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Gov. Bill Haslam says he approves of changes to his transportation funding proposal made in the state Senate earlier this week.
Haslam had originally proposed raising the tax on gasoline by 7 cents per gallon and diesel by 12 cents. The Senate Transportation Committee voted to change the gas tax hike to 6 cents and diesel to 10 cents, phased in over three years.
The panel also added a deeper cut to the sales tax on groceries and added more property tax relief for the elderly, veterans and the disabled.
Haslam said that while a smaller tax increase will mean less revenue to start tackling the state's $10 billion backlog in road and bridge projects. But he's willing go along with the changes if it helps the measure's prospects.
In a report card released by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Volunteer state gets a “C” letter grade.
For the 8th year in a row, Tennessee’s roads earned a mediocre grade. The report states that due to inadequate funding, roads are starting to show some wear and tear.
11 percent of Tennessee’s major roads and highways have pavement in poor condition, while nearly 30 percent are in fair condition.
A large crowd attended the Crossville City Council meeting Tuesday night, some in support of a shooting park on Albert Frye Road, and others opposed to its location. The park, which has been in the works since the middle of 2015, is to be constructed with grant money from TWRA on land that was the former site of the Crossville landfill. The City Council recently approved a contract to lease the property to the non-profit group to be executed by April 1st. Residents of the proposed park have concerns about noise and devaluation of their property because of the location. City council, in regular session, voted to require the non-profit group to host a public hearing for the area residents within 30-60 days, but took no action to delay the conveyance of the property.
A husband and wife in Harriman held a home invasion suspect at gunpoint until deputies arrived. It happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning when the woman was awakened by a noise in the downstairs area of her Webster Road home. According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, the woman armed herself, locked her bedroom door and called her husband. The woman’s husband, who was also armed, called 911 and rushed home. As the husband entered the house, he confronted a man later identified as 41-year-old Homer Fox at the stairs leading up to the second floor. Together, the couple held Fox at gunpoint until deputies arrived. Authorities say that Fox had burglarized the wife’s vehicle prior to entering the home. Fox was arrested and has been charged with Aggravated Burglary with home invasion, Burglary, and Theft.
(Photo Courtesy Roane County Sheriff’s Office)
A man added to the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted List has been captured. 21-year-old Jacob Coyne was taken into custody in Decatur, TN around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police say he was involved in the shooting death of 19-year-old Jalen Little over the weekend in Chattanooga. Authorities say 19-year-old Zachary Chadwick had given Little $960 to buy marijuana earlier on Saturday. When Little produced neither the drugs nor the money an argument broke out. Little was gunned down on his own driveway. Before he died, Little reportedly told police that Chadwick had pulled the trigger. However, court records show that it was Jacob Coyne who allegedly shot Little multiple times. Police say that the dying man may have been mistakenly identified the wrong gunman and that all the facts will come out in court. Chadwick was arrested for Criminal Homicide and Especially Aggravated Robbery and Coyne was wanted for the same charges.
(Photo Courtesy TBI)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Endangered Child Alert for 15-year-old Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas.
The teenager was described as a white female with blonde hair, hazel eyes, 5'05" tall, weighing 120 pounds. The alert was issued on behalf of the Maury County Sheriff Department for Thomas, who goes by Elizabeth. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.
Officials believe she may be in the area of Decatur, Ala. Thomas is believed to be in the company of 50-year-old Tad Cummins, described as a white male, 6'0" tall, weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.
Cummins is believed to be armed with two handguns and driving a Silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tags reading 976ZPT.
If you have information on Thomas or Cummins, call the MCSD at 931-375-8654 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
(Photo Courtesy TBI)