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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees voted to approve the fiscal year 2016-17 budget.
That means tuition will increase by 2.2 percent; which is the lowest it's increased in more than 30 years. This is the second consecutive year the university increased its tuition. The majority of fees will not increase.
This is part of University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro's plan to achieve financial sustainability throughout the entire UT system. Efforts include voluntary retirement incentives, eliminating low-priority programs, achieving administrative efficiencies, finding alternative revenue sources and implementing innovative student recruitment programs. Unanticipated state funding increases in 2015 and 2016 also helped keep the tuition increase low.
In the $2.2 billion dollar budget for the fiscal year 2017, $32.1 million was set aside for a salary increase pool. It will be distributed across UT campuses and institutes. Each campus or institute will decide how to distribute the funds.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation reports that repair activities on the Obed River Bridge on I-40 East and West in Cumberland County between mile markers 317 and 318 will require lane closures throughout the weekend of June 24, 2016 through June 27, 2016 from 7PM on Friday until 6AM on Monday. All lane closures will be supported by State Troopers and queue trucks.
In Putnam County, TDOT will conduct bridge inspections on Monday, June 27, 2016 at mile marker 267.27. On Tuesday, June 28, 2016 they will be at the bridges at mile marker 291.43 in Putnam County. This work will take place each day between 9AM – 11:30AM. The contractor will be placing steel beams in Putnam County over I-40 West on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 8PM to 5AM and over I-40 East on June 29, 2016 from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM. All motorists should expect delays during this time in Putnam County. Rolling roadblocks will be utilized during this time period.
The Crossville City will hold a Work Session on Friday, June 24, at 11:00 a.m. on the upcoming budget. This work session will last no more than one hour. There will be a special called meeting on Monday, June 27, at 12:00 noon to adopt the budget and tax rate on 3rd reading. There will also be a few other miscellaneous items that need to be approved. That agenda will not be processed until Friday afternoon once we have the final budget document ready for the agenda packet. The items that are expected to be on the agenda are:
1. Approval of Change Order #1 – Landfill Pump Station Renovation
2. Approval of temporary street closings for Chop Shop block party on July 9
3. Approval of water/sewer rate resolution
4. Resolution approving outside agency allocations for FY2016-17
5. 3rd Reading of Ordinance adopting a budget for FY2016-17
6. 3rd Reading of Ordinance adopting a tax rate for FY2016-17
7. Discussion and action on Radio Communications System Upgrade
8. Approval of Three Star Contract
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to offer a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.
Youth ChalleNGe is a residential program for young people aged 16-18 who have dropped out of school and have no criminal record. The voluntary program gives them the opportunity to obtain a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting.
Cadets begin with a two-week acclimation period followed by a 20-week residence phase and one-year post-residence mentoring phase.
According to the governor's office, Tennessee's program will be called the "Volunteer Youth ChalleNGe Academy."
Funding of $5.7 million was included in Gov. Bill Haslam's 2016-17 budget. The state's investment is $1.35 million with the remainder coming from federal funds. The first class should begin by mid-2017.
COOKEVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a man accused of firing a weapon at police officers earlier this year.
On March 8th, at the request of 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson, TBI Agents began investigating the circumstances of an officer-involved shooting involving the Harriman Police Department. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that two officers encountered Nathan Manis during the course of responding to a disturbance call, during which Manis produced a handgun and fired upon the officers. The officers returned fire, striking Manis once.
On Tuesday, the Roane County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Manis, 26, of Harriman, with two counts of Aggravated Assault and two counts of Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon. This afternoon, Agents served Manis, who remains in the custody of the Roane County Jail on unrelated charges. (Photo Courtesy TBI)