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Tennessee lawmakers want answers from the Department of Corrections regarding reports of attacks and staff shortages at state prisons. This comes after a major change in how prison guards are paid. To save on overtime costs, state prisons put guards on a 28 day schedule instead of a 40 hour work week. After the change numerous prison guards walked off the job, leaving other guards having to pull double duty.
The Department of Revenue reminds Tennesseans they can buy certain items without paying sales tax August 7 through August 9. During these three days, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as they prepare for the back-to-school season. “This holiday offers Tennesseans great savings on important back-to-school items, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. By law, Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. This year, the sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 7 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m. During this weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. “We hope Tennessee shoppers will take advantage of the tax relief offered by this year’s sales tax holiday,” Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said.
A Crossville man has died following a one vehicle crash in Cumberland County. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 21 year old Mathew Kemp was driving west on Highway 70 East around 9:35 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his vehicle, veered off the road and into a ditch, and then struck a tree. Kemp died from his injuries. In the reporting officer’s opinion, safety restraints would have made a difference.
Tennessee’s total tax collections for June were above budgeted expectations. June ended with a net positive growth of 7.29%, compared to collections in the same month one year ago. Overall June revenues were $1.3 billion, which is $56.5 million more than the state budgeted.
The National Weather Service continues to assess damage left by Tuesday’s severe storms in Tennessee. Officials say an EF1 tornado touched down on Dale Hollow Lake south of Byrdstown then moved southeast across far southern Pickett County into northwestern Fentress County, crossing Highway 52 and lifting past Manson Road. Numerous trees were blown down and several roads were blocked including Highway 52 and Manson Road west of Jamestown. According to the National Weather Service the Pickett/Fentress County twister was 7 miles long, 300 yards wide with winds of 95 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service reports and EF1 tornado touched down in Putnam County Tuesday near Double Springs Road and Nashville Highway, then moved southeast. Three homes and one business were damaged and numerous power lines were blown down. The tornado lifted near I-40 and Park West Drive. The National Weather Service reports the twister was 2.6 miles long and 150 yards wide and packed winds of 105 miles per hour.