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TN Sales Tax Holiday Date Now Earlier, July 29-31 Wednesday June 22, 2016

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s sales tax holiday will now be one weekend earlier than it has been in the past, due to a 2016 law change. Starting this year, the sales tax holiday will be held during the last weekend in July, instead of the first weekend in August each year.

From July 29 through July 31, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as students prepare for the back-to-school season.

Under the new law, Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday will be held beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and end at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. This year, the sales tax holiday begins Friday, July 29 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m.

The new law did not change any other aspects of the sales tax holiday. As in prior years, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. Tennessee had its first sales tax holiday in 2007.

For more information about the sales tax holiday, please visit


Local Service Center Seeks Help with Food Drive
Submitted: Lynn Carey, Office Manager, Cumberland County Soil Conservation District Wednesday June 22, 2016

This summer, USDA is once again leading the 8th Annual Feds Feed Families campaign. This nationwide food drive ends on August 31, 2016. The local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), along with the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD), plans to give the donated items locally to the House of Hope, the Bread of Life Missions and the St Alphonsus Community Service.

Even though this is a food drive, the USDA Service Center will accept other items as well. There is a great need for a wide variety of other items such as household paper products, cleaning products, Personal Care Products for adults and children, and linens. The food items are the standard needs of any household kitchen, preferably non-perishable items.

The local USDA Service Center is located at 314 Old Jamestown Hwy, Crossville, TN and can be reached by phone at (931) 484-6520 ext 2 or ext 3. Donated items can be dropped off at the Service Center between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, until August 31, 2016.

Cumb. Co. Missing Adult Alert

Cumb. Co. Missing Adult Alert
Cumb. Co. Sheriff's Dept./Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday June 21, 2016

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department has issued a Missing Adult Alert for a man who has been missing from Crossville for more than two weeks. Authorities report that 58-year-old Kenneth Dewayne Thomas left Crossville on or about June 5, 2016 to take a homeless couple to Virginia. That couple, Virginia Angel Achuff and Frank Gaglio had been staying at the Bread of Life Mission. They were supposed to give Thomas gas money to get home, but did not.

Kenneth Thomas called home from a Food Lion store in Christianburg, Virginia where he had picked up some money at Western Union. He told his family that he was getting ready to come home but he never arrived and his family says they have not heard from Kenny since.

Thomas was carrying a cellphone and his family have called several times and no one answers. His family is very concerned and believes something has prevented Kenny from calling home.

Kenneth Dewayne Thomas is a 58-year-old white male with grey hair and blue eyes. His is 5’5” tall and weighs about 165 pounds. Kenny was driving a black Isuzu Rodeo, tag number 58DD031. He was traveling with is dog Booger, a brown Chihuahua mix.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Kenneth Dewayne Thomas please contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at (931) 484-6176. (Photo Courtesy Cumb. Co. Sheriff's Dept.)


Submitted: Molly Brown,TN Dept. of Tourist Development/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday June 21, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee has been named No. 4 in a recent analysis of the 10 Best States for Retirement 2016 by, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. The report rated all 50 states based on quantifiable factors that are important to retirees.

Affordability, especially in terms of lower taxes on retirees and lower health care costs, was a key factor in the research. The economic health of the state, as well as the overall health of the population, was also taken into account. States with prosperous populations of residents age 65 were also important in the comprehensive analysis.

Tennessee is one of only four states in the country with a formal retiree recruitment program and continues to gain momentum as a retirement destination for baby boomers. Part of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Retire Tennessee program inspired more than 8,000 inquiries from potential retirees in 2015. Retire Tennessee communities become part of the program based on quality of life factors for retirees, such as cost-of-living, lively downtowns, real estate values and availability, and culture.

The report provided the Top 10 list with destinations of wide diversity of climates and lifestyles, and narrowed their recommendations even further by highlighting cities within each ranking state.

Chattanooga-Hamilton County, one of the state’s 19 Retire Tennessee communities, was featured with mentions of the thriving art and music scene along with outdoor recreation opportunities including biking along the Tennessee River or whitewater rafting.

The cost-of-living is 2 percent below the U.S. average and the fiscal soundness of Tennessee shows the state should have no issues in maintaining its tax-friendly status.

Other states rounding out the top 10 were Idaho, Arizona, Florida, Washington, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, and South Dakota.

For more information on the Retire Tennessee program, visit


UT police looking for suspect in armed robbery
WVLT Tuesday June 21, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The University of Tennessee Police Department is investigating an armed robbery after sending an alert out to students Monday night.

Police say an armed robber happened at Melrose Avenue near Lake Ave. The suspect took off toward Cumberland Avenue. Police say he has a hand gun in his possession.


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