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Tennessee revenue collections in April ended with a net positive growth compared to a year ago. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin reports that overall April revenues were $1.7 billion or $90.1 million more than the state budgeted. It represents growth of 11.45% more than April 2014.
Former UT track star, Justin Gatlin, along with the entire U.S. men's sprint relay team was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday as a result of Tyson Gay's doping case. That included former UT track star Justin Gatlin. The International Olympic Committee notified the U.S. Olympic Committee by letter that the 4x100 relay team has been disqualified and all the medals withdrawn. The letter asks the USOC to collect the medals and return them to the IOC. Gay returned his own medal last year after accepting a one-year doping suspension and the loss of results going back to July 2012, but the status of the U.S. second-place finish in London and the medals of Gay's relay teammates had remained in limbo until now. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
Severe winter weather contributed to a decrease in sales tax collections for the most recent reporting period. Crossville City Manager David Rutherford reported to Council that sales tax collections were down from the same period last year, but attributed that decline to the ice storm and harsh winter in February. Despite the drop, collections year to date remain ahead of previous years. Sales tax revenue thus far is at $5.98 million, up from last year’s $5.81 million.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with Cumberland Neighborhood Watch, Inc. will be holding the Sheriff’s Youth Academy summer of 2015. This is a program that is designed to provide area youth the opportunity to gain insight into the everyday functions and training of the variety of law enforcement agencies and emergency services in our government. The youth academy is NOT a boot camp for troubled youth. It is a program offered to students who have an interest in law enforcement. Two different groups will be offered this year, 11-14 age group and 15-17 age group. The first academy will be held the week of July 13-17 for the age group of 11-14 years of age. The second academy will be held the week of July 20-24 for the age group of 15-17 years of age. Homestead Elementary School will host these events. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. The curriculum includes Witness Statements, 911 Calls, Criminal Statistics, Traffic Enforcement, Patrol Procedures, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Processing, Narcotics, K-9 Units, Gangs, Personal Safety, Dealing with Bullying, Computer Safety - Sexting - Social Media, Juvenile Crime, and Overview of Criminal Justice System. Participants who graduate the academy will have the opportunity to join the Sheriff’s Youth Cadet Program which will meet once a month, receive additional training and be involved in community functions with the Sheriff’s Department. Participants will also tour the Cumberland County Justice Center, Central Communications, and participate in a mock trial. If you are interested in attending please contact Gary Howard for more information and an applications at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (931) 246-9882. Upon receipt of your email an information packet will be emailed to you to print off, fill out and return.
Now may be a good time to enroll in a smoking cessation plan. Governor Bill Haslam has signed a new law that will increase the price of cigarettes in Tennessee. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press the extra money will not go into the state’s coffers, but rather to retailers to cover the cost of doing business. Over the next two years, the price for a pack of smokes will rise from 41 cents to 76 cents. It’s the first change in the state's cigarette markup in 65 years.