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Congratulations to the Stone Memorial High School Athletes of the Week for week 4 Cody Wyllins (football) had 19 carries for 203 rushing yards and 2 TDs (one being a 75 yard run) vs. Upperman. Kate Keenan (girls soccer) had 3 goals in 2 games vs.Clinton and Kingston.
Historically dry Morgan County is considering allowing the sale of alcohol to increase revenues. In an effort to find money for new school buses and six more sheriff’s deputies, a liquor tax proposal is being drawn up and could be voted on by county commissioners within the next couple of months. If it passes, voters will have the final say in the 2016 General Election.
State Representative Eddie Smith (R–Knoxville) and State Senator Jim Tracy (R–Shelbyville) officially announced they have filed legislation to restore approximately $261 million that was raided from the state’s highway fund between 2001 and 2007. The money will be used for backlog transportation road projects across the state and will aid in avoiding an increase to the state’s gasoline tax. Currently, Tennessee has a backlog of road projects totaling $6.1 billion. While taxes collected from the gas tax are dedicated solely to transportation-related projects, millions of dollars over the past decade have been diverted from this fund into the state’s general fund in order to close budget shortfalls. Under the bill filed by Smith and Tracy, $261 million will be allocated to the Department of Transportation from excess state tax revenues collected during fiscal year 2014-2015 and can only be used for backlog road projects. As part of the appropriation, the Department of Transportation must provide a three-year rolling list of projects to be funded and present that proposal to the House and Senate Transportation Committees and the House and Senate Finance Committees before final approval can be granted. A post on the Cumberland County Highway Department’s Facebook page states that the department is not funded through property tax collections. The Cumberland County Highway Department is “funded ONLY by the State of TN, through fuel revenue.”
ORS Preschool in Oak Ridge, TN was put on a soft lockdown Wednesday morning after a nearby home was broken into. According to WVLT, Timothy Dickens, kicked down the front door of the house during a domestic dispute then ran into the woods in the direction of the school. The school was put on lockdown while police searched the area with K9 units. Dickens was found about 30 minutes after the first call came in. He is charged with aggravated burglary.
Coach Butch Jones wants to see a stadium packed with Vols fans this Saturday at UT’s home game and according to uttix.com he’ll get his wish. There are only a few seats left and if you snag one, don’t plan on sitting with your friends. The remaining seats are scattered throughout the Neyland Stadium. If you’re going to the game you’ll need to plan ahead on where you’re going to park. Some fans who attended the previous home game said they were stuck for hours in parking garages because officials had blocked the exits to direct other traffic. Many people got sick from the carbon monoxide fumes that can build up in those garages. The Vols host the Western Carolina Catamounts this Saturday, September 19. Catch all the action beginning with the Kickoff Call-In Show starts at 4:30 and kickoff is set for 6pm on your home for the Vols, 102.5 WOW Country! (Photo Courtesy uttix )