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Sales tax revenue for the City of Crossville is outpacing previous fiscal years. For the fiscal year to date, sales tax revenue is larger at this point than the same time period during the last 6 years. Revenue from sales tax for the year 2014-15 is at $1.82 million dollars. Proceeds from the wholesale beer tax are trailing last years collections by just over $1600. The City Manager will be giving a full report to Council Tonight (Tuesday, October 14th.)
Early voting for the November 4th election starts this Wednesday, October 15th and runs through October 30th. Some of the races being decided in the state, include the race for Governor of Tennessee, U.S. House Representative and Tennessee Senator. Several state Constitutional Amendments, such as a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax, is also on the ballot. Cumberland County residents can cast their ballots early at the Election Commission Office, 2 South Main Street, in downtown Crossville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, October 18th and Saturday, October 25th.
The Crossville City Council will meet in their final regular session before the upcoming November elections. Council will be starting the session at 6:15 on Tonight (Tuesday, October 14th ) in council chambers at City Hall. Prior to the meeting, council will conduct 2 public hearings, one at 5:45 regarding the Narcissus Street-Westheria Drive-Iris Circle abutment project. Council will hear public comment regarding road and sewer improvements in the area through the abutting property act. The 2nd hearing at 6 pm will be to present information about the City’s application for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan in the amount of $1.95 million. Project funds will be utilized to make improvements to the Crossville wastewater collection system. The impact of this project on monthly sewer and water bills will be discussed.
The National Weather Service has crews out today to survey storm damage in northwest Middle Tennessee. They’ll be assessing potential tornado touchdowns along the path of a long track supercell that tracked from northwest Perry County through Humphreys, Houston, Dickson and Montgomery counties. Widespread storm damage was reported across the Midstate, with numerous reports of downed trees and power lines. In Macon County, the fire department had to rescue a person who drove into flood waters. In Clay County at least four homes were heavily damaged north of Highway 62. Cumberland County saw heavy rain and gusty winds. Motorists woke up to rain slick roadways with ponding in low lying areas and had to dodge small limbs and other debris. At least one person ran into a ditch on Highway 70 North just before Plateau Road early Tuesday morning. It’s not known at this time if they were hurt.
A new study says tourism spending in Tennessee last year grew at twice the overall inflation rate. The U.S. Travel study shows tourism spending helps support about one of every 20 jobs in Tennessee. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that the state's tourism industry grew by 3.3 percent in 2013 to more than $27 billion. The industry employs 236,200 workers in Tennessee.