statistics show hate crimes last year in the state declined from 2013, but more incidents of religious bias were reported. The TBI released its annual statistical study on hate crimes Monday. The report is based on data submitted by Tennessee law enforcement agencies to TBI through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System. The report said law enforcement departments reported 340 victims of 295 bias-motivated incidents in Tennessee last year, down 2.6 percent from 2013. Meanwhile, offenses involving religious bias increased from eight victims in 2013 to 21 in 2014. The most often documented bias was anti-not Hispanic or Latino, accounting for more than 24 percent of all bias-motivated crimes in 2014, nearly the same as 2013.
During Monday night’s meeting, County Commissioners learned that property tax collections are strong at 99.6% collected year to date. The Hotel/Motel tax collections are at $534,915 against a budget of $734,738, or 72.8% of budget, reports County Commissioner Allen Foster. At this time last year we were at 71.2% of budget. Ambulance collections have finally recuperated to expected levels after our third party billing company donated time to catch our billing department up on late work. The annual budget is $3,000,000 with year to date collections at $2,428,300, or 80.9% of budget. We are expecting another good month of collections as all of the late bills should still be coming in to the county. Prisoner boarding is at $676,397 year to date against a budget of $1,224, 885. Local option sales tax for the Board of Education was down $33,992 against the budget at $543,991 for the month. We are still positive $77,004 year to date. The May projections look promising with an unofficial number that is around $692,000 against a projected $665,893. If this projection holds true, the county would be around a net positive of $100,000 for the year.
Herbert L. Blevins, Danny F. Cantwell, and Steve P. Recio were unanimously appointed as Judicial Commissioners for Cumberland County. Their terms are for four years and will expire May 18, 2019 according to County Commissioner Allen Foster. Kenny Rosser and Nick Hedgecoth were unanimously appointed as members of the Cumberland County Health and Safety Standards Board with terms that expire on May 15, 2019. Daniel Lynn Husk was unanimously approved to serve as a member to the Cumberland County Board of Equalization for a term that expires on April 30, 2016.
At Monday’s Cumberland County Commission meeting, the Register of Deeds requested $1,000 from a designated reserved fund for improving and maintaining technology in the office. County Commissioner Allen Foster reports that this money will be used to purchase additional office equipment and was unanimously approved. The Highway Fund received miscellaneous refunds in the amount of $5,573. This money, along with a decrease of $6,200 in the cold mix line item resulted in an increase of $11,773 to several line items including equipment and machinery parts, and communication. This resolution was also unanimously approved. The Health Department received State Tobacco Settlement money in the amount of $47,473. A resolution was unanimously passed to increase revenues as well as to increase expenditures in the instructional supplies and materials line of the Health Department budget.