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Tennessee revenues for December exceeded the same month one year ago. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin reports that state revenues for December were $1.2 billion, which is a growth of 11.33% and $125.5 million more than December 2015.
“Total revenues in December were higher than expected due to collections in the sales and corporate tax categories. Recorded revenues in the corporate category for December include a substantial one-time payment,” Martin said. “December sales tax revenues reflect retail activity that occurred in November including ‘Black Friday’ and after-Thanksgiving sales. January’s report will capture consumer spending for the Christmas holiday season.”
A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced legislation seeking to ban the use of food stamps to buy items without nutritional value.
Republican Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia says banned items would be those high in calories, sugar and fat, such as sodas, ice cream, candy, cookies and cake. The measure would also prohibit grocers from selling banned items to people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Butt's bill would require the state Department of Human Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to establish a list of which food items would be banned for food stamp recipients, using the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a guide.
More than 1 million Tennesseans received food stamp assistance as of November, totaling nearly $135 million.
Cookeville will remain the site of the Tennessee high school state football championships for at least the next four years.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association voted Thursday to keep the BlueCross Bowl state championship games at Tennessee Tech's campus through the 2020 season. Clarksville also had bid to host the games.
The TSSAA also approved contract extensions keeping the Division I boys and girls basketball state championships and the Spring Fling state championships in Murfreesboro through 2021. The TSSAA approved a contract extension keeping the girls soccer state championships in Murfreesboro through 2018.
WillowBrook Golf Course in Manchester will host the state golf tournament through 2020.
Tennessee lawmakers have until Feb. 9 to file legislation they want to have considered during this year's legislative session.
The House and Senate on Thursday completed their organizational sessions that involved electing the speakers, assigning committees and adopting rules. Lawmakers will take most of the rest of the month off until Republican Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his State of the State address on Jan. 30.
Any lawmaker seeking to have legislation filed after the Feb. 9 deadline will have to gain approval from the chamber's late-filed bills committee.
Much of that downtime will involve filing bills through the Legislature's legal department.
House members are limited to filing 15 bills each, and the chamber's rules say the body won't take up legislation unless it also has a Senate sponsor.
The family of former Crossville Mayor Earl Dean will receive visitors Friday January, 20th from 5-7 at Bilbrey Funeral Home, followed by a Masonic service at 7. Services will be at 10 am at Central Baptist Church on Saturday with burial to follow at Green Acres Memory Gardens with full military honors.
Funeral services of Earl Dean, age 79, of Crossville, will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Central Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Green Acres Memory Gardens. Visitation will be on Friday, January 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bilbrey Funeral Home.. Survivors include wife Julia Dean, son Kevin (Sara) Dean, granddaughter Lilly Dean and brother Fred Dean, Jr. Memorial Donations can be made to Alzheimer's Tennessee, Inc., 1459 Interstate Dr., Suite 211, Cookeville, TN 38501-4609 or at www.alztennessee.org . Bilbrey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.